Any time you’re outside with your pets, whether you’re next to the campfire or hitting the trails, you probably feel terrible when you see them getting attacked by bugs. Just like us, insects such as ticks bother our pets (speaking of which, keep these tips handy for the next time you need to remove one of those pesky things).
Of course we want to help our fur babies, but most conventional bug spray labels make it very clear that they cannot be applied on or near pets. We also know that animals tend to lick everything that gets on their bodies, so we can’t just spray them with anything we find on a shelf at the store.
What are we left to do for them then? As you know, we’ve been into toxin-free living for a long time here at My Healthy Beginning, and have found ways to navigate around those types of challenges. One particular recipe that I have found to be extremely useful in helping my pets avoid bugs is this DIY repellent using Young Living essential oils and Young Living Thieves Cleaner. Along with being super easy to make and apply, your pets will be protected from potentially hazardous critters — and you can rest assured that if they lick their paws, they’re going to be okay!
When using essential oils with pets, it is extremely important to use therapeutic grade oils. Many oils on the market right now are not pure and have not had safety studies done, but all Young Living oils have been thoroughly tested. If you’re ever unsure whether or not a product is safe for your furry friend, please reach out and we will happily look into it.
DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray for Pets
- 1/2 tsp Thieves Cleaner
- 1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 3 drops Purification Essential Oil Blend
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops Citronella Essential Oil
- 1 drop Thyme Essential Oil
- 3 drops Orange Essential Oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Add all oils into a 3 oz. spray bottle and top off with distilled water.
- Spray onto pets, taking care to avoid their eyes.
Looking for a bug spray recipe for the humans in your life? We have one of those too.
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