Sunday, May 25, 2014

Keep These Bugs Off Of Me!

So it happened.

One of my kids got bit by tick. Ok, to a seasoned homesteader this may not be a big deal.

But we live in the city and I have NEVER in all my life been bitten by a tick. NEVER.

I've never even seen one. My husband, who is even more of a city slicker than I am, was the one who found it. I was in the kitchen and he sort of calmly yells out to me, "come here quick!" So I come into the living room like what happened? And he shows it to me.

In case there are some of you who have also never experienced this, let me tell you a little about it.


As I try to act all calm, I instruct my husband not to bother it. Because I had just recently seen how using essential oils would make it back out. His reply? "I'm not letting this thing go all the way inside her!" Again, we have never dealt with ticks before lol.

I found online that putting some peppermint EO on it will make it back out. So I do that and we watch. It starts backing out and then my darling husband was like that's it, I'm getting this thing. So he tugs it out. He had to tug a lot harder than either of us expected! But praise the Lord she is fine and now we know what to do next time... please Lord don't let there be a next time

There will probably be a next time, huh?

In order to be proactive about this, especially since we plan to spend a good amount of time out doors. I scoured the internet looking for some advice on a DIY repellent. I found a list of essential oils to choose from and I have... none of them. But I do have a blend that is called Plague Rescue (clove, lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and rosemary) and that will have to do for now.

Apparently the cinnamon will help with mosquitoes, and the eucalyptus will help with ticks. Clove and rosemary are also supposed to be good at repelling insects. So I figure I can't loose, right?

So here is my recipe for an 8oz bottle:
4oz Water
4oz Witch Hazel
20-30 drops of Plague Rescue (same as Thieves or OnGuard)

In case you are wondering where I get my oils from I have a very dear friend that bottles oils straight from the distiller. I like that I'm helping her business AND that I'm avoiding multilevel marketing. Which I'm really not a huge fan of. If you'd like info about her company please e-mail me, or leave me a comment with your email, and I'd be happy to share the info with you. (trying to avoid spam here)

So what about you? Do you have a plan to keep bugs away this spring and summer?

I'm linking up at: Mostly Homemade Monday, Mountain Woman Rendezvous , HomeAcre Hop, Homemaking Link Up


  1. Hi Tewauna! What an exciting thing to find a tick with it's head in your kid! We live where ticks are common; on our dogs. But I found a deer tick crawling up my hubs leg one day. Thankfully, it hadn't 'dug in yet'. Thanks for sharing your story; and I hope your child doesn't acquire any more ticks! Blessings from Bama!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Felecia! I'm hoping to never experience that again! lol

  3. Please share my email with your friend. It is
    I've been interested in essential oils but have been very hesitant to buy from a big company. Thank you!

    1. I sent you an email with her website Sondra. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I couldn't have read this post at a better time! The gnats are terrible here in Eastern Iowa. Thanks for sharing last week on Mostly Homemade Mondays! If you get a minute, hop over today and link up a few more of your favorite posts:

  5. Perfect timing to read your post, the bugs are just coming out in Vermont! I am going to feature your post on my blog tomorrow! Hope you come back and link up again!
    -Nancy The HomeAcre Hop

    1. Thanks so much Nancy! I'm glad that you found this helpful :o)

  6. I am interested in the essential oils from your friend. Thanks