Ticks typically find you by odor – so smell good and confuse the ticks at the same time!
Using Rose Geranium Oil As A Tick Repellent
Rose geranium oil prevents ticks from detecting your presence. A tick’s front legs possess organs that perceive odor, carbon dioxide, temperature, and movement. These structures tell a tick you’re approaching. However, rose geranium oil masks your human scent!
A 2013 study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that rose geranium oil repels ticks with 90 percent effectiveness. (source)
The oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the Pelargonium plant, acquired through steam distillation. The fragrance is both fruity and earthy. Although the scent of rose, lemon, and apple is delightful for humans, ticks detest the aroma.
Note that there are two main species of rose geranium oil. You should use the essential oil with the botanical name “Pelargonium capitatum x radens”. It’s the most effective at repelling ticks. You can find it here.
You can use Rose Geranium essential oil in oil or in a spray.
Read on for one of the recipes.