Got Fleas?

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Here is me and my dog Charlotte at the Hudson River Park enjoying a nice Autumn day! Charlotte is a huge fan of nature and grass is truly the next best thing to her after a peanut butter bone! She rolls, twirls, runs, chases squirrels and wild geese. Charlotte gets bugged by the fleas easily and I am not an advocate for chemical meds so I use Purification blend to keep those creepy bloodsuckers off her. Essential oils can effectively repel fleas. We humans enjoy the aroma of essential oils but pests and insects cannot stand these smells.

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Why Purification? While you can use any of the oils or combinations from the list below, Purification already contains Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Melaleuca Alternifolia and Myrtle essential oils, which will save you time and money.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Rub 2-3 drops of essential oils on your dog’s collar. If your dog is sensitive, dilute it in water, Aloe Vera gel or Neem oil. Neem oil is safe and effective to use on cats because cats always lick themselves. For cats especially, the proportion is 1 drop of essential oil to 4-5 drops of diluting agent.

2. Rub essential oils on your hands first and then stroke animal’s fir or/and massage paws.

3. Make a flea spray in 1 oz. glass amber bottle: Half water/half apple cider vinegar and 3-4 drops of essential oil.

List of essential oils for dog collar to prevent fleas: 

  • Eucalyptus

  • Rosemary

  • Peppermint

  • Cedarwood

  • Citronella

  • Lavender

  • Tea Tree

Some safety considerations:

  • Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.

  • Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.

  • Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.

  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.

  • Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.

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