Tips from an Herbalist: How To Make Your Own Tick And Bug Repellent

Our ticks here in Virginia are everywhere right now, and if your local ticks and biting bugs are thriving as well, then this remedy might just be a lifesaver this summer.

From a previous survival blog, I introduced you to my friend Rod Morey, who is an herbalist and modern day mountain man. When Rod and I ran into a mess of those tiny little brown ticks a few weeks ago, Rod ran to retrieve a silver spray bottle full of his famous bug repellent. Rod was kind enough to help us all out by revealing his secret recipe. You'll need to make a trip to a health food store or some similar shop that sells essential plant oils (or get good at procuring your own plant oils). But once you have a bottle mixed up, you should have plenty of bug repellent for weeks.

"I find this spray useful as we have 3 dogs, and a dozen goats. We give them a quick spray on their legs and underbellies every morning. I too get a quick spray on my shoes/ legs and arms," Rod says. "I had very few ticks on me since I started using this spray. And I usually get bit if there's a tick within 100 yards. It's all natural, very easy to make and it's very inexpensive ... I like that."

Here's the recipe:

1 pint distilled white vinegar
1 pint water
25 drops of tea tree oil
25 drops of lavender essential oil
Shake well and put in a spray bottle. Use frequently, like every 3 -4 hours when outside during tick season."

Check out Rod's blog for more recipes and herbal medicine info.

Got your own recipe for bug dope? Take a second to tell us about your brew in the comments.