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For our horses and dogs, we love to use these blends. Of course with the horses, I often will make up a spray bottle but on trail rides, I will apply the oils directly on them which I have premixed in an old essential oil bottle.

Each recipe is my own, but you can add whatever you like especially if you like certain aromas. Really adding the most prominent for bugs is Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.

Here ya go…enjoy!

Horse Fly Spray

Love My Flowers: 32-ounce spray bottle, fill with water, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar then add 5-10 drops each of the following.

Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella. Shake before each use.

Cowgirl Freshness Spray:

Peppermint, Tea Tree, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Cedarwood

I will mix the above in an old bottle to put directly behind the ears and on hocks. This helps with those nasty ticks. For a spray bottle, I use to keep the freshness of the oils as well as easy to store and take along anywhere.

For Dogs:

This can be a sensitive subject as some dogs just don’t like essential oils. Take mine, a border collie. So I have to have him smell the oil out of the bottle or diluted and if he turns away or sneezes like he is dying, then I don’t use that oil. Horses are so into oils as they are nature which they are from, especially plant-based. Dogs, not so much. So I often mix mine not only with water but a carrier oil as well. My dog loves Almond or Hazelnut.

So in a small 5 ml essential oil bottle, mix half with a carrier oil then 2-5 drops of each oil. Shake and little droplets along the inside of the dog’s collar.

Cruz doesn’t like it!

Fleas:

Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Basil, and Eucalyptus

Ticks:

Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Cedarwood. (my dog can’t do Peppermint so the others work well)

Cats

Cats can not have as many essential oil options as in other animals and humans. Their livers can not handle it as it lacks a P450 cytochrome metabolic pathway. Simply put they can’t break it down. So the only safe ones are.

Lavender, Copaiba, Helichrysum, and Frankincense. Dilute with a coconut carrier oil.

Most common use for bugs off!

Humans

With each one of these, I put in a roller bottle as it makes it so much easier to apply anywhere as well as to carry anywhere like for us, trail rides, or chores around the ranch. I tell you, these work! I have used them for years! You can also put the mosquito in a spray bottle with fresh distilled water. Sometimes refreshing on a hot evening.

You can check out other blends for other issues here

Mosquito’s: 5-8 drops each in a roller bottle or-4 oz spray bottle

Lemongrass, Citronella put in a spray bottle or in a roller with half the bottle using your favorite carrier oil.

Ticks: Roller Bottle 1/2 with Almond oil, 4-8 drops each of

Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavender, Cedarwood

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