Bug Off Essential Oil Blends
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.
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.
Cowgirl Freshness Spray:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mosquito’s: 5-8 drops each in a roller bottle or-4 oz spray bottle
Ticks: Roller Bottle 1/2 with Almond oil, 4-8 drops each of