Tick Talk: Natural Remedies and the Role of Diet in Combatting Pesky Ticks

May 19, 2023

Ticks can be quite a nuisance, especially during the warmer months when we want to enjoy the great outdoors. But fear not! In this blog post, we'll be sharing some valuable insights and tips from our latest podcast episode. Join Lacey and me as we discuss natural remedies and the role of diet in combatting these pesky critters. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let's dive in!

Understanding the Tick Problem: Ticks are small arachnids that thrive in wooded areas, tall grasses, and even in our own backyards. Not only can they cause discomfort and itchiness, but they also pose health risks by transmitting diseases like Lyme disease. That's why it's crucial to arm ourselves with effective strategies to keep these tiny troublemakers at bay.

Natural Remedies: When it comes to dealing with ticks, many people prefer natural remedies as a first line of defense. Here are a few tips we discussed in our podcast episode:

  1. Essential Oils: Certain essential oils, such as lavender, lemon eucalyptus, and geranium, are known to repel ticks. Dilute a few drops in a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil, and apply it to your skin before venturing outdoors.
  2. Tick-Repelling Plants: Incorporate tick-repelling plants into your garden or patio, such as rosemary, lemongrass, and marigolds. These plants release fragrances that repel ticks, creating a natural barrier.
  3. Tick Checks: Perform thorough tick checks on yourself, your family members, and pets after spending time outdoors. Make sure to check common hiding spots like the scalp, behind the ears, armpits, and between toes.

The Role of Diet: Believe it or not, your diet can play a role in deterring ticks as well. Here are a few dietary tips we discussed in our podcast episode:

  1. Garlic: Incorporating garlic into your diet can help repel ticks due to its strong odor. Adding it to your meals or taking garlic supplements might make you less appealing to these tiny pests.
  2. Vitamin B: B vitamins, particularly vitamin B1 (thiamine), are believed to create an odor that repels ticks. Including foods rich in vitamin B, such as whole grains, beans, and leafy greens, in your diet might give you an extra layer of defense.
  3. Hydration: Staying properly hydrated is essential. Drinking plenty of water helps maintain healthy skin, making it harder for ticks to attach themselves.

Conclusion: Ticks may be pesky, but with a few natural remedies and dietary adjustments, we can combat them effectively. In this blog post, we've highlighted some key takeaways from our latest podcast episode. Remember, prevention is key when dealing with ticks, so be sure to implement these tips before your next outdoor adventure.

We hope you found these insights helpful! If you want to dive deeper into this topic, make sure to check out our podcast episode [link to the podcast episode]. Stay tick-free and enjoy your time in nature!

Not sure where to start with homesteading?

Try The Homestead Open House


Stay connected with news and updates!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates.
Don't worry, your information will not be shared.

We hate SPAM. We will never sell your information, for any reason.