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Oregano 100% Pure Essential Oil -1oz By Greenals
Oregano Essential Oil is considered to be "nature's cure all" as it is reputed to have potent antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties. In topical applications, Oregano Oil can be used to treat itches, skin infections, cuts and wounds; and because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is effective against swelling and pain caused by rheumatism. For aromatherapy purposes, Oregano Oil is useful in blends to treat symptoms associated with colds, flues, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. It can also be used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes, especially men's fragrances.
100% Pure Oregano Essential oil
Glass Bottle w/Euro Dropper, Golden Cap
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Used to make shampoo and repellent for brown dog ticksSep 07, 2013
By Linda P
While reading in bed one night, I noticed something crawling on the sheets…yikes; they were tiny ticks, known as seed ticks, the larval form a tick. My eight-year-old dog had never had ticks, so I wasn’t in the habit of checking for them. A little research informed me that these were brown dog ticks and that they hatched and set up residence in my home and on my dog. What to do? I refuse to use pesticides in my home or on my dog. The battle began. Of course I washed all bed linens in hot water and dried them in a hot dryer, several times. Here’s what else I did:
1. Groomed my dog with a clipper as short as possible. Using an LED headlamp, I did tick checks twice a day, pulled them off with tweezers and placed them in a bottle of alcohol.
2. Using a flashlight, I inspected the floors, baseboards, walls, and dog beds twice daily, picking up any ticks I saw.
3. I bought food quality diatomaceous earth (Amazon) and used a plastic ketchup dispenser bottle to place a line of it in the space between the walls and baseboards in the areas the dog frequents. I also used a flour sifter to distribute it around and under the dog beds. Some caution about this product. It can cause respiratory irritation so avoid creating dust and wear a good quality dust mask when applying it. A bigger problem is removing it. There shouldn’t be an issue with leaving it in place long term, so that might be an option. Vacuums with paper bags will not contain the find powder so they act as dispensers, pulling the DE into the bag and it then spewing it out the vent into the air, most definitely a breathing hazard. I am fortunate to own a small canister vacuum made and sold in Japan which uses a bag composed of something like Tyvek and also has a HEPA filter. It contained all of the DE within the bag with nothing exiting the vacuum.
4. A tick trap. I think this would have more useful had I known about it earlier in the battle. Take a small Styrofoam ice chest and make a few small holes in the sides just above the bottom. Place it on a square board and run a strip of double stick carpet tape along the borders of the board with the cooler in the middle surrounded my tape. Put 2-3 pounds of dry ice in the cooler and place it is an area where ticks are plentiful. It is best to do this when the room is unoccupied by dogs or people so it will be the only attraction. Ticks use carbon dioxide to locate hosts, so are attracted to the dissipating dry ice. They should approach the cooler and get stuck on the tape although we watched some crawl onto the tape and then retreat. We checked the area every 3 hours or so and picked up the ticks from the floor as they gathered around the area.
5. Essential oil shampoo and repellent. I made shampoo and repellent spray using essential oils ordered from Amazon. Flea and tick shampoo: 18oz dog shampoo (I like Oster Oatmeal Naturals available at Wal-Mart) or Dr. Bronner’s soap, 30 drops rose geranium oil, 30 drops oregano oil, and 30 drops lavender oil. Mix well. Wet dog and work shampoo into coat, especially paws and around ears. Massage and leave on 5-10 minutes. Rinse well. For repellent: 16 oz filtered water, 1 drop liquid soap, 30 drops rubbing alcohol, 30 drops rose geranium oil, 30 drops lavender oil. Shake well, place in spray bottle. Use on pet beds, furniture, clothing. It is supposed to repel mosquitoes also but I haven’t tested it for that purpose. These are the products I used: Oregano 100% Pure Essential Oil -1oz By Greenals, Rose Geranium 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil - 2oz, Lavender Pure Essential Oil 1oz (30ml)w/glass Dropper, all ordered from Amazon and fulfilled by GreenHealth. I was pleased with the quality of the oils, especially the rose geranium which can be offensive if poor quality.
At the beginning of the infestation I was pulling about 30 ticks per day off my dog. These numbers gradually diminished as I added more weapons to my arsenal. It took about 2 months before I felt I had won the war even though I was still seeing a few ticks per week. I will continue to be vigilant with tick checks. It takes only one tick to lay eggs (they lay around 3000!) to start this cycle again.