Essential Oils

Flea collar

A flea collar is a great way to ward off fleas without always having to reapply something topically, and it keeps the flea control constant and steady.

You will need…

-3-5 drops of cedar oil or lavender oil (if pregnant use Cedar Oil)
– 1-tablespoons of water
-Bandanna OR your dog’s collar
-an eyedropper (optional)


  • Dilute 2-3 drops of your chosen oil in 1- tablespoons of water. Some people use the oil undiluted, but I personally feel it should always be diluted, even if it’s only by a little.  
  • pick out a bandanna to be the flea collar- I think a bandanna is preferable because you can take it on and off and your dog’s collar won’t smell… plus, it’s fun to go with the seasons, your favorite colors or represent your favorite team! 
  •  Using an eyedropper or other similar means, apply 5-10 drops of the mixture to the bandanna and rub the sides of the fabric together, and then tie it about your dog’s neck.
  • Reapply oil mixture to the collar once a week.
  • In conjunction with this, 1 or  2 drops of oil diluted with 1 tablespoon of olive oil can be placed at the base of your dog’s tail.

Flea deterring drink-

 can be used alongside any of these remedies.

You will need…

-1 teaspoon white Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar


For every 40 pound dog add 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of their drinking water. We highly recommend using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Not only does it deter fleas, it improves a pups skin and coat condition from the inside-out.

Flea and Tick Recipe: Lemon Spray
(my Favorite!)
  • Cut 1/4 Lemon (I wrap the lemon in cheese cloth to avoid messy straining)
  • ** Boil 1 pin  of water.** 
  • Put the Lemon (wrapped in cheese cloth) in boiling water, turn off stove
  • . ** Cover Let Steep overnite.
  • **  In the morning, Squeeze lemon.
  •  ** Pour with funnel into a Spray bottle.( I use cheese cloth here also)  Waalaa Instant Flea and Tick repellent.
  •  ** Spray your Pet.  Avoiding Eyes, and sensitive areas. Spray behind ears, down back, under arms, chest, base of tail where fleas like to hide.
  • You may use this treatment as often as you like, I would recommend daily.
  • Refrigerate or will mold
  • NOTE >dip a comb or your pets brush in the liquid and run it through their hair. A sponge works as well, especially if you have a very short haired breed. A quick version is to bring water to a vigorous boil and then pour over a freshly sliced lemon. Then just dip the comb, let it cool, and use as above.


Flea spray (2)

As a bonus, your pup will get a nice gleaming finish to their coat after using this flea spray.

You will need…

– 1 cup Braggs Apple cider vinegar
-1 quart fresh water
-2-3 drops of lavender or cedar oil
-a decent sized spray bottle


  • add 2-3 drops as you add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar/apple cider vinegar/both to 1 quart of fresh water.
  • Fill your spray bottle, and mist your dog, being careful not to get it in their eyes, nose, or ears-aka avoid spraying near the face.
  • To get up around the neck and behind the ears/their chin area, dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and wipe it on.
  • Spray your pets bedding and around it with this mixture lightly as well.


Flea (be-gone) bag

This little sachet contains things that smell pleasant to us, but that drive pests away from your pet.

You will need…

-Two 6 inch squares of breathable fabric (such as muslin)
-a rough handful of cedar chips
-1-2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds
-the peel of 1 lemon


.Cut 2 6 inch squares of fabric and place them together inside out. 

Sew all but 1 side and turn inside out. 

Fill with a rough handful of fragrant cedar chips,

 1-2 teaspoons of lavender, and 1 lemon peel. 

Leave enough room at the top so you can tie it off with a ribbon or sew it shut (tying allows you to reuse it when the contents lose their potency.) 

Place under your pets bed/bedding or near it to ward off fleas. Change the mixture every month or so. 


 Itchy Dog Spray

• Mix the following ingredients together in a bottle/jar with cap and shake well before use:
• Apple Cider Vinegar: 1/2 cup
• Brewed Green Tea (cooled): 1/2 cup
• Distilled Water: 1 cup
Apply to clean skin and coat, massage, rinse, and pat dry.
Restore’s skin pH, soothe itchy skin, calm rashes and welts, and has some added benefits for keeping biting flies, fleas and gnats at bay.

Lemon Rosemary Flea Spray

Natural protection for your doggie!  Will give your dog a shiny fragrant coat and keep fleas and other bugs away (including mosquitoes).  Lemon juice may lighten your dog’s coat.

1 large lemon
6” sprig of rosemary
1 quart hot, near boiling, water

Slice lemon into paper thin pieces.  

Remove leaves from rosemary and mince.

Place lemon and rosemary in a large bowl or jar and cover with hot water.

Let steep overnight.

Strain and put in a large spray bottle.

Makes 1 quart
Preparation time: 10 minutes, then overnight