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Essential Oils for Dogs: Annoyance Spray

Help Keep Free Riders Off  Your Dog  with Essential Oils!

You know we’re big fans of essential oils around here.   And some of my favorites include oils that help deter insects from getting a free ride.

Get yourself a small spray bottle.  I buy mine in the cosmetic section.   Add in some distilled water or Apple Cider Vinegar and then add some of the oils suggested below.


Cedarwood Oil:  We spray our yards with Cedarwood Oil just about every other day in the summer, since it also helps with the smell of us having so many dogs.    You could probably get away with once or twice a month!    Now I confess, I buy a big volume of this from the lawn and garden department on     See our shopping site

essential oils fleas

When I’m using it for a direct application on the dogs, then I use the higher quality Young Living Products.

Citronella:  is another great oil to include in repellent sprays.  It can also be used in cases of ear mites, mange, and other insects.

Lavender Oil: one more great gentle oil for direct application to the dog.   Who knew?   Fleas don’t like lavender.    Isn’t it interesting how nature works!

Lemon Grass Oil:   this is one of my favorites, just because it smells wonderful.   But it can also be a nice one for your repellent recipe.

Purification:  also acts a repellent in insect sprays.   But it’s also beneficial stand-alone if your dog (or humans) have a insect sting.  This oil helps sooth the irritation from the bite itself.   (You can rub purification on your feet, and it helps keep the bugs off you too!)

Geranium:   Add geranium to help deter ticks too.

So spray your yard!  And then get a little spray bottle and put one or two drops of the oils above you like and spritz Fido periodically to keep the fleas away.

Other people I know are finding benefit with Peppermint, Tea Tree, & Rosemary.

If you have some of these on hand, make a blend of your own and see what works for you!

And surprise!!! It will help the annoying critters away from you too!

If your dog, house, or clothes have been infested free riders — there are natural ways to treat  it too.   Ask me.

You can also try Young Living RepelAroma:  and the entire line of Young Living Animal Scents.

Enjoy a chemical free option to help keep free riding critters and others annoyances of your dog!