Apple cider vinegar in water drunk several times a day will repel ticks, and other flying insects. A spray of white vinegar on the bare skin also helps along with the internal dose of ACV. It also works on cats... In their water, and on their coats.... Just a few drops in the water and/or some applied to the hands and rubbed on their sides which they will ingest when washing themselves. Also repels ear mites.
Severe Tick Bite which has lasted nearly 6 months. I have tried everything in the world and nothing worked. It itched, I would scratch it open, it was infected, just awful. It drove me nuts. I decided to try a half and half solution of ACV and Hydrogen Peroxide and dabbed this on the area several times a day with a cue tip. Within 4 days this tick bite has finally healed. Love this site and thought I would share this. Believe this would work for any skin infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric for Tick Bites: My 5 year old son and I both react badly to tick bites. Last summer, my bites took 4-6 months to heal. It was frustrating and very itchy! The bites on my son swell up and they must think he is delicous as he gets so many bites. (He eats the same as his siblings but they don't get nearly so many bites and don't react so badly either! ) Anyway, I have been treating our bites this spring twice daily with different things with not much relief. Then I started to use raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar topically on the bites, twice a day or more often if the itch returned. Not only does it relieve the itch for hours, it also seems to speed healing. I had my son start on turmeric (about 1/2 t. Per day) and that really ramped up the healing for him. I am taking about 1 t. myself now, too. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, so I guess that is why it is helping. This is a cheap and easy solution to an irritating problem!
I just got my June/July issue of Mother Earth News and in their reader-reported tips section, someone wrote in about an old-time remedy for ticks. Apparently if you drink a quart of buttermilk every day the ticks will leave you alone. The change in smell of perspiration repels them. Not sure how anyone would manage a quart of buttermilk a day, but perhaps a lesser amount would work. Maybe this is an effective remedy for the doggies in our lives too. Thought I would mention it for the folks in the Lyme disease areas.
Tick bite: I was having severe pains shoot through my chest area, thinking I might be coming down with pneumonia, and after two weeks found a small tick embedded in the skin. I removed it with tweezers, and started taking ____ Silver immediately; 3 teaspoons a day for 14 days. The pain began to go away within a couple days and that was about 2 1/2 months ago. No more pain.
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Ticks are bad this summer at our farm even though I have Guineas , which are supposed to rid you of this parasite. We use DMSO for some of our ailments and I had a brain storm. This is one of the most powerful solvents known. When I find a tick, I no longer try to pull it out of my hide. I just cover it with DMSO and it is dead within a few minutes and you can just roll it off. I buy DMSO gel from the Doctor in Oregon who did all the initial research, but you can buy it at any Farm Co-op. If it works on million dollar horses, it will work on you. ATS.
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for Tick bites here in north FL we put a paste of epsom salts mixed w/ water on the bite. It helps w/ the itching and reduces the redness. Apply as frequently as you like. it drys the skin but will bleach clothing.
My four year old reacts badly to insect bites and we are surrounded by tick infested woods! He had a very bad reaction to a tick bite on the inside of his upper thigh. Under the bite there was a hard knot that was jelly bean size. The lymph nodes nearby were swollen and redness extended in a circle around the bit and down his leg for six inches. I alternated organic peppermint essential oil and organic lavender essential oil neat (not diluted) every couple of hours the first day. It was hugely improved by the next day. I continued several times a day for another day. Now it is about gone and the gland swelling is reducing and I am treating it morning and night. I am giving him garlic throughout the day for a natural antibiotic just in case and will continue that for two weeks and maybe all through tick season.
Cedar essential oil and geranium essential oil, mixed with other oil is a good tick repellent. Last summer I put 2 cups of water and 20 drops of geranium in a spray bottle. We would spray children before they went outside. (It won't last all day, unfortunately. ) It really helped. My son sprayed his body and upper legs but not his shoes and socks. He stepped into a deer tick nest and had 100 ticks crawling all over his legs, but none went up past the sock line.
Thyme essential oil will kill a tick that is on you. One drop. (Lavender is safer, but slower for small children since thyme is very strong.)
Last summer my teenage son had a whole bunch (maybe 30?) of tick bites on a leg (he didn't spray! ) They became pimple like with white heads and the leg was red. I used charcoal poultices and chamomile poultices on the leg and it helped very quickly. I would mix either with warm water and wrap in a paper towel or cloth and attach to the leg with plastic wrap and then masking tape. I would use charcoal on the leg overnight. This worked very well to heal the leg.
My two year old had two tick bites that really got irritated looking. They did not get bulls eye rashes, but the redness was surrounding the bite larger than a silver dollar, a little swollen and red and hot. I wanted to do something for the immediate irritation and itchiness they were causing him. I love to use peppermint essential oil for "hot" bites and stings, but I was afraid he would scratch the bites and then inadvertently touch his eyes and that would burn. So I put a larger drop of castor oil in my hand (because you can't get a small drop of castor oil! ) and added 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil. This did seem to offer relief. I repeated the process every few hours for a couple of days and the bites looked better each time and now are barely noticeable. I would have liked to have put charcoal poultices on those bites, but they were in awkward places to accomplish that.
I like to spray apple cider vinegar on bites and find that helps a lot with the itch, but my little ones don't like it because it stings. The castor oil and essential oils were close by and I decided to try them out. Oh, I also put some colloidal silver on the bites a few times.
He has other tick bites but none that looked like this. Because of the risk of tick-borne disease I will likely keep him on some vitamin C and colloidal silver internally the rest of the summer.
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In Australia, there is scabies cream Lyclear sold at chemists made out of pyrethrum daisy. Tiny amount just to cover the tick kills small ticks almost instantly. No need to pull them out, they go soft and you can gently scrape them out. I would not recomend it for big ticks as it takes few minutes and in meantime they may inject more poison. For those I find that using my fingers to grab them and pull them out is easier and better than tweezers because if I do not get them out on a first go they get irritated and inject more poison. There is also less possibility that the head snaps off and stays in. Also I can reach areas e.g., back where I cannot see and I could not use tweezers (useful if you happen to be on your own). When I work in infested areas, afterwards I can also check these areas with my hands. I also find that essential oils do not kill big ticks quick enough. Pyrethrum is toxic in bigger amounts, if you get tick bites very frequently you would need to check about toxicity.