Last Modified on Nov 02, 2014
Have you or your pet been bitten by a tick? Anyone walking through woods, fields, or even your own backyard can be bitten by a tick and later find the parasite embedded in your skin. Fortunately, a few natural home remedies can help you to remove the tick without causing a further infection or pain.
CAUTION: With any tick bite, you need to be cautious that the tick was not infected with Lyme Disease. Watch for the characteristic bullseye appearance of the wound site to develop. If it does, seek immediate treatment.
The basic tick removal option is to gently pull the body of the tick out with a pair of tweezers applied as near to the skin as possible. But you need to be careful not to leave the tick's head beneath the skin, as this will increase the risk of infection, and TICKS TRANSMIT A NUMBER OF DISEASES.
Natural Cures: Since the tick breathes out of its backside, coating it in oil may encourage it to back itself out of the skin on its own.
[YEA] 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.
[YEA] 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.
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 06/10/2013
[YEA] 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!Replied by Mikelx1973
Approval Ratings BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100% Posted by Sharon (South Hadley, MA) on 06/01/2008
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Teresa (New Madrid, MO) on 07/22/2009
[YEA] 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.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 09/05/2010
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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.Replied by Kim