Easy Natural Homemade Tick Repellent3 min read

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If you don’t use harsh chemicals and you live in a tick-laden area of the country, you need this homemade tick repellent recipe! In Tennessee, we have lots of woods and high grasses, and lots of ticks. Not only do they attach to our dogs, they tend to seek out any human who travels their way.

What’s wrong with ticks? Why do we dread finding one on or near us? Well, no one likes the thought of something burrowed into their skin, especially a little critter who carries diseases such as:

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Lyme Disease

The Lone Star tick can even cause beef, pork, and venison allergies. And ticks are just downright annoying and gross! So the best thing to do is avoid having to deal with the itchy culprits by keeping them off of you.

This homemade tick repellent is easy to make, and best of all, it works.

natural tick repellent ingredients

Gather your ingredients.

melting beeswax

Heat the oil and beeswax to melt.

making natural tick repellent with essential oils

Add essential oils to the oil and wax.

natural tick repellent

Label your salve so you know what it is. I have forgotten more than once what was in a jar…

Now simply take a very small amount (this is potent stuff, y’all!) and rub on legs, feet, arms or where you feel you need it. We also make a spray version to use on clothing and pets. We use this salve on our ankles and legs. 

Would you like to turn it into a spray? Simply combine 1 cup of vinegar, witch hazel, cheap vodka, or distilled water with the essential oils and place in a spray bottle. You’ll need to shake the bottle before use to make sure the oils will distribute throughout. 



  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
  • 30 drops geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary oil
  • 20 drops peppermint oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus oil


  • Heat a small amount of water in a saucepan on the stove.
  • Place coconut oil and beeswax into a wide mouth pint jar, and carefully put the jar into the saucepan. (Do not let the water get into the jar of oil.)
  • Heat gently and stir occasionally until the oil and beeswax is melted.
  • Remove from jar from heat and stir in the essential oil.
  • Let cool, cover with a lid, and label.

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