There are few things more uncomfortable for your pet than a flea problem. It’s heartbreaking to watch your dog or cat scratch and suffer trying to rid themselves of those pesky insects. As a pet owner, you naturally want to end the suffering of your constantly itching pet. When searching for a solution to fleas, it would be nice to purchase a product without all those harmful chemicals that aren’t good for your dog. Some products must be absorbed into the bloodstream to be effective.
However, there are safe and natural alternatives that won’t poison your dog or the environment. Cedar oil is one of the best natural options. Cedar oil also contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, making it truly an essential oil.
For humans, this essential oil has many additional uses including stress relief, a natural air freshener, diuretic and insect repellent.
Cedar oil is a versatile natural product created using the steam distillation process. Distillation is a process which includes boiling the bark, leaves and berries of the Cedar tree and extracting the oils. Derived from the Cedar wood tree, Red Eastern and Southern Red Cedar trees, this essential oil has a woodsy scent that is soothing and somewhat intoxicating.
Conifer (trees that produce cones) and cedar trees are native to North America, where they can attain impressive heights. The Cedar tree has leaves that resemble needles and some trees can live for nearly 1,000 years. Aside from their natural beauty, you can stop fleas, ticks and mosquitoes in their tracks by simply using the essential oil of this ancient and beautiful tree.
You can toss your store bought, chemical laden, flea repellants and poisonous collars in the trash because insects need only smell the scent of cedar to be deterred. Cedar oil is a known toxin for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. The essential oil is non-toxic to humans and animals, but it will send bugs crawling in the opposite direction. The aroma is also quite pleasant, making Cedar oil a popular and effective treatment for fleas, especially during the summer months.
Cedar oil is available in a spray-form for easy application. You can create your own Cedar oil spray by simply combining 14 ounces of water with 15 drops of the essential oil and a dash of garlic oil to also protect against mosquitoes.
Consider lining your flowerbeds and common outdoor areas with cedar chips. Although not as potent as cedar oil, cedar chips are also pest deterrents. Spray around the outside of your home, your flowerbed and gardens and your outdoor patio areas to protect against fleas and more.
Combine five drops of essential cedar oil with carrier oils such as grape seed, almond or coconut oil, to create your own wonderfully smelling, pest repellent for the body. You can spray the oil right on your skin and that of your family for all day protection against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
If you don’t have the ingredients on hand, or don’t care to make your own, you can purchase cedar oil spray as a flea and tick repellent. As for your pets, spray the repellent directly on the skin, especially in areas where fleas currently reside. If the skin is irritated or cracked, do not use the oil until the skin has healed.
This process should be repeated every two weeks to ensure that the fleas are attacked at every stage of their life cycle. As fleas go through a quick growth process from larvae to fleas, the repellant will not only kill the existing fleas, it will also retard the growth of developing fleas and eventually kill them as well.
Flea repellant also acts as a flea killer since fleas will generally die within minutes of coming in contact with cedar oil. The toxin from the Cedar oil slows the flea down and severely inhibits its ability to climb or jump, eventually killing it.
Products such as Cedarcide may be purchased online or at pet stores. It comes in granules for the outdoors and in spray form as well. Essential oil may be purchased at local health food stores or online. You may also find natural flea repellant from Petco or a local pet store.
The products containing Cedar oil are more expensive than if you were to purchase the oil and create the product yourself so consider making your own. It is simple, all natural, and it works.