Tuesday, 19 August 2014

All-Natural Homemade Insect Repellent Balm for Dogs, Cats

Make your own all-natural homemade insect repellent balm for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. Made with coconut oil, essential oils or hydrosols using the recipe below...
To Make the Insect Repellent Balm You Will Need...
  • A small glass, china or porcelain container with a lid
    • To avoid transfer of toxins and carcinogens from metal and plastic containers avoid using metal and plastic containers
  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Therapeutic:
    • Essential oils (for dog sand cats)
    • Hydrosols (for puppies and kittens 10 weeks of age or younger)
      • Hydrosols are a by-product of essential oil distillation and are gentler than essential oils.
      • Don't use essential oils on puppies and kittens 10 weeks of age or younger

Choosing The Right Essential Oil or Hydrosol
  • For Adult Dogs and Puppies over 10 weeks of age...
    •  Select three of the following essential oils:
      • Citronella, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, sweet orange, rose-geranium, spearmint or catnip
  • For Adult Cats and Kittens over 10 weeks of age...
    • Select the following essential oils:
      • Lemon grass, rose-geranium, catnip
  • For Puppies under 10 weeks of age...
    •  Select three of the following hydrosols
      • Citronella, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, sweet orange, rose-geranium, spearmint or catnip
  • For Kittens under 10 weeks of age...
    • Select the following hydrosols
      • Lemon grass, rose-geranium, catnip

Target the Insect You Want to Repel...

  • For Dogs and Puppies
    • Fleas - use citronella, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Mosquitoes - use citronella, lavender, lemon grass, sweet orange, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Ticks - use rose geranium, lavender, lemon grass

  • Cats and Kittens
    • Fleas - use lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Mosquitoes – use lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Ticks – use rose geranium, lavender, lemon grass

The Recipe


  • If the coconut oil is in a liquid state you can use it as is
  • If the coconut oil is in a solid state you will need to warm it just enough to liquefy the oil


  • Mix the following together in the glass jar...
    • 1/8 cup coconut oil
    • for dogs - 10 drops each of the three essential oils you selected from the list above
    • for cats - 6 drops each of the three essential oils you selected from the list above
    • for puppies - 10 drops of the three hydrosols you selected from the list above
    • for kittens -  6 drops each of the three essential oils you selected from the list above
Cool and Store

  • If you had to warm the coconut oil to liquefy it, you can just let the mixture sit at room temperature to cool and solidify
  • If your room temperature is too warm to sustain the coconut oil as a solid
  • Place the mixture in a cooler location or store in the refrigerator – this will stop the balm from liquefying

To Use the Balm

  • Take a little of the balm in your hands
    • Essential oils and hydrosols are very concentrated, even when diluted with a carrier oil (in this case coconut oil)
    • Use sparingly - so for example for a small dog or cat weighing 10 pounds, you only need to use a drop of the balm
  • Rub your hands together – the friction will cause the balm to soften
  • Rub your hands over your dog’s or cat’s fur, avoid getting the mixture in your dogs or cat's eyes


  • Make sure you select from the essential oils and hydrosols above as specified.
  • Use only high quality essential oils and hydrosols.
  • Particularly when using  essential oils on cats, make sure you observe your cat, watch for any signs of an adverse reaction and cease using if any type of toxicity occurs
  •  Please remember that your dog’s and cat’s best defense against insects and insect-borne disease is a truly health supporting diet, nutrition and overall wellness plan. Topical insect repellent should never be used on its own with the expectation that it can prevent insect bites and insect-borne disease – it should be used as part of a holistic plan.
A Holistic Approach

Off-the-shelf and veterinarian prescribed chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives do NOT prevent insects from biting your animal and in many cases they also do not prevent secondary infection of heartworm and insect-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. In addition these chemical-based products pose serious short-term and long-term health hazards. Too learn more Go Here >>

The health threat increases if your dog or cat is on a species inappropriate diet (this includes prescription foods) and/or has a health regimen that exposes your animal to over vaccination; toxin and carcinogen-laden foods; grooming products (i.e. shampoo, rinses, tooth paste and dental chews, sun screen, etc.) and environmental hazards (i.e. chemical-based: house hold cleaning products; exposure to chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides).

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1 comment:

  1. Excellent information! Excited to try these on my cats. Thank you!


Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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Wishing your dog and cat the best of health!

Karen Rosenfeld
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Holistic Behaviorist - Dogs
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Adviser – Dogs and Cats