Natural Insect Repellent Balm Recipes for Dogs, Puppies, Cats and Kittens


insect repelling balm recipe for puppes and kittens
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In this article:
  1. Insect repellent balm - what you'll need
  2. Essential oil and hydrosol options
  3. Target the insect you want to repel
  4. Insect repellent balm recipe
Make your own all-natural homemade insect repellent balm for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. This insect repellent balm recipe is:
  1. Simple to make.
  2. Made with coconut oil, essential oils or hydrosols.

1. Insect Repellent Balm - What You'll Need

Items you'll need to make the Insect Repellent Balm
1. 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
2. Organic, cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil

3. Essential oils or hydrosols
  • Essential oil for dogs and 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

2. Essential Oil and Hydrosol Options

insect repellent balm recipe for dogs and cats
Adult Dogs and Puppies over 10 weeks of age: 
Select three of the following essential oils:
  • citronella
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • sweet orange
  • rose-geranium or catnip
Adult Cats and Kittens over 10 weeks of age:
Select from the following hydrosols:
  • catnip
  • lemongrass
  • rose-geranium
Puppies under 10 weeks of age:
Select three of the following hydrosols
  • cat nip
  • citronella
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • sweet orange 
  • rose-geranium
Kittens under 10 weeks of age:
Select from the following hydrosols
  • cat-nip
  • lemongrass
  • rose-geranium

3.  Target the Insect You Want to Repel

Options for Dogs and Puppies

Target Fleas
Select from: 
  • catnip
  • citronella
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
Target Mosquitoes
Select from:
  • catnip
  • citronella
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
  • sweet orange
  • peppermint
Target Ticks 
  • Select from: 
  • rose geranium
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
Options For Cats and Kittens

Target Fleas
Select from: 
  • catnip
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
Target Mosquitoes
Select from: 
  • catnip
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
Target Ticks
Select from:
  • rose geranium
  • lavender
  • lemongrass

4. Insect Repellent Balm Recipe

natural insect repellent balm recipe for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens
Preparation
 
If the coconut oil is solid, you'll need to warm it enough to liquefy it.
Mix
Mix the following together in the glass jar:
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • dogs and older puppies: 10 drops each of the three essential oils you selected from the list above.
  • cats and older kittens: 6 drops each of the three hydrosols you selected from the list above.
  • young puppies: 10 drops of the three hydrosols you selected from the list above.
  • young kitten: 6 drops each of the three hydrosols oils you selected from the list above.
Cool and Store
  1. If you had to warm the coconut oil to liquefy it, let the mixture sit at room temperature to cool and solidify.
  2. If your room temperature is too warm to for the coconut oil to remain solid, put the mixture in the refrigerator – this will stop the balm from liquefying.
How 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 and cat’s fur. Avoid getting the mixture in your dog or cat's eyes.

Cautions

Select from the essential oils and hydrosols above as specified.
 
Use only high quality essential oils and hydrosols.
 
If your dog or cat indicates they do not like the scent of a specific essential oil (dog) or hydrosol (dog, cat, puppy, kitten) respect the indication. Do not force it on your animal.

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Article by Karen Rosenfeld

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