Some people put essential oils directly on their dog to naturally control fleas. However, essential oils are very strong and you don’t want to do that. Don’t take the chance that your dog will have a reaction. With people, it’s not a good idea to put essential oils directly on the skin, unless you dilute them in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil so why do that to your pet?

It is a better idea to apply a drop of geranium essential oil directly to the dog’s collar. Not his collarbone, but his fabric-made collar. The scent lasts for days and insects hate the smell of essential oils. In fact, you can put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a wet kitchen sponge and use it to wipe down your counters in the spring when ants come trailing in from the rain. This oil has the amazing ability to repel those ants as well as many other insects.

Using geranium works for city dogs who are mostly inside and don’t spend a lot of time outdoors. If you live in an area infested with ticks, geranium essential oil may not protect you or your pet from a tick infestation. This is a big concern, in light of the widespread reports of Lyme disease. So I would check with your pet’s vet. If you live in a wooded area, and you’re worried about Lyme disease, discuss this with your own physician. That way, you can decide if the risk of using chemical flea products outweighs the benefits.

Another essential oil that is often used to keep the fleas away is lemongrass. Both of these oils are extremely versatile. So you can use them for a wide range of other things. For instance, I like to put geranium essential oil in my facial moisturizer because it’s considered a great natural wrinkle fighter.


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