Well, it’s that time of year again. You know, the weather is getting warmer and the trees are starting to bloom. In addition, those pests are on the prowl. We know what they are, and every year, dog owners across North America dread the warm days because of fleas. But you shouldn’t worry about fleas, as there are many holistic flea treatments that work. I’m going to share three treatment recipes for you to use before the fleas invade.
Why Holistic Flea Treatments?
Although we often think of store bought, or veterinarian prescribed flea treatments when dealing with fleas, not everyone can use them. In fact, some people have to avoid them for their dogs due to allergies that they have. Alternatively, they may be looking for more natural ways to deal with fleas. Not everyone wants to use heavy chemicals and many holistic flea treatments have been proven effective.
So, whether you have an allergy or are looking for a safer way to treat fleas for the whole family, these recipes are sure to give you exactly what you are looking for.
1) Holistic Flea Repellent
One of the best ways to get rid of fleas is to prevent them in the first place. This recipe is a great treatment that is gentle on your dog’s coat and skin. Aso, it is safe to eat so your dog won’t get sick if he licks it.
Finally, it can be used daily. All you need to do is spray it on your dog’s coat before he heads outside and fleas won’t hitch a ride.
- 4 cups of filtered water
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig of fresh lavender
- 1 Whole lemon
- 1 sprig of fresh sage
- Boil the filtered water until it is a full rolling boil.
- Slice the lemon.
- In a large bowl, add the lemon slices, sage, rosemary, and lavender.
- Pour the boiled water over the herbs.
- Allow to steep for several hours or overnight for best results.
- Strain the liquid, removing the herbs and lemons and keeping the steeped water.
- Pour into a spray bottle.
- Sprits your dog before he goes outside and make sure you focus on the belly, legs, ears, and tail. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
2) Holistic Flea Powder
However, if sprays aren’t your thing and you want a powder you can brush into your dog’s coat to forget about for a few weeks, then you should try this holistic flea powder.
At the end of the day, it is very simple to make and it only needs to be applied to the coat once a month during flea season. Which makes it a great choice for the busy dog owner.
Like all of the holistic flea treatments, the ingredients are safe for your dog if he licks it off. However, it is very important that you purchase food-grade ingredients for it. If you do not, this recipe can become poisonous.
- 1/2 cup of Neem Powder
- 1 cup of Diatomaceous Earth (FOOD GRADE)
- 1/2 cup of Yarrow Powder
- 20 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- In a large bowl, combine the yarrow powder, neem powder, and food grade diatomaceous earth.
- Pour in the essential oil and mix until it is well blended.
- Transfer to a container with a shaker top.
- Starting at the base of your dog’s head, brush the flea powder into the coat from head to tail. Make sure you add extra to the belly, legs, and tail of the dog.
- Reapply every month. Store any extra in a dry spot in your house.
3) Holistic Flea Dip
Finally, if your dog already has fleas and you want to get rid of them, this simple three-step recipe is perfect. All you have to do is make it, pour it on the dog, and leave it. No rinsing or anything else.
So, not only does the dip kill any fleas and eggs on the dog, it helps with preventing new fleas from jumping on.
- 4 cups of water
- 12 cups of warm water
- 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves
- In a large pot, bring the 4 cups of water to a fast boil.
- Add in the rosemary leaves and continue boiling. You want to let the mixture boil for about 30 minutes.
- Once it is boiled, remove the rosemary leaves.
- Add in the warm water and mix well.
- Allow it to cool until room temperature.
- Pour over the dog’s coat and make sure that you soak the entire dog.
- Allow to dry completely and do not rinse it off.
As you can see, holistic flea treatments can be affordable and healthy for everyone in your house. There is no need to use harsh chemicals and they are very effective. In fact, many dog owners have reported the natural recipes working better than many medications for fleas. If you have a few minutes to whip up the recipe, try one of these.