How to Prevent Lyme Disease (and other tick-borne illnesses) after a Tick Bite – For People and Animals
The truth about ticks
As much as the media tries to scare you about the dangers of ticks and being bitten by a tick, the truth is, the risk of acquiring a tick-borne infection is quite low. Not all ticks have been infected. And even if the tick has been attached, fed, and is actually carrying an infectious agent, the risk of getting a tick-borne infection is still very low.
“Ticks transmit infection only after they have attached and then taken a blood meal from their new host. A tick that has not attached (and therefore has not yet become engorged from its blood meal) has not passed any infection. Since the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease (and most other tick-borne infections) must feed for >36 hours before transmission of the spirochete, the risk of acquiring Lyme disease from an observed tick bite, for example, is only 1.2 to 1.4 percent, even in an area where the disease is common.” In other words, there’s an extremely high percentage (about 98%!!) that you have absolutely nothing to worry about even if you get bitten by a tick. "
What can you do to prevent ticks naturally?
Instead of fearing ticks and being afraid of venturing out in nature, let’s focus on effective solutions so you can fully enjoy your time in God’s creation. Here’s the thing: I don’t like the idea of putting toxic chemicals on me, my family or my pets. The good news is that I discovered a very effective natural remedy for ticks that’s been working for us (including my dog!) for the past 4 years:
#1: Natural Tick Repellent: Rose Geranium Essential Oil
I’ve been using Rose Geranium Essential Oil for the past 4 years as my natural tick repellent and it’s kept my entire family, including my dog, tick-free since using it. I tell everyone I know about this stuff!
#2: Do full body tick checks
Since almost all tick related illnesses require the tick to feed on you for a minimum of 24 hours, full body tick checks are one of your best defenses. Do a full body check on yourself, your kids and your animals every time you get back from the woods or grassy areas.
What should I do if I find a tick on me or get a tick bite?
If you do find a tick on yourself, your child or your pet, stay calm. Know that all ticks are not infected and even if they are, it’s still a very low chance of you getting infected. Here’s what you should do:
- Remove the tick as soon as you can using tweezers.
- With tweezers, grasp the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin.
- Pull firmly and steadily outward. Do not jerk, twist or puncture the tick.
- Flush or kill the tick.
- Wash your hands.
- Clean the bite wound with 1 drop of tea tree essential oil. For pets use 1 drop lavender essential oil instead.
- Take Ledum as soon as possible after a tick bite (see below for more information on Ledum and dosing instructions).
Ledum: A natural defense to protect against tick-borne diseases from a tick bite
Ledum is my defense for tick diseases from a tick bites. Ledum is a nautral, homeopathic remedy and a highly effective defense against tick-borne diseases from a tick bite. Many holistic vets and Chinese Medicine doctors use it in their practice with great success after tick bites to prevent Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and all other tick related illnesses from a tick bite. It’s safe for all animals (dogs, cats, horses, etc) and people – it’s all natural with zero side effects. You want to take it as soon as you can after a tick bite. Doing so will drastically minimize your chance of getting any tick-borne illness from a tick bite. The dosing instructions are below.
Ledum dosage instructions per the advice of Dr. Margo Roman:
For humans: Dissolve 1 pellet of Ledum 30c under your tongue twice a day for 2 days following a tick bite.
For animals: Give the same dose of Ledum 200c. If you pet spits the pellet out, you can dilute the pellet in 4 ounce of distilled water. Once the pellet has dissolved, shake briskly and give 1/4 teaspoon on the tongue. Keep the water in the refrigerator and discard it after the second day.
Go outside, enjoy the fresh air on your skin and allow yourself to feel the peacefulness of the pathless woods, worry free. There is so much beauty, adventure and inspiration waiting for you when you decide to kick your fears to the curb. Just remember to put on your rose geranium essential oil before you go out. Do your full body checks after you come back. And grab yourself some Ledum just in case you do get bitten by a tick.
Source: Article is modified and taken from Primally Inspired: https://www.primallyinspired.com/prevent-lyme-disease-tick-bite-naturally/