As those of you who have read my bio know, I have suffered from chronic Lyme disease for seventeen years. Lyme disease is not only transmitted through a tick bite; it can also be sexually transmitted or passed from mother to child in uterus.
Unfortunately, because of the intense controversy surrounding this disease, these and other facts are not widely known.
It is not my intention to deal with the politics of Lyme in this post. For myself, I have multiple blood tests to prove that the Lyme is active in my body. For others, there is proof showing that more than 800 new cases of Lyme is detected EVERY SINGLE DAY. Lyme does not discriminate and it is possible that you may contract this disease as well.
This past winter was unusually mild. That means that the tick population this summer will be rampant, and we will all need to be exceptionally careful. The following posts will give you multiple ideas on ways to PREVENT contracting Lyme disease, as well as information about TESTING for ticks if you, your children, or your animals are bitten, to discover if the tick carries any diseases.
If you are confused as to what exactly Lyme disease is, and how difficult it can be to treat, check out my post Preventing Lyme Disease, Part 1.
As many say, “Prevention is the best form of medicine.” Let’s get to it!
Please note, dear readers: I am not a medical professional, and the following information is my opinion only. Any changes you make in your healthcare should first be reviewed by your doctor.
Stay out of tall grass
This is a basic guideline. While ticks abound everywhere, sticking to close-cut grass allows you to see more of the creepy-crawlers that may choose you as their new home. Staying out of woods and dense areas is also important, as these places often make healthy habitats for ticks.
Daily tick check
After coming inside from a walk, check all over for ticks. Important areas include in between your toes, armpits, behind knees, and groin areas. Ticks love to hide and can do so easily, especially the smaller species.
Protect your clothing
Using a bug spray that contains tick repellent is an excellent idea whenever you venture outside. Permethrin can be found at major chain stores, including outdoor stores like Cabela’s, and can be used on clothing and outdoor equipment (such as tents). Never apply Permethrin directly to your skin.
There are also several essential oils that help to repel ticks (see below for a possible recipe).
Diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled around outside, especially around doors and windows, to keep all crawling insects out of your home.
There are also multiple plants (including Citronella, Lemongrass, and Peppermint) that you can keep indoors to help repel bugs.
Another choice available to you is already treated clothing; check out companies such as Insect Shield and BugBeWear to find options that work for you.
Wearing light or brightly colored clothing allows you to better see any ticks or bugs crawling on you. If wearing socks, tuck your pant legs inside to prevent ticks from crawling up your legs, and tuck your shirt inside your pant to keep bare skin unavailable to unwanted guests.
Keep your body healthy
Generally speaking, the healthier you are, the more likely your body is to fight pathogens such as Lyme and co-infections. A healthy immune system is essential for fighting any illness. Avoid GMO’s, and keep to a low-sugar, organic diet, while boosting your immune system with vitamins such as C and D as well. Exercise routines such as yoga or Tai Chi can help bring you back to your center and regulate your breathing.
Keep posted for more information readers!
Essential Oil recipe for tick repellent:
- 20 drops Lemongrass oil
- 20 drops Eucalyptus oil
In a 4 ounce spray bottle, mix these oils together, then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake before each use, and reapply every 4 hours.
Other possible essential oils for repelling bugs include Cedar, Tea tree, and Peppermint.