Flea Repellent
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: C D Groce
Posted on: June 29, 2006

Are there any herbs that I might be able to give or bathe my dog as a herbal flea repellent?

If fleas are a problem, the most common reason is that the dog’s health is not at its optimum. Fleas, being parasites with short life cycles, only attack a host whose body is not functioning as well as it might. Therefore, I would suggest that you strengthen your cat’s vital force by feeding it a good, homemade diet. Useful recipes and resources can be found in the following books: Richard Pitcairn’s, "Natural Health for Dogs and Cats", "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy and "The Barf Diet" by Ian Billinghurst. In order to deal with the fleas that presently exist, you might want to look at the formula for "Lemon Lotion" in Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s book, "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" or try doing a herbal rinse with the herbs Feverfew herb (Tanacetum parthenium), Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis), Celery seeds (Apium graveolens), Yarrow herb/flowers (Achillea millefolium) and Mullein flowers (Verbascum thapsus). Fleas will still need to removed with a flea comb and drowned in a jar of soapy water and you will also still need to clean the house thoroughly to remove any fleas or lavae that may be waiting to start their next life cycle.

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