With rising concerns about the toxicity of conventional flea and tick control, some pet owners are looking for natural alternatives. Fleas and ticks are a nuisance, and they can transmit diseases such as tapeworms, allergic reactions, and heartworm. A large infestation can even cause anemia.
There are natural means by which these nasty little critters can be kept at bay, however. Here are some suggestions – even a formula from the 17th century. The war against fleas and ticks is nothing new!
Another way to get the garlic essence into your pets is to add a few drops of liquid garlic extract to their food along with the yeast.
Note: there is conflicting information about giving pets garlic. If you are concerned, check with your vet before feeding garlic to your pets.
In the 17th century, Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek devised a flea powder of dried herbs. You can do the same if you like, buying the dried herbs in bulk in powder form or crushing them yourself. Leeuwenhoek’s formula consisted of eucalyptus, fennel, fleabane, garlic, onion, rosemary, rue, tansy, and wormwood.
Be aware that wormwood is considered toxic – you might want to make the formula without this herb. Work this powder into your pet’s fur several times a week, raking your fingers through the animal’s fur against the direction of its growth.
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