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Making an Insect Repellent Bandanna for Dogs

I recently came across a flea and tick collar advertised on Facebook, that is made using essential oils. I shared it because, let’s be real here, to find something that is not full of chemicals that works, is a miraculous thing!!

The collar is called the “Enviro Collar”. Click here Enviro Collar for a link to their website. This collar uses essential oils imbedded in the collar to repel insects- most importantly here in WI, TICKS!!! They use Cedarwood and Rose Geranium oil for a potent repellent that works great! You will have to replace it every 30 days, which is more often than the other collar, I am sure, but it is safer for you and your pet.

I have been making my own oils bandannas for our dogs for the last couple of years. My problem is remembering to add oils to them over the course of the summer. I should do that once a month, I am realizing now. As a result of my lack of follow through, we do have dogs that have dealt with Lymes.

But when I do keep up, we have not found any ticks on our dogs. I was actually pleasantly surprised at that. We have one dog that is literally a “tick magnet”. If any of them are going to have ticks on them, it will for sure be that one!! Even he did not have any ticks on him while using the bandannas properly.

Here is my recipe:

  • A bandanna cut in half.
  • Oils- any combination of 2 or 3 of these oils:
    • Purification OR Repelaroma (This is from the Animal Scents line from Young Living.)
    • Lavender
    • Cedarwood
    • Geranium (I am out of geranium right now.)
    • Lemongrass
    • Clove
    • Thyme

This is what I do:

1. Take a Cotton (or any non- synthetic cloth) bandanna and cut it in half. For a small dog, cut it in half again. As you can see, I am not worried about neatness! If I would have thought about it, I could have gone downstairs and got my “pinking shears” and made it a prettier cut!

2. Fold over on the long side, once.

3. Apply 2 or 3 of your chosen combination of oils. Any of these are good for repelling insects so all will work well. I use about 3-5 drops of each- depending on the size of the dog.

4. Finish folding the bandanna so you have a nice collar. If you like, leave a little more of the point.

5. Let the odor dissipate a little before tying on your dog. Isn’t she a cute model??!!

I have not used these on cats. My cats are used to oil use, so they might be ok with them. Be sure to use your oils sparingly for a cat.

If your pet does get a tick imbedded in them, use a drop of Purification or Thieves on the tick. The tick will back out then. Apply then Lavender or Thieves to the wound 3 times a day for a few days. It will heal up nicely then.

ONLY use oils from a reputable source- I prefer Young Living because I know their quality is the best. They know where their plants come from because they grow them! The Seed to Seal guarantee!!! Please do NOT use oils from the grocery store because what is exactly in the bottle may or may not be what the label says. You could end up causing serious harm to your pet.

I would love to hear that you have tried either the Enviro Collar or the bandannas and what you thought. If you have any questions, comment.



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My Naturopathic Journey Through These Health Challenges

As most of you know, I have been dealing with some health issues for way too freakin long!!

The Doctors call it Gastritis, which, I would agree with. But I also had my gallbladder out in October and have been also dealing with the consequences of that. I guess what can happen after a gallbladder removal is that for months or even years later, you can have food and digestive issues, like I have been having.

I have been seeing a holistic Doctor, Nichole is her name. She has been amazing- truly amazing. I have given her quite the challenge to be sure. I have not been the easiest patient for her as all my issues have been hidden and not dealt with for some time now. But she is helping me get to the roots of these issues and for that, I am thankful!

I wrote about Gastritis and what the Medical doctors have been doing about it, but I haven’t really written much about this side of things. I guess I was a little nervous about it.

Well here I go…

Last summer, we had quite the challenges happening all at the same time. Some of them were Hubby having Lymes and Son#6 having Mononucleosis. I sent Hubby to a holistic doc that had been recommended to me several times. She was awesome and got him back on track. I think that the 2 things, medical and holistic seemed to have helped him kick it out. So far, he has been doing pretty well. He will get rechecked later this month.

I made an appointment for myself as well because I just wasn’t feeling well. But couldn’t really put my finger on why. That was right before my Son #1’s wedding. I waited til after that to start her recommendations.

I spent September laid out on the couch. I had trouble with acid reflux. I didn’t feel well. I had zero energy. I took long naps. It was not pretty. I thought I was just exhausted from the summers stresses, so I just let my body rest.

At that first appointment, she found that I had several food allergies, several flu viruses that were just “hanging out”, and Epstein Barr virus-(causes Mononucleosis.) And parasites. Along with lots of other stuff. She chose to just focus on the things I mentioned to start with. It seemed like a good plan.

Through September that is what I dealt with.

But then, in October, my digestive system just stopped. I had pain in my belly- severe pain that was diagnosed as a gallbladder problem. That led to my gallbladder being removed. My digestive system would not work properly without lots of help and food was a huge issue both before the gallbladder and after.

I went back to her and found that for some reason, my stomach lining just got irritated. Very irritated. Then is where I found out that I was allergic to most foods. Gallic acid which is in 80% of our foods is specifically what I was allergic to. My liver and gallbladder would not do what they needed to do. My stomach was on FIRE. Most foods would either go straight on back out, or cause terrible stomach pain and bloating.

So I went on a strict diet of bland foods. Oatmeal. Applesauce. White rice. Small amounts of meats- sometimes. Bananas. Dairy was a problem food so no eggs or cottage cheese. I made chicken broths and turkey broths and beef broths and then I could do some soups. I juiced produce. But I had to be careful what I put in.

Still am mostly on that, but I have expanded my diet somewhat.

Later on in an accidental appointment- supposed to be for Hubby- a little mix up.. whoops- we found that I had several tick diseases also. Not Lymes, but some of the other ones. There are LOTS of them!

So now here I am- I have or had, parasites, tick diseases, food allergies, flu viruses, Epstein Barr virus, liver and gallbladder issues, stomach and bowel issues. Oh I almost forgot the yeast and fungal infections.


No wonder I feel like crap.

I have been asking the Medical Docs for some help with this stuff and they have given me all they can. Basically they look at my blood work and say, you are fine. Nothing shows up in the blood. I am on Pantoprazole to help with the stomach acid, which has helped in that area at least. The rest, they don’t really know what to do with me about. I was told, “these things take time”. Which, is true. Yes. I didn’t get into this spot in a day, so it’s gonna take some time to get through it.

I have also asked about having a blockage in my liver, I guess that happens often in gallbladder patients. To be fair, I have asked my holistic doc as well and we hadn’t found it yet.

Well today, at the holistic doc, most of the rest of the issues have been dealt with. The parasites and tick diseases still need some work, but the rest seems to have been dealt with- thank goodness. But she also found that my liver is not processing stuff like it should. Like it’s blocked with either sludge or stones.



Now it seems that is why so many things were stuck. My liver doesn’t seem to be processing things correctly. Finally- we are getting somewhere!! How long this has been going on, I have no idea. But I could say it’s been awhile.

I am just excited that we finally figured out what is likely the main problem. Hopefully, from here, things will only get better.

Thank goodness.