According to legends of old, strings of garlic cloves provide protection against attacks from roaming vampires. Now, according to a Swedish study, garlic may help repel a more prevalent kind of bloodsucker – the tick.
Swedish study reveals that garlic is an affordable, safe, effective tick repellent
Researchers in Sweden tracked the number of tick bites on 100 military personnel-half of whom took a 1,200 milligram garlic capsule daily for eight weeks, while the other half took a placebo. All the participants performed the same tasks in the same environments, but the garlic group experienced significantly fewer tick bites than the placebo group.
After the initial eight weeks, the participants had a two-week washout period followed by a “crossover.” The soldiers who had first taken garlic now took the placebo and vice versa. This second phase produced results similar to the first.
If you live in a tick-infested area, you know you haven’t had many options for fighting off these little suckers without using toxic and expensive pesticides that might kill more than just the ticks you’re trying to get rid of.
So, now you may want to try garlic as a natural tick repellent. It’s a safe, affordable option with no dangerous side effects for you or the environment. How can you do so?
How to use garlic as an all-natural tick repellent
You can buy garlic pills or consume cloves of garlic; since the anti-tick effects are likely from the odor-producing aged garlic, odorless garlic would not be expected to show similar benefits (however, tests have yet to be done).
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The Center For Disease Control recommends essential oil from garlic as one of its natural tick repellents and pesticides.
Public health officials are warning that this fall may be an exceptionally bad tick season in many parts of the country; especially where weather is warm and damp, so there’s never been a better time to use all-natural garlic as your defense against ticks and Lyme Disease. Aside from this wonderful benefit, garlic is a well-known holistic herb that has a wide range of health benefits, especially for the blood.
Ticks also flourish in wooded, brushy, shaded areas. So if you want some extra help keeping the bloodsuckers away from you and your family – the eight-legged as well as the two-legged varieties – stock up on garlic!
In addition to taking garlic capsules or eating raw garlic cloves, you might find this video interesting. They detail how to make a simple garlic spray that acts as a very effective tick repellent around the house.