Making your own frontline first defense Herbal Flea Powder is a great way to ditch the toxic chemical repellents and get rid of nasty biting insects.
While this recipe uses powdered herbs, you don’t have to purchase them as powder. They can be purchased as dried leaf and powdered by placing them in a blender, grinder or homemade mason jar bullet and ground using the pulse button until it reaches a powder-like consistency.
The term one part depends entirely on how much product you want to make. If you want 1/4 cup of end product, use 1Tbs of each. If you want 1 Cup of finished product use 1/4 cup of each, etc.
1 part eucalyptus (powdered)
1 part pennyroyal(powdered) (use sage or rosemary for cats)
1 part fennel (powdered)
1 part yellow dock (powdered)
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker & apply often, rubbing into your pets coat. Avoid getting this blend in the eyes. If you don’t have nice mason jar shaker tops like the one pictured, you can repurpose a parmesan cheese can cover on a mason jar for the same effect.It’s best to apply this powder a couple time a day for heavy infestation and be sure to immediately bring the pet outside as the fleas will “Jump Ship” so to speak and you surely do NOT want them making their home in you carpeting inside!
Do not apply anything containing pennyroyal to pregnant animals, Pregnant women should avoid handling this blend for the same reason.
Finding the Ingredients
If you’re not familiar with purchasing dried herbs, you might be wondering where to even get them. Many natural food stores, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Natural food Co-ops, etc carry a wide selection of bulk herbs. You simply measure a small amount into a bag and they can be purchased very inexpensively, usually less than 50¢ per CUP of ingredient, due to the weight.