Easy-to-Follow Natural Tick Repellent Recipes Using Black Seed Oil

natural home made tick repellent essential oils

Based on the provided sources and the requirement to use black seed oil as the carrier oil, here are two recipes for natural tick repellents: one for use on clothing and shoes, and one for application on the skin. Both recipes will include oil of oregano and black seed oil, and will be free of citronella oil.

Recipe 1:


  • 2 oz (60 ml) black seed oil
  • 1 oz (30 ml) grain alcohol (acts as a solvent and helps with evaporation)
  • 30 drops oregano essential oil (Origanum vulgare)
  • 20 drops clove essential oil
  • 20 drops thyme essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 dark-colored 4 oz spray bottle


  • Pour the grain alcohol into the dark-colored spray bottle.
  • Add the essential oils: oregano, clove, thyme, and peppermint.
  • Add the black seed oil to the mixture.
  • Shake well to mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Spray the mixture onto clothing, shoes, backpacks, and other gear before going outdoors.
  • Reapply every 2-3 hours or as needed.

Recipe 2:


  • 2 oz (60 ml) black seed oil
  • 20 drops oregano essential oil (Origanum vulgare)
  • 15 drops geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops thyme essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 dark-colored glass bottle or container


  • In a dark-colored glass bottle or container, combine the black seed oil with the essential oils: oregano, geranium, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Mix well until the oils are fully incorporated.
  • Before going outdoors, apply the lotion to exposed skin areas, focusing on areas prone to tick bites, such as ankles, legs, and arms.
  • Reapply every 2-3 hours or as needed.
  • Always perform a patch test on a small area of skin before applying the lotion more extensively to ensure no adverse reactions occur.

Scientific Basis:

  • Black Seed Oil: Effective at 5% concentration for killing ticks within 12-24 hours .
  • Oregano Oil: Demonstrated significant repellency at 5% concentration, comparable to 20% DEET .
  • Clove Oil: Known for its repellent properties against ticks .
  • Thyme Oil: Effective at 3-5% concentration, showing high repellency rates .
  • Geranium Oil: Widely used and effective against ticks .
  • Peppermint Oil: Shown to have repellent properties .
  • These recipes combine the proven efficacy of these essential oils to create potent natural tick repellents suitable for those who prefer to avoid chemical repellents.

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