Last weekend, I got into a discussion with the woman vending next to me about natural options for her dog. She didn’t want to go buy chemical treatments and wanted to do it for a low cost.
It is not hard to make a homemade flea powder. There are a number of herbs you can use and you just need a simple clay as a base. After you have made your herbal flea powder, simply shake it onto your animal and use a comb to brush it through their fur and off of them. Try to get as much off as you can so your pet does not end up licking all of it (especially if you use diatamaceous earth).
I have set this recipe up in a make-your-own fashion so you can use what you have or purchase ingredients for a more effective powder.
Start with 1/2 a cup of one of the following:
- Kaolin Clay
- White Clay
- Food grade diatamaceous earth
- Finely ground oats (you can use a coffee grinder)
Add to your base any number of these ingredients. All herbs should be powdered/finely ground.
- 1 teaspoon lavender flowers or 5 drops essential oil
- 2 tablespoons rosemary leaves or 5 drops essential oil
- 2 tablespoons eucalyptus leaves or 5 drops essential oil
- 2 tablespoons neem leaf
- 3-4 tablespoons yarrow leaf
There is no need to use all of these but I suggest using at least two just for a stronger flea powder. It is best to use the herbs rather than the essential oils, especially on cats, who are more sensitive. You can purchase many of these herbs, essential oils, clay, and shaker jars from Mountain Rose Herbs.
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