All pet owners know that the problem of fleas gets aggravated during the summer and spring season because these are the months during which the microscopic organisms find it best to rapidly multiply. There are medicines available in the market for killing the fleas and their eggs but these medicines are very strong and you may not want to use these toxins in your home. For this reason it is best to use herbal remedies that are completely safe or at least less hazardous than the chemical based medicines.
Herbal Remedies For Fleas
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is used for the treatment of various skin conditions including those caused by bacterial or fungal infections. The oil carries essential properties that effectively get rid of infectious micro-organisms and restore health and vitality to the body. Tea tree is a useful remedy for combating the problem of fleas because of its anti-infectious nature.
Prepare a solution by mixing 10ml tea tree oil in a bucket of water. Mix well. Wash the infected areas of the house including the floors and table surfaces using this solution. prepare more if you to cover. Perform the treatment every alternate day for a week to get rid of the fleas.
Garlic plays an important role in the removal of infection from the body because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can buy powdered garlic from any herbal store and add two teaspoons of the powder to your pet’s food. This will help get rid of the fleas and their eggs that are infecting their fur.
Garlic is also available in capsule form for treatment of fleas. Rubbing fresh garlic paste on the fur of your pet will effectively kill the fleas and prevent their eggs from hatching as well.
Shampoo containing a combination of herbs is best for treating flea infection; combination of rosemary, tea tree, lavender, geranium and eucalyptus is considered best for treating fleas. While bathing with herbal shampoo will help get rid of fleas but bathing your pet with it is the tricky part. When you wet the fur the fleas will run towards the fur on the head because it is dry.
So first block the passage to the head by dousing the neck and the area round the head with plenty of undiluted shampoo. Once this has been taken care of you can proceed to massage the rest of the body with shampoo and water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Make a spray using apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and regularly use the spray on your pet’s fur to kill the fleas and their eggs. Wait for 15 minutes and then comb the fur of your pet to remove the dead fleas. The treatment can be done as many numbers of times as you want because the mix will have no negative effect on the skin of your pet.
Indian Lilac or Neem has very string antifungal properties that are used for treating skin problems associated with infection. Neem acts by getting rid of the infection causing germs from the skin. Prepare neem water by boiling neem leaves for 30 minutes. Bathe your pet with this water and then rinse using warm water. Do this daily for a week.