As they say:
“Prevention is better than cure”
….and Lyme disease prevention is something we should all think about in the warmer months of the year.
Experts have even advised that with the expected warming of the climate, we will see an increase in the number of tick-borne illnesses.
So now more than ever, we need to be aware of how to prevent Lyme disease.
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But First…What Causes Lyme Disease?
In order to understand how to prevent Lyme disease we need to fully understand what causes it.
As an infectious disease, Lyme disease is generally transmitted through infected tick bites.
Ticks get an infection from biting infected animals such as mice and deer, which are the original carriers.
The disease is most common in early summer and spring with northeastern parts of United States as the most affected region.
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Medical experts’ most crucial advice relating to the disease has always been around Lyme disease prevention.
Lyme disease can be prevented in two ways:
- Avoiding tick bites by repelling them from your body; or in the case you have been bitten by a tick…
- Immediate remedy to kill any potential bacterium before it spreads from the point of entry to other parts of the body.
People in areas prone to Lyme disease should, therefore, adhere to all the available methods of Lyme disease prevention.
How to Prevent Lyme Disease
We have assembled our Top 5 ways to Prevent Lyme Disease…
A) Use Tick Repellents
B) Build A Strong Immune System
C) Wear Protective Clothing
D) Ledum Palustre Homeopathic First Aid Remedy
E) Create a Tick Free Environment
Use Tick Repellents
The most effective and safe tick repellents are those made from natural ingredients such as essential oils that are non-toxic.
Natural bug spray made from a mixture of lemongrass oil, eucalyptus oil and distilled water is one good example of an effective natural tick repellent.
Both eucalyptus and lemongrass are herbal in nature with the latter containing powerful dipentene, citronella, nerol and myrcene compounds that repel ticks. Both these two herbal plants possess antiseptic, antifungal and insecticidal properties.
Lemongrass essential oil also has known anti-biofilm properties. Organisms that produce biofilms have the ability to virtually attach to any surface and are responsible for 80% of bacterial infections and are resistant to antibiotics. They are part of the reason that Lyme disease is proving to be so hard to eradicate.
Eucalyptus oil has anti-microbial properties. Here is one of our favourite natural tick repellant sprays that you can make at home:
DIY Essential Oil Tick Repellent Spray:
The spray is made by mixing :
- 20 drops of lemongrass oil (1.5%)
- 20 drops of eucalyptus oil (1.5%)
- ~half cup distilled water (72%)
- ~1 ounce grain alcohol* (25%)
*If you mix essential oils with a bit of high proof alcohol they will disperse more easily. You can generally buy grain alcohol at your local liquor store.
Make sure you keep your spray in a cool, dark area away from light. It can be sprayed on your shoes and clothes before going outside but make sure you shake before applying.
This spray works as a repellent but also helps to kill Lyme disease-causing bacterium as lemongrass contains phenol that has the ability to quickly pass through the body tissues and destroy biofilms in any part of the body.
Another natural option to repel ticks is taking garlic pills. The smell is unpleasant to ticks…
Conventional sprays are also used to repel and kill ticks. Most of these insecticide contain the synthetic compound DEET (N.N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), which is now known to be a powerful neurotoxin and highly toxic to your central nervous system. Caution should therefore be taken when using DEET based insecticides and if you have a chronic illness you should not use it.
Build A Strong Immune System
Boosting your natural immune system is another key pillar to preventing chronic Lyme disease.
A strong immune system has the ability to lower inflammation and manage the root cause of the illness.
Sticking to a good diet also goes a long way in boosting your immune system.
Consuming high-antioxidant foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables helps to lower inflammation and manage damage to your cells by free-radicals.
Probiotic-rich food (containing good bacteria) such as kefir, fermented vegetables such as kimchi, help reduce the progression of infectious diseases.
Improving cellular functions and protection of the body is enhanced by taking supplements rich in vitamin D, as well as direct sun exposure for the body to make its own vitamin D.
Medicinal mushrooms are another immune boosting agent as they help to regulate autoimmune reactions.
Other diets rich in magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and turmeric are essential in improving your immune system.
Wear Protective Clothing
Personal protection against ticks includes wearing the best protective clothing possible.
Ticks are often found hanging out in the shade in leaf piles or on the leaves of low lying shrubs and grasses at knee or ankle level.
It is advised to tuck-in any loose clothing that they can attach onto. This includes tucking in your pants into your socks and to wear boots not sandals.
Studies have shown that permethrin-based repellents applied directly onto your clothes can also be effective at enhancing your protection against ticks and other insects. Never put permethrin directly on your skin.
You can also use the DIY Essential Oil Tick Repellent Spray detailed above, on your clothes and shoes before you head outside.
In warmer climates, try to cover your skin with light coloured and breathable clothes. On lighter coloured clothes, ticks can generally be seen more easily.
Ledum Palustre Homeopathic First Aid Remedy
Ledum oral dosage is a natural homeopathic first aid remedy for Lyme disease and provides direct defence against diseases caused by tick bites.
It has successfully been used by Chinese Medicine doctors, Homeopaths and Vets in their practices to protect against Lyme disease.
It is used on both people and animals and has no side effects and taken immediately after a tick bite.
Find your local Homeopath who can provide you with the right dosage of this homeopathic medicine.
For a human, the dosage is generally 1 pellet of Ledum 30c is dissolved under the tongue for two days, twice a day immediately after a tick bite.
For animals, a Ledum 200c pellet is often administered orally. If the animal spits out the pellet, it can be dissolved in 4 ounces of distilled water. The mixture is shaken and a quarter teaspoon of the solution put on the animal/pet tongue. The solution is stored in a refrigerator and discard on the second day.
And don’t forget to save the tick if possible, by placing it in a covered jar with either 180 proof vodka, grain alcohol or brandy and label the date, where it was found on the body and on whom it was found.
Create a Tick Free Environment
Creating a zone that is tick free around your house will help to reduce and prevent tick infestation.
This can be achieved by having a well-manicured garden area close to your house. Well mown lawns and well-sheared grass will help to keep ticks way from your home.
A tick-free garden can also be maintained by building barriers known as tick barriers. These are a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas.
Since infected mice can be the carriers of the bacteria, it’s necessary to eliminate any possible mice habitats by clearing tall bushes around the house, eliminating rock and wood piles.
Deer must also be kept away from the free tick zone established by building an eight-foot-tall deer fence.
And don’t forget that pets can bring ticks into your home, so make sure you do a regular tick-check on them as well. Protecting them will protect you also.
Prevention is key when it comes to tick bites and the potential spread of Lyme disease.
If you follow our Top 5 essential steps on How To Prevent Lyme disease, you and your family stand a great chance at living your life Lyme-free.
Inspect yourself frequently, take preventative measures and be aware of where ticks like to hang out….
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