Introduction by SafBaby Co-Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson

We have just welcomed aboard Andrea Candee, MH, MSC to our panel of SafBaby Health Experts and today she is covering a topic that I am personally hearing more and more about lately, lyme disease.

My dearest friend has a daughter that has lyme disease, I just had a detailed conversation with another mother a couple days ago about her son and his horrific experiences with lyme disease, and, well, I could go on and on.

We are happy to offer this exclusive article from the expertise of Andrea on natural, chemical-free ways to keep your family safe this season from ticks and lyme disease. With spring time here, it is such a life affirming time to be outdoors. The benefits of getting our children, and ourselves, outdoors is endless. So enjoy the wild outdoors, and follow these preventative tips to stay as safe as possible.

This is a 3 part article, of which we will share with you over the next weeks and months.

Lyme Disease: Part I

Protect Your Family Against the Scourge of the Countryside Without Using Chemicals

Winter’s deep freeze never happened in the northeast, allowing ticks to abound. They are already active and hungry for your blood! Ticks are prevalent in warmer parts of the country year round. Participating in outdoor activities requires knowing how to protect against hosting them without chemicals as well as knowing what to do about them if one hitch hikes a ride on the body of someone in your family (person or animal).

If a human or dog is bitten by a Lyme-infected tick, identifying what pathogens may have piggybacked the spirochete and passed into the tick is the start of the successful method I use for reversing Lyme Disease. Natural remedies targeting the co-infections (often viral in the case of chronic Lyme) eliminates them from the body including the joints and central nervous system. We will address the issue of co-infections in Lyme Disease: Part III.

Natural Tick Prevention For Dogs and Pets

Dogs are often the carriers of Lyme infected ticks. To fully protect one’s self and family from being bitten, the family pet must also be protected. A successful, chemical-free program for preventing any tick from attaching itself to a pet includes:

  • Building health and immune function because the healthier pet will be more resistant to ticks (as well as fleas). A good health promoter is garlic powder and Brewer’s yeast sprinkled liberally on their food every day (found in a convenient powdered combination in health food stores).
  • The essential oil of eucalyptus. Derived from the leaf of the tree, eucalyptus contains naturally occurring chemicals repellent to ticks and fleas. This is a non-toxic alternative to chemical repellents which are hazardous to the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream. Keep in mind that pets are exposed to the same dangers when exposed to chemical repellents.
  • A most effective way of using eucalyptus is to dip a thin rope into the pure essential oil, wrap it in a bandana (so it won’t irritate the skin) and tie it around the pet’s neck (fashionable, as well). The rope can be refreshed twice a week or more often, if necessary.
  • Mix 1 ounce oil of eucalyptus into 16oz water in a spray bottle. This is a quick and easy way to apply eucalyptus to the pet’s coat every time they go outside (give an extra spray to the bandana as well). Pay particular attention to spraying the underside of your pet’s body, especially in smaller dogs lower to the ground. Taller dogs tend to pick up ticks more around their ears because they are closer to low hanging shrubs

How To Use Essential Oil Of Eucalyptus As A Natural Tick Repellant

But why save all the good protection for your pets?

  • Before gardening or hiking, scent with “eau de eucalyptus.” The eucalyptus/water combination can be sprayed on skin and clothing before a brief outdoor excursion, gardening, or romp in the grass.
  • Eucalyptus diluted in a carrier oil (like almond, grape seed, or sunflower seed oil) can be safely applied to the skin for longer lasting effect, when fishing in reedy areas, for example, or when hiking. Combine 1 part oil of eucalyptus to 7 parts carrier oil in a small vial and carry with you so you can reapply as the scent wanes. Apply to exposed skin as if you are applying a perfume. Then rub your hands together and run through your hair.
  • If a tick has been found on the body it can be smothered with alcohol and removed with tweezers or, for parts difficult to reach with tweezers, covered for about half a minute with a cotton ball soaked in liquid soap and then removed.

After removing the tick, the next step is to do a banana poultice. Banana? Poultice? A poultice is simply a moist mass of herb with healing properties. A very ripe banana is high in enzymes which has a drawing action. It will help to draw toxin from the area of the bite as well as draw out any part of the tick which may have been left behind. For 3 consecutive nights apply a piece of banana peel which has a brown spot on it (indicating elevated enzymes) and apply to the site of the tick bite with the pulp side against the skin. Cover with surgical tape. Remove in the morning and cleanse with alcohol.

Choosing the pleasures of country life over city life means we must learn to harmoniously co-exist with Nature’s gifts.  The fewer chemicals we use internally and externally will benefit our fragile environment with safer groundwater, cleaner air, and healthier bodies, while instilling a reverence for life around us.

Thank you Andrea Candee!

Find out how to use a banana poultice to remove a splinter from your child’s skin, pain free in an archived post from Andrea here.

And to find out more about lyme disease and probiotics by Andrea, please see our archived post here.

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SafBaby Health Expert, Andrea Candee, MH, MSC

Andrea Candee, MH, MSC, is a master herbalist with a practice in Westchester County and also works with The Liphe (pronounced Life) Balance Center in Weston, CT, coaching programs of alkaline cleanses and lifestyle.

She is recognized nationally for her unique and successful approach to reversing chronic Lyme Disease.  Andrea lectures throughout the country and at corporate wellness centers about taking charge of your health naturally. She is an instructor for The NY Botanical Garden and Dr. Annemarie Colbin’s Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. Media expert and author, her award-winning book, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child: A Parent’s Guide to Child-Friendly Herbs and Other Natural Remedies for Common Ailments and Injuries, received  The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval.

Andrea has been publishing the annual Holistic Resource Directory for over 25 years. Her two sons were nurtured with the concept of integrated medicine…taking the best of both worlds…botanical medicine first, mainstream medicine when it was called for.  To receive her free e-letter, go to and click on “Did You Know?”