Top Essential Oils for Fleas

Fleas attacking your home and pet is a real nightmare, and chemical flea products are purely commercial, and may be toxic to your pet and even family. Luckily, there are certain essential oils for fleas, and they work miracles.

We’ll be reviewing the best essential oils that keep away fleas naturally and safely.

1) Majestic Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

This Peppermint Essential Oil by Majestic Pure is a non-toxic, natural, and pure peppermint essential oil that’s not diluted and has no additives.

It’s also of therapeutic grade, so it can be applied to your pets safely, with the caution of getting contact with their eyes.

Peppermint oil can be used around the house, garden, and for a feeling of comfort and cooling when you apply it to your skin. This type of essential oil is known to keep fleas, mosquitoes, spiders, roaches, mice, and ants away.

Majestic Pure Peppermint Essential Oil is the type to apply topically, however, it must be diluted using a carrier oil. The recommended carrier oils to go with it are jojoba, coconut, or almond oil.

What We Like
  •     Very well sealed and wrapped
  •     Outstanding fragrance
  •     Effective for repelling fleas, roaches, and spiders
  •     Comforting when used for health reasons like headaches or bronchitis
What We Don't Like
  •     Smell varies from one bottle to the other
  •     Pricey compared to other brands

2) ArtNaturals 100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil

Art Naturals provide a 100% pure lemongrass essential oil that’s undiluted, GC/MS tested and has a therapeutic grade. The product is also cruelty and vegan free, and they’re transparent enough about their product that they share the product analysis on their website.

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Lemongrass essential oil by ArtNaturals is a multipurpose product that works as an insect repellent as well as antibacterial. It’s also known as a major mood booster, fragrant cleanser and works great with recipes used for naturally cleaning the house when diffused.

ArtNaturals’ Lemongrass Essential Oil can be used either aromatically as an air freshener, or topically when well-diluted using a suitable carrier oil with body and bath products.

This essential oil is great for homemade beauty treats and massage oils. Needless to say, make sure to test it first on your skin for allergies before fully applying it. ArtNaturals provide a 100% guaranteed satisfaction or get your money back.

What We Like
  •     Reasonable price
  •     Secure packing
  •     Works great for diffusing, skincare, and cleaning purposes
  •     Strong repeller for fleas, mice, and mosquitoes
What We Don't Like
  •     Many complain that it doesn’t smell like lemongrass

3) Pure Therapeutic Grade Citronella Essential Oil

This Citronella Essential Oil By H’ana works great as a natural deterrent to fleas and other pests. On top of the protection, it’s good for your skin and can be used massages and even used with an oil diffuser to deodorise the room.

What We Like
  • What We Like
  • Multi-use
  • Refreshing scene

4) Artizen Cedarwood Essential Oil

Artizen’s Cedarwood Essential oil is a concentrated and pure one. Their oil isn’t diluted by other carrier oils or other chemicals.

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Although cedarwood oil isn’t very effective at repelling mosquitoes, it does a great job with fleas, moths, and ticks. It’s safe to use and unlikely to cause skin irritation. This makes it a good option to apply topically to the skin or to your pet after you dilute it.

The Artizen Cedarwood oil comes in a glass bottle that’s got a UV colored layer, which protects the essential oils from the sunlight.

Artizen provides a lifetime guarantee and warranty to its customers, allowing them to refund their money or change their order at any point of dissatisfaction.

Their bottles are provided in 3 different sizes; 1 FL Oz, 2 FL Oz, and 4 FL Oz.

What We Like
  •     It drives away fleas, ticks, and moths 
  •     It’s got a beautiful woodsy aroma
  •     It’s budget-friendly compared to other essential oils of the same bottle size
What We Don't Like
  •     Several complaints have mentioned that the product isn’t 100% natural pure oil

5) Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Flea & Tick Control for Dogs

Only Natural has combined a few effective essential oils all in one product. The product includes lemongrass, neem, lavender, cedar, and citronella.

It’s a non-toxic, DEET-free blend that’s gentle on dogs, and releases a repulsive smell for ticks, fleas, and many other biting insects.

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The Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Flea & Tick Control for Dogs is a natural and safe alternative to any chemical products of the same purpose and will stay effective for a whole week.

To use it; put a few drops on your hand, rub your hands together, and over your dog’s back, neck, belly, and hindquarters.

It’s also a safe product to use around children. Only Natural Pet products offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to their customers.

What We Like
  •     It targets fleas and other insects that attack pets
  •     It’s safe to use around children
  •     The product’s effect lasts for a full week
What We Don't Like
  •     It has a stronger effect on ticks than on fleas
  •     It’s mainly used for fleas in dogs

6) Jasper Organic Flea & Tick Control Essential Oil Spray for Cats

This Flea and Tick Control Essential Oil Spray by mdxconcepts is formulated to kill ticks, fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae. It also repels flea, ticks and mosquitoes from your beloved cat

This organic flea essential oil product uses organically sourced ingredients that allows treatment of fleas and ticks without causing any harm to your cat.

Application – To apply, simply brush the fur of your cat in the opposite direction of hair growth and spray onto your cat’s fur. Slowly massage the essential oil into your cat’s fur, ensuring that the oil touched their skin.

The spray has a calming rosemary scent that puts your cat in a soothing mood while repelling fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

What We Like
  • Made with blend of natural ingredients
  • Easy application
  • Refreshing scent

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are an alternative to medicine and involve natural plant extracts to promote overall health and well-being.

The process is done by filtering fragrant combinations by steam or cold pressing, combined with a carrier oil, like aloe vera and coconut oil.

How Do Essential Oils Work as Flea Repellers?

Generally, only essential oils with a therapeutic grade should be used as flea repellers. Any other types would be dangerous. Certain types of oils are effective at driving away fleas and ticks from pets.

Peppermint Oil – Peppermint oil works differently than other oils, as it’s a very effective octopamine blocker. Therefore, peppermint oil breaks down the central nervous system of parasites, resulting in their immediate death.

Citronella Oil – This oil works as a repeller to both fleas and ticks, however, it doesn’t kill them. Citronella oil can neither get in contact with your pet’s fur or skin nor be ingested as it’s very dangerous, so it should be used as a deterrent around the environment of your home and garden.

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Geranium Oil – This oil’s scent is detested by ticks, however, there’s no proof on how much it affects fleas. It’s a non-toxic lovely scented oil that won’t harm your pet when contacted directly with their skin and fur after diluting it with vegetable oil. It’ll be harmful to your pet’s skin if applied kin raw form. Applying 10 to 25 geranium oil droplets and combining them with 2 olive oil tablespoons will do the trick.

Lavender Oil – Lavender oil has many potential uses and it’s very commonly used essential oil in many households. Apart from the fact that it smells exquisite, lavender oil is very effective when it comes to getting rid of fleas and ticks.

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How To Use Essential Oils for Fleas

The first thing you have to do before buying an essential oil is to make sure that it’s safe for topical use.

Once you settle on the oil that you’d like to use, you’ll need to dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut, avocado, or jojoba oil. One option is to add the oil to water and use a spray bottle to spread the oil on surfaces, fabrics, and bedding.

If you have pets in the house, it’s crucial to exercise caution with essential oils. For instance, if you have a dog, it’s best to allow it to smell a little bit of it first, and see its reaction. If you spot any adverse reaction, stop using the oil immediately.

You can also add a few drops of the oil to the final rinse of your pet’s bedding or collar.

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Having a happy, flea-free home and pets means having a happy home. Keeping away fleas and all sorts of bugs without causing any harm is a target that we all aim to achieve. Essential oils are an awesome way to do that, with the added bonus of the beautiful scent.

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After reviewing our top favorite essential oils for fleas, we found that the Artizen Cedarwood Essential Oil made it to the top of our list. It’s quite effective and has a fresh, woodsy smell to it.

If you don’t prefer the smell of Cedarwood oil and you don’t mind spending a little more, then the Majestic Pure Peppermint Essential Oil is also an excellent option.