This month, we’ve been sharing a series of blogs about safe and effective ways to protect you and your family from ticks. Our initial blog, The 101 on DIY Tick Repellents Using Essential Oils, provides information on various deterrent volatile oils. Today’s blog will address non-toxic ways to combat tick activity in your yard.Read More›
Like our entire team at Arogya, I feel blessed to live nearby the lush forests of Connecticut. I’m grateful for the ability to enjoy well-preserved trails, forage for edible gifts such as ramps and thimbleberries, and simply breathe in the diverse flora and fauna. At the same time, living amongst nature also means existing side by side with ticks, including Ixodes scapularis. This hard-bodied arthropod, commonly referred to as the blacklegged, or deer tick, is responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease, as well as the malaria-like parasitic disease babesiosis and two rarer, potentially fatal conditions: Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (which has only been reported in Wisconsin and Minnesota) and Powassan Virus (one case has been reported in Connecticut).
You’ve probably heard (or might have noticed) that 2017 is an especially prolific year for deer ticks.Read More›
Living in Connecticut, and owning in a holistic healing center, I see so many cases of Lyme disease each year. Lyme disease is this lurking menace in our beloved forests that sometimes makes it difficult to enjoy nature at ease. In fact, our DIY recipe for Natural Deer Tick Repellent is our #1 most popular blog post! While taking precautions to prevent Lyme disease is of utmost importance, what if you’ve already contracted it? Western medicine offers extended rounds of antibiotics which sometimes leave the body depleted. In order to support our clients undergoing treatment, I formulated an herbal tea for Lyme disease with medicinal powerhouses including ginseng, goldenseal, and kelp.Read More›
After seeing so many Arogya patients dealing with Lyme disease over the past 18 years, I admit I get stressed when I visit the woods, even though it should be a calming and relaxing experience. It’s terrifying how real the threat of tick exposure is- just last year, we pulled them off our daughter Rose’s skin 3 times. As a result, ticks have become evil in my mind and I’m always researching ways to repel them.
This led me to create a very simple, chemical-free repellent using apple cider vinegar, almond oil, rose geranium, and distilled water.Read More›