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  1. #11
    Yearling
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    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    As a professional aromatherapist, I would urge to you use far less essential oil in your blend. 1 teaspoon is approx 5ml of oil and there are 100 drops in 5ml. As you are adding 500 drops (25ml) of oil this could be very sensitizing to some animals.

    Basically you only need to add 100 - 150 drops of essential oil to 500ml of carrier (incl water, cider vinegar, skin so soft etc). Water has the ability to absorb and transmit molecular and subtle energetic/vibrational information, in other words it magnifies essential oils so you use less than if adding to a cream or base oil to get the same affect.

    Essential oils that I find have fly repelling properties are:

    Eucalyptus
    Eucalyptus Citriodora (lemon scented)
    Eucalyptus Dives (peppermint scented)
    Citronella
    Tea Tree
    Lavender
    Lemon
    Lemongrass
    Patchouli
    Clove Bud
    Cedarwood Atlas and Himalyan
    Geranium
    Garlic
    Rosemary
    Peppermint
    Thyme

    Neem oil is also very effective and can be added to blends, I generally add 5ml (teaspoon) to 500ml

    Stay away from using base oils as a carrier as they make the coat sticky and once the essential oils have evaporated you are left with vegatable oil which attracks the flies and dirt and fries your horse in the sun!

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    my current concoction is

    1 pint strong tea,
    1 table spoon vinegar
    1 table spoon washing up liquid into which I put between 5 and 10 drops of citronella, lavendar, sandlewood

    seems to work well.
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  3. #13
    Old nag
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    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    I am so glad you mentioned less oils, they are so potent no-one should be using a teaspoon at a time!
    I think most of the above recipes would work just as well with far less in them, and would save money too...
    henryhorn

  4. #14
    Old nag
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    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    mine is:
    25 drops of citronella oil
    1/2 tbsp meths
    2 tbsp vinegar
    2 mugs strong cold tea
    1 tbsp washing up liquid

    mix well and make up to 1 litre with cold water.
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  5. #15
    Just backed
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    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    Can't remember the quantities, but:

    Citronella
    Cold tea
    Detol

    But I find feeding garlic does make a big difference.

  6. #16

    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    My friend gave me her receipe today which she got from an aromatheraphist (sp) - again not sure of quantities but she uses water, vodka and either lavender or tea tree.

  7. #17
    Sport horse
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    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    Take it tea is just Tea Bags ans Water? I am a Divvy you see!!

  8. #18

    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    Hi, I use
    400ml *water*
    250ml *cider Vinegar*
    Few drops of ***** citronella,Mint,Tea tree!
    Works really well!

    xxxxx

  9. #19

    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    stew 8 teabags til it goes cold then add 1/4 pint of white vinegar pour into a litre spary bottle works great and the midges hate it!!

  10. #20

    Default Re: Homemade fly spray recipes - post yours here

    water citornella tea tree and lavender!

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