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Lemon Rosemary Flea Spray

Natural protection for your doggie!  Will give your dog a shiny fragrant coat and keep fleas and other bugs away (including mosquitoes).  Lemon juice may lighten your dog’s coat. The safety of the insecticides in most commercial flea treatments warrants consideration.The active ingredients in these solutions include chemicals such as imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen, have caused health problems in animals in laboratory studies. Recipe from The Academy of Canine Behavior, Bothell, WA.

1 large lemon
6” sprig of rosemary
1 quart hot, near boiling, water

  1. Slice lemon into paper thin slices.  
  2. Remove leaves from rosemary and mince.
  3. Place lemon and rosemary in a large bowl or jar and cover with hot water.
  4. Let steep overnight.
  5. Strain and put in a large spray bottle.

Makes 1 quart
Preparation time: 10 minutes, then overnight


Stephinie Miner
This is great, here in the south fleas are a big problem... how often should we apply this to our pooch to keep fleas away? Can it be used on cats as well?? Thanks!! ~Stephinie
August 18, 2010, 11:44 am

sarah ash
i would also like to know how often and if you can use it on cats :)
August 18, 2010, 11:57 am

paul goldberg
Great idea. On a similar note. I have found that feeding a premium diet of proteins and whole grains makes a difference with fleas. In 12 years we have never had a flea problem or treated our dogs. I wonder if too much fat and fillers encourage a flea friendly pooch? We end up making dog food regularly for our pooch. It's not too costly, takes two minutes and we have few expenses with the vet bills, ect. Bet they smell great after this treatment!
August 18, 2010, 12:06 pm

Cynthia Lair
Safe for dogs, cats, humans too. Apply once a day during height of flea season. It is completely benign so there is no worry of overdose. But as Paul say - feeding dogs well seems to also be quite prophylactic against flea infestations. We have a video coming very soon on homemade dog food.
August 18, 2010, 12:50 pm

Andcoukus Riccookus
How about blending it with the water, might bring out more active substances? Just thinking. Thanks for this, needed badly for my cat. Andy
August 19, 2010, 3:24 pm

Anne Larocca
My dog crawls through my rosemary bushes when the fleas are bad in the summer. This must be instinctual. Supplements the flea medicine I give him once a month. He smells good!
August 19, 2010, 5:07 pm

You seem to always be right-on-time with stuff, ironically i just found a stray dog on the street today, brought him home and BAM email shouting out for dog lovers!
August 19, 2010, 5:20 pm

Juliana Caton
Does this get rid of fleas, or just prevent them? We dont think anyone in our house has major fleas yet, but we did see one the other day, we will have to try this.
August 19, 2010, 6:45 pm

Juliana Caton
Sorry, I hadn't watched the video yet, it said it was preventative only. It looks great though!
August 19, 2010, 9:12 pm

Heidi Fenter
would lime work in place of lemon
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Dolores DeGroat
To Paul Goldberg, Would you feel comfortable posting a recipe for the food that you make. I read the ingredients list on every dog food label. Through the years I have found that my dogs are sensitive to corn. Now that I have stopped purchasing any dog food containing corn their allergies have improved. I really don't like seeing all those preservatives and chemicals listed on the ingredients of commercial dog foods. Not having lots of time and being on a limited budget, I have not considered making my own dog food. However your comment - We end up making dog food regularly for our pooch. It's not too costly, takes two minutes and we have few expenses with the vet bills, ect. caught my eye and my interest. Please share your recipe. Thank you so much.
January 7, 2012, 2:04 pm

Lorrie Corbitt
can this be used on cats
July 21, 2012, 4:11 pm

Cynthia Lair
Yes! Safe for cats, humans, every being.
July 22, 2012, 10:48 am

Kate Hill
What is a estimated shelf life of the lemon and Rosemary mixture?
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You can simplify this: cut up a lemon & an orange & place in your glass Mr. Coffee pot. Add Rosemary herb. Run plain water through the Mr. Coffee into the mixture. Soak overnight & strain out the mix the next morning. Put into spray bottle. (IF you add 4 drops of lavender or geranium essential oil remember to shake before each use)
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