The Torah’s guidelines for modest wear guard in more ways than one: Clothing that covers up torsos, arms, legs and feet fashion a safeguard between you and Borrelia burgdorferi as do sun hats on your head.
Some other suggestions include:
1. Delta Garden’s Garlic Flower Essence Tick Protocol:
3 drops 3 times a day during tick season
2 drops a day for maintenance outside of tick season
For Animals: 3 drops in water daily
2. Garlic is jam-packed with antioxidants and a great source for
Vitamins B6, B1 and C as well as copper, manganese, selenium, phosphorous and calcium.
Garlic is also anti-viral and anti-microbial whether you use it in cooking, herbal tinctures or prepared as a flower essence; garlic strengthens the immune system, repelling parasitic and viral infections.
3. Misting yourself with a combination of garlic flower essences and a mix of lavender, geranium and clove essential oils before venturing outside will also help to ward off ticks and other insects.
Daily tick checks include:
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find any ticks that might be crawling on you.
Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tickinfested areas.
Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
3. Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
4. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
5. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
6. If the clothes first require washing, use hot water. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble them dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.
If a tick is found:
1. Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers.
2. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water. Disinfect the tweezers
3. If the tick is alive, put it in an airtight bag with a moistened cotton ball and bring it to your doctor or send on for testing. If dead, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
After a tick has been removed:
Go to the doctor and begin a regiment of antibiotics right away. Along with antibiotic treatment, Delta Gardens suggests soaking the bite the site of the bite for 5 days with a mix of hot water, Epsom salts and hydrogen peroxide. Apply an ointment and cover the bite with a bandaid in between baths. Do not let the bite heal over before five days."