Do you hate flies bother your donkeys but also hate the poisons in the commercial fly sprays that can cause more harm than good? I came up with this fly repellent ointment that really works well to keep the flies off my herd.

Fly season gets bad TN, especially wet years. You would use this fly repellent ointment similar to how you might use Swat.  Before I got into trying to use nontoxic products I used Swat with success. However, I was very uncomfortable with some of with the ingredients.

SWAT Active Ingredients:
Piperonyl Butoxide, Technical* – 0.5%
Pyrethrins I and II – 0.2%
Di-n-propyl isocinchomeronate – 1.0%
Inert Ingredients – 98.3%
*Equivalent to 0.4% (butylcarbityl) (6-propylpiperonyl) ether and 0.1% related compounds

Some of these ingredients are actually ‘natural’ but they are still toxic. That’s the thing about a product called natural sometimes it can still be harmful. Even essential oils misused can be harmful! Anyways I want nothing to do with these ingredients. I’ve done my research and don’t want them around my equine or my family. More about natural but toxic ingredients here: Pesticides are everywhere. I can’t control ALL the things we come in contact with but I can control a lot of them!

Why It Matters?

It’s important to me that I keep my horses and donkeys as chemical-free as possible!!

I came up with this fly repellent ointment several years ago when I started milking donkeys because I use the milk in my soaps (I don’t want chemical residue in my products) and we drink the donkey milk. (Yes I said I milked donkeys, more on why here: Donkey Milk Nutrition 

The next reason was I use the manure from my equine in my gardens, which I prefer to keep organic! Chemicals soak into the skin and many are still present in the manure and urine 🙁

I also have to take into consideration our ponds because the chemicals can run off and kill fish and our honey bees which may be sensitive to many of the chemicals used in dewormers and other equine products. Compared to other livestock  I’ve managed the donkeys are easier to keep chemical-free. A huge plus for my organic farm.

I have donkeys that have had allergic reactions to chemical fly sprays in the past too. Those chemicals soak into the skin and enter their bloodstream. If you touch them, they do the same to you. I like to hug my donkeys without worry.

But when It’s summer the equine in general draw flies which require sprays…that are full of chemicals! Ugh! Honestly, the flies barely notice my traditional colored donkeys but they absolutely harass my light-colored donkeys!

So I came up with a fly repellent ointment that also has skin healing agents to soothe bites! It works SO well on their legs and ears. I also have a homemade fly spray if you prefer to use a spray Homemade Fly Spray for Donkeys

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The Ingredients for My Homemade Fly Repellent Ointment

When I started out with equine several years ago I asked my Equine Veterinarian about fly sprays. He literally laughed and said none of them really work. So why in the world would I use all these chemicals that don’t even work well!?! That’s just crazy to me and not to mention a huge waste of money. Fly sprays are so expensive! The chemical fragrances used are harmful to the human endocrine system and that’s been proven. Donkeys and other animal products are not as regulated though. There also hasn’t been much research on if these chemical fragrances are harmful to our animals. So I choose to use essential oils that I know are safe for me and my donkeys.

The amazing thing is a lot of my donkeys will lean in to smell an essential oil. Something they have never done with a fake fragrance.

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So tapping into my skincare and essential oils knowledge I came up with this simple but effective salve.  This is what is in it and why.

Comfrey oil is one of my all-time favorites for skin healing. Its an excellent source of vitamin B12 and allantoin! I make a comfrey oil infusion.

If you do not know how to make an herbal oil infusion you can check out this post- Donkey Grooming {FREE Recipe Coat Conditioner) where I explain the simple process. You might want to try out my conditioner recipe too. It’s amazing for the coat, mane, and tail.! If you do not want to make an infusion or do not have time to it’s fine to just use olive oil. You will miss out on the benefits of Comfrey but this will still be an effective fly repellent.

Cedarwood Oil has been used for centuries to repel flies and other pests. It’s safe for us and the donkeys. Cedarwood also stimulates circulation. My donkeys really seem to like the smell too.

Beeswax is what makes this product a semi-solid salve. It’s an excellent skin healer itself and a great moisturizer. Here is an article from American Farrier about using beeswax for hoof health too Beeswax to combat fungi and bacteria

Homemade Fly Repellent Ointment Recipe!

8 oz. of comfrey infused olive oil

1 oz. beeswax

1 tsp. Cedar essential oil

I melt the beeswax in the comfrey oil using a small crockpot.

Once melted remove from heat and add cedar oil.

Pour into tins or 4 oz. jelly jars work well. That’s it!

I apply it once or twice a week depending on it they get in the pond or it rains. I always apply a fresh coating to the ears and legs before a drive too! Works Fantastic!

More on Essential Oils Safe for Donkeys

Check out my ebook on Amazon for more information on using essential oils for your donkeys. Includes instructions to make a basic 6 oil kit, dilution chart, safety info, formulas and more. Click the picture for more information.

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Essential oils are beneficial to physical and mental health and have really been a great help to my equine!

Natural Donkey Care On a Budget

I’m very passionate about supporting my donkeys’ health with essential oils, herbals, and good food. Their mental health is just as important as their physical health just like it is for us. I’m sure you are interested in that too or you wouldn’t be here! My donkeys being in good health means fewer vet bills for me and a happier life for them.

The other thing is making your own products can save you money if you are like me, a donkey owner on a budget! There’s no need to buy those super expensive multi-level marketing oils! I use therapeutic grade oils from Amazon and they work just as well as the expensive multi=level marketer oils. I’ve tried both! On myself and my horses, donkeys and even my dogs! All oils are not created equal but super expensive doesn’t mean better. Sometimes it just means they spend more on marketing!

Natural donkey care on a budget is possible and worth it. Also, you may get aromatherapy benefits from the oils you use on your donkeys. That’s like a two for one! 🤣

Have an awesome week filled with your life in balance with your donkeys!!!!