Instructions for a natural tick repellentPublished 6:14pm Monday, July 14, 2014
Mr. Boone, you asked for suggestions concerning tick repellent in your recent editorial. Try taking Vitamin B1 or thiamine. Taken by mouth, thiamine is absorbed well into the blood stream and is secreted into every body fluid including sweat.
Although you will not be able to smell it, the bugs really hate the smell. Also, the more you sweat, the better it works. I have seen the vitamin available in 50 mg, 100 mg, and 250 mg tablets. For a smaller adult or preteen, take the 100 mg tab every 6-8 hours. For a full sized adult or larger, take a 250 mg tab every 6-8 hours. This vitamin is water-soluble and is excreted quickly by the kidneys. It is not easily over dosed because it is not stored in the body. In conjunction with other insect and arthropod repellents, this offers additional protection.