My Facebook feed has had several posts recently about tick removal with essential oils. To help sort fact from fiction, here is some more information.
Using Essential Oils to Remove ticks:
In a Podcast, Dr Neeta Connally, assistant professor of Biology at Western Connecticut State University, stated by using something like peppermint oil, you are agitating the tick and making it salivate more, which is how tick-borne illnesses are spread. The CDC also suggestion avoiding “painting” ticks. Here is what they recommend.
How to remove a tick
Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.
If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.