Essential Oils for your Dog: Soothing Skin Spray
Seasonal allergies can get quite tiresome and very very unpleasant for your furry friend. Seeing my dog suffering from his allergic reactions isn’t easy and unfortunately I haven’t found a solution yet. Trying to avoid as much of the aggressive products as possible such as prednisone etc. I came across this book about Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell.
This book is very nicely written and so informative!!! Kristen gives lots of recipes and tips on how to make your very own products which gets me so excited. When I saw her Soothing Skin Spray formula I immediately knew that I wanted to give it a try. Being an aromatherapy newbie I had no knowledge or materials whatsoever but in the end it was easier than I expected it to be.
I used this spray on a daily basis (one to two times a day) and it helped to calm down very itchy places around his belly, inner thighs and paws. In combination with homeopathic drops the spray did a very good job but you have to use it on a regular basis in order to show some effect.
To make the spray you will need:
1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
15 ml (= 1/2 oz) Grain Alcohol or Vodka
1 teaspoon Sulfated Castor Oil (cold pressed)
15 ml Aloe Vera (I used the juice)
15 ml German Chamomile Hydrosol
15 ml Lavender Hydrosol
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
150 ml (5 oz) Distilled or other clean water
2 drops Geranium essential oil
6 drops Rosewood essential oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Roman Chamomile essential oil
2 drops Carrot Seed essential oil
Just combine all the ingredients, stir well and store the spray (240ml) in a dark spray bottle. I used this blue spray glass bottle. Spray the inflamed body parts and gently massage it into the skin.
Most of the ingredients were easy to find: Vegetable Glycerin you will find in a drugstore same as the grained alcohol and distilled water. I bought the sulfated castor oil, aloe vera and grapefruit seed extract in an online health food store. To get the best result I use high quality essential oils from the brands Florihana and Farfalla. In her book Kristen Leigh Bell explains all about the importance of quality in essential oils and I really envy people who live in a country/region in which essential oils are made. Buying all the above ingredients will be pricey (at least in my opinion) but don’t forget that these will last you a long time.
Always shake the bottle before using it so that all the ingredients get mixed up it. Try to prevent your dog from licking the spray off is coat. My dog doesn’t like to be wet so he immediately starts licking the spray off. To distract him I use the spray just before we are going out for a walk.
Short explanation of all the ingredients
Try to use organic preservative-free ingredients so that your dog’s skin doesn’t get stressed more than it already is. Clean, natural products are easier to use by the body and will provide you with better results.
|Vegetable Glycerin||Base oil which supports the absorption of oils and hydrosols|
|Grain Alcohol or Vodka||Helps to blind the essential oils and water|
|Sulfated Castor Oil||Base oil which helps the skin to absorb the essential oils quickly|
|Aloe Vera||Soothes the skin and supports skin regeneration|
|German Chamomile Hydrosol||Anti-inflammatory|
|Lavender Hydrosol||Cooling and healing skin relieving itching and irritation|
|Grapefruit Seed Extract||Antimicrobial and supports the growth of beneficial bacteria|
|Geranium essential oil||Strong antifungal function|
|Rosewood essential oil||Aids tissue regeneration, antibacterial|
|Lavender essential oil||Antibacterial, anti-itch, supports skin regeneration, calming|
|Roman Chamomile essential oil||Soothes central nervous system|
|Carrot Seed essential oil||Stimulates skin generation and is anti-inflammatory|
Have you used essential oils on your dog? If so, which ones and what is your experience with it? I got so excited about essential oils that I plan on making more dog products with essential oils. My dog seems to benefit from it and I feel like a little herb witch mixing all these beautiful scents ;)