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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Homemade Coconut Oil Herbal Toothpaste for Dogs and Cats




DIY recipe for homemade coconut oil herbal toothpaste for dogs and cats combines the natural goodness of coconut oil, turmeric, stevia, and kelp. This toothpaste works hard to kill bad bacteria that cause plaque, and bad breath. The ingredients also aid in dissolving plaque, while reducing inflammation of the gums.

Health promoting and healing, simply natural, simply good…

DIY Recipe – Coconut Oil Herbal Toothpaste for Dogs, Cats


You Will Need The Following Items -
  • Coconut Oil - organic
  • Herbal Ingredients
    • Kelp powder - deep sea kelp, or Norwegian kelp
    • Turmeric powder – organic or wild crafted
    • Stevia extract – organic or wild crated
    • Oil of oregano - organic or wild crafted
  • Utensils
    • Soft bristled tooth brush, or
    • Organic cotton balls,
    • Or small, soft clean cloth.
    • Glass or pottery mixing bowl
    • Small glass jar
Preparation and Storage -
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
    • If the coconut oil is solid rather than soft or liquid, place the jar of coconut oil (make sure the lid is on tight!) in warm water, or put the measured amount of coconut oil in saucepan on lowest setting and gently heat until soft. Coconut oil becomes a liquid when room temperature is 76o F / 24.4o C.
  • 1/8 tsp of organic turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp kelp
  • 2 drops of organic stevia extract
  • 3 drops of oil of oregano
  • Place all ingredients together in a glass or pottery bowl, mix together, blend well.
  • Pour resulting mixture (herbal toothpaste) into a small glass jar.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

How To Use the Coconut Oil Herbal Toothpaste -
  • When you are ready to brush your dogs or cats teeth… 
    • Make sure the lid of the toothpaste jar is on tight.
    • Place the jar of toothpaste in warm water for a few minutes – this will soften the toothpaste.
    • To ensure the toothpaste remains pristine, use a clean spoon to scoop the desired amount of toothpaste out of the jar, and into a small cup.
    • Dip a clean toothbrush, your finger, or cotton ball into the toothpaste in the cup.
  • Gently brush your dogs or cats teeth with the toothpaste.
Can’t Get One of the Ingredients?
If you are not able to get one of the following ingredients - stevia, or turmeric, or kelp, you can still make an effective toothpaste, even if you leave one of the ingredients out.

More about the health benefits of…
  • Coconut oil - go here.
  • Turmeric – go here.
  • Oil of oregano is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
  • Kelp – Bacillus lichenformis is a ‘good’ bacteria that lives on the surface of the kelp plant. When kelp is introduced to your dog’s mouth the Bacillus lichenformis releases an enzyme. The enzyme breaks down bad bacteria biofilm that causes plaque formation.
  • Stevia – is a sweet tasting herb that offers antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces biofilm.
Caution
If your dog or cat has a health condition always check for contradictions, and drug interactions before using herbs, nutraceuticals, and alternative medicines. These are discussed in the links provided above.

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Friday, 6 July 2012

DIY Recipes for Safe, Natural, Herbal Shampoos and Rinses for Dogs, Cats

Despite the fact that a manufacturer may label and advertise a shampoo for dogs or cats as safe, all-natural or organic does not mean that the product is actually safe, organic or natural. While a product may contain one or more safe ingredients it may also include multiple toxic/carcinogenic ingredients

In addition it is important to note that many commercial flea shampoos, dips and related products contain highly toxic, carcinogenic ingredients. Use a safe, truly natural alternative such as those provided here.

Unless you are 100% sure of the quality of the product you are better off making your own dog or cat shampoo (and rinse) - it is simple and easy to make. Here are some recipes…but first please note, as with any shampoo make sure to keep the soap out of your dog’s or cat's eyes! Make sure you use organic ingredients only.


Shampoo Recipes

Simple Shampoo Option One
3 oz    Castile soap (available at many health and bulk food stores)
6 drops Lavender essential oil 

Simple Shampoo Option Two
Organic unpasturized, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply, gently rub into fur and skin, you can rinse the ACV off or allow your dog's fur/skin to air-dry



Citrus Scented Shampoo
(if you are making this for a cat use lemongrass essential oil instead of orange and lemon essential oils)
3 oz    Castile soap (available at many health and bulk food stores);

1 oz    Vegetable Glycerin
2 oz    Distilled water
5 drops Orange essential oil
3 drops Lemon essential oil

 

Cinnamon and Rosemary Scented Shampoo
(if you are making this for a cat use peppermint or spearmint essential oil instead of cinnamon essential oil) 
3 oz    Castile soap (available at many health and bulk food stores);
1 oz    Vegetable Glycerin
2 oz    Distilled water
6 drops Cinnamon essential oil
5 drops Rosemary essential oil



Flower Scented Shampoo for Dogs
3 oz    Castile soap (available at many health and bulk food stores);

1 oz    Vegetable Glycerin
2 oz    Distilled water
5 drops Rose essential oil
4 drops  Lavender essential oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang  essential oil


If you would like to follow your dog’s or cat's shampoo with a soothing rinse treatment, you can select from one of these herbal rinses…

Rinse Recipes

Herbal Rinse #1 - Anti-Itch Herbal Rinse, very good for dogs and cats with Chronic Skin Allergies

You will need the following:
2 tea bags of Rooibos Tea (also known as Red Bush Tea);
Fresh squeezed juice of one lemon.
  • Place the tea bags and lemon juice in hot water and allow to steep for 15 minutes;
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the resulting ‘tea’ to cool;
  • Then use the tea as a conditioning, soothing rinse;
    • You do not have to rinse the ‘tea’ off of your dog after application;
    • Don’t use rooibos tea rinse on dogs that have white fur unless you add the optional ingredient - lemon juice;
      • Rooibos tea is red, but when fresh lemon juice is added the intense red is softened to light yellow, and will not affect white fur.
Rooibos is naturally anti-viral, anti-allergenic and a mild anti-anxiety mediator. Rooibos tea is also high in vitamin C, rich in antioxidants (37 to be exact), several minerals and alpha-hydroxy-acid. If you would like to know more about the health benefits and uses of Rooibos tea for your dog you can read this article. Lemon has many health benefits for dogs - read more here.



Herbal Rinse #2 - Soothing Chamomile and Green Tea for Dogs and Cats
 
You will need the following:
2 Chamomile tea bags
1 green tea bag
  • Place the tea bags in hot water and allow to steep for 15 minutes;
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the resulting ‘tea’ to cool;
  • Then use the tea as a conditioning, soothing rinse…you do not have to rinse the ‘tea’ off of your dog after application.




Herbal Rinse #3 - Refreshing Lemon Balm for Dogs and Cats
 
You will need the following:
2 Lemon balm tea bags
1 green tea bag
  • Place the tea bags in hot water and allow to steep for 15 minutes;
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the resulting ‘tea’ to cool;
  • Then use the tea as a conditioning, soothing rinse…you do not have to rinse the ‘tea’ off of your dog after application…don’t use lemon balm tea rinse on white fur dogs as it may give their coat a slight yellow tinge.

Herbal Rinse #4 - Refreshing Peppermint, Fennel and Rose for Dogs and Cats
 
You will need the following:
1 peppermint tea bag
1 fennel tea bag
1 rose tea bag
  • Place the tea bags in hot water and allow to steep for 15 minutes;
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the resulting ‘tea’ to cool;
  • Then use the tea as a conditioning, soothing rinse…you do not have to rinse the ‘tea’ off of your dog after application…don’t use lemon balm tea rinse on white fur dogs as it may give their coat a slight yellow tinge.

Herbal Rinse #5 - Soothing ‘Mix-it-Up’ Herbal Rinse  for Dogs and Cats
 
You will need 1 oz of each of the following dry herbs:
Calendula
Chamomile
Lavender
Oats
Rose Petals
Slippery Elm
Witch Hazel
  • Grind the herbs in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder;
  • Place the ground herbs in a large loose tea bag/ball, or muslin; 
  • Place in hot water and allow to steep for 15 minutes;
  • Remove the tea bag/ball and allow the resulting ‘tea’ to cool;
  • Then use the tea as a conditioning, soothing rinse…you do not have to rinse the ‘tea’ off of your dog after application.

For additional soothing rinses you can take a look at the DIY recipes in this article.


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