Showing posts with label Dog Shampoo. Show all posts
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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 natural 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 for Dogs
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

 

Rosemary Scented Shampoo
(not for shelties, rough or smooth coat collies) 
3 oz    Castile soap (available at many health and bulk food stores);
1 oz    Vegetable Glycerin
2 oz    Distilled water
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
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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