Showing posts with label skin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin. Show all posts

Friday, 6 March 2020

Your Dog's Skin Can Benefit From This Soothing Healing Herb, Calendula




 Your dog's skin can benefit from this soothing, cleansing herb.  

★ 3 min read

Calendula (calendula officinalis) is a common sun-loving flower with impressive healing properties. Calendula flower petals have antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, mild analgesic, antiseptic healing properties. Calendula has a calming affect and nourishes skin.

Topical use of a calendula infusion or cooled tea can help naturally treat:
Calendula infusion or cooled tea makes a simple topical: 
🌼 Chin and muzzle cleanse after mealtime. 
🌼 Full body soak or rinse. 
🌼 Paw soak. 
🌼 Sitz bath. 
🌼 Underbelly soak or rinse.

Steeped cool tea bags or loose petals make a soothing, healing compress.

When to Choose Infusion or Tea
Calendula tea is a good choice if you need to treat an issues right away. Calendula infusion must steep for two hours up to eight hours. Infusing calendula increases its healing properties. 

To Make Calendula Tea
You'll need:
  • 1 calendula tea bag for every 8-ounces of water or;
  • 1 tsp loose calendula petals for every 8-ounces of water. 
  • 1 tea infuser if using loose calendula petals.
  • Kettle
  • Tea pot or sauce pot with lid.
Preparation
  • Place the calendula tea bag into a tea pot or sauce pot.
  • If using loose petals:
  • Put the petals in a tea infuser and then into the kettle or sauce pot or;
  • Place the loose petals directly in the kettle or sauce pot.
  • Boil the water.
  • Pour the boiled water into the tea pot or sauce pot.
  • Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When finished steeping, remove the tea bags or tea infuser, or strain the loose petals from the tea.
  • You can keep the steeped, cooled tea bags or petals to use as a compress.
  • Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
  • The tea is ready for use.
  • If you aren't using the tea right away, store the tea in the refrigerator.
  • For optimal healing properties use the tea (or tea bag compress) within 24 to 48 hours.
To Make a Calendula Infusion
You'll need:
  • 2 tablespoons of dry loose petal or fresh petals for every 8 ounces of water or;
  • 5 to 6 calendula tea bags for every 8 ounces of water.
  • Kettle
  • Tea pot or sauce pot with lid.
Preparation
  • Place the calendula tea bag into a tea pot or sauce pot.
  • If using loose petals:
  • Put the petals in a tea infuser and then into the kettle or sauce pot or;
  • Place the loose petals directly in the kettle or sauce pot.
  • Boil the water.
  • Pour the boiled water into the tea pot or sauce pot.
  • Cover and steep for 12-hours up to 8-hours.
  • When finished steeping, remove the tea bags or tea infuser, or strain the loose petals from the liquid infusion.
  • You can keep the steeped, cooled tea bags or petals to use as a compress.
  • Allow the infusion to cool to room temperature.
  • The infusion is ready for use.
  • If you aren't using the tea right away, store the tea in the refrigerator.
  • For optimal healing properties use the tea (or tea bag compress) within 24 to 48 hours.
How To Use Calendula Infusion or Tea

Calendula Chin and Muzzle Cleanse 🧽
  • Spray application:
  • Pour the infusion or tea into a spray bottle.
  • Gently spray your dogs muzzle and chin, then pat dry.
  • Wipe Application
  • Pour or dip a little calendula infusion or tea onto a soft clean cloth.
  • Wring out excess liquid, and use the cloth to gently wipe chin and muzzle.
Calendula Full Body Soak or Rinse πŸ›
  • Add calendula infusion or tea to your dog's bath water for a calming, cleansing healing soak or rinse.
Calendula Paw Soak 🐾

Use calendula infusion or tea to soak your dog's paws. Or add calendula infusion to Himalayan salt paw soak. Make sure to soak your dog's paws for at least 30 seconds.

A calendua paw soak can:
  • Help protect cut paws from infection and help speed healing.
  • Cleanse toxic road salt from your dog's paws.
  • Allergy support to cleanse pollen and other allergens from your dog's paws.
  • Candida overgrowth support, help soothe and treat inflamed, irritated paws.
Insect Bites and Stings 🐝🦟

Insect bites and stings can cause skin irritation, swelling, rashes, pain and infection.
To help reduce inflammation, irritation and infection apply calendula infusion or tea. You can also use the steeped tea bags as a compress. Apply the compress for at least 30 seconds to the bite or sting-site.

Underbelly Spray, Rinse or Soak 🚿

Use calendula infusion or tea to:
  • Prevent environmental contact toxins from entering your dog's blood stream.
  • Rinse road salt from your dog's underside. 
  • Reduce Environmental Allergy Symptoms
  • Rinse pollen, other environmental allergens and contaminates from your dog's underside.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Rinse your dog's vulva with calendula infusion or tea, two to three times per day to help reduce discomfort and reduce risk of re-infection.
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Himalayan Salt Soak for Dogs, Cats Paws, Skin – Soothe, Calm




Himalayan salt soak (sole) can help soothe your dogs and cats sore, inflamed, irritated or infected paws and skin. Himalayan salt soaks are also calming.



Also called ‘pink gold’, pink Himalayan salt is an organic ‘full spectrum’ salt with many health promoting properties, due to its mineral, element, and electrolyte-rich composition.  Himalayan salt contains 71% of all natural elements (electrolytes, elements and minerals) known to man – that’s 84 out of 118 known elements!



Himalayan salt is:

  • Antibacterial.
  • Anti-fungal.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Detoxifying.
  • Nourishing.
  • Soothing.

When paws, or skin are soaked in Himalayan sole, the nourishing, healing minerals are absorbed into the skin, toxins and/or infection is drawn out.



Salt sole is made by dissolving a sufficient amount of Himalayan salt in water to achieve full salt saturation of the water.  When paws or skin are soaked in the sole, the minerals and negative ions present in the salt, permeate the skin - drawing out toxins, nourishing cells, and calming the body, and mind.



How to Make and Use a Salt Soak for Your Dog, Cat



You Will Need -

  • Pink Himalayan Salt
    • Choose from –
      • Finely ground
      • Coarse ground
      • Chunks or cubes (additional dissolving time will be required)
      • You can also choose to use Celtic Salt, or another full spectrum salt – each has slightly different constituents.
    • Do NOT use common table salt, also called iodized salt. Iodized salt is NOT organic, contains toxins, and is not healing.
  • Filtered tap water, real spring water or filtered water (do not use fluoridated water).
    • If you don’t have filtered tap water, you will need to heat water in a pot or kettle.
  • Suitable size bowl, pail or tub for mixing the water and salt, and soaking paws or body.
  • Gauze, or soft washcloth if doing a compress rather than soak.

Himalayan Salt Soak (Sole) Recipe – for use on Unbroken Skin

  • 2 tablespoons pink Himalayan Salt.
  • 34 ounces (4 ¼ cups) of warm water.
  • Note - you can double, triple or otherwise increase the recipe to suit the situation.
  • Add the salt to the hot or warm water.
  • Stir until the salt is dissolved – you now have salt sole. 
    • Don't worry if you still see a small amount of undissolved pink salt fall to the bottom of the bath.

Himalayan Salt Soak (Sole) Recipe – for use on Broken Skin

A high concentration salt sole can cause a burning or stinging feeling when used on a cut, or open wound. To avoid discomfort, I recommend reducing the ratio of salt to water. Use this recipe when treating broken skin...

  • 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan Salt.
  • 34 ounces (4 ¼ cups) of warm water.
  • Note - you can double, triple or otherwise increase the recipe to suit the situation.
  • Add the salt to the warm water, stir until the salt is dissolved – you now have salt sole.
  • If the ambient air is cold you can use the warm sole to soak paws, and skin.
  • If the ambient air is warm to hot, you can choose to wait until the sole cools to room temperature before soaking paws or skin.

Using a Himalayan Salt Soak

  • If you used hot water to make the sole, wait until the sole cools down to warm - the sole is now ready for use. Do not soak your dogs or cats paws or skin in hot sole.
    • If the ambient air is cold you can use the warm sole to soak paws, and skin.
    • If the ambient air is warm to hot, you can choose to wait until the sole cools to room temperature before soaking paws or skin.
  • Soak Application
    • Soak paws or skin for at least 5 minutes. 
    • If your dog is patient (or your cat just happens to enjoy baths), you can soak for 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes. A longer soak, gives the salt sole more time to provide its healing properties.
    • Do not rinse paw or skin.
    • Allow your dog or cats paws to air dry.
  • Compress Application
    • You can also choose to soak a soft washcloth, or clean gauze in the salt sole.
    • Apply the soaked cloth/gauze to your dog’s or cat’s skin - at affected area.
    • Wrap with a dry bandage and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.
    • Remove bandage.
    • Do not rinse paws or skin, allow to air dry. 
  • This salt sole can be used once or several times per day, as needed.

As with all treatments, remember it is important to treat the condition, and also address the root cause.



Himalayan salt soaks are a treatment, and not necessarily a remedy. For example, if your dog or cat is suffering from a yeast infection (overgrowth of candida albicans), due to food allergies, or environmental allergies - this salt soak can be used to alleviate symptoms. To remedy the condition, a comprehensive natural approach is recommended.



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