If you have animals, you know they are going to get hurt. I don’t know about your animals, but mine always seem to get themselves in situations where instant care is needed. As much as I love my animals, I can’t afford to run to the vet for every single problem, so I like to turn to this natural salve instead.
This recipe is so versatile! It can be used for just about anything that has to do with the skin of your animals. It’s safe to use on all pets and can even be licked off and eaten without side effects. (though I wouldn’t recommend feeding it to your animals:) This is great to help your animal’s skin become healthy & strong. The essential oils in this blend help support healthy skin.
Now, that’s pretty cool.
I like to use a combination of traditional oils/fats, beeswax, & herbal essential oils to create my homemade animal salve. The oils help the skin stay hydrated, while the herbal essential oils have medicinal properties to help relieve the symptoms.
The reason why I add herbal essential oils to my recipe is because essential oils are so much more powerful than the herbs themselves! In this recipe I use Lavender essential oil, which is known for helping with occasional skin irritations. Melaleuca essential oil (tea tree oil) is great for supporting a healthy immune system. Peppermint essential oil is great for circulation.
A WORD ABOUT TEA TREE OIL (MELALEUCA):
I often get comments about tea tree oil being toxic to dogs. Tea tree oil has phenolic compounds that can be hard for a dog’s body to process, but only in high doses. The oral toxic dose of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 0.22 grams is about 4 drops of tea tree oil. This would mean that a 1 pound dog would have toxicity symptoms if you applied 4 drops of tea tree oil.
However, most dogs are around 10-20 lbs. To hit toxic levels of phenols, you would have to apply 40 drops of tea tree oil to a 10 lb. dog at one time. This would be the same as if a 150 pound human applied 600 drops of tea tree oil to their body at one time. OF COURSE, this would be ridiculous and toxic. ANYBODY given a high amount of phenolic compounds would develop toxicity issues.
When applying essential oils, you need a good dose of common sense. As long as you understand that applying 1-3 drops at a time, and diluting for children & pets is the best practice, you’ll be good!
NOTE: The phenolic toxcity level in cats is unknown, but we do know that cats are more sensitive than dogs. It’s advised to avoid Melaleuca in cats, unless there is a severe injury or illness.
HOMEMADE ANIMAL SALVE:
Yields 1 cup
- 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup of Olive Oil
- 10-20 drops CBD Hemp oil for pets
- 1/4 Cup of Beeswax
- 15 drops of Melaleuca essential oil (NOTE: For a cat, you’ll need to leave out the Melaleuca essential oil as it’s toxic to them)
- 15 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil, olive oil, hemp oil & beeswax in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Remove from heat and let cool for about 15 minutes.
- Add the essential oils and stir until well incorporated.
- Pour into a into a plastic storage jar or a mason glass jar.*Note: This can be stored for up to a year at room temperature.