Essential Oils for Pets (Recipes for Dog Fleas, Itchy Skin & More!)

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Your pets are your best friends. So taking care of them is naturally at the top of your list. Learn how to use essential oils for pets with six easy essential oil recipes for your furry friends. Learn how to use essential oils for dog fleas and itchy skin. Plus quick, simple recipes for a pet paw balm, a fur and skin conditioner, a DIY pet odor eliminator spray and an anti-anxiety essential oil diffuser blend.

Essential Oils for Pets (Recipes for Dog Fleas, Itchy Skin & More!) Your pets are your best friends. So taking care of them is naturally at the top of your list. Learn how to use essential oils for pets with six easy essential oil recipes for your furry friends. Learn how to use essential oils for dog fleas and itchy skin. Plus quick, simple recipes for a pet paw balm, a fur and skin conditioner, a DIY pet odor eliminator spray and an anti-anxiety essential oil diffuser blend.

My dog, Jasper, is who I like to call my “little old man.” He’s 9 1/2 years old and a complete and total flirt. He’s also incredibly stubborn. And, because he’s too cute for words, completely spoiled as well. Jasper’s also very lucky that I love him. His vet bills have already topped $1000 this year. The culprit? Allergies. Not only did switching his food to a senior (diet) dog food lead to a food allergy, he has seasonal spring and fall allergies as well. This in turn has led to itchy skin and recurring ear infections no matter what preventative measures I take.

Fur & Skin Conditioner Recipe for Pets. Care for your pets skin and coat using essential oils with this simple natural pet care recipe. Plus learn about essential oils for pets, tips for safely using essential oils with your furry friends and five more natural essential oil pet care recipes.

I recommend you always consult your vet as a first step in your pet’s care – especially before introducing essential oil into their routine. Misuse of essential oils can actually make illnesses worse, or lead to new problems. So always treat your dog (or cat’s) health with due diligence, the same as you would for a human child. Luckily for me, Jasper sees the best vets our city has to offer. They’re highly knowledgeable and open to alternative treatments. They also treat my dog like the little person he is. And while I’m open to natural remedies as needed, there are always exceptions that require modern medicine to minimize suffering and speed up the healing process.

Essential Oils for Pets (Recipes for Dog Fleas, Itchy Skin & More!) Your pets are your best friends. So taking care of them is naturally at the top of your list. Learn how to use essential oils for pets with six easy essential oil recipes for your furry friends. Learn how to use essential oils for dog fleas and itchy skin. Plus quick, simple recipes for a pet paw balm, a fur and skin conditioner, a DIY pet odor eliminator spray and an anti-anxiety essential oil diffuser blend.

Sadly, Jasper is now on a steroid treatment for skin allergies. He doesn’t seem to mind though. There’s no more itching or scratching. Plus he gets his daily dose of Apoquel hidden inside a piece of cheese every morning. However, there were natural treatments my vet recommended for Jasper for his allergy prone skin. These include Epsom salt baths (with zero fragrances as they may be irritating) as well as wiping off his paws and face with aloe wipes after he’s been outside. Additionally, using an ear rinse with salicylic acid was recommended for his back hind legs. They had a fungal growth that has since cleared up.

If you’ve spoken to your vet about introducing essential oils into your pet’s health and wellness routine, then I have some great ideas for using essential oils for pets. Keep reading to discover six homemade essential oil recipes for your pets – including essential oils for dog fleas. Plus a super simple recipe for using essential oils for itchy skin.

The new essential oil recipe box from Simply Earth is an affordable to learn about essential oils for pets. It also makes it easy to create simple recipes to address your pets' health concerns. The May Simple Earth recipe box for pets contains four essential oils that you can incorporate into your dog's daily routine. These essential oils for pets are ginger, juniper berry and citronella. It also includes a peace & quiet essential oil blend that's great for tackling your dog's anxiety. Made from a combination of sweet orange, frankincense, cedarwood & lime essential oils, this unique synergy aromatherapy blend promotes calm and relaxation.

The new essential oil recipe box from Simply Earth is an affordable to learn about essential oils for pets. It also makes it easy to create simple recipes to address your pets’ health concerns. The May Simple Earth recipe box for pets contains four essential oils that you can incorporate into your dog’s daily routine. These essential oils for pets are ginger, juniper berry and citronella. It also includes a peace & quiet essential oil blend that’s great for tackling your dog’s anxiety.

Essential Oils for Pets (Recipes for Dog Fleas, Itchy Skin & More!) Your pets are your best friends. So taking care of them is naturally at the top of your list. Learn how to use essential oils for pets with six easy essential oil recipes for your furry friends. Learn how to use essential oils for dog fleas and itchy skin. Plus quick, simple recipes for a pet paw balm, a fur and skin conditioner, a DIY pet odor eliminator spray and an anti-anxiety essential oil diffuser blend.

Essential Oils for Pets

Ginger Essential Oil

This natural essential oil for pets creates a natural warming sensation. It’s great for eliminating odors and can also ease an upset stomach or nausea. A sweet & spicy essential oil, ginger oil blends well with bergamot, cedarwood atlas, clove leaf, coriander, geranium, rosewood, orange and sandalwood essential oils.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper berry essential oil is another pet friendly essential oil. It’s commonly used in essential oil recipes to ease muscle pain, repel insects and tackle oily or acne prone skin. Different from juniper leaf essential oil, which is not pet safe, this oil is distilled from juniper berries (my favorite as fan of gin cocktails!) and a sweet woody pine scent.

Citronella Essential Oil

One of the most commonly used essential oils, citronella oil has gained popularity for its ability to deterring biting insects like mosquitoes. Not only is it pet safe, there are so many ways to use it! Rather you’re making a blend of essential oils for dog fleas, deter mosquitoes or neutralize odors this natural essential oil has a number of everyday uses. With summer on the way, add citronella essential oil to a bowl of water with a floating candle for a pretty outdoor summertime insect repellent.

Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Blend

Made from a combination of sweet orange, frankincense, cedarwood & lime essential oils, this unique uplifting, synergy aromatherapy blend promotes calm and relaxation. (Use caution with this blend around cats. They aren’t always a fan of citrus oils.)

As with past Simply Earth recipe boxes, you’ll also find six recipe cards for using these essential oils for pets. Along with containers for mixing your recipes, this box also has a super cute dog bandana. Other ingredients you’ll need, such as sweet almond oil, coconut oil & beeswax, are included in the bonus box. The bonus box also includes bottles for custom essential oil diffuser blends and rollerball bottles. (If you’re a first time Simply Earth customer, you’ll receive a free bonus box with your first essential oil recipe box along with a gift card for $40 off your next order. Simply enter coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE at checkout.)

Tips for Using Essential Oils for Pets. Learn which essential oils are safe for pet use. Plus learn how to make six natural essential oil pet care recipes for dog fleas, itchy skin, repelling mosquitoes & ticks and more.

Tips for Using Essential Oils for Pets

Before I share the collection of pet care recipes with essential oils, here are few tips for introducing your pet to essential oils for the first time.

  • Allow your pet to smell the essential oil recipe you’ve chosen for pet care prior to application. Should your pet react in a negative manner, applying the oil could cause your fur baby emotional distress. Should they react negatively, don’t force your pet to follow through. I’ve found it’s easy to discover other ways to use recipes your pets may not enjoy.
  • Always leave and escape for your pet when using essential oils. You don’t want your own little man to be stuck in a room with a diffuser that he (or she) really can’t stand. Animals are a lot like men in this way. Small things that make them feel uncomfortable can feel like bit things to them. (Sort of like that man flu, ahem, common cold men don’t tolerate well.)
  • Introduce your pets to essential oils slowly and in small quantities over time. By taking the time to put your pets needs first, your pets will have the best experience at having essential oils introduced into their pet care routine.

Essential Oils for Pets (Recipes for Dog Fleas, Itchy Skin & More!) Your pets are your best friends. So taking care of them is naturally at the top of your list. Learn how to use essential oils for pets with six easy essential oil recipes for your furry friends. Learn how to use essential oils for dog fleas and itchy skin. Plus quick, simple recipes for a pet paw balm, a fur and skin conditioner, a DIY pet odor eliminator spray and an anti-anxiety essential oil diffuser blend.

Essential Oil Recipes for Pets

Ready to start using essential oils with your pets? Following are the six simple essential oil recipes for pet care included in the May Simply Earth essential oil recipe box.

DIY Tick & Mosquito Collar

Ingredients:

20 drops juniper berry essential oil
10 drops citronella essential oil
2 Tbsp sweet almond oil
1 Cup distilled water

Instructions:

This simple essential oil recipe for repelling ticks and mosquitoes is applied directly to your dog’s collar or a bandana (such as the one included in May’s Simply Earth essential oil recipe box for pets.)

Simply mix the ingredients together in a medium glass bowl for 30 seconds. Then soak the collar in the mixture. (Take care to keep any plastic or metal parts out of the mixture.)

Remove the collar or bandana from the mixture. Then allow to dry completely prior to use.

Store the remaining portion of the recipe in a sealable container for future use.

Anti-Anxiety Essential Oil Diffuser Blend for Pets

Ingredients:

2 drops peace & quiet Essential oil blend
1 drop juniper berry essential oil

Instructions:

Add the essential oils to a diffuser. Then diffuse in an open room. Leave the door open when in use in case your dog is sensitive to the essential oils.

Should you pet react positively to this essential oil blend, you can make a master essential oil blend for your pet’s anxiety. Simply fill a 5 mL bottle (from the Simply Earth bonus box) with 60 drops of the peace & quiet essential oil blend and 30 drops of the juniper berry essential oil. To use, simply add 1-3 drops to your diffuser as needed.

Fur & Skin Conditioner Recipe for Pets. Care for your pets skin and coat using essential oils with this simple natural pet care recipe. This natural petcare recipe helps to balance and lock in your pet's natural skin oils. Works great on dry patches and hot spots too! Plus learn about essential oils for pets, tips for safely using essential oils with your furry friends and five more natural essential oil pet care recipes.

Fur & Skin Conditioner Recipe

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp sweet almond oil
10 drops juniper berry essential oil
6 drops ginger essential oil
6 drops citronella essential oil

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a 1 oz. container. Then shake to combine.

To use, simply massage a small amount onto your pet’s coat to help balance and lock in your pet’s natural oils. This recipe also works on dry patches of skin.

Pet odor eliminator spray recipe with pet safe essential oils. Learn how to make a DIY odor neutralizing pet spray to refresh your home, pet bed or other stinky surfaces. You'll also learn about the best essential oils for pets, tips for introducing your pet to essential oils and five more natural essential oil pet care recipes.

Pet Odor Eliminator Spray Recipe

Ingredients:

10 drops ginger essential oil
20 drops peace & quiet essential oil blend
2 oz. distilled water

Instructions:

Add the essential oils to a 2 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water. Then shake the bottle to incorporate the essential oils for pets throughout the water.

Shake the bottle before each use, then spray as desired into the air or onto surfaces. This recipe helps eliminate odors in the air, on pet beds and other stinky surfaces.

As cats may not like the peace & quiet essential oil blend (due to the citrus oils) be cautious when using this product around them. If desire, you may substitute the peace & quiet essential oil blend with juniper berry or citronella essential oils.

Itchy Skin Essential Oil Roll On Recipe

Ingredients:

2 drops ginger essential oil
2 drops juniper berry essential oil
10 mL sweet almond oil

Instructions:

Add the essential oils to a 10 mL rollerball bottle. Swirl to mix. Then fill the bottle the remainder of the way with sweet almond oil. Replace the roller top and shake well to combine.

To use, simply apply this essential oil recipe for your pet’s itchy skin directly to the affected area.

Pet paw balm recipe with essential oils. Learn how to make a DIY pet paw balm to aid in healing cracked or painful paws. It can also be used on sore muscles - both on you and your pet! - to help them recover.

Essential Oil Pet Paw Balm Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Tbsp beeswax
2 Tsp refined coconut oil
1/2 Tsp sweet almond oil
2 drops ginger essential oil
3 drops juniper berry essential oil

Instructions:

You can make this essential oil pet paw balm in either a double boiler or the microwave.

Combine the coconut oil, sweet almond oil and beeswax in either a double boiler or a small glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Gently heat in the double boiler until melted (or in the microwave at the lowest setting in 30 second increments) until melted.

Remove from heat, then add the essential oils. Stir to combine.

Then immediately pour the pet paw balm into two lip balm tubes. (Alternately you may also use an aluminium salve tin or lip balm pot.)

To use, simply apply the pet paw balm to your pet’s paws to promote healing for cracked or painful paws. This homemade essential oil balm recipe may also be used to help sore muscles recover.

You can also find an alternate version of my own DIY pet paw balm here. While my recipe does not contain essential oils, feel free to add the above essential oil blend for pets to my recipe.

Naturally care for your pets with essential oils! Learn about essential oils for pets plus discover six essential oil pet care recipes in the new Simply Earth essential oil recipe box!

Start Your Essential Oil Journey!

Ready to get started on your journey with these essential oils for pets? You can purchase the Simply Earth Pet Care Essential Oil Recipe Box here while supplies last. (These boxes always sell out before the month is up so don’t miss out!) Be sure to use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE to receive your free bonus box plus a $40 discount on your next order. Get yours now!

More Essential Oil Recipes for Dogs

If you’re interested in making more essential oil pet care recipes for your dog, then be sure to check out my own dog care recipes from Soap Deli News. It includes my own dry shampoo recipe with essential oils for dog fleas.

Essential Oils for Pets (Recipes for Dog Fleas, Itchy Skin & More!) Your pets are your best friends. So taking care of them is naturally at the top of your list. Learn how to use essential oils for pets with six easy essential oil recipes for your furry friends. Learn how to use essential oils for dog fleas and itchy skin. Plus quick, simple recipes for a pet paw balm, a fur and skin conditioner, a DIY pet odor eliminator spray and an anti-anxiety essential oil diffuser blend.

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Uses for Witch Hazel Extract for Skin Health (Plus ten recipes to make right now!)

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Witch hazel extract has been used for centuries as a home remedy to soothe everything from swelling and sores to infections and natural skin care. Keep reading to learn more about the powerful herbal properties of this flowering shrub as well as some of my favorite recipes and uses for witch hazel extract.

Uses for Witch Hazel Extract for Skin Health (Plus ten recipes to make right now!) Pull your witch hazel out of the medicine cabinet for these natural home remedies + skin care recipes! Learn more about the powerful herbal properties of this flowering shrub as well discover some of my favorite recipes and uses for witch hazel extract. #witchhazel #herbalism #homeremedy #naturalremedy #remedies #skincare #diy #folkmedicine

Uses for Witch Hazel Extract

Witch hazel has a long history of use in North America. The Native Americans originally used both the leaves and bark from witch hazel as a natural folk remedy. Since then, we’ve discovered that witch hazel contains tannins making it useful in both traditional medicine and herbalism.

These tannins are what make witch hazel an astringent – and an effective anti-acne treatment. In addition, witch hazel also helps to reduce inflammation, draw skin together (which is why it’s such a great skin toner!) and slow bleeding.

Recently my dog, Jasper, had some issues with his ears, which is common for dachshunds. With money being incredibly tight right now, I wanted to avoid the vet if possible. While I have no issues with going into debt for my darling little stinker (more on that here) I prefer to avoid it if there are other remedies that are both safe and effective.

Choosing the right brand of witch hazel however is just as important as choosing the right essential oils. Not all witch hazel is created equal. Some varieties of witch hazel have additional ingredients you may not want for every application. While others sting or burn when applied. Because of this, I use Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract.

Mountain Rose Herbs witch hazel extract has double distilled. Unlike most commercial witch hazel brands that have only been distilled once, their witch hazel only contains 14% alcohol. As a result their witch hazel contains 86% organic witch hazel extract. This makes their witch hazel more potent and soothing. Additionally, it neither stings nor smells like alcohol.

I applied a Mountain Rose herbs Witch Hazel Extract to Jasper’s affected ear twice a day using a cotton ball to gently clean his ear and remove excess wax. Not only did he stopped scratching almost immediately after application, but his ear was almost completely back to a healthy pink after a week of use.

(If you have a dog you may also want to check out my other natural remedies for dogs. These recipes include a natural flea repelling dry shampoo, a dog paw balm, a natural fresh breath gel and my natural dog shampoo with neem oil for troubled skin. Or for tough pet odors I love the Petbiotics line of products including their No Bath Probiotic Pet Spray and their Red Algae Infused Pet Wipes which I purchase from Thrive Market.)  

Common Uses for Witch Hazel Extract

With a long history of medicinal use throughout the world, it’s no wonder witch hazel has since become a staple in today’s households. There are many uses for witch hazel for health and skin care in your home.

Applied topically witch hazel extract soothes and promotes healing of skin. It is able to help remedy the following skin issues:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Insect Bites
  • Minor Bruises
  • Varicose Veins
  • Minor Wounds and Infections
  • Varicose Veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Acne
  • Diaper rash
  • Stretch Marks
  • Razor Burn
  • Minor Burns and Sunburns
  • Dandruff

Additionally, as it’s naturally deodorizing, witch hazel is effective both as a natural deodorant as well as for deodorizing tough pet odors in your home. For these applications, simply use your witch hazel extract in a spray bottle with up to 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of witch hazel as desired.

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Best DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray! This 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray DIY tackles tough odors your pets - and teenage boys - leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. #cleaning #odorneutralizer #homemaking #homemade #lifestyle #lifehack #living #pets #parenting

Or try out my recipe for making your own odor neutralizing spray to use on tough odors throughout your home. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil or essential oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Uses for Witch Hazel in Skin Care Recipes

Part of the fun of using witch hazel however is using it as an ingredient in your own natural skin care recipes. Following you’ll discover some of my favorite uses for witch hazel through a collection of my favorite witch hazel skin care recipes.

DIY Moisture Whipped Body Butter for Dry Skin! This soothing moisture whip recipe is an absolute dream for dry, parched skin. Crafted using natural ingredients, this ultra luxe moisturizer has a fluffy, cloud like texture melts instantly into skin when applied. Skin soothing butters, aloe vera and witch hazel extract offer rich moisture that promotes skin health while a calming essential oil blend lends its aromatherapeutic properties. #moisturewhip #bodybutter #whippedbodybutter #skincare #beauty #naturalskincare #diy #naturalbeauty #moisturizer #essentialoils

You can discover even more wonderful homemade skin care recipes by following my boards on Pinterest. Or learn how to make your own DIY bath and beauty recipes with an all inclusive DIY kit from The DIY Collectives.

Shop for Natural Skin Care Products

If you aren’t yet ready to dive into making your own natural skin care products, there are several great companies that I recommend. They are The Green LifeSpark Naturals and LOVEGOODLY. And then of course there are hundreds of amazing bath and beauty artisans on Etsy.

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Natural Flea Repelling Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

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This dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas.

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem oil works to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog's coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem and tree oil work to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

Natural Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. pure neem oil
.5 oz. colloidal oatmeal
.75 oz. bentonite clay
.25 oz. calendula flower powder
3 ml rosemary essential oil
1 ml peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the arrowroot powder, neem oil, colloidal oatmeal, bentonite clay and calendula flower powder for this dry dog shampoo recipe and combine in a food processor or coffee grinder.

Using graduated transfer pipettes then measure out the essential oils and add them to the other ingredients.

Mix well using your food processor or grinder until thoroughly combined then transfer into a sifter bottle or other container.

To use apply a generous amount of dry dog shampoo to your dog’s coat and massage in with your hands. Then brush out using a dog brush.

Like this homemade dry dog shampoo recipe? Then also be sure to try my DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs also with neem oil! Or click here for even more recipes that use neem oil including homemade soap recipes, salve recipes and cream recipes. Alternately you can also purchase pre-made dry shampoo for both cats and dogs at Mountain Rose Herbs here. Made from botanical ingredients they’re dry shampoo contains no harmful chemicals, no essential oils, and no artificial fragrances.

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DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs

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This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Does your dog’s breath kill trees from a hundred paces? Then perhaps consider this DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs.

Let me begin by stating I have a miniature dachshund. His name is Jasper. And like most dachshunds he has some of the worst breath ever. No, seriously. Ever. That said I’ve tried all kinds of things to freshen his breath including all those silly tooth brushing bones and minty dog treats. And while they might help keep tartar and plaque at bay, they seem to do absolutely nothing for the state of his breath.

Over Christmas my brother told me about a tartar control and fresh breath gel for dogs that he had been using. Not only did it work great on his dogs, but it also had neem oil as one of the ingredients. As neem oil was one of my favorite discoveries of the past year I decided I had to try this out. But instead of buying a gel tartar control and breath freshener I decided to try making something similar with ingredients I already have in my stash of soap making ingredients.

I looked at two popular products when trying to decide which natural ingredients to use. Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Clean Teeth Gel is one such popular product. It’s made with Purified Water, Natural Derived Alcohol, Natural Mint, Glycerin, Natural Cleanser, Carbopol, Chlorophyllin, and Green Tea Leaf Extract. The other is Nutri-Vet’s Tartar-Defense Spray for Dogs which is made with Water, Grain Alcohol, Peppermint Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, and Neem Oil.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

For my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs I sort of combined select ingredients from both of these products. I was leery about using grain alcohol – aka moonshine – and water in my recipe as this was basically an “edible” product and I wasn’t entirely sure what to use an emulsifier to keep the oil and glycerin mixed with the alcohol without using propylene glycol. (I also wasn’t entirely sure about rubbing alcohol on my dog’s teeth.) So instead I simply used natural vegetable glycerin as the main base. This still encourages dogs to lick their teeth like the commercial brands to help prevent tarter. But as my main concern was fresh breath and getting my dog not to run and hide when I went to rub it on his teeth, I chose to use glycerin which makes for a sweet alcohol free base that can be easily administered.

I also used neem oil for it’s awesome anti-bacterial properties and essential oils for their anti-bacterial and breath freshening properties. Additionally my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs also incorporates liquid grapefruit seed extract for its antioxidant properties – an ingredient that Nutri-Vet states on their product helps to reduce inflammation – and grapeseed oil. There are a few easy substitutions you can make, however, if you don’t have a product on hand or for specific properties you’re after. For example, you could easily sub the grape seed oil – an edible oil which I chose for the pleasant flavor – with coconut oil which is used in the oil pulling method to remineralize and strengthen teeth. (I used refined coconut oil as it has a lower melt point than unrefined coconut oil.) You could also easily play around with the essential oils to see which ones work best for your dog’s breath and/or his taste buds.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.6 oz. vegetable glycerin
.2 oz. liquid grapefruit seed extract
.2 oz. grapeseed oil (or refined coconut oil, melted)
6 drops 100% pure neem oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 drop spearmint (or peppermint) essential oil

Instructions:

If you don’t have grapefruit seed extract you can substitute it with more of the grape seed oil or with refined coconut oil. You can also try using 1 drop rosemary eo, 1 drops peppermint eo and 1 drop thyme eo in lieu of 1 drop each of the rosemary and spearmint essential oils.

Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the glycerin, grapefruit seed extract and grape seed oil into a small glass jar or bowl. Use a plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper to add the drops of neem oil and essential oils. (If your neem oil has solidified due to cold temperatures simply place the bottle into a bowl of hot water until it liquifies.) Mix with a utensil to combine.

Now use a funnel to combine in a 1 oz. amber glass bottle with a dropper. Shake well once more for final measure.

To use add a few drops of this fresh breath gel for dogs to your finger or a toothbrush and rub onto your dog’s teeth.

Click here for more recipes that use neem oil including homemade soaps, salves and creams. Or, for more home remedies and DIY ideas like this one be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my new posts and recipes by following on Blog Lovin’ as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe with Neem Oil

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Homemade Natural DIY Dachshund Doggie Shampoo Recipe with Neem Oil for Dogs with Troubled Skin

Every spring through summer my dachshund enjoys spending his outdoor time rolling in grass and weeds and wildflowers. This inevitably causes his super sensitive skin to break out. As of course a multitude of various skin conditions are common ailments for dachshunds, not just allergies. So last I created a homemade dog shampoo recipe with neem oil after learning about all of its great benefits. I used it on my own dog and then also had friends use it on their dogs. One these dogs in particular was given an expensive prescription shampoo by their vet that didn’t do a whole lot to alleviate the symptoms, so as a last resort they tried my shampoo. Within hours of the first bath the results were obvious. Not only did it help overall but it also eventually cleared up the problem all together. I experienced the same with my dog but without the trip to the vet.

However, I found that my original homemade dog shampoo recipe would separate and I’d have to shake it before every use to keep it mixed. So this year I reinvented the recipe a bit and added in certified organic non-GMO liquid soy lecithin as an emulsifier and thickener. It also has skin softening and moisturizing properties. I added enough lecithin to give my shampoo a cream consistency so if you don’t have a suitable shampoo type bottle you can store this in a jar. For a thinner shampoo, you may use less lecithin. Alternately, in lieu of lecithin you can experiment with using an emulsifying wax or cetyl alcohol per recommended guidelines. However, if you are against using palm oil, you’ll want to opt against these two ingredients as cetyl alcohol is primarily derived from palm oil and emulsifying wax is typically cetyl-stearyl alcohol composed of 50% cetyl alcohol and 50% stearyl alcohol derived from coconut and palm kernel oils.

Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8 fluid oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons neem oil
.5 oz. Shea Butter
.5 oz. certified organic non-GMO liquid soy lecithin

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter and melt in either a double boiler or a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Weigh out the lecithin and mix into the shea butter until it also becomes liquid, then combine with the liquid soap and neem oil.

Use a funnel to pour into lotion or shampoo bottles or pour into a jar or other container of your choice. Shake to mix occasionally once it’s almost cooled completely and again once cooled to ensure all ingredients are incorporated evenly. It does try to separate out during the cooling process but stays mixed once all ingredients have cooled.

To use simply apply to your dog’s wet coat and massage in giving special attention to any problem areas. Use once a week as needed until condition clears. For troublesome “hot” spots follow with a natural neem oils salve to affected areas.

Please note neem oil is not recommended for cats.

You may also want to try these other natural homemade recipes that use neem oil: Natural Neem Oil & Rosemary Salve Recipe, Natural Homemade Neem Oil Cold Process Soap Recipe, Homemade Neem Cream Recipe, Natural Topical Anti-Fungal Toenail Treatment, Homemade Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe and my Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe.

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