Our four-legged fur babies need lots of love all the time. They are often our best buddies. Just as we do, they have all kinds of health concerns, internal and external. When it comes to working with plants and pets together, it is always best to consult an expert. There are many herbs that can be useful for your pets, however, not all of them are safe for your pets. Here in the Pacific NW, we are blessed to have so many great Holistic Vets and Pet stores. If you are looking for one, here are a few for you to check out:
Do some research wherever you live, and find one that’s a great fit for you and your pets! Because our pets, especially dogs, are often very active running, jumping and bouncing around, they have a tendency to hurt their sweet little paws. Providing them with a little Pet Paw Balm will give them the freedom to keep running and playing. You can make this simple blend at home and rub it on their paws when they need a little extra TLC. Watch me live on KGW8 with Cassidy Quinn on July 31st at 5pm, for a live clip from The Herb Shoppe for this month’s product making tip!Here’s what you will need Make Your Own Pet Paw Balm! Gather:
Place equal parts herb blend into oven safe glass container.
Put base oil blend on top of bulk herbs. Make sure that you cover everything with about an inch of oil on top of herbs.
Let sit in oven on lowest setting (around 200 or 225 degrees), uncover and let infusion happen for about 2 hours. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. If your oven seems too hot then crack the door.
After 2 hours, remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Take cheesecloth and strain all the herbs from the oil. Don’t leave any herbs in the oil or it will spoil your batch.
To Make Your Own: Pet Paw BalmBlending Wax:
Make a double boiler with 2 pots stacked on top of each other. Add water to the bottom and bring to a boil.
Add beeswax and Infused Herbal Oil Blend to the top pot and let melt. Mix until all ingredients are one unit.