A hot, dry summer, a cold icy winter, footpaths or salty, sandy beaches can all be hard on a dog's feet. Our dog is getting older, but she still loves going for a walk in all weathers (especially the rain). This paw balm helps to create a barrier between the sand, snow, ice and grit that can be be hard on the pads and get between the toes of your dog's paws.
DIY Paw Balm (for dogs)
To make this you will need:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon calendula infused oil (learn how to make your own or purchase here)
- 1 vitamin E capsule
- lavender essential oil (optional)
- peppermint essential oil (optional)
In a double boiler (or similar) slowly warm the first five ingredients until the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil have melted. Squeeze in the contents of one vitamin E capsule and 6-8 drops of essential oil (if using). Stir to combine. Pour into a small pot or jar and leave to cool before sealing.
The paw balm will keep for at least 12 months if stored in cool, dry conditions.
Makes approximately 115g (4oz) of paw balm
I've chosen lavender essential oil for its anti-bacterial, analgesic and calming properties. Peppermint essential oil is cooling, calming and anti-microbal. Lavender essential oil works well in this balm on its own or blended with peppermint
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