Here are simple healing salves for your pup’s hot spots!
- 1/3 cup first pressed/extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon shea butter
- 15 drops calendula essential oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops vitamin E oil (a natural antioxidant preservative)
Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Combine all ingredients in a small pot, over low heat, until they have just melted. Make sure you stir well. Pour the mixture into a small dark or opaque glass container, and allow the salve to cool completely before applying to your dog’s hot spot. This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled, and different herbs can be used if you wish.
Coat Booster Balls
- 11⁄2 cups rolled oats
- 1⁄2 cup coconut flour
- 1⁄4 cup carob powder
- 11⁄2 tablespoons chia seeds 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup almond butter
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
The ingredients in this treat recipe support good skin health. Choose organic whenever possible. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients and ensure they are well incorporated. Form small balls of dough with your hands and place on cookie sheet. Bake for ten minutes and cool completely before serving. Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container, in the fridge or freezer.
This recipe can also be prepared as s a “raw” whole food treat. Simply skip the baking process. The balls can be rolled in unsweetened, desiccated coconut before serving. Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Information about ingredients
• Oats support healthy skin and hair; one of the key ways they do this is by supporting your dog’s gastrointestinal system and helping remove toxins from the body.
• Chia seeds nourish skin from the inside out, because their high levels of Omega-3 help combat chronic skin inflammation.
• Coconut, organic and unsweetened, contains medium-chain saturated fats, which are transformed into energy and contain special properties that act as anti-inflammatory agents to decrease bacterial growth, irritation, and inflammation. According to Washington State’s Bastyr University of Natural Sciences, eating raw coconut can reduce the severity of bacterial and inflammatory skin conditions.
• Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family, tocopherols and tocotrienols. Alpha-tocopherol is one of the keys to healthy skin and coat.
• Eggs are like a one-ingredient recipe for great skin and coats. Many consider eggs the number one food for hair, giving it strength and luster. Eggs contain lutein, which helps keep skin well hydrated and plays an important role in tissue repair. The zinc in eggs also supports skin health and helps promote a shiny coat. Egg yolks are a valuable source of biotin, a B vitamin sometimes referred to as vitamin H or vitamin B7, which also helps promote healthy skin and coats. Hair loss, skin irritation, lesions and fungus can result from a biotin deficiency. Biotin/vitamin H can be effective in treating allergic reactions and skin conditions. Eggs contain vitamin A, which helps repair cell damage and keeps skin healthy and coats glowing.
• Carob’s vitamin E supports skin health, and it has antiviral and antibacterial properties.