Did you know…many commercial pet shampoos contain drying agents to help the coat dry faster. These chemicals and artificial additives can also dry out the dog’s skin–resulting in itchy, dandruffy skin; excessive shedding; and a dull coat. Additionally, when the pet is bathed too often (more than once every 6-8 weeks) with these shampoos, those potential side effects become even worse!
When our oldest dog developed papillomavirus (a condition actually quite common among older dogs), I of course started to do my research. Papillomavirus causes wart-like growths on the skin. These growths are generally benign, but they can be itchy and will occasionally break open and bleed or ooze. Gross and ouch, right?? As an essential oil educator, I knew I could find something natural to help soothe him. I also knew using a natural shampoo meant I could bathe him more frequently! He now gets a bath about once every two weeks. The essential oils in the recipe are optional, but they are both great for soothing the skin and disinfecting. They also add a nice, subtle fragrance.
For this recipe, you’ll need an 8-oz glass pump bottle (cobalt or amber preferred). Not sure where to get one? Check out this post.
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup pure aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp liquid unscented castile soap
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
- Add all ingredients to bottle and shake well.
- Shake before each use.
Because this is an all-natural shampoo, it won’t get as sudsy as a commercial shampoo will. Rest assured, it’s still doing its job! Resist the urge to use more to make up for it. Also, as I mentioned earlier, this shampoo can be used more often since it’s made of all-natural ingredients. Bathe up to once per week if needed.