Monday, October 7, 2013

Herbs That Can Help Your Hound: Calendula

 For those of you that follow Maison Mutt, you know we take an herbal/organic approach to our family (that includes our pack of 5 dogs).  We've found that many of these natural plants work well on our dogs and give us a sense of comfort knowing our "kids" aren't ingesting anything synthetic.  I thought we would share some of the information we have learned over the years
But First....The Fine Print 
Keep in mind that we are not veterinarians. Don't apply these things or follow our advice just because we say it.  Do your own research. We offer information that we have used for our pets and provide our findings to you.
 You should always consult your vet before making any changes in your dogs diet.
 In other words, use a commonsense approach!

Calendula is a flower that we have used in lotions, teas, salves and tinctures for our family. We buy our Calendula Flowers from Starwest Botanicals (we aren't affiliated with them in any way, just think they supply a quality product and superior service).

Calendula officinalis, or pot marigold, have been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Calendula is native to Mediterranean countries but is now grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. It is not the same as the annual marigold plant that' s often grown in gardens. 

Calendula flowers are considered to be anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.  Used externally the flowers are good for the treatment of skin irritations and wounds.  Used internally, Calendula can help reduce inflammation in the digestive system as well as deliver relief in the case of fevers, infections and skin disorders.

Here at Maison Mutt we use this fabulous flower in the form of a hot spot spray.
 Here's the recipe:

Hot Spot Spray For Dogs

8 ounces of purified water (distilled, spring, whatever - just not city tap water)
Handful of dried Calendula Flower petals (get them here)
1 Tablespoon Aloe Juice or gel from a plant
5-6 drops Lavender Essential Oil (our fav)

Bring water to a boil on stove top - do not microwave (we don't own one but you still shouldn't use the microwave for this recipe) .  When the water boils, remove it from the heat and add your Calendula Flower petals.  Cover and steep until cool.  Strain liquid into a spray bottle.  Add Aloe and Lavender Oil.  Shake well.  Spray on cleaned hot spots as many times a day as needed.  Helps take the itch away and will help speed healing.  Important: Store this spray in the refrigerator.

Hot Hound No More!

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