The overpowering aroma of “eau de dog” may be the one thing you don’t like about your best friend. Dogs are wonderful companions, but let's face it -- they can get downright stinky. Say goodbye to smelly-dog days forever with this natural, homemade coat-freshening spritz.
Bring 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the rosemary leaves, mint leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar. Boil for two minutes and remove from the heat. Cover and let the mixture steep for 10 minutes.
Pour the hot liquid into the bowl using a strainer to catch the herbs, which you can discard. Let the mixture cool completely. Add the rest of the water, vinegar, vegetable glycerin and aloe vera and mix until well incorporated.
Pour the spritz liquid into the spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Pour the rest of the spritz into the refill container, seal tightly and store in a dark place.
Spray the freshening spritz over your dog’s body, avoiding the head area. Rub it gently but thoroughly into her coat. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rub your dog dry with a towel.
Items You Will Need
- Small saucepan
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing spoon
- 36-ounce refill container with screw top
- 8- or 16-ounce plastic spray bottle
- 4 1/4 cups distilled water
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
- 2 teaspoons dried mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera (optional)
- For bath time, you can make a complementary shampoo bar by mixing 2 tablespoons of the prepared spritz and 1 tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal into 8 ounces of melted melt and pour natural soap base. Pour the mixture into a round mold or container to set. You may add up to six drops of essential oils for variety, such as peppermint, spearmint, lemon or Roman chamomile.
- Always allow your dog to thoroughly dry in a warm place, away from drafts.
- Never use essential oils undiluted, nor in greater quantity than indicated. Store oils in a dark place and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
- Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals; Kristen Leigh Bell
- Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to the Natural Health of Dogs & Cats; Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
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