How to Make a Calming Spray for Dogsby Susan Dorling
Overactive or hyperactive dogs are often bouncy, anxious characters who are busy as bees. If you think your dog could use a little relaxation now and then, whip up this simple, calming spritz that will have him chillin' out in no time. It also makes him smell fresh between baths.
Combine all the ingredients in the mixing bowl. Whisk until well blended. Pour into the storage container.
Measure a small amount of the mixture into the spray bottle. Shake well. Spray onto your hands and massage into your dog's neck and chest.
Mist the spritz into the air. Spray onto your dog's bedding. Store the leftover spritz in a dark place.
Items You Will Need
- Mixing bowl
- Plastic spray bottle
- 8 oz. cobalt, green, amber or opaque glass bottle
- 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
- 1/2 oz. grain alcohol or vodka
- 1 tsp. sulfated castor oil
- 1 oz. aloe vera
- 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
- 7oz. distilled or spring water
- 6 drops impatiens flower essence (Bach Flower Remedy)
- 3 drops valerian essential oil
- 2 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Several drops of other flower essences such as star of Bethlehem, rock rose, clematis and cherry clum may be used in addition to impatiens. Bach flower essences are completely safe, non-toxic and inexpensive.
- For a more potent calming spritz, add the following to this recipe: 2 drops of vetiver essential oil, 4 drops of petitgrain and 3 drops of sweet marjoram.
- Both essential oils and Bach flower remedies, or flower essences, are readily available in health or specialty stores and online.
- Keep essential oils stored away from children and pets.
- Essential oils always must be diluted.
- Follow the essential oil measurements exactly, do not add any more than indicated.
- Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals; Kristen Leigh Bell
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