Itchy dog? Why You MUST Bath Your Dog More Not Less!

June 13th, 2019

Over the last few decades, we’ve seen more and more dogs with allergic dermatitis, food intolerances and immune-mediated diseases. We can try to limit the causes to a certain point and we can give the dog prescribed medication, however, this usually only provides short-term relief or improvement. Inevitably they will rear their ugly heads again sooner or later.  
There is, however, one thing we can do at home to help our itchy dog… bath, bath and bath again 🛁.

I bet in the past you’ve heard that you shouldn’t bath your dog often, perhaps even not at all? This was quite common a few years ago, especially with terrier people who believed terriers were not supposed to be bathed at all. Shampoos, in the past, were largely based on tar and sulphur but they have come a far way since then.

Bathing your dog at home is very effective, cheap and the sensible thing to do in order to remove the allergens from the coat and skin. Bathing provides immediate relief and the guideline is to bath your itchy dog at least once a week. 

The key is to choose your shampoo wisely. Go for a natural shampoo, containing coconut oil, argan oil, charcoal, jojoba oil, neem oil, calendula oil and essential oils like lavender, peppermint and chamomile. Read the label carefully because some shampoos contain natural and/or organic ingredients but can still contain some toxic chemicals.

Avoid shampoos with:

❌ added dyes or colourants
❌ artificial fragrances, as they are linked to allergies, headaches etc.
❌ parabens
❌ mineral oils
❌ Sodium laureth sulfate
❌ Stearalkonium chloride

If you’d like to do some DIY you can even make your own shampoo from soap nuts! Soap nuts (sometimes called “soap berries”) are probably the most sustainable cleaning product we can get 🙂

What are they? They’re an all-natural, plant-based product (they grow on a tree) that are easy to grow organically and require very little processing or packaging.
Soap nuts are naturally hypoallergenic, odourless, highly effective and gentle at the same time. There are countless ideas on how to use them, making them sustainable and versatile. Soap nut fruits actually contain a natural soap called saponin, which is released when they come into contact with water.

Here’s how you can make your own shampoo which doubles up as a cleaning product as well!

Add a hand full of soap nuts to 3 cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes then let it cool down and strain it. You can then use this liquid to clean your kitchen floors, etc and you can even freeze it! An idea is to make ice cubes and then add them to your bucket of water to wash the floor. If you put the liquid in the blender you get a nice silky, foamy liquid that can be used as a 100% natural shampoo for you and your dog. Just be careful to avoid the eyes as it really stings.

As this product is all natural with no preservatives it won’t last long, in fact, only a couple of days in the fridge. I’d recommend making a fresh batch every time you need to bath your dog.

Another way to soothe itchy skin and balance the skin’s pH level, is to make an apple cider vinegar & green tea rinse:

🍏 ½ cup green tea; cooled down
🍏 ½ cup apple cider vinegar
🍏 1 cup distilled or boiled water cooled down

Mix it all up well, then wash your dogs as usual and rinse well with plenty of clean water. Apply the pre-made rinse on the dog’s coat and skin, massaging it in well. You can rinse it off or leave it on the coat and it can then work as a bug, fly and flea repellent as well! WOW!

You can keep the mixture in the fridge, in a closed jar, for about a week or two but if it gets mouldy, don’t use it!

Let me know how it goes?

Do You Feel The Eco Guilt?

June 6th, 2019

You’ve probably seen our small gift boxes and bundles containing oil burners, scented stones and candles. They’re very pretty in their little boxes but what’s always bothered me is the plastic lid…

Yes, you could say that one small, thin piece of plastic is not going to change the world. Perhaps not… but it makes me feel better 😊. Some things, however, are hard to change, in fact, impossible at the moment – for example, the plastic spray tops on my bottles. There is, unfortunately, no alternative I can use so I have to stick with these for who knows how long 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Do you ever feel like you’re not doing enough for the environment? Do you feel the eco guilt? When I start to feel this way I gently remind myself that although I can’t lower my environmental footprint overnight, I can be mindful of my decisions when it comes to what to buy and what to use.
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We can all make small changes in our lives that move towards a greener, minimal waste or even zero waste lifestyle. Little things, like…

🌏 Refusing a plastic bag – yes, I can carry all 10 oranges and 5 lemons and a bunch of bananas in my pockets and arms, thank you very much!

🌏 Picking the unwrapped broccoli instead of the wrapped one

🌏 Ask for no straw

🌏 Choose a tin over a plastic bottle

There really are so many ways! 

In my business, I’m implementing small changes such as…

🌳 Changing to paper tape for my parcels. I’m using 100% recyclable tape, which is an environmentally friendly paper-based solution to ordinary parcel tape.

🌳 I try to reuse most of the cardboard boxes that come to our house even though new ones are better looking and sometimes even easier to use.

🌳 Inside the boxes, you’ll find paper filling which is manufactured from recycled fibres.

🌳 Another little step is new wrapping that I’m using for our lovely hand made oil burners. Geami wrapping material is a combination of tissue paper and a top layer of Kraft paper that expands the die cut paper into a 3D honeycomb structure. This great wrapping material is a sustainable alternative to bubble wrap. If I ever use bubble wrap it would be some that I’ve received in other parcels.

Back to the small gift boxes… a small wicker basket is filled with cream, crinkle cut, shredded paper which makes a nice bed for the small burners, scented stones and other products. And what do I use for the cover… cellophane film. I’ve been doing some research and to my surprise, I found out that cellophane is not a plastic! Who knew?!

According to About.com, cellophane is made from cellulose fibres, which usually come from wood or cotton. The cellulose fibres are then sent through a narrow slit into an acid bath. The biggest difference, chemically, between cellophane and plastic wrap is the presence of Chlorine in plastic wrap (PVC) which is not in cellophane. Also, the mechanical performance is different. Cellophane is permeable to moisture vapour while plastic wrap is not. Cellophane is also weaker and stretches less than plastic wrap.

Have you received a product in our new packaging 🎁 yet? What do you think? The professional photo’s will be coming to the website very soon… watch this space!
Jitka xx
 

Essential Oils Allergy Bombs

May 31st, 2019

Environmental allergies… what are they?

In my previous blog, I explained what allergies are and gave you a few tips on how to look after your dog’s home environment. At this time of the year, we are surrounded by allergens from grasses and grains. In the autumn there’s a strong wave of allergens from weed pollen and mould spores.

Apart from dogs and other pets you have in your house, there are some, much smaller creatures, that we hardly know about unless we or our dogs are allergic to them – mites

Mites are a common part of households. They not only feed on dead skin cells but they also munch on bacteria and mould. The most common places where you find them are on carpets and beddings – ours and the dogs.

The allergic reaction is caused by the enzymes in mites excrements. These then spread into the air, attach to dust particles and settle on the floor. Unfortunately, we also find mould in dust particles. They not only exist in a damp environment but you find it outside too. From there they get into your house during a wet summer or autumn. Can you imagine in one gram of dust that we can find up to one million mould spores? 😱

Pollen is also found in dust that blows in through open windows. This can be a bit of a vicious cycle, as you can see. The good news is that mites are killed by fresh air when opening windows or by putting bedding into the sun. Dry air and sunlight are able to kill mites after a few hours (much the same as frost). FANTASTIC!

Yes, that’s good news but if you or your dogs suffer from dust and pollen allergies, this way you get more dust and pollen into the fabrics and then into your house 🤦‍♀️.
❤︎ Mites are killed by Eucalyptus essential oil. You can add a few drops in the rinse cycle of your washing.

❤︎ Lemon is not only universal food but also ideal for floor cleaning. You can use fresh fruit or essential oil. You can also make a refreshing smelling air freshener. Just mix 2 parts of freshly squeezed lemon juice to one part water.

❤︎ Lavender is great for cleaning brushes and combs but remember less is more. A few drops can be also added to your washing.

❤︎ Eucalyptus does a good job of cleaning the air. Just add a few drops into water in your oil burner. You can also add a few drops into alcohol and spray curtains or bedding as the eucalyptus kills mites.

I hope your allergies aren’t spoiling this beautiful time of the year for you!

Any other tricks up your sleeve?  Let me know 🤞
Jitka xx
 

Allergies: Nip Them in the Bud

May 22nd, 2019

In my blog last year March, I wrote how Skin Relief, Paw Butter, coconut oil, honey & raw feeding can help your dog combat allergies.

Let’s remind ourselves what allergies are and how they’re demonstrated in dogs… 

An allergy is an abnormal response to something in the environment. It’s very common in humans and it’s much the same for dogs. A substance capable of causing an allergy is called an allergen. People, dogs and other animals that are allergic need only come into contact with very small amounts of an allergen to cause the reaction and the symptoms.

Skin problems in dogs are commonly caused by an allergic inhalant dermatitis (hay fever, atopy). While humans have mast cells in the respiratory passages that become inflamed and cause sneezing, dogs inhale the pollen but develop atopy in the skin. Dogs don’t usually sneeze with atopy most just get itchy which causes them to lick, chew and scratch.

When your dog suffers from inhalant allergies it’s impossible to avoid the allergens as the pollen is pretty much everywhere even though, surprisingly, only about 1% of the total weight of pollen contains the allergic portion! This doesn’t sound too bad, however when you consider that the ragweed plant can produce 1 billion pollen grains and most pollens and moulds can travel 30 miles in the wind … that’s then pretty impossible to avoid them.
 
Allergic reactions these days are not limited to a certain season of the year anymore, for example, spring and spring pollen. We are seeing more and more all year round allergens.
  If your dog suffers from environmental allergies here are few tips on how you can look after his/ her home environment:
 🐶 Choose dog beds that are easily washable – in between washing you can use bicarbonate soda, lavender and orange essential oils to fight the mites.

Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate soda with 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of sweet orange essential oils. Sprinkle on your dog’s bed, leave for few minutes and then thoroughly hoover. 
 
Bicarbonate soda is a great cleaning product for all surfaces and as a bonus, it absorbs smells.
 
🐶 Wash the toys – fabric toys can be washed with the beds. Instead of using common chemical cleaning products to clean rubber balls, Kongs, and squeaky rubber or plastic toys… why not try diluted bicarbonate soda or vinegar?

🐶 For cleaning and disinfecting – dilute vinegar with water 1:1 and wipe the toys. This mixture is also very good for cleaning windows.

HAPPY GREEN CLEANING!!
Jitka xx

Puppy talk…

May 16th, 2019

The last two weeks have pretty much revolved around Martha’s puppies. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to them as they are two weeks old today! 😊

When puppies are born they are functionally blind and deaf. Have you ever wondered why? I have, and here’s the answer. It’s actually a part of the evolutionary trade-off.

Because pregnancy could affect carnivores ability to hunt, dogs evolved to have short gestation periods. This meant that dog moms wouldn’t need to take very long breaks from hunting. However, because the embryo spends such a short time in the womb (57 – 70 days), puppies are not fully developed and neither are their eyes and ears.

New-born puppies must consume colostrum, the first thick milk produced by their mom, within their first 24 hours. Colostrum is full of antibodies for protection against disease and the protein concentration in colostrum is substantially higher than in milk.

Newborn’s, and not only puppies have very immature and small digestive system and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated yet low-volume form.

For the first week or so Martha’s puppies were feeding about every hour but we’re now on every two hours and overnight the stretches are even longer. New-born puppies are quiet, and if they cry you know they are either hungry, too cold, too warm or ill. Fortunately, we didn’t have any ill puppies.
 
Martha’s pups will start opening their eyes pretty soon. During the first days of opening, they aren’t yet capable of seeing too well and their vision is fuzzy or blurry but by 4 weeks the puppies should be able to see clearly.

Even though they don’t do much at this age, it’s fascinating to watch how they crawl to look for their mom and siblings. They move in circular movements, as they know they’ll eventually find their mom and the food. They can also be surprisingly strong when it comes to pushing each other away from a nipple and getting their fair chance at food! 😂

We only have one girl, who is slightly smaller, so we have to make sure no one pushes her away from her milk supply. We always try to place her on the back nipples as those have more milk. She’s catching up really quickly and when they’re lying down we can hardly recognise her.

We decided to try and put puppy collars on, as they’re all black, but Martha wasn’t happy and took them all off 🙈. She did it with her first litter too. We recognise some of the puppies, which have small marks of white hair on their chins or toes, but when they are older they will be easily recognisable by their mannerisms.

I can’t wait for it! 😊 

  Jitka xx

Martha is a Mom Again

May 9th, 2019

It’s been a bit crazy since Martha’s little babies arrived!
 
She had a c-section on Thursday morning and after that, she struggled to bond with her puppies. In some cases, mother dogs may not be accepting of their puppies after a c-section. Because the mother dog is prevented from naturally delivering the pups, the normal olfactory, visual and tactile stimuli that lead to bonding are thwarted and failure for an early bond between mom and pups can have consequences.

She woke up from a c-section and was suddenly a mom! Shock to the system, isn’t it? Not surprisingly, in some cases, dogs who undergo c-sections may have a hard time accepting her pups. We were lucky she was cleaning the puppies from day one.
New-born puppies have digestive systems that are still getting used to being used so they aren’t able to urinate or defecate without a bit of help. Martha was on the ball when it came to taking care of the needs of her little ones (I’m talking about when it came to peeing and pooping). She licked their private areas to stimulate the actions and then she also licks them again later to clean up her puppies so they aren’t rolling around in their business.

We’re still helping her feed them every hour though. She goes to their pen, then we roll her on her side where she relaxes and they feed on her. Sometimes we have to hold them as they can’t reach the top row. The first few days we also gave them a bit of extra ‘energy drink’, recommended by our friend Sue, who breeds Alaskan Malamutes. It’s called Magic Mixture… here’s the recipe just in case you need it one day!
Magic Mixture

❤︎ 4 oz boiling water
❤︎ 4 oz evaporated milk
❤︎ The yolk of an egg
❤︎ 1 large teaspoon of glucose powder – we didn’t have this powder so I used local organic honey.

Essential oils also came to the rescue… AGAIN! I’ve been using rose essential oil for Martha to inhale. The rose has been traditionally called the “Queen of flowers” and in aromatherapy, rose essential oil is called the “Queen of Oils”. Many essential oils have an affinity with particular organs, and rose, thanks to its feminine qualities, has a powerful effect on the uterus. It’s therefore helpful with emotional disturbances that are linked to the reproductive cycle. 

I’ve been using tuning forks as well. To be honest, together with essential oils I use tuning forks for everything. C 256 Hz + G 384 Hz tuners are one of the strongest combinations of therapy tuning forks. It opens the way to greater awareness. By perceiving these two vibrations, we balance the nervous system and connect the body with the mind. Within thirty seconds we enter into a state of deep relaxation equating to a 30 – 45 minute meditation.
 
These two together keep me in a calm and awake state even if I don’t get much sleep these days. It’s a sound that can psychically bring us to a state of joy, pleasure and harmony and through which we can align our chakras and balance our energy.
 
On a physical level, they are known to…

❤︎ Promote oxygenation and cell growth 
❤︎ Nourish tissues
❤︎ Increase haemoglobin
❤︎ Relieve a cough
❤︎ Relive rhinitis
❤︎ Stabilize the menstrual cycle
❤︎ Alleviate climacteric manifestations
❤︎ Adjust blood pressure
❤︎ Relieve muscle tension and fever

Therapy with these tuners is very useful in children and adults with the following diagnoses too: depression, stress, addiction, nervousness. ADHD, ADD, autism, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as many more.

BUT… now I am off to feed the puppies… again🙈

Jitka xx

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.

May 2nd, 2019

What an amazing Sunday we had!

I think the whole Universe conspired and supported our 2nd Vita Canis Style to Rescue. After a rainy and very windy Saturday, the sky calmed down and we had a dry, warm and beautiful day.

I think everyone who came would agree with me that this year’s charity dog grooming competition for rescue dogs was AMAZING!! I knew it would be better than last year, we knew what we were doing as we had learned from our mistakes!

The atmosphere of the day was friendly and relaxed, with lots of smiling faces all around. It was so nice to see some old friends as well as new groomers who had never competed before, but wanted to have a go and wanted to do it for a good cause; not just for sake of competing. I think this competition is brilliant for groomers who’ve never competed as it is more relaxing, they have more time and less pressure, and they were also allowed to have a helper. All the dogs were amazing, even though most of them had never been to an environment like this. We had all different breeds and crosses, Bichons, Poodles, Westies, Scotties, and Collies… disabled dogs, and even a few paralysed four-legged friends … and they all coped really well.

Last year we raised almost £4,500 and this year we are gifting the rescue centres with £7,548. How brilliant is that!!

In the next few days, I will find out if any of the dogs looking for a new home found one, that would be even more awesome!

And we are already planning next year 🙂

Next year’s event will be held on the 26th April at the Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – SAVE THE DATE NOW! 

We have some amazing speakers lined up already, so if you are a dog groomer you will definitely be interested in demos by Louisa Tandy, Mike Wildman, Lisa Hart, Alison Rogers … to name a few!

But we have something for the ‘non-groomers’ too, in fact, for all dog people who are interested in a holistic and natural way of living with dogs.

One of our speakers will be Carolina Griffiths, the founder of Canine Flow, a pioneering Dog Training and Behaviour method, highlighting Emotional Energy Flow in all creatures as the true motivation behind behavioural choices and how we influence it. All behaviour is an expression of emotional energy!

Guided by the energetic and electromagnetic influences surrounding the dog. Your dog is a reflection of your own emotional energies as well as the energy which makes it up at any given moment in time. Using Canine Flow methods you can ensure your dog is always Happy, Calm, and Flexible physically and emotionally, and a strong peaceful teacher for your own spiritual growth.

By becoming the best that we can be through the emotional reflections and understanding of energy our dogs have for us – we can create deep change, wake up and transform planet earth into a greater state.

We will also have Dr. Isla Fishburn founder of Kachina Canine Wellness join us next yearl!

Dr. Isla Fishburn brings science and indigenous wisdom together for canine wellness. Using a wellness approach she teaches you how your dog’s innate character, diet, natural healing, calm environment, trauma and surrounding family dynamics can influence the behaviour of your dog and how to recognise and interpret behaviour and improve wellness.

We are delighted to welcome back Adam Dunn and Rob Fellows who will also join us again next year. Adam is a dog behaviourist and Rob is a Reiki practitioner, both of their talks were very popular this year!

We are also hoping to get a holistic vet on board, so fingers crossed.

And there is still more to come…

I am already excited about next year. Are you?

Jitka xx

The time is now!

April 26th, 2019

THE TIME OF YEAR HAS ARRIVED! It’s the end of April which means Vita Canis Style to Rescue for me and many of my dog grooming friends! This Sunday it will be our second year and I truly believe it will be even better than last years one.

2018 saw Vita Canis Style to Rescue be the FIRST EVER grooming competition for rescue dogs in the UK. We were sooo happy to be able to raise almost £4500 for the rescues attending and we look forward to hopefully raising even more this year 😊. Our motto is “helping those who cannot help themselves” and unfortunately, rescue dogs who need our help are everywhere!
 
The cherry on our cake last year was that we were amazed to be nominated by the grooming industry for their “Event of the Year” in their 2018 achievement awards! By the way, if you haven’t voted you still have a chance… just click below 😊.
 

Organizing the event this year was a bit easier as we knew what to expect, what not to forget (like book catering 🙈) and what to do differently.
 
Getting rescue centres involved was also easier. I am so happy that the centres that joined us last year have returned again 🎉. Many Tears, Hessa’s Homeless Hounds and Wheels to Paws UK, thank you so much… it’s great to have you back! I’m also so happy that we have some new rescue centres taking part namely,  Petwelfare Stafford, STECS and Poodles from Portugal.
  Petwelfare Stafford is a strict non destruct animal rescue in Stafford. They rehome not only unwanted dogs but also small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs.STECS (Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme) aims to provide new homes for all Scottie dogs (Scottish Terriers) in need.Poodles from Portugal was founded with the intention of the rehoming of Poodles (and poodle types) from Portugal and elsewhere. This group is of interest only for people looking for a rescue dog or people interested in supporting the rehoming of poodles and poodle types.
You may be wondering why rehoming poodles from Portugal and elsewhere? Don’t we have enough dogs here that are looking for new homes 🤷🏻‍♀️? When I spoke to Patricia Wheeler, the founder and coordinator of Poodles from Portugal rescue, she explained that so many rescue centres are unreasonably strict when it comes to judging who can and who can’t have a dog.

Personally, I know a young lady who desperately wanted to rehome a Beagle but none of the Beagle rescues would let her have one. She ended up getting a puppy and they are both so happy 🥰.

This year we have EVEN MORE dogs that are ready for adoption and looking for a new home. I hope after the relaxing pampering session they’ll feel just GREAT and attract the right person for them 💛.

If you’d like to join us on Sunday please do! Although we won’t charge admission as such, we would welcome donations to the rescues attending and recommend a minimum of £2 per adult. There’s lots of free parking around the Kennel Club Hall and plenty to see inside of course.

In addition to the grooming competition, there’ll be seminars running from 10:00 am as well as various stands, raffles and competitions. There’ll also be a Kiddie’s Corner with drawing and colouring, a chance to groom a mannequin dog and yummy snacks🌭!
  GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US ON SUNDAY!!
  Jitka xx

Stress & aromatherapy

April 18th, 2019

National Stress Awareness Day took place on 16 April 2019.

Much research has shown the negative effect stress has on the immune system. It can raise blood pressure, increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, increase vulnerability to anxiety and depression, contribute to infertility, and accelerate the ageing process. 

There’s no difference to our beloved dogs and it’s our responsibility as owners to recognise and identify the underlying cause of the stress.

Dogs can become stressed by environmental changes like moving to a new home, getting another pet or even having a baby.  All this can affect a normally happy dog and it may take some time for the dog to adjust.

Something else that happens is if we’re stressed, dogs are able to pick it up from our energy and may begin to feel the same way we do, without understanding why.

A stressed dog is very often highly reactive. He’ll become jumpy and vocal, his pupils will dilate and he may even shake and salivate. Other signs of stress are self-calming practices like yawning, lip licking, excessive self-grooming and excessive sniffing.

Chronic stress can cause diarrhoea or constipation, decrease appetite, increase sleeping and the dog may also start isolating himself from others. Aggression towards other dogs, animals or people can also be a sign of a stressed dog.

There are many complementary therapies that can be used together with behavioural adjustments and aromatherapy is one of them.

Vita Canis Calming Floral Spray has been proven by many dogs and their owners to help with tackling stress. The carefully selected synergetic blend of essential oils and hydrosols in the Calming Floral Spray has a natural calming and balancing quality and provides ultimate relaxation.

Synergy is where the action of two or more substances (essential oils in this case) achieve an effect of which each is individually incapable.

A few of the essential oils I use are:

Petitgrain essential oil – this oil has a relaxing effect. It helps overcome depression, anxiety and stress and is uplifting.

Sweet Orange – recommended for treatments of anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. Put a few drops in your oil burner and you will feel like summer is already here.

Spikenard – this is a more unusual oil I use in the Calming Floral Spray. It’s also known as ‘false’ Indian valerian root. In ancient times it was considered as one of the most costly and valuable of all aromatics. It smells similar to valerian oil, heavy, sweet woody and earthy. Spikenard has a sedative effect, reduces fearfulness and instils calm and balance.

Lavender – we all know this oil has a harmonising effect on the nervous system. Interestingly lavender can cause a sedative or a stimulative action depending on the body’s actual needs. Lavender is calming when there’s emotional agitation or unrest and it’s very good in alleviating fears. But when we, or our dogs, feel emotionally exhausted and depressed, lavender has an uplifting effect.

What is your experience with Calming Floral Spray?

Jitka xx

Peppermint magic.

April 11th, 2019

In the next few blogs I’m going to be talking about plants that you can grow at home. You can eat them, make teas from them or use them for medicinal purposes. They can also be bought from the store in the form of essential oils for a variety of other uses.

Today I’m going to tell you about one that is easily grown at home, is fresh smelling, delicious and very useful. The lovely Peppermint, also known as Mentha piperita.

The peppermint plant is native to southern Europe. It’s a perennial herb, which means they live for several years and it grows up to about 1m tall (not however if it is grown on a window sill).

This plant has a long cultural tradition. Fragments of the plant have been found in Egyptian burials and because peppermint is not native to this region it is assumed it was grown in the gardens of temples and used for its all-round healing properties.

Peppermint essential oil has many therapeutic actions, some being:

  • Analgesic – relieves or diminishes pain
  • Antiseptic – destroys or controls pathogenic bacteria (Menthol)
  • Decongestant – relieves and reduces congestion
  • Stimulant – stimulates the physiological functions of the body

When peppermint oil is applied it causes local depletion of cold receptors, suppresses sensitivity of sensitive nerve endings and induces a pleasant feeling of coldness that overlaps unwanted perceptions such as itching, burning and minor pain.

This is why this essential oil is one of the ingredients in Skin Relief. The local anaesthetic action is so significant, and when applied, dogs’ stop scratching or nibbling pretty much immediately.

Peppermint hydrosol or flower water is most famous for its digestive, anti-inflammatory and mind stimulating properties. Spritz it on your face when tired, or during hot weather and you will feel an immediate refreshing effect.

Peppermint is also commonly used in cosmetics. It’s incredibly refreshing and tones the skin and tightens up pores. It’s very good for excessive sweating, relieving the feeling of heavy legs and also refreshing your breath.

And what about the home-grown herb?

The leaves can be used fresh or dry. I use fresh leaves for making tea, or I just add a few leaves to my water bottle. You can also make your own mint sauce. I haven’t tried it yet but there are plenty of recipes online. I usually add fresh peppermint to dishes with legumes such as chickpeas, beans, lentils, peas or pasta or potatoes.

If you feel like experimenting at home you can make your own peppermint facial tonic:

For this you’ll need:

50ml peppermint hydrosol (flower water)
2ml glycerine
2ml natural liquid soap with no fragrance
100ml bottle

Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy as a gentle facial cleanser.  Please remember, because it is made with no preservatives, keep it in the fridge and use it in a few days. 

How do you use peppermint at home? 🌿🌿🌿