Boo Boo Healing Salve is a wonderful all-purpose first-aid ointment for all sorts of canine wounds and irritations and is excellent for paw care.
To increase the therapeutic value, the base oils can be infused with a variety of skin soothing herbs, such as calendula petals, rose petals, chamomile flowers and lavender flowers.
Makes approximately 4 ounces (120 ml) of salve. Add to a mixing bowl:
1 oz (30 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz (30 ml) Hazelnut Oil
1 oz (30 ml) Sunflower Oil
1 oz (30 ml) Olive Oil
½ oz (15 ml) Beeswax
Gently heat base oils and beeswax over low heat (a double boiler set up is ideal) until beeswax is thoroughly melted. Add 20 drops of Vitamin E oil, a natural antioxidant preservative.
Let cool for 3-5 minutes then add the following essential oils and stir thoroughly:
6 drops Ravensnare essential oil
3 drops Ladanum essential oil
2 drops Helichrysum essential oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Geranium essential oil
5 drops Rosewood essential oil
5 drops Thyme essential oil
Pour into a dark (cobalt or amber) glass jar. Allow to cool completely before putting on lid.
Adapted from Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to Use of Essential Oil and Hydrosols with Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell (Findhorn Press, 2004).