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Flea and Tick Repelling Shampoo for Dogs

Flea and Tick Repelling Shampoo for Dogs

All-natural aromatherapy grooming begins with the addition of essential oils to an all-natural soap or shampoo base. The key here is that the ingredients be natural. Take the time to find a truly all-natural soap or shampoo, or create your own using the following recipe.

Shampoo Base
This is an exceedingly gentle, generously foaming soap shampoo base that makes an unscented shampoo base, to which you can add your essential oils.
4.5 oz. hot distilled water
3.2 oz. Decylc Polyglucose (found in pet stores)
teaspoon xanthan gum powder (found in health food stores)
teaspoon cider vinegar
1 ml. grapefruit seed extract

These ingredients are simple to combine into an all-natural shampoo base for your dog. You can even use this base recipe to create shampoos for yourself.

Combine all the ingredients but the xanthan gum in the blender. While the mixture is still very warm, add the xanthan gum powder and blend until uniform. Let cool, add essential oils and you now have your own all-natural shampoo.

Flea Repelling Addition
Add the following essential oils to 8 oz of all-natural shampoo base (above):
2 drops Geranium essential oil
2 drops Rosewood essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Myrrh essential oil
2 drops Opoponax essential oil
1 drop Bay Leaf essential oil

Read more: Everyday Pet Care, Pets

Adapted from Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals,by Kristen Leigh Bell (Findhorn Press, 2004).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:17AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:23AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Thank you

7:29AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

good advice :) thanks for sharing

7:25AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

This is great. I will copy this for my friends.

1:08AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thankyou I will pass this information on to my daughter,

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4:44AM PST on Jan 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:53PM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

Thank You.

1:35AM PDT on May 6, 2010

I'll have to try these. Thanks.

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