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Healing Pet Massage

Healing Pet Massage

Calendula—also known as pot marigold—is a plant with brilliant yellow flowers
that bloom almost continuously from spring through fall. The flowers are
antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. When the flowers
are crushed and blended with olive oil, the resulting ointment is powerfully
healing for sores, cuts, eczema, psoriasis and other rashes.

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • liberal handful of dried calendula flowers (commonly available in health food
    stores)

  • 1/4 teaspoon grapefruit seed extract

A Crock-Pot is a great utensil for infusing oils. Just put a handful of herbs
in the bottom of the pot and cover completely with the oil. Place on low heat
for six hours or so. Cool, strain, and add the grapefruit seed extract
(available in health food stores). The color of this oil will be a rich,
mellow yellow. Pour some of the oil on your hand, and massage deeply into the
coat.

Makes 1 cup

Shelf Life: 1 to 2 months, refrigerated

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11:37AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

thanks for the tip

9:22AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Thanks, seems like it would be soothing. Must help with the coat's sheen as well?

3:04AM PDT on Aug 19, 2007

this sounds great and i'll definitely be trying it as my staffy x is quite prone to contact allergy on his skin from plants etc. in the past i have used Malaseb from the vet but have never benn overly keen on it, knowing how toxic it is.

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