Calendula oil is one of my favorite all-natural first aid remedies and a must-have for dog parents. This whole flower herb is amazing at treating dry and damaged skin, skin rashes, muscle inflammation, wounds, bug bites and more.
Calendula works so well because it naturally speeds up healing and reduces pain in the process. This herb has antimicrobial properties that can also prevent infection and aid in healing. I break down the ways I use calendula below.
I only use it externally on my dogs, and even on myself sometimes. This is the calendula oil I use!*
Wound Care / Hot Spot / Lick Granuloma’s
-1/4 cup of distilled water and 1 tablespoon calendula oil and apply to the wound with a cotton ball. Or you can mix 1 tbsp of calendula oil and 1 tbsp of coconut oil to create a salve and apply it to the wound. You can also add another anti-bacterial favorite of mine, colloidal silver.
-1 tsp of calendula oil, 1-2 drops of high-quality lavender oil and mix with either water or coconut oil to create a soothing salve to apply directly on bug bites.
-For flaky, dry skin try a skin wash on your dog. Take 1 tbsp calendula oil, 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of distilled water and mix in a spray bottle. Gently spritz on your dog’s skin or as close to it as you can and with a cloth rub in the spritz.
-Use to alleviate sore muscles by creating a salve or warm calendula compress. The salve can be 1 tbsp of calendula oil mixed with 1/4 cup of coconut oil or another carrier oil like beeswax. Gently massage the salve into the sore muscle areas. You can also heat 1/2 cup of water and add 1 tbsp of calendula oil and dip a wash cloth in the mixture to create a warm compress (make sure it is not too hot). Hold the compress on the sore muscles for as long as the dog will tolerate.
*The information published is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Always seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional when in doubt. Please read my full disclosures for more information. *affiliate link meaning I receive a teeny tiny and appreciated commission.