I have done it.
I have made homemade paw palm.
I totally could of just bought paw balm from the store but I wanted to give it a try and see if it could be done easily, and you know what?
It can and it is super easy!
Here’s the low down on how I did.
First, I had no idea what ingredients go into paw balm so I did a little searching. There were a lot of sites that had basic recipes and the one that I liked the most was this one. Some of the recipes that I found called for glycerin, but I preferred using one that did not.
Then I headed out to get the ingredients.
I went to our local health food store and got:
- Shea butter
- Lavender oil (Lavendula augustifolia) (I chose this because of its calming healing properties)
- Vitamin E oil
- Olive oil. Pure. Organic. Extra Virgin
- Little metal containers
All the products that I got were all natural, human grade.
The actual making was super easy:
I used a double boiler over low heat and combined
- 4 tsp. of beeswax
- 2 TBSP of shea butter
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- about 1 tsp of vitamin E oil
- a few drops of lavender oil
I stirred all the ingredients together until the beeswax melted and then poured it into the round metal tins and let it set.
What I would different the next time.
- add coconut oil. (which I forgot to get and it is used in the original recipe)
- use almond oil instead of olive oil. (not that I didn’t like the olive oil but I’ve never used almond oil before and I want too)
- not buy a huge block of beeswax because it was super hard to cut. I wound up having to use my grater to get the 4 tsp. Next time I will look for smaller bars, but right now I have a whole lot of beeswax to use.
- Make bigger batches. This batch only filled about 2 of my round tins so I doubled the recipe. Next time I will double that.
All the ingredients cost me about $30..
I’ve been using the paw balm on Sherman for the last 3 days. I’ve put it on all of his paws and his cracked nose and I’ve been happy with the results. His paws are softer and he hasn’t had any reactions and neither have I. I have sensitive skin so I wanted to make sure I didn’t react to any of the ingredients. Yesterday I put the paw palm to the test in the snow. I took both the dogs for a walk in the woods but I only put the paw balm on Sherman’s paws. Sherman definitely had less snow accumulation on the bottom of his paws than Leroy.
I’m looking forward to giving this as gifts this year to my friends and family!
* I only use this as needed. For instance, I won’t use this every single time the dogs go out in the snow in the backyard, but I will use it when we are going for long walks. You don’t want the pads to become too soft, as this may cause more injury. Also, remember that keeping the hair between your dog’s pads can make the balm easier to apply and help minimize snowballs.
** While lavender oil if safe to use on dogs I have read reports that lavender oil and several other essential oils may NOT be safe to use with cats. I’m not an expert on this so I can’t advise any further.
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