I have done it.
I’ve made homemade paw balm.
I totally could have just bought paw balm from the store but I wanted to give it a try to see if it could be done easily, and you know what?
It can and it’s 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
- Beeswax. Beeswax is the ingredient that seals and protects the pads.
- 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
- 2 TBSP coconut 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) Coconut oil has great antibacterial properties so it’s perfect for paw balm.
- 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 would like to give it a try) You can also use avocado oil.
- 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 about $30..
I use this paw balm every year and always have good results. Instead of little tins to store the balm in you can use small Mason jars, old lip balm containers, silicon molds, or even muffin tins. Get creative as you want!
Make a large batch and share with friends and family this winter! The paw balm normally last about 1-2 years.
* 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 is 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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