If your dog has long hair and sensitive skin, your options for keeping her coat tangle-free and soft are limited. Make an all natural coat detangler at home using coconut oil and fresh rosemary. This wonderful concoction will make her coat soft, shiny and keep it smelling wonderful.
Items You Will Need
• Coconut Oil
• Fresh rosemary leaves
• Aloe Vera Gel
• Colander or dish towel
• Spray bottle
Coconut Oil Benefits
Coconut oil is one of nature's best supplements. It can benefit your dog inside and out. You can supplement your dog's food with coconut oil for overall health, and when used topically, it helps heal skin wounds and disinfect them, soothes sore spots and heals itchy skin. It's good for dry skin and helps clear eczema and dandruff. It also helps alleviate doggy odor. Add coconut oil to your dog's food to help prevent infectious diseases, aid digestive health and weight control, and keep skin problems, arthritis and the risk of cancer at bay. Feed 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight of unrefined coconut oil each day.
Simple Detangler and Conditioner
First make rosemary water by boiling 4 cups of water and then adding 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves. Let this sit for at least 30 minutes, and then pour the liquid through a dish towel or colander into a bowl. Combine 1 cup of the rosemary water, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, and 5 to 6 drops of coconut oil.
How to Use
Let the mixture cool, then pour it into a spray bottle and shake well. Use it to mist your dog's coat before brushing or after her bath to condition and detangle the coat. Let the coat finish drying; spray and brush again, and your dog will have a shiny, silky and healthy coat. Discard any of the mixture you don't use to avoid bacterial growth, which can occur in mixtures with no preservatives. Store the leftover rosemary water in the refrigerator and use it to make a fresh batch of detangler whenever you need it, or you can use it as a great-smelling hair rinse for yourself!
By Ann Compton
About the Author
With more than 25 years in journalism, Ann Compton has written for national newspapers, magazines and websites. She has covered the equestrian events in five Olympics as well as the Westminster Dog Show and specializes in animal topics. She breeds, trains and shows Shetland Sheepdogs.