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Skin Care, Shampoo and Oils
Yes, skin care has gone to the dogs!
Skin related problems are a major problem for both dogs and cats. Therefore, I am making this list of various creams, lotions, shampoos and oils available. All of these products are made by Ferlow Botanicals.
The following list also provides information on oils that can be taken internally.
All of Ferlow Botanicals products are made without synthetics, artificial colours, scents or preservatives. There is no doubt that Ferlow Brothers makes one of the best, all natural products available.
Many of these products are also available in a tester size. This allows you to try different products to find which one works best for you or your pet.
Please note: This information is meant to be educational only. Talk to you veterinarian, preferably a holistic veterinarian treatment of problems.
Since many of you will probably want to use products like this for yourself as well as your pet, I am including the list of all products so that you can try products for yourself too. I mention which products are just for human use only in the descriptions.
This page is divided into the following sections:
Aloe Vera Cream:
Aloe Vera is a very soothing emollient for the skin that works wonders for complexion care. Soothes sunburns and prevents scarring. The aloin it contains is a sunscreen that blocks 20-30% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibiotic and regenerative. An all around healing cream.
Arnica is perennial plant know for its healing properties. Most effective against cuts, bruises, blue marks, skin rash, joint pain, swollen feet. Helps alleviate tendonitis and muscle strain, regenerating tissue.
Black Caraway Cream:
Black Caraway is also called black cumin (nigella sativa), grows in Egypt and is a popular spice in India, Turkey, Greece and the Middle East. A long history of use in Islamic Medicine. Beneficial for abscesses, hemorrhoids, acne, eczema, psoriasis and inflammation.
Also know as pot marigold, this annual garden plant was widely used in folk medicine. It is good for minor wounds, acne, boils, calluses, burns. Specially used again for inflammatory skin lesions.
Chamomile is one of the most known soothing herbs possessing superior medicinal qualities and healing properties. It gives soothing relief for dry, itchy, rough, reddened skin and acts as a moisturizer and repair catalyst.
Very popular in Europe. This wonderful moisturizer combines 5 different oils and two plant extracts that rejuvenates all skin types. Gives a pleasant tint to the skin from the beta carotene. Softens and moisturizes, promoting new cell growth.
Chickweed is a favourite herb of Native Indians. It is effective for reducing swelling, redness in the face, weals, healing scabs, relief of hemorrhoids, burns, boils and may be used on broken as well as unbroken skin conditions.
Comfrey leaves and especially the root contain alantoin, a cell proliferate that increases the healing of wounds. It is soothing, stops bleeding, inflammation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins. Cayenne acts as an energy stimulant, mildly heating. Because pets tend to lick themselves, you may wish to purchase this cream in a tester size first to see if your pet will lick this cream. Due to the fact that cayenne is hot when taken internally, we want to make sure there is no problem. However, if there is no problem then cayenne, when used externally is wonderful. Some pets will lick the cream and some won't.
Devil's Claw Cream:
This plant grows in the desert of South Africa. It is very effective in relieving pain from arthritis, lupus, gout, rheumatism. Used by Aborigines for centuries. It has anti–inflammatory effects and is known as a natural pain reliever.
Contains 10% mehtylsulfonylmethane (MSM), an organic sulfur mineral supplement that is extracted from sea water. This nutrient feeds skin cells, helps to repair damaged skin tissue, counteracts skin aging. Impressive pain reducing and anti–inflammatory effects. Completely natural and non toxic.
Evening Primrose Cream:
Excellent for relieving eczema and other forms of dermatitis. Has skin tightening effects and is useful for rashes and skin irritation. Helps relive female disorders such as PMS, menopause and cramps.
High percentage of Canadian Hempseed Oil combined with MSM helps reduce inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis. Deeply penetrates skin layers to moisturize and revive cells damaged by sun, wind and UV rays.
Neem Tree Cream:
The Neem Tree from India has been called a miraculous healing herb. The cream has almost magical effects on chronic skin conditions that often fail to respond to other treatments. Eczema, acne, athlete's foot, candida, psoriasis, ring worm and herpes outbreaks are relieved. It is anti–septic and anti–fungal. This is one product that is worth trying for skin problems when in doubt as to which one to use.
Rosa Mosqueta Cream:
This wild rose grows in southern Chile. Research shows incredible results when applied to post burn scars, premature aging, reducing wrinkles and lines. Heals UV damaged skin and helps recovery from radiation injury. Use before and after radiation treatment.
Rain Forest Cream:
Immune power from the rain forests of the Amazon with antioxidant, antiviral, antibiotic and anti–inflammatory properties. Wound healer, pain reliever and infection fighter. Has astringent and regenerative properties. Diabetes, varicose vein fighter.
St. John's Wort Cream:
St. John's Wort has become one of the most popular herbs and is a most precious remedy. Helps relieve tension headaches, muscle fatigue. Use for rough skin, chapped hands, sunburns, hemorrhoids, tendonitis, varicose veins.
Tea Tree Cream:
This miraculous healing plant is used by the Aboriginals in Australia. Tea Tree works wonders on Athlete's Foot, dandruff, insect bites, pimples, boils, acne, eczema, psoriasis and various fungal problems. Very antiseptic and antifungal. If using on a pet, then try a sample size first to make sure the scent is not too overwhelming.
Wild Yam Cream:
This product is for human use only and ask for directions on how to apply if you buy for yourself. This is an extremely popular cream for women. Contains high percentage of Wild Mexican Yam with natural progesterone which is directly absorbed through the skin without side effects. Alleviates female disorders such as PMS, menopause. Relieves swollen joints and inflammed areas. Helps prevent bone loss due to osteoporosis.
Natural Herbal Lotions
Lotions are thinner than creams therefore are easier to apply in some situations on our pets.
Herbal Cleansing Milk:
Soft and gentle. Rich and hydrating. For all skin types. Apply a thin layer instead of soap twice a day. Rinse with warm water.
Herbal Body Lotion:
Great for soothing dry skin all over the body. Calendula, Chamomile and Comfrey combine to pamper the skin.
Neem Tree Lotion:
Exactly the same as the cream except in lotion. An excellent product for pets and you.
Natural Herbal Shampoos
Please remember, do not use Tea Tree or Peppermint shampoos on your pets. They can be used on you, but not your pets due to the strong aroma which can be overpowering to our pets while fine to you.
All of these shampoos are Phosphate and Sulfate free!!! This is why I like these products!
A mild all purpose herbal shampoo with sweet orange and lemon essential oils.
A mild all purpose herbal shampoo with high quality hempseed oil. No essential oils added. Natural fragrance. Since this shampoo has no essential oils added, the aroma is even more gentle and so its a good choice for pets.
Neem Tree Shampoo:
All natural shampoo with Need Tree and other herbal extracts. This shampoo contains essential oils of Lavender and Rosemary. Sometimes Lavender can be overpowering to our pets, however, this shampoo is really good for skin problems. However, my suggestion is if you want to use Neem Tree on your pets that what you do is buy the Hemp Shampoo and add essential oil of Neem to the Hemp shampoo.
Natural Herbal Oils
All natural herbal oils contain added vitamin E oil to prevent rancidity, however, these oils are very sensitive to heat and light and should always be stored in the fridge.
Black Caraway Oil:
Also known as black Cumin, nutmeg flower or Roman coriander. May help for bronchial complaints, parasites, detoxification, produces antihistamine response. Has 15 amino acids proteins. Helpful for digestion and reducing inflammation. External and internal use.
Evening Primrose Oil:
110% pure, organically grown, cold processed without solvents. This has the highest amount of vital gamma–linoleic acid (GLA) or any other substance. Prevents hardening of the arteries, heart disease, MS, lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol. Avoid use if suffering from breast cancer.
This organically grown oil from France is ideal as a massage oil.
Canadian made hempseed oil. Extra virgin, cold processed, organic, unrefined. Ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Reduces risk of blood clots, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis. Improves hair growth, boosts immune system, increases energy. Helpful against eczema and psoriasis. Calms inflammation. Use externally or internally. This is a wonderful product for pets.
Herbal Ear Oil (ear drops):
Contains lobelia, black and blue cohosh, blue vervain, scullcap, echinacea and fresh garlic oil. Carefully chosen herbal formula for solving wide range of ear problems such as bacterial and fungal infections, earache from cold and wind, injuries from scratching ears canal, tinnitis, loud noise damage, plugged eustation tubes from colds.
Neem Tree Oil:
100% pure, cold pressed from the fruit of the Indian Neem tree. Great for acne, eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, warts. Non toxic insect repellant. Antiseptic and antifungal. Use topically. Add this product to hemp shampoo or to Neem Tree lotion or cream for extra strength. Excellent for lice.
Rosa Mosqueta Oil:
In the pollution free environment of the southern Andes in Chile grows the wild rose the natives callRosa Mosqueta. Has a high fatty acid content plus Retinoic acid and is rich in vitamin A. It beautifies, rehydrates, diminishes age lines, regenerates healthy skin cells, reduces scars, heals UV damaged and burned skin. Use before and after radiation treatment to prevent skin and cell damage.
St. Johns' Wort Oil:
Based in virgin olive oil. Fine herbal infusion. Contains 60% concentration of flowers and buds, processed in the sun to obtain maximum potency. Contains hypericin which is antiviral, antibacterial, anti–inflammatory, and antifungal. Antidepressive properties. Ideal as first aid for sprains, sore muscles, shingles, blisters and burns.
Herbs For The Skin and Body
I realize that a lot of this information about chemicals, herbs and skin care is not only beneficial for your pets but for you too. So let's continue with one more page about herbs used for skin care.