There are a lot of things to remember when caring for animals. Those of us who are already aware of what pharmaceutical companies put in medication and home remedies know about the dangers of such products – it can lead to diseases as severe as cancer. Therefore, to make sure you are not covering your pets’ largest organ (their skin, of course!) with cancerous ingredients, read on to know what to use instead.
Now, I am also vegan, so the tips I give you will ensure that your skin care will also be animal cruelty-free, which goes hand-in-hand with your love for your horse and any other domestic animals you have at home!
The use of essential oils is still very much recommended, but for this, you can also mash or blend natural herbs and add them to a natural ointment or oil base if you see some that are good for this type of remedy.
For the base, I recommend one of the following:
- Vegetable glycerin
- Aloe vera gel (not cream – these two are not the same and the gel heals whereas the cream moisturizes)
- Sesame seed oil
- Wheat germ oil
- Rosehip seed oil
Each has its own properties, but basically, they all nourish the skin and are gentle at the same time. These, however, are not sufficient to clean. You could use any of these for dry skin care and use aloe vera for burns and to stimulate cell growth for the cut; otherwise, they are not going to do much more.
The following oils are the ones that bring extra properties to help out with cuts and wounds of all kinds:
- Tee trea oil: antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-infection and antifungal.
- Rosewood essential oil: antiviral, antibacterial, anti-infection and antifungal. Can also help with depression.
- Patchouli essential oil: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-itch. Also helps reduce wrinkles.
- Geranium essential oil: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-depressant. Helps improve circulation.
- Myrrh Essential oil: antioxidant, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, antiviral.
- Balsam fir essential oil: anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant. Good for aching muscles.
- Palmarosa essential oil: antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic. Good for stimulating cell growth.
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