Winter can be harsh, y’all. I mean, it’s not just that the weather gets so cold. Sometimes there’s also snow and ice. And during the winter months, there’s never enough sun. There’s nothing quite as depressing as the dreary days of January, February, and even March. Yuck.
In our house, we’re already counting the days until Spring.
You know how hard the winter elements can be on human hands and feet, but have you ever thought about what they do to our pets’ feet? I’ve noticed that Nike’s feet get especially dry and cracked during the winter months in Indiana, but I have yet to find a store-bought paw balm that really makes a difference.
That’s why I started looking for a homemade paw balm recipe.
The problem with many commercial pet products is that they contain so many unnecessary ingredients, many that I can’t even pronounce. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to use a lot of weird chemicals on my pets (or on myself, for that matter). That’s why whenever I can make something homemade, I always feel better about it.
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My recipe for homemade paw balm contains just 5 ingredients, and many of them are probably in your kitchen right now.
I love that these are all-natural ingredients that will do the job of moisturizing and protecting my pets’ feet without unnecessary ingredients and fragrance.
Below you can see how I created a “double boiler” of sorts, using a pot of water and a large Mason jar.
I also used a chopstick to stir the mixture as it was melting, so that I wouldn’t ruin a spoon. An old wooden spoon would work well, too.
The only other thing you’ll need to make your homemade paw balm are some containers to put it in. I chose these 4 ounce Mason jars, and the recipe easily filled 3 jars.
I even made some labels for my jars, and you can download the free printable here.
- 1/2 C natural beeswax
- 1/4 C coconut oil
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 2 T shea butter
- 10-20 drops vitamin E oil
- 1. Fill a pot about 1/3 full with water and heat on low to medium temperature.
- 2. Set a large sized mason jar inside the pot. This creates a double boiler effect.
- 3. Put the beeswax in the jar and heat, stirring often, until completely melted. This should take about 10 minutes.
- 4. Add the coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter. Heat until all ingredients are melted, stirring often.
- 5. Remove from heat and add the vitamin E drops. Stir well.
- 6. Pour the mixture into storage containers.
- 7. Let it sit for an hour or so until it hardens.
As you can see, this is a simple, wholesome recipe that will really help with your pet’s dry, cracked winter feet. It’s also great for dog moms (and dads), and can be used to soothe chapped lips and to moisturize dry, cracked cuticles, elbows, and heels.
Have you ever made homemade paw balm for your pets?
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