This Homemade Recipe For An All Natural Herbal Dog Shampoo Is Gentle And Makes The Pooch Smell Great

Herbal Anti-Flea Dog Shampoo Recipe

This dog shampoo not only leaves your puppy with a herb-fresh scent, but those herbs also work to deter fleas. The recipe comes to us from the herb garden, making it powerful yet gentle on your furry friend’s skin. The addition of herbs and essential oils also helps with muscle pain and skin healing.A gentle dog shampoo to keep away fleas

I remember living with a roommate who had a cat who loved to sit in the bathtub and drink out of the faucet. One day the cat jumped out of the tub and there was a tiny bit of blood left behind. I hurried to my roomie to report that her dear sweet animal was hurt, when she calmly responded, “oh, that’s just the fleas.”


As you can imagine I moved out of there pretty quickly, but not before I made a flea-prevention shampoo for my pooch. I wasn’t about to use a store-bought flea shampoo as those can be really harsh on dogs’ skin. This all-natural shampoo is packed with essential oils that fleas hate, but the castile soap is kind to fur and the people who pet it.This homemade recipe for an all-natural herbal dog shampoo is gentle and makes the pooch smell great

Herbs from the garden are infused into the shampoo to give a gentle topical skin treatment. Peppermint is for pain relief, rosemary is an antibacterial addition, and calendula is skin-repairing. The essential oil combination of rosemary, peppermint, pine, and lavender coats the fur leaving your dog puppy-fresh to everyone but fleas.Healing herbs for homemade dog shampoo


Makes 1 cup

Make it!

Make a herbal tea by soaking the chopped rosemary, peppermint, lavender buds, and calendula flowers in boiling water. Steep until cool, then strain through a coffee filter set in a fine-mesh strainer.Herbal tea steeping for homemade herbal dog wash

Add all ingredients together in a bottle and shake to combine. Give the shampoo a good shake and use for up to 1 year.Herbal dog shampoo that nourishes skin and protects against fleas

Use shampoo monthly during flea season to deter fleas. Work shampoo into wet fur into a lather and give puppy a good scrub. Rinse well and towel dry pooch.Time for a bath! This homemade herbal flea shampoo for dogs really works!

If your pampered pooch does get fleas, then follow the shampoo with an apple cider rinse. Apply apple cider vinegar liberally all over the fur and skin and massage in. Rinse well with warm water and repeat if needed.A gentle and effective recipe for a dog wash that keeps away fleas naturally

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Donna
    DonnaMarch 25,15

    I have a friend who is going to love this!

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieMarch 25,15

    Donna, a furry friend? :)

  3. Sherry Jackson
    Sherry JacksonMarch 27,15

    Thank you for this recipe. Hopefully it will make for many a happy pet and pet owner. Goodness knows that no one likes fleas!!! Especially in our homes and on our pets!!!!

  4. AshleyC
    AshleyCApril 2,15

    Do you know if this is safe to use for cats also?

  5. Stephanie
    StephanieApril 8,15

    I’m not sure AshleyC. I don’t have experience with essential oils and cats.

  6. nicki
    nickiMay 9,15

    Will coconut oil wrk btr than olive oil?

  7. Stephanie
    StephanieMay 9,15

    Hi Nicki, the consistency of coconut oil is a solid at room temperature so it worn’t work with this recipe. Feel free to warm it up to liquid and try to combine the ingredients. I do think that the oil will solidify again once it cools, though.

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