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O M G! Calendula Tea Rinse

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Yonjuro   

I have a husky so we are talking major coat density with water shedding guard hairs :D I normally use between 500m and 1 litre to fully do my dog. But yeah, I found out the same thing on the first few occasions, I was using half a bucket to saturate him and even then it was patchy LOL.

You can also use a spray bottle and hold the nozzle against the skin to squirt. A bike water bottle also works if you can't find a sauce bottle. A dab of superglue on the push/pull mouth piece stops it from collapsing when you press it to the fur and skin.

I put a lady with a greyhound who I regularly meet up with at the park with. She was mentioning that she regularly takes her boy down to the beach and afterwards he always needed a bath due to itchiness - water rinsing doesn't seem to cut it. I spoke to her a couple of days ago and was so thrilled with how the tea worked! She is now recommending it to heaps of people for all sorts of contact itchiness etc.

So another very happy convert there who is also adding it to food and using as an eye rinse when needed :thumbsup:

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sheena   

I am going to recommend the tea to someone whose dog has itchy red feet...but it's so long since I used it, I have forgotten what strength to make it. How much leaf/tea per litre :)

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Yonjuro   

I am going to recommend the tea to someone whose dog has itchy red feet...but it's so long since I used it, I have forgotten what strength to make it. How much leaf/tea per litre :)

I normally do around a teaspoon per 250ml so somewhere around 4 tsp per litre will be fine. I don't think you need to be too precise with the tea strength. :)

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Ranga   

Couldn't you saturate the coat with plain water first, then apply the tea rinse? :)

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We have a husky/shep cross and I just use a heavily saturated sponge and the stocking with the soggy flowers and sort of squeeze them onto her coat until she is wet. We have one of those rectangular tubs you would use as your camp washing up bucket. It is usually half filled and just a handful off the dried flowers does 2 medium (short coats) and 1 long haired dog. We do the long haired last and pour any leftovers onto her.

Steve, Tempeh and I will be very excited to try the new brew and report back on how it goes.

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Julie I got several similar sized packages in the mail today. Tempeh thinks it is her job to sniff test/inspect all our mail so I held the packages out and she was turning them over with her nose then got near yours and pulled an hilarious face so I immediately knew it must be from you! Will absorb the intructions, apply and let you know the outcome. Thank you so much for going to the effort!

I can't bear Temp being an itchy girl and we have just finished her last lot of meds (yard has been gone through again and shrubs have now been trimmed up high) so I am waiting to see if the allergy reappears. Here is an odd question for you. Is it possible, for whatever reason, that she has gone from a dog with no allergies to one who has developed an allergy to a certain genus of plant or just flowering plants? I only ask because I am pretty confident she had a bad response to some cal cream from my vet (who makes it from scratch) as her first real allergic response going back earlier in the year and I just thought maybe the cream had expired. Since then she has clearly gotten uncomfortable if I've used the cream or the tea rinse and she has developed and had ongoing contact allergy problems with what we assume is something or multiple things in the back yard. If I can track down what type of plant or the part of a plant (if it is multiples) then it might be easier to keep her allergy free, including with any external products I use on her. Right now our whole garden looks massacred and I haven't walked her outside the yard anywhere but on bitumen or concrete for months.

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Steve   

Julie I got several similar sized packages in the mail today. Tempeh thinks it is her job to sniff test/inspect all our mail so I held the packages out and she was turning them over with her nose then got near yours and pulled an hilarious face so I immediately knew it must be from you! Will absorb the intructions, apply and let you know the outcome. Thank you so much for going to the effort!

I can't bear Temp being an itchy girl and we have just finished her last lot of meds (yard has been gone through again and shrubs have now been trimmed up high) so I am waiting to see if the allergy reappears. Here is an odd question for you. Is it possible, for whatever reason, that she has gone from a dog with no allergies to one who has developed an allergy to a certain genus of plant or just flowering plants? I only ask because I am pretty confident she had a bad response to some cal cream from my vet (who makes it from scratch) as her first real allergic response going back earlier in the year and I just thought maybe the cream had expired. Since then she has clearly gotten uncomfortable if I've used the cream or the tea rinse and she has developed and had ongoing contact allergy problems with what we assume is something or multiple things in the back yard. If I can track down what type of plant or the part of a plant (if it is multiples) then it might be easier to keep her allergy free, including with any external products I use on her. Right now our whole garden looks massacred and I haven't walked her outside the yard anywhere but on bitumen or concrete for months.

Calendula is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. This is plants such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and lots more flowering plants.

It is possible to build less tolerance to them over time and many flower growers have developed allergies and intolerances slowly so its all possible.

The stuff I formulated for you is herbal/natural but none of it is from a plant used for its flower to try to side step this possibility.

Calendula cream is based around a cream base produced with water and the oil used is infused so there may have been even a slight change in the type of preservatives etc used to produce it too.

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Thank you so much for that info - I can now research the Asteraceae/Compositae family and if I have anything in my yard from that group of plants I will be taking it out. Every little bit of info helps I think.

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denali   

Just thought i'd share the calendula magic- I have been sick the past few days. Fevery, sore throat etc. Just annoying really. Way to start 2015 laugh.gif

I made myself some tea with honey- and while it helped little with the fever- it made me feel 100% better and my throat soreness disappeared!

More effective than the strongest strepsils might i add.

Don't know if it was the calendula or the honey but it worked magically biggrin.gif

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Erny   

Just thought i'd share the calendula magic- I have been sick the past few days. Fevery, sore throat etc. Just annoying really. Way to start 2015 laugh.gif

I made myself some tea with honey- and while it helped little with the fever- it made me feel 100% better and my throat soreness disappeared!

More effective than the strongest strepsils might i add.

Don't know if it was the calendula or the honey but it worked magically biggrin.gif

:D .... I tend to do this too and I also find that either and both help in varying ways. Glad you felt better so quickly, and thanks for sharing.

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Yonjuro   

I have been a Calendula user since Ronin was 10 weeks old, he is now 14.5 months old...

Ronin doesn't get itchy these days (mainly due to a good natural diet, the supplements I like to use, probiotics and seldom bathing), but I felt it was about time that he had a bath, really just to loosen some of his blowing coat. Decided again just to use Calendula tea, I made up 2.5 litres and needed the whole lot to penetrate the undercoat using a drink bottle to squeeze it under the coat :D

He looks and smells great, I love the fresh straw like smell you get from the calendula :thumbsup: And as per usual he will get some spent leaves with the next few meals.

So nothing really earth shattering here, but just wanted to again give this the thumbs up and I doubt I would ever have known about it is it weren't for Erny :thumbsup:

My main use of the tea these days is for Ronin's occasional "willy washing" :D , and as an eye rinse if he picks up a bit of conjunctivitis from the communal water bowl at the park. I use it on my scalp when it gets itchy or if I get insect bites. My wife uses it as a skin toner and for my 7 year old daughter if she gets a rash.

PS. I sent some of Steve's (Shalarm) Calendula to a fellow Husky owner in Holland as part of a Secret Santa present so hoping to spread the word on this great flower :)

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Ok, I've read this thread and I'm interested for two reasons:

1. Ernie's coat could be shinier. No matter that he gets fish oil and sardines 3x a week, it still looks dull in places. I'm thinking cheap kibble in puppyhood may be to blame .

2. There's been some early research into calendula for it's anti cancer properties. I'm thinking I could make up a big batch and give some to Ernie and some to me.

What do you think?

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Erny   

You don't need to make up a "big batch" per se - it's best used fresh. Use it as a wash when you need to wash and avoid shampoos where you can. Give some to him when he's a bit on the 'down' side and feed him the spent tea in his meal. If you want him to have it regularly, make a cuppa, even drink the tea yourself and add the spent tea to his meal. If Ernie's overall condition and health is good, I don't think you need to go over-board with the Calendula Tea (not to say that regularity would harm, but just may not be necessary). If Ernie's coat is dull in places, ponder on what the reasons for what that could be. He gets good supplements via the fish oil and sardines, but think about the other that you feed. I've seen dogs within breeds who are fed a well-rounded and balanced whole raw diet and have softer, sleeker coats than those fed commercial. Coincidence? Maybe. Make a note of where those "dull patches" are. Ponder on the possibility of thyroid issue (don't let it scare you - just read up on Dr Jean Dodds website on thyroid and symptoms and see if it could possibly fit - only mentioning it here as something to look into but this may not be relevant to Ernie). Sunburn, even? Although I don't own them, the chocolate labs I have come across seem prone to coats fading through sun exposure but whether or not it was sun exposure on its own, I wouldn't know (stripping the coat of natural oils via shampoos commonly used, and over bathing, could be a contributing factor to this). Just trial in little bits and see how you go. Keep an open mind to things, ponder on them, but don't sweat it :) .

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Thanks Emy. Ernie's coat has a line of coarse full hair along his spine - the rest of his coat is soft and shiny. Brushing seems to help but then a day later, it's back again. It's very harsh to the feel and appears split and dry. I was even thinking coconut oil treatment until I read this thread.

I shall try and find some calendula tea (?) anyway for me as the info around on cancer seems promising, and perhaps just give him a rinse with either my leftovers or make up some to use when I rinse him off once a week. Since he's a lab, we don't bathe him unless he's stinky. Would that help or should I give him some in his dinner when I'm having some?

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Erny   

Stressmagnet - I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't think, or should I say I'm not confident, that Calendula Tea (whether it be given orally or used topically) will by itself resolve the problem you're experiencing. In my experience, it's not likely to do any harm, often assists in *healing* and I use Calendula Tea (and give the spent tea leaves in food) for a myriad of reasons quite confidently, but not with a view to it being the *cure* for whatever underlying reason might be causing the problem.

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Bi-annual bump just to sing the praises of calendula (or 'Calisten...calyp...calliloo...whats that bloody tea called again?!' according to Mr BL :laugh:)

My girl was quite itchy with dorito feet and ears as well as bald patches under her armpits and around her groin that were starting to spread. After staying up until silly o'clock reading everything I could on here because I was 99% sure it was yeast related, I made the switch to a raw diet (with anti-fungal goodies like yoghurt and garlic) and bought some Calendula tea a few days ago from World Partea.

The tea arrived this morning and after a big play session turned into a cuddle session, I brewed up a small cup of tea and dabbed it on her most yeasty parts, the armpits and groin. I'd already started to see improvements and less itching because of her diet change, but you should have seen her when I was dabbing! Rolled over on her side, holding her leg up for me and staring at me with those beautiful brown eyes, the little tart! She dozed off and started drooling on the doona after a little while, I'd say the tea was a huge soothing hit straight away!!! Gave her a big soaking tonight with a rinse, normally she hates getting bathed but I didnt even need a collar to hold her. Realised I accidentally spilt some leaves on the kitchen floor when I found her scarfing them up with gusto :laugh:

She already smells better and her coat feels and looks incredible. Vote one above the line for calendula!!

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luvsdogs   

I started reading this thread ages ago & probably years ago when Erny 1st talked about Calendula Tea. I bought some a month or so before Christmas, & hadn't used it until last night. I rinsed my itchy dog with it last night. I wouldn't have thought it for a white dog but his coat is so shiny. :thumbsup: Will have to go back & see if I can find where I left off as I skimmed this last page & saw that you could also feed the spent leaves to the dog. How long can they be kept to do this or does it have to be straight away?

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Taliecat   

I've got my own success story with calendula, we picked up a tube of commercial calendula cream in Bali for OH's fresh tattoo when we were there.

I've been using it for my itchy bites, and on Dozer's contact allergies and he looks so blissful when it's been applied.

He has also been getting mucky ears from his food allergies and I'd applied a little dab on the outer section one of his ears after I cleaned them a couple of days ago and today I found the cleanest ear I've seen in months!

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