Smelly Dog Grooming Spray in Woodsy is the original aromatherapeutic blend; and its namesake, Piper (see below), my dear black lab companion was its inspiration, for indeed, he would get quite smelly. He swam almost everyday in local lakes and rivers. His undercoat would ‘hold’ water resulting in that special ‘dog smell’.
When I shopped at a local pet store for a grooming spray, I found out a number of disturbing things. First, at the time, most were made with synthetic fragrances. Disturbing because of how sensitive a dog’s nose is – it did not make sense to me to use potentially toxic synthetic fragrances on my dear companion. Second, I learned that the makers of these types of products are not required to include an ingredient list. What!!? The sales clerk was quite indignant with my questions to boot!
‘Necessity is the mother of invention’— my non-sudsing grooming spray is a natural & safe alternative to soapsuds bathing & conventional pet-store products. Smelly Dog is gentle on you & your pet, biodegradable, and free of fillers and synthetic ingredients. I handcraft in small batches to ensure quality & freshness; I blend the essential oils at a safe concentration level for your pup’s nose.
Smelly Dog Woodsy helps calm an anxious fur-baby.
It also helps condition the fur and skin, and acts as a flea & insect deterrent.
As a bonus, if your dog has the tendency to make your bed its own, simply use Smelly Dog as a linen freshener – it works wonders! Smelly dog no more!
I am a Certified Aromatherapist Health Professional (CAHP) with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. I draw on my formal education and knowledge about essential oils, my personal experience using essential oils for my own recovery processes and my intuitive senses when working on developing a new blend. My goal is to offer therapeutic blends that assist you in practising self-care using the healing powers of essential oils, one day at a time.
I love spending time outdoors. However, as you all know, it can be challenging to do so peacefully. Over four years ago, I developed an insect deterrent spray. I combed every reference book I had at my disposal and learned about the biological processes that plants develop to discourage predators from eating them.
Essential oils harness a plant’s insect deterring properties. It is also why you may see a ‘bug spray’ on the market with different essential oil ingredients. Many essential oils have bug deterring properties.
Let Me Be–Outdoor Meditation Blend is a synergistic blend of ten (10) carefully researched essential oils with bug deterring properties and four water-based ingredients that are also known deterrents and help the essential oil blend ‘stick’ to your skin.
Let Me Be–Outdoor Meditation Blendis my solution to enjoying the outdoors in peace & relief from mosquitoes, black flies, wood ticks, ants, & moths — Deet-free, 100% plant-based ingredients, and a natural and safe alternative to conventional bug sprays. I cheekily refer to my Let Me Be blend as an ‘outdoor meditation spray’. Maintain your zen-ness while enjoying your back yard!
• Terra Cotta Pendants ~ ‘Wear Your Aromatherapy in Style’ and a special sale
• How to enter to win an LJ Turtle Oh Canada! Gift Pack
• How to use phototoxic essential oils safely
• An update on the CFA Anniversary & Conference
• My Smelly Dog Grooming Spray celebrates its 4th year!
• Announcing the winner of the Summer Survival Gift Pack
This month we celebrate all things Canadian. The Let Me Be Insect Deterrent Spray is an LJ Turtle Proprietary blend as is the Frank & Myrrh LipSaver. The Terra Cotta Pendant was made in New Brunswick and the 3 Canadian tree essential oils come directly from a distiller in Quebec.
LJ Turtle Good Vibrations Diffuser blend was originally blended for a Reiki wellness practitioner to use in between clients. She felt the space needed ‘cleansing’ as one client was leaving and another was arriving.
Good Vibrations also reflects my Ojibwa heritage – I intentionally used Canadian Black Spruce and Sage to do the heavy cleansing work.
Don’t forget to pack your ‘bug spray’! I call mine an ‘Outdoor Meditation Spray’ – because it lets you do just that, relax, enjoy and even meditate in your backyard 🙂 Or benefit from a walking meditation at Guelph Lake.
Essential oils come from all over the world. Given our abundance of forest, Canada is well known for its ‘tree’ essential oils.
Black Spruce for example, is invigorating and revitalizing to the whole being and is suitable to use with respiratory issues and rheumatic pain.
Eastern White Pine can be used to reduce anxiety and stress. Its warming properties make it suitable to use for rheumatic pain. It is also a powerful essential oil to diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle – as it helps prevent the spread of flu and other air borne viruses.
Balsam Fir is the very recognizable ‘Christmas tree’ smell! It is a powerful essential oil to diffuse for relief with respiratory congestion. Make a muscle rub by blending with a carrier oil for relief of muscular and joint pain.
I carry Black Spruce, Eastern White Pine, Balsam Fir, and Spruce Hemlock, which are wild-crafted and distilled in Quebec. I also carry a Chocolate Peppermint and White Sage from the same distiller (in very small quantities); and I recently started carrying a local lavender from a farmer in Moffat, Ontario.
Each of these is available for ‘sniff’ testing at my market stall at the Guelph Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
LJ Turtle single essential oils are suitable for:
• Diffusing with a nebulizer
• Use with our diffuser jewelry
• Simply ‘sniff’ from the bottle
• Use with our felted designs
• At safe concentration levels, may be blended for topical use. We carry DIY roll-on kits
Worth a read: Pichette et al. (2006), ‘Composition and antibacterial activity of Abies balsamea essential oil’; Phytotherapy Research, pp. 371-3.