Itchy Skin- Listernine Blend Spray

With winter comes dryness and with dryness can come itchy skin on one of my hounds, she tends to be the type that can itch from the grass, itch from rolling around in the hay and itch from dry skin, she has been tested and its not anything that needs a treatment per say, but we have shampoo that helps but when its this cold, bathing a double coated breed dog is not a good idea and she is only itch in a few spots in winter.

Gold Listerine Anti-Itch Blend to the rescue

1/3 rd Gold (Original) Listerine

1/3 rd Baby oil What ever kind you like..

1/3 rd Water

Measure out and pour into a spray bottle and shake well before use, spray on till fur or hair is damp, gently massage in and allow to dry..  Stops itching in the hounds, or the horse in summer

Now I am sure you want to know why this works.. the answer is simple..  Read below, the active ingredients are antiseptic (proven) anti inflammatory effect (not proven but only because it does not have the proper studies to say so).

What I can tell you is that if I ask my girl to come over and get her treatment, she runs up, lets me spray her, and sighs as she knows that it will take the itch away.

Inspired by Louis Pasteur‘s ideas on microbial infection, the English doctor Joseph Lister demonstrated in 1865 that use of carbolic acid on surgical dressings would significantly reduce rates of post-surgical infection. Lister’s work in turn inspired American Joseph Lawrence to develop an alcohol-based formula for a surgical antiseptic  (Its exact composition was a trade secret.) Joseph Lawrence named his antiseptic “Listerine” in honor of Joseph Lister

The active ingredients listed on Listerine bottles are essential oils which are menthol 0.042%, thymol 0.064%, methyl salicylate 0.06%, and eucalyptol 0.092%.[14] In combination all have an antiseptic effect and there is some thought that methyl salicylate may have an anti inflammatory effect as well.[15] Ethanol, which is toxic to bacteria at concentrations of 40%, 26.9% in the original gold Listerine Antiseptic

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listerine

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4 Responses to Itchy Skin- Listernine Blend Spray

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    OMG, thank you! Both of the canine “Boys” are scratching (and so am I): so I am definitely gonna mix up a batch of this first thing in the morning!
    But y’know, you’ve got me thinking here (again, go figure; ) and a whole bunch of things suddenly jumped into a straight line for me…
    I knew that I’d heard of Methyl salicylate somewhere before; so look out Wikipedia, here I come again… And, sure enough: Methyl salicylate is “Oil of wintergreen or wintergreen oil”
    And also that it reminded me of something else – because another form is also known as “Salicylic acid (from Latin salix, willow tree, from the bark of which the substance used to be obtained)” or AKA: Acetylsalicylic Acid (or ASA = Aspirin!) isn’t Chemistry (LIFE!) wonderful?!

    • welcome, and yes.. chemistry is amazing but what I will also point out is just how tiny those percents are in the carrier, this is why the modern movement of ei scare me a bit.. I am very nervous about those that are now recommending internal use

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Well, I would compare Essential Oil Therapies to Homeopathy: where an incredibly small amount of a substance, or combination of substances, prompts the body to give the correct(intended) healing response; but, use too much and you wind up having an allergic reaction instead ): Kindof like doing surgery with a chainsaw, instead of a scalpel, hey?; )

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Sorry, meant to include a link with that last comment re Wintergreen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methyl_salicylate
    You recall my last plant photo on FB? (I found one at FarmBoy just before Christmas: )
    And this: (see particularly “Medical Uses” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salicylic_acid

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