Dog Balm – BOO BOO BUTTER™
Boo Boo Butter – For Your Dog’s Discomforts. Handcrafted by Kathy (me) in northern Minnesota from organic or wildharvested material, in solar infused herbal oil and all whipped up in a base of organic Shea Butters. I add lots of organic Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, essential oils and Lotsa Love PLUS Pumpkin Oil, Calendula Oil, Comfrey Oil, St. John’s Wort Oil, Argan Oil and Neem Oil. No artificial ingredients, no synthetics, no petroleum by-products – ewwww. Go here for more info on all of the amazing ingredients found in Boo Boo Butter dog balm.
Directions: Gentle is the key here. Sit with your dog and maintain a quiet calm demeanor. We live in busy times and the tendency is to slap the dog balm on and go on with our day. This is a time to slow down and think only of your dog. To help relieve your dog’s stress of not only being in discomfort, but having the area “messed with” be calm and yes, carry on.
Clean the allow area and let it dry. Use a gentle, mild soap or just cool water. Apply BOO BOO BUTTER™ liberally to the affected area and allow these organic goodies to work their magic. Give a cookie, treat or play with your dog a bit after application to allow this good stuff to get to work. If they are hungry, feed them their dinner to distract while the dog salve gets to work. Apply 2-3x a day or as needed (that always sounds vague, but you know your dog).
Balm? Salve? Butter? Ointment? What the Heck? Salves, balms, ointments, unguents, by any name are all semi-solid mixes of fatty ingredients such as butters, oils and waxes. They usually have no water in them at all, but may have a small amount of an essence or tincture for vibrational effect. Creams and lotions have both fat and water.
Generally, ointments and salves are considered much the same thing; a healing external preparation made with medicinal substances in a base of oils and waxes. Balms are considered by some to be all of the above, but with more essential oils or aromatherapy oils added. There will be a bit more of a scent when you open the container.
For our purposes, I use the three terms interchangeably to allow you, my clients, to find this product using various searches. The name Boo Boo Butter is a given, but for strict terminology all are balms. I have also found it to be somewhat regional. People in some parts of the country refer to anything like this a salve and others only use the term ointment. Growing up in Mississippi, we used both terms, salve or ointment, for this type of product. I find it interesting that we live on Balm Lake!
The Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health defines an ointment as “a semisolid preparation for external application to the skin or mucous membranes. Official ointments consist of medicinal substances incorporated in suitable vehicles (bases). Called also salve and unguent.”
Disclaimer: Of course, do not use on an open gaping wound or oozing, heinous sore. Do not use on any wound that needs to dry out and breathe. If in doubt – Go to the vet! BOO BOO BUTTER™ is for everyday scrapes and such. Here is more info on organic treatments for dogs.