How to Make Peppermint Essential Oil for Dog Breath

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How to Make Peppermint Essential Oil for Dog Breath
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Doggy breath...'nuff said, right? Your dog spends a lot of time in your face. He wants to look into your eyes, give you kisses and, on occasion, steal a cookie out of your mouth before you have a chance to swallow. If he has bad breath...boy, can that make these otherwise wonderful bonding experiences unpleasant. Try this simple recipe for sweet, sweet doggy breath.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Peppermint leaves
  • Storage bag
  • Wooden mallet
  • Glass jar (with lid)
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Cheesecloth
  • Glass container
  • Mixing bowl
  • Essential oil of cardamom
  • Essential oil of coriander seed
  • Glass bottle (with dropper lid)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash fresh peppermint leaves in cool water and place them on a towel to dry. Place the dried leaves in a plastic storage bag and seal. Tap the leaves gently with a wooden mallet to release the essential oils.

  2. 2

    Place the contents of the bag in a glass jar. Pour sweet almond oil over the mixture, covering it completely. Seal the jar tightly and shake well. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours. Strain the oil through a piece of cheesecloth and set aside. Discard the peppermint leaves.

  3. 3

    Repeat this process daily for 3 days--using the same oil--or until the oil reaches its desired strength. Pour the oil into a dark glass storage container and seal tightly. Store in a dark, cool location, away from direct light.

  4. 4

    In a small mixing bowl, blend 6 drops of your essential peppermint oil, 6 drops of essential oil of cardamom and 4 drops of essential oil of coriander seed. Pour the mixture into a glass bottle with a dropper top.

  5. 5

    Dispense 1 to 3 drops into your dog's mouth.

    How to Make Peppermint Essential Oil for Dog Breath
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Tips and warnings

  • If you are harvesting the fresh peppermint from your own garden, do it in the morning after the dew has dried, before the heat of the day arrives--this is when essential oils are at their peak. Purchase all-natural essential oils. They are healthier for your dog.
  • Never give this or any essential oils to your cat. Essential oils can be toxic to cats, whether given orally, applied topically or even inhaled.

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