By our Formulator, Brenda
We appreciate you visiting our site! My name is Brenda and I'm happy to be creating herbal products for our pets and passing on the information I've gathered over the years. I'm not against allopathic veterinary medicine. My animals see a regular veterinarian on occasion (especially when one of those irritating foxtails find their way into my little friends ear canal) and also receive holistic and alternative pet care when necessary. I think there is a place for both.
I've studied and used herbs for several years and continue to learn something new about the wonderful world of plant medicine everyday! I've stumbled across a few herbal solutions. One was the making of Pip & Willy's flea powder. With all the chemicals we use in our environment and on ourselves, I believe it is important to first try a healthy alternative to the present day chemical solutions on the market. Pip & Willy’s has formulated our flea powder with a blend of dried powdered herbs combined with Organic Arrowroot powder and Organic Non-GMO Cornstarch. The Arrowroot Powder and Cornstarch allow for an even distribution of the powdered herbs throughout your pets fur and help to soften their coat.
We feel it is important to create plant based products using the whole herbs rather than using potent essential oils that can be toxic to your pet. We also wanted to create a safe product that could be used on both cats and dogs. In my experience essential oils are overused and there has been way too much overdosing with them. We include lavender hydrosol and orange blossom hydrosol in our anti-itch spray and flea spray for cats and dogs. The hydrosols are the water that is collected in the distillation process of collecting the essential oil from the plant source. The water is naturally diluted, and has a gentle effect that still includes the exquisite medicine from the plant. Please note - Cats are very sensitive creatures and their liver and kidneys can not tolerate essential oils. Absolutely no essential oils should ever be applied to your cat.
The arrowroot powder and cornstarch also help to soften and clean your pet's coat. Pip & Willy's Flea Powder for dogs can also be used as a dry shampoo for those who hate to be bathed or are unable to use water for any reason. Arrowroot powder and cornstarch are not drying to the skin. That is one reason why we don’t use diatomaceous earth in our products. Diatomaceous earth contains 85% silica. Silica in the right condition and when airborn can cause respiratory diseases. One such disease found in our research is Miner’s lung. Research has shown that the use of diatomaceous earth in flea powders can cause miner’s lung in dogs. Why take that chance?
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Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, various amino acids and Vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and E giving apple cider vinegar its antiseptic properties, which help fight bacteria.
Arrowroot Powder Arrowroot is a lightweight starch collected from the tropical rhizomes of the Maranta Arundinacea plant grown in South America. The Arrowroot plant was given its name because it was used to help heal those who were injured by poisonous arrows. Arrowroot powder is commonly used as a safe and effective base for body care formulations and is one of the main ingredients in Pip & Willy’s Flea powder.
Calendula Flowers (Calendula Officinalis) the herb of the sun possesses important medicinal properties. The happy bright calendula is excellent for skin health and for the treatment of a variety of inflammations and skin rashes. In addition, the Calendula flowers are edible and great for the gastrointestinal tract. Calendula is used in topical applications to boost the healing rate of wounds and prevent infection. It is antifungal, used to heal minor burns, and is an herb that is traditionally used for the treatment of rashes and other skin disorders.
Cornstarch (Non-GMO) is known as a thickening agent in cooking but also is commonly used as a safe and effective ingredient in body care powders. In Pip & Willy’s flea powder formula cornstarch is used as a base and is soothing agent for irritated skin, including skin allergies and insect bites. The cornstarch and arrowroot powder help soften your pet’s coat and allow an even distribution of the flea repellent herbs through your pet’s fur.
Fennel Seed Powder (Foeniculum Vulgare) Fennel is a perennial plant distinguished by its finely divided, very aromatic leaves found primarily in coastal regions. The seeds yield a sweet oil of high medicinal value commonly used as an excellent stomach and intestinal remedy. When dried and powdered Fennel adds the perfect aromatic deterrent to fleas and insects and has been recommended as an ingredient in herbal flea powder.
Flower Essences harness the unique healing wisdom of flowers to promote and support well-being, nourishing mind, body and soul. Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of each plant which interact with the subtle bodies of all living things. The gentle flower essences help to soothe your pet’s itchy skin and further assist in ridding fleas and insects. The Flower Essences help to improve your pet’s energetic field so that it may better rebuff pests.
Grindelia (Grindelia Camporum) commonly called “gum weed”, this resinous plant is well known for its use in ointments and dressings for rashes, poison oak and ivy, burns and insect bites. Grindelia is emollient and serves to soothe and protect irritated or inflamed skin. It’s antibacterial qualities will help heal and prevent infection.
Hydrosol of Lavender Angustifolia (Lavendula Angustifolia) steam distillate from the fresh, organic lavender blossom. It is used in a variety of skin and hair products and is known to address skin problems related to all kinds of rashes. It is a powerful, soothing, hydrating, relaxing toner which naturally helps to retain moisture. Say goodbye to dry flaky, itchy skin!
Hydrosol of Orange Blossom (Citrus Aurantium), also known as Neroli Hydrosol is a steam distillate from the fresh, organic orange blossom; highly astringent, it tones, strengthens and calms irritated skin reducing excess sebum secretion.
Plantain Leaf Powder (Pantago Major, P. lanceolata) called “Nature’s Band-aid” is a plant of pasture and waste land and can often be seen right outside your door. It is distinguished by its flat oval-shaped, green leaves and spike flowers. It is an important herb that yields a soothing mucilage and can be used internally and externally. The leaves make a powerful healing ointment used for wounds, sores, ulcers and bites of all kind.
Rosemary Leaf Powder (Rosmarinus Officinalis) There are many uses for Rosemary and as a topical repellent for fleas it works superbly. It’s natural camphorated odour makes it one of the most important of the aromatic herbs becoming an antiseptic, one of the finest of all wound remedies, and an effective insecticide.
Rue Herb Powder (Ruta Graveolens) Distinguished by its flat, divided leaves and yellow flowers. Rue is highly aromatic and bitter tasting. Rutin the principle of the plant possesses potent powers. Highly antiseptic it makes a perfect insecticide. Externally, in powder or as a wash, Rue can be used for all skin parasites and is a great ingredient in flea powder.
Sage Leaf Powder (Salvia Officinalis) Distinguished by grey aromatic foliage and blue-grey fragrant flowers, Sage is an important medicinal herb and excellent for rebuilding vitality and strength. Its name Salvia is from the Latin name salvus, meaning “safe” and salvere, “to be well”. Sage is well liked by animals and externally is an effective application against fleas and insects.
Sheep Sorrel Herb Powder (Rumex Acetosella) Sheep Sorrel is called Sour Grass and Red Sorrel. It is a common weed of wastelands and pastures and is enjoyed by grazing animals due to its distinctive sour taste. It aids in digestion and is cooling to the whole system. Good for the kidneys and a variety of blood and kidney ailments. It is included in Pip & WIlly’s flea powder due to its use externally for skin irritations.
Wormwood Powder (Artemisia Absinthium) Distinguished by its grey, fringed foliage Wormwood exudes a very strong, penetrating odour, and is extremely bitter tasting. The pungency and bitterness are due to the presence of camphorated, volatile oil, found in the leaves and flowers. As a topical powder it makes an excellent insecticide for fleas and verminous sores.
Yellowdock Root Powder (Rumex Crispus) is an abundant weed of fields, roadsides and gardens and is commonly used for the digestive system, liver and a variety of skin issues. When dried and powdered Yellowdock adds an aromatic deterrent to fleas and insects in herbal flea powder.
Several of the herbs in Pip & Willy’s “Give Your Pet a Hug” Flea Powder & Spray for Cats & Dogs are recommended by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD. in his book “Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.” and Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s book “Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable” These are important books to read and have on hand for anyone who chooses to have animals.