A cure for dog dandruff

If your dog badly needs this, run out right now and locate a palash tree! The flowering season is almost over for this year, and the flowers are ready to be gathered.

I got the idea from friend Prerna’s post in her blog, Under the Banyan tree and other stories. Thanks a ton, Prerna! You didn’t know what a godsend your post was going to be!

While Prerna doesn’t say anything about using palash on dogs, her post describes the soothing properties of bath water in which palash flowers have been soaked. So I thought, why not? Our darling Topshe has been a bundle of itches for years. She has dandruff and sheds round the year.

I’ve tried all kinds of remedies – herbal and chemical, to no avail. Palash flowers seemed like just one more thing to try out. And guess what? It worked! The dandruff has actually disappeared after just one use, I can hardly believe my eyes.

So here’s what you do. 1. Find a palash tree (lucky for us, there are six or seven around our house).

2. Gather as many flowers as you need. I gathered several basketsful of dry flowers, as I plan to store them for future use. But you can just pick and use a handful of fresh ones.

3. Put a handful of the flowers in a cloth bag and soak it in half a bucket of warm water for a couple of hours.

4. Boldly pour the bright orange water all over dog and rub it gently into the skin. Never fear, your fluffy white dog will not get dyed. Unless you steep her in the juice for a few hours.

5. Dry off dog.

6. Admire clean, cool, non-orange dog.

A little about the palash tree, Butea monosperma: It’s a beautiful native species, with a host of practical and medicinal uses. It’s found all over India and is variously called palasham (Tamil), kimshuka (Sanskrit), muttuga (Kannada) and keshudo (Gujarati).


10 responses to “A cure for dog dandruff

  1. This makes me so so happy! Also, I just found out today that you can also make a sherbet from kesudo flowers. We were discussing our summer memories, and a friend posted it on her Facebook page and I will copy and paste it for you. I am so so glad that you have these lovely kesudo trees around you – they have almost disappeared from my hometown.

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    • Thanks Prerna! I’m so happy too that these are safely on our land. Otherwise, whenever I see a lovely old tree anywhere I worry for it. There’s always a chance that the next time you go that way it might be cut down. We keep talking to the villagers, but they are driven by short term economic necessity. Or perceived necessity, I don’t know.

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      • I understand Harini. In cities, I think these native trees are fast disappearing because a) so many people can now only afford apartment living and b) when the builders plan a development, the only trees that they seem to plant are palm and such. These are easy to grow and perhaps maintain but none of the native trees – say neem (which again has a lot of uses), kesudo, borsali or bakul tree, parijaat and the like are planted in the common areas or communal gardens. I wish there was a course for builders on the beauty and the many uses of native trees and why these should be planted while planning a residential development project.

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  2. Here it is. (You can just ignore the vodka addition to the drink). From Nandita Amin: Kesuda/Palash/ Flame of the forest (Butea monosperma) ‘sharbat’, a refreshing, cooling drink.
    Take a handful of fresh Palash flowers, wash them well.
    Boil water, add the flowers and take off the flame. Cover and keep aside for 1 hour.
    Strain and cool.
    Add lime juice and sugar/honey as per taste.
    Pour a few ice cubes in a glass, pour in the Palash water. Add Gin or Vodka to add an oomph!

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    • Love all friendships, Jaya! For a long while, no one has been to our place. Of course we know the good reasons why, but still I couldn’t help the ‘nobody loves me’ feeling. Then last week we had several friends visiting, and all feels right with the world again.

      Thanks so much, folks, for visiting and for great conversation – real and virtual ❤️❤️

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