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Complementary Therapy for Dogs by Sevi Kay
We sip on chamomile tea to soothe our nerves or brew a refreshing peppermint tea to ease our upset stomach and than sink into the oceans of dreams. In the kitchen, we add rosemary, thyme, oregano, ginger, mint (and much more) to enhance the taste of our meals and herbal infusions, botanicals; essential oils accompany our personal care products.
So, why shouldn't our canine companions benefit from some of Mother Nature's gifts as well? Herbs, plants and plant essences can be used for dogs
Holistic care needs moderation and is a complementary therapy only. Regular vet visits and grooming, a very health diet, obedience training, plenty of workouts and playtime, can make any puppy grow into a healthy, happy and a well-rounded dog. Using herbs, aromatherapy and other natural substance in conjunction with above canine-regime will complete and complement your canine's health.
Since external use is one of the gentlest and the safest way you can use herbs, other botanical goodies and essential oils on dogs, I have decided to
Doggie Body and Coat Tea: Herbal teas make wonderful rinses for canine coats and I will give a few recipes for you to try out and of course when
If you are using roots, seeds or barks (hard plant parts) such as ginger, fennel, valerian root, soak them in cool water overnight and than boil them
Once it is cold, add organic vinegar and glycerin. Dilute this solution with 1-2 cups of bottled water. Use this mixture as the last rinse water for your
You can also put this doggie body tea in a spray bottle without diluting it and mist lightly while brushing your dog. I use both peppermint and
Make sure to label (date, ingredients used) and refrigerate left over tea.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium roseum) mixture with your choice of base oil "carrier oil" would make a great insect repellent.
Using herbs, essential oils, hydrosols and all other natural therapies need to be respected and used with care as you would all medication. If in doubt,
Just keep in mind to use essential oils externally, always keep them away from face, eyes and nose and never use them on or around cats, birds, ferrets, etc. I will strongly suggest that you find a few good aromatherapy books and read about essential oil safety first so that you do not fear it, but respect it! You can view some of my favorite books and suggested suppliers at the bottom of this article.
Infusing, a safe and simple alternative:
Prepare enough herbs to make one cup total. Crush them well or you can use a blender to chop them. Place them in a jar (I use a mason jar.) Get your choice of vegetable oil (I prefer olive and hazelnut, but omit hazelnut in case of nut allergies). Slowly pour the oil just enough to cover your crushed herbs. Close the lid as tight as you possibly can. I use a small thick plastic over the jar's mouth and than close the lid to make it more airtight. Try to keep your herb jar in a warm place about 75 degrees for 7-10 days. I move my infusion jars near the window on sunny days and move them to the cozy warm shelves above my beloved oven!
Below are a few herbs/botanicals of my choice:
The combinations are endless, using natural ingredients should not be costly or very hard to make, and now you can make your own canine goodies. Next time you are at your health shop, look for tea bags, organic apple cider vinegar and dried herbs.
Soon you will be busy collecting mason jars, cool new herbs, flower buds and start seeing each herb and flower in a different light. A very powerful and healing light
Welcome to the bewitching world of Mother Nature
Note: I do not use or recommend using essential oils internally and suggest you contact a holistic veterinarian to guide you in case you do. Each dog is different so always involve your trusted veterinarian when introducing a new diet as certain herbs may cause allergic reactions however natural or organic they may be. The above recipes are for dogs only. Never use aromatherapy products on cats, birds or other exotic pets and animals.
Always keep essential oils away from pets, kids and store them in a cool dark place and in glass containers. Never use essential oils undiluted "neat" on skin or coat.
Botanical aromatherapy products for dogs:
© 2001 Sevi Kay/Mundo L.L.C.
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