Spring is natures New Year.
It’s a time to relieve bogginess from the liver and intestines.
Spring is wet, muddy, making congestion a problem.
But Nature has your back.
Bitter roots help clean the liver, move bile, and scrub your dogs’ intestines free of excess mucus and fat.
Bitter young greens to relieve congestion, letting the “waters” flow our and dry up.
To help your dog clean his body from the stagnation of winter, we will be focusing on a few herbs. These herbs will relieve the liver of its heaviness from winter, improve digestion, lessen spring allergies symptoms, and give your dog’s immune system a boost.
All this translates to a healthier body, improved digestion, improved mood, and a friendlier dog.
Will look at Dandelion, Marshmallow, Plantain, Chamomile, and Licorice.
Mia Toll, in her The Illustrated Herbiary, has this to say about Dandelion.”Her roots are strong … and her message is this: happiness is an inner landscape that has little to do with where you’re planted. When you’re ready to make your own joy – whatever life throws at you – call on Dandelion.”
Dandelion stimulates the liver, improves digestion and helps the bowels move freely.
Dandelion leaf is particularly good for chronic indigestion – gas and undigested food particles in your dog’s poop. The leaf is also regarded for its ability to move water out of the body. Make sure you provide plenty of water in case your dog needs it.
Dandelion leaf is also known to reduce nonalcoholic fatty liver and insulin resistance.
Pick fresh dandelion leaves, dry them in a dehydrator or in your oven at 200 degrees F. You can also purchase them in bulk from online stores such as Rose Mountain Herbs. Crumble the dry leaves over your dog’s food, or make a tea by using onion free broth instead of water Use approximately 1 tsp per 20lbs of body weight. If you know your dog is sensitive to food changes, start small and work your way up.
Dandelion Root – A liver tonic. The liver filters the blood and removes toxins.
Dandelion Root improves bile production, stimulates the gall bladder to release bile, which aids digestion.
Be aware that the root also acts as a mild laxative. This action is beneficial for moving a sluggish gastrointestinal tract.
Another benefit is it’s gentle ability to reduce inflammation in the liver and gall bladder.
*Watch for plants that have been sprayed with weed killer and/or fertilizer. You don’t want to feed those toxins to your dog, they could make him very ill.
*Caution – physical contact with the fresh latex in dandelions could cause contact dermatitis, especially if you or your dog have a latex allergy. Do not use if there is bile duct obstruction, acute gall bladder inflammation, acute gastrointestinal inflammation or intestinal blockage.
Mia Toll states: “Digestion these days! Call on Marshmallow when you need to soften and rediscover sweetness.”
Marshmallow provides a soothing, lubricating, protective barrier between the mucous membranes and whatever could be irritating them.
Great for soothing a dry cough as well as lubricating the intestinal tract (relieving constipation from dry, cold winter), marshmallow soothes any inflammation and moves along any bogginess.
Make a tea from 1tsp dried, chopped root and 1 cup of very hot water. Stir frequently until it is lukewarm. Test by rubbing a few drops between your fingers. It should feel slippery. 1tsp of the tea is your starting point.
Mia Toll states: Plantain might offer you a leaf to ease a sting or the itch of poison ivy. Just chew it and spit it on the bite, she’ll encourage … your inner wild child smiles gleefully …”
Plantain reduces inflammation both inside and on the body.
Plantain relieves diarrhea and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). Relieves irritation of the stomach and digestive tract, and soothes dry coughs.
Use the juice of the fresh plant. 1tsp per 20lbs up to two times daily for internal problems (before the meal and no water). Use a poultice for external problems.
Consider this herb first for spasmodic or anxiety related problems. It tastes good and is safe for most* dogs.
Chamomile is a digestive tonic, among other things, that is very gentle and safe. Great for indigestion, gas, and vomiting.
Chamomile is probably the first herb to reach for in digestive upsets that are brought about by nervousness and hyperexcitability.
A cool cooled tea made from the flowers can be used as a rinse to soothe inflammation of the skin.
*Don’t use in or on pregnant dogs.
Licorice is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is liver protectant, helping to repair, detoxify and resist disease.
Licorice is also an expectorant, relieving congestion in the lungs and intestines (constipation from the cold winter).
You can use Licorice by making a cool tea from its root. Use 1tsp of root to 1 cup of water. Feed about 30 drops per 20lbs of body weight 2 times per day.
Cleaning house after winter is very important to your dogs body, as well as yours. Have you noticed your dog scarfing up the new spring grasses and weeds? Your dog knows his body needs cleaning up right now.
Combining at least two herbs can have a positive effect on your dogs mood as well as his health.
So let’s help our dogs out!
In my facebook group, I’m planning a challenge to begin Monday, April 21, 2019. It will only be for 5 days. The challenge will involve choosing 2 herbs, recording some things about your dog, and taking a picture of your dog before and after the challenge. Join the group ==>Click Here<==
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