Friday, 6 March 2020

Your Dog's Skin Can Benefit From This Soothing Healing Herb, Calendula




 Your dog's skin can benefit from this soothing, cleansing herb.  

★ 3 min read

Calendula (calendula officinalis) is a common sun-loving flower with impressive healing properties. Calendula flower petals have antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, mild analgesic, antiseptic healing properties. Calendula has a calming affect and nourishes skin.

Topical use of a calendula infusion or cooled tea can help naturally treat:
Calendula infusion or cooled tea makes a simple topical: 
🌼 Chin and muzzle cleanse after mealtime. 
🌼 Full body soak or rinse. 
🌼 Paw soak. 
🌼 Sitz bath. 
🌼 Underbelly soak or rinse.

Steeped cool tea bags or loose petals make a soothing, healing compress.

When to Choose Infusion or Tea
Calendula tea is a good choice if you need to treat an issues right away. Calendula infusion must steep for two hours up to eight hours. Infusing calendula increases its healing properties. 

To Make Calendula Tea
You'll need:
  • 1 calendula tea bag for every 8-ounces of water or;
  • 1 tsp loose calendula petals for every 8-ounces of water. 
  • 1 tea infuser if using loose calendula petals.
  • Kettle
  • Tea pot or sauce pot with lid.
Preparation
  • Place the calendula tea bag into a tea pot or sauce pot.
  • If using loose petals:
  • Put the petals in a tea infuser and then into the kettle or sauce pot or;
  • Place the loose petals directly in the kettle or sauce pot.
  • Boil the water.
  • Pour the boiled water into the tea pot or sauce pot.
  • Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When finished steeping, remove the tea bags or tea infuser, or strain the loose petals from the tea.
  • You can keep the steeped, cooled tea bags or petals to use as a compress.
  • Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
  • The tea is ready for use.
  • If you aren't using the tea right away, store the tea in the refrigerator.
  • For optimal healing properties use the tea (or tea bag compress) within 24 to 48 hours.
To Make a Calendula Infusion
You'll need:
  • 2 tablespoons of dry loose petal or fresh petals for every 8 ounces of water or;
  • 5 to 6 calendula tea bags for every 8 ounces of water.
  • Kettle
  • Tea pot or sauce pot with lid.
Preparation
  • Place the calendula tea bag into a tea pot or sauce pot.
  • If using loose petals:
  • Put the petals in a tea infuser and then into the kettle or sauce pot or;
  • Place the loose petals directly in the kettle or sauce pot.
  • Boil the water.
  • Pour the boiled water into the tea pot or sauce pot.
  • Cover and steep for 12-hours up to 8-hours.
  • When finished steeping, remove the tea bags or tea infuser, or strain the loose petals from the liquid infusion.
  • You can keep the steeped, cooled tea bags or petals to use as a compress.
  • Allow the infusion to cool to room temperature.
  • The infusion is ready for use.
  • If you aren't using the tea right away, store the tea in the refrigerator.
  • For optimal healing properties use the tea (or tea bag compress) within 24 to 48 hours.
How To Use Calendula Infusion or Tea

Calendula Chin and Muzzle Cleanse 🧽
  • Spray application:
  • Pour the infusion or tea into a spray bottle.
  • Gently spray your dogs muzzle and chin, then pat dry.
  • Wipe Application
  • Pour or dip a little calendula infusion or tea onto a soft clean cloth.
  • Wring out excess liquid, and use the cloth to gently wipe chin and muzzle.
Calendula Full Body Soak or Rinse πŸ›
  • Add calendula infusion or tea to your dog's bath water for a calming, cleansing healing soak or rinse.
Calendula Paw Soak 🐾

Use calendula infusion or tea to soak your dog's paws. Or add calendula infusion to Himalayan salt paw soak. Make sure to soak your dog's paws for at least 30 seconds.

A calendua paw soak can:
  • Help protect cut paws from infection and help speed healing.
  • Cleanse toxic road salt from your dog's paws.
  • Allergy support to cleanse pollen and other allergens from your dog's paws.
  • Candida overgrowth support, help soothe and treat inflamed, irritated paws.
Insect Bites and Stings 🐝🦟

Insect bites and stings can cause skin irritation, swelling, rashes, pain and infection.
To help reduce inflammation, irritation and infection apply calendula infusion or tea. You can also use the steeped tea bags as a compress. Apply the compress for at least 30 seconds to the bite or sting-site.

Underbelly Spray, Rinse or Soak 🚿

Use calendula infusion or tea to:
  • Prevent environmental contact toxins from entering your dog's blood stream.
  • Rinse road salt from your dog's underside. 
  • Reduce Environmental Allergy Symptoms
  • Rinse pollen, other environmental allergens and contaminates from your dog's underside.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Rinse your dog's vulva with calendula infusion or tea, two to three times per day to help reduce discomfort and reduce risk of re-infection.
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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Raw Coconut Sap Vinegar for Dogs and Cats


Organic, raw coconut sap vinegar has many health benefits for dogs and cats.

★ 4 min read

Coconut sap vinegar contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Coconut sap vinegar has a milder taste than apple cider vinegar (ACV). If your dog or cat isn't fond of ACV she may like coconut sap vinegar instead.

Raw coconut sap vinegar (CSV) can be used as a dietary supplement and a topical treatment.

The only ingredient in naturally fermented, unpasteurized, organic CSV is fresh coconut sap.

How It's Made - Fermented Simply, Naturally
To harvest coconut sap, bamboo containers are secured to the coconut palm. Then coconut blossom stems are tapped. The sap from the blossom stem drips into the bamboo containers. The fresh sap is left to naturally ferment. The fermentation process takes 8 to 10 weeks. The fermentation process is pure, no starters or additives used.

CSV contains ‘mother of vinegar’. Mother of vinegar is a naturally-formed nutrient rich sediment you’ll see at the bottom of the raw organic coconut sap vinegar bottle.

Raw Coconut Sap Vinegar's Nutritional Value
Raw coconut sap vinegar has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. CSV can help:
  • Prevent food borne pathogens. 
  • Fight candida overgrowth.
Organic raw coconut sap vinegar contains all nine (9) essential amino acids in plant-based form. Coconut sap vinegar also contains eight (8) non-essential amino acids…
  • Alanine 
  • Arginine 
  • Aspartic acid 
  • Glycine 
  • Glutamic acid 
  • Histidine 
  • Isoleucine 
  • Leucine 
  • Lysine 
  • Methioine 
  • Phenylalanine
  • Proline 
  • Serine 
  • Threonine 
  • Tyrosine 
  • Trytophan 
  • Valine
Raw coconut blossom sap has a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than fresh raw apples. Raw, organic coconut sap vinegar is a nutrient-rich alternative to organic ACV.  

Raw coconut sap vinegar is a rich source of vitamins: 
  • Vitamin B1 
  • Vitamin B2 
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) 
  • Vitamin B6 
  • Vitamin B7 
  • Vitamin B8 (inositol) 
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid) 
  • Vitamin B12 
  • Vitamin C
  • and Choline, an essential nutrient for overall health.
Mineral Rich
CSV is a rich source of bioavailable: 
  • Magnesium 
  • Sulfur 
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus 
  • Plus boron, calcium, iron and zinc.
Raw Coconut Sap Vinegar For Health

pH Balancing, Anti-inflammatory, Natural Anti-parasitic Aid
The acetic acid content in coconut sap vinegar is body pH balancing. A balanced body pH is important to help protect your dog and cat from:
  • Inflammatory disease.
  • Insects and parasites.
Use coconut sap vinegar with other pH balancing species appropriate fresh foods and herbs.

Gallic and Vanillic Acids
Raw coconut sap vinegar contains gallic and vanillic acids. These acids provide many health benefits, including:
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic activity.
  • Antioxidant, oxidative stress-reducing activity.
  • Gastrointestinal support.
  • Cardiovascular support.
  • Metabolic health promoting.
  • Oral, skin and urinary tract health support.
Liver and Kidney Health Support
Raw coconut sap vinegar is a detox aid and may help reduce oxidative stress on your dog’s and cat’s liver and kidneys.

Digestive Health
CSV helps support the gut biome by providing: 
  • Digestive enzymes 
  • Prebiotics 
  • Probiotics 
CSV also helps prevent and treat acid reflux (GERD).

Heart Health
Raw organic coconut vinegar may help prevent oxidative stress and reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Metabolic Health
Raw organic coconut vinegar is very low on the glycemic index. If your companion animal is overweight: 
  • Feed your dog and cat a biologically appropriate diet. 
  • Consider including raw coconut vinegar with meals 1x per day.
  • Raw coconut vinegar may aid insulin sensitivity and improve digestion of fats.
Served with a meal, CSV may help gently speed-up your dog and cat's metabolism and promote loss of excess body weight.

How To Include Coconut Sap Vinegar In Your Dog and Cat's Diet
CSV can be included in the daily diet, or included a few times per week.

Your companion animal may like coconut sap vinegar added to food, kefir or goat’s milk, or bone broth. You can also add CSV to your companion animal’s fresh drinking water.

Allow your dog or cat to self-select raw coconut sap vinegar. Some dogs and cats will select to have CSV on a daily basis, several times a week or not at all.

Recommended Dosage

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2 lbs to 14 lbs – ¼ to ½ tsp, 1x per day.

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15 lbs to 34 lbs – ½ to 1 tsp per day.
   
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35 lbs to 55 lbs – 1 tsp to 2 tsps per day.

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56 lbs to 84 lbs – 2 tsps to 1 tbsp per day

🐩 X-Large Dogs
85 lbs to 134 lbs – 1.5 tbsp per day

🐩 Dogs over 135 lbs – 1.5 tbsp to 2 tbsp per day.

Cautions
  • If your dog or cat has a health issue, medical condition and/or is on conventional drugs: 
  • Before offering coconut sap vinegar, check for drug interactions and health-issue contradictions.
  • Fermented products aren't appropriate for some health issues and conditions.
  • If your dog or cat is suffering from an irritated intestinal tract, don't give her CSV.
  • Some individuals can be hypersensitive or intolerant to coconut products.
Coconut Sap Vinegar Topical Use
CSV is an excellent skin and fur cleansing, nourishing rinse

Body Rinse, Paw Wash or Spray-on
Prepare a solution of 1-part CSV to 1-part water (50:50 solution). Use as a partial or full-body rinse, paw wash or spray. This 50:50 solution may help skin and paw discomfort caused by candida overgrowth.

Ear Cleaning
Prepare a 50:50 solution of CSV to water. Apply the CSV solution to a clean soft pad or cloth. Squeeze out excess liquid. Use the pad or soft cloth to gently wipe around the inner ear flap.

If you dog or cat has an ear infection make sure you address the root cause.

Skunk Spray Treatment
Sponge undiluted coconut sap vinegar onto fur and skin.
Allow the vinegar to air dry on fur and skin.
Then shampoo and rinse with a non-toxic shampoo.
This article provides a comprehensive natural protocol for treating skunk spray incidents.

Cautions
Broken Skin
Don’t use undiluted vinegar on broken skin as the vinegar may cause a stinging sensation. Make sure you dilute the raw coconut sap vinegar. If treating broken skin use 1-part CSV to 4 parts filtered tap water.

Eyes
Avoid getting CSV in your companion animal’s eyes. CSV may cause a stinging sensation.

Test First
When first using a new topical substance always do an initial test-spot. Wait at least several hours before proceeding to a full application. Don’t proceed if an adverse reaction occurs during test application. Some individuals are hypersensitive to coconut.

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