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Mineral and Medicinal Properties of Herbs for Pets.

November 17, 2012

Herbs are fantastic in treating many health conditions, behaviour and well being. Described below are some common conditions that we struggle with and how the appropriate herb can be effective in treating it.

So often we struggle with poor animal behaviour and it seems that our companions are out of control. A high carb diet will certainly cause our pets to become more anxious and I would certainly recommend a natural, wholesome diet to curtail hyperactive behaviour. The herbs that would supplement this diet are the cooling herbs:
PROPERTY:  Calming, Relaxing, Soothing
MINERAL: Magnesium
HERBS:  Assortment of Mints, Sages, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Balm, Borage, Yarrow

A very common ailment with our companion animals is digestive issues. This could be a loose stool, flatulence, smelly skin and breath or diarrhea. This problem may be chronic and regular or it may be as result of a viral or bacterial infection. Settling the gut with white rice and boiled chicken is recommended for a period of three days. Thereafter, one can revert to normal feeding, preferably natural, wholesome food. The herbs that I would recommend for such a condition are listed below:
PROPERTY: Digestive Alkaliser, prevent mucus formation, prevent toxic build up and removal of toxins
MINERAL: Sodium & Sulphur
HERBS: Mint, Garlic, Fennel, Comfrey

We all know that calcium is fantastic for bone, teeth and cartilage. So often we turn to synthetic pharmaceutical mineral supplementation. The most effective minerals and vitamins are derived from wholesome enzymatic active ingredients that you find in veggies and herbs:
PROPERTY: Build Strong Teeth, Bones, Cartilage, Hooves & Nails
MINERAL: Calcium
HERBS: Carrots, Sorrel

In treating skin allergies and skin irritation I prefer herbs and food that are enriched with magnesium. Thus, as mentioned above, herbs like mint, sage, lemon verbena and lemon balm would be appropriate. However, as general maintenance and promoting healthy coats and bright eyes, the mineral chlorine is preferred:
PROPERTY: Promoting Glossy Coats, Shiny Eyes by Removing Toxic Build Up and Over Formation of Fatty Tissue.
MINERAL: Chlorine
HERBS: Rosemary, Basil, Comfrey

The existence of healthy cells is dependant on blood flow and oxygen absorption, the essence of life. Strangely, it is one of the minerals that we are often lacking, both for human and animal. To help support immunity and well being, a healthy wholesome diet is recommended, regular exercise and mineral supplementation. Why not add the appropriate herbs.
PROPERTY: Blood Builder and Promotion of Oxygen Absorption
MINERAL: Iron
HERBS: Thyme, Sage, Parsley

In treating wounds, injury, pain and muscular discomfort we so often concentrate on applying medicine and dressing externally. Seldom do we have faith in our body’s ability to cure from within. A body that is fit, that has strong immunity and has a reserve of minerals can assist in the healing process:
PROPERTY: Promote Healing and Relief of Pain
MINERAL: Potassium
HERBS: Carrots, Fennel, Comfrey

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Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition is a registered nutritional pet food that is natural, wholesome and free of preservatives. www.vondis.co.za

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