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What herbs and spices can you share with your dog? Part 2

January 16th, 2019

 

Last week I gave you some ideas for ways you can start to introduce the health and wellness benefits of fresh herbs into yours and your dog’s life.

I spoke about basil and shared a lovely Basil Oil Recipe you can make and use to flavour your meal and your dog’s dinner! I also shared a useful Rosemary Extract Recipe, for the gardeners out there, that can be used as a preventative care against mould, caterpillars, whiteflies, and the potato beetle. And lastly, a soothing Ginger Tea, perfect for those cold winter days.

This week I’m continuing with some more of my favourite herbs and natural goodness.

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Parsley is another great herb for dogs because it is high in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It can enhance the functionality of your dog’s organs and flush toxins out of the body. Parsley is diuretic and promotes the flow of urine.

Parsley also stimulates the uterus so it is better to avoid it during your dog’s pregnancy.

This herb is a common ingredient in dog biscuits as it can freshen a dog’s breath.

Parsley is very easy to grow on your window sill, so it no excuse to not always have some handy.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds have been one of the ingredients in my breakfast bowl for years. And occasionally I sprinkle my dogs’ food with it too.

Flax seeds contain high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, and they are also high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They help to detox the body but it’s important to use ground flax seeds rather than serving whole flax seeds.

Typically, both brown and golden flax seeds will offer similar nutritional benefits, and just remember that a little bit goes a long way!

Green Tea

I love green tea … now. I didn’t use to, as I didn’t like the bitterness of it. However, I was aware of the benefits so I kind of trained myself to drink it. And now I love it! Especially a freshly made cup from loose leaves.

Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas.

Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture have spread too many other countries in Asia.

Green tea is a great source of antioxidants that have been credited with a range of health benefits, from promoting heart, liver and brain health to improving your skin.
It even has calming properties.

When I make green tea and it’s cooled down a bit, I just pour a few spoons of tea over my dogs’ food. Just please make sure that if you are giving green tea to your dog, that you use decaf green tea because the caffeine can actually cause adverse reactions in your dog.

 

Jitka xx

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