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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Rooibos Tea Dog Treat Recipes - Homemade Natural Health

 
Red Rooibos tea is my number one choice of herbal tea for daily use as part of a general healthy diet for dogs. Homemade rooibos tea dog treat recipes can provide you with a great way to add this amazing tea to your dog's diet. 

Organic red rooibos tea offers a powerhouse of benefits to support your dog’s short and long-term health. This tea is rich in minerals including nature’s natural antihistamine – quercetin.  Rooibos contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea, and is rich in vitamin C.

All of the dogs in my own dog pack have organic rooibos tea added to one of their daily meals.



This rich red tea is an anti-inflammatory with the power to help fight symptoms of allergies, helps fight cancer, boosts your dog’s immune system, does wonders for skin and bone health, supports heart health, slows aging, is excellent for maintaining renal health, helps to support psychological well-being and more. For Rooibos is also excellent for topical application to aid in the resolution of issues such as skin inflammation and hot spots on main body and paws and natural drops for eye irritations. For more information on the many health benefits and uses of red Rooibos tea go here.



Rooibos has no known interactions with conventional drugs and is not known to interfere with health conditions – this makes it a great choice for most dogs. There are many ways you can introduce, and regularly use this healthful, versatile herbal tea to your dog’s diet and health regimen.  This tea is also safe for most cats. If your pet has an allergy to the rooibos bush you should not give your pet rooibos tea.

It is important to use organic rooibos only - do not use non-organic tea. As with all herbs, herbal teas, herbal tonics, etc., non-organic sourced herbals do not have the health promoting properties of organic-sourced herbals. The applications of herbicides degrades the healthful properties of the plant, and the resulting herbal product  has a high level of toxic residue.

Treat Recipes

Frozen Rooibos Treat


You will need

  • 1 cup organic Rooibos Tea
  • ½ cup organic frozen blueberries pureed (freezing increases the antioxidant value of blueberries)
  • ½ cup finely minced organic chicken (or other meat), pre-cooked in a little organic coconut oil (if you feed your dog raw, don’t bother cooking the meat)

Preparation

  • Pour the tea into a mixing bowl
  • Add the pureed berries and minced chicken
  • Spoon into ice cube trays
  • Place trays in freezer
Serving

  • Serve as a treat - remember rooibos tea is red, so give these cubes to your dog where he/she will not drop them on your light-color carpets



Blended Rooibos Meal Topper

Of particular benefit to dogs that are on a dry processed 'food' (kibble) diet


You will need

  • 1 cup organic Rooibos Tea
  • ½ cup organic frozen blueberries pureed (freezing increases the antioxidant value of blueberries)
  • ½ cup finely minced organic chicken (or other meat), pre-cooked in a little organic coconut oil (if you feed your dog raw, don’t bother cooking the meat)
Preparation
  1. Combine the ingredients either mix by hand or use a blender or food processor
Serving
  • Use as a fresh topper on your dog’s meal
  • 1 tablespoon for small dogs
  • 2 to 3 tbsp for medium size dogs
  • 3 to 4 tbsp for large dogs
Storage
  • Place in glass container, store in refrigerator for up to 4 days
 
Rooibos Smoothie

You will need

  • 1 cup organic Rooibos Tea
    1/2 cup mixed berries or mixed greens (beets, dandelion, kale, parsley a pinch of kelp or spirulina)
  • 1 tbsp finely ground, fresh organic pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp organic ground flax seeds ,or whole or ground chia seeds, or hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp 100% pure unpasteurized honey (leave this ingredient out for dogs under 12 months of age - see 10.0 of this article for a detailed explanation)

Preparation

  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend
Serving

  • Serve as a treat or pour over meal
  • 1/8 cup for small dogs
  • ¼ to ½ cup for medium dogs
  • ½ to ¾ cup for large dogs

Storage
  • Place in glass container, store in refrigerator - use within an hour of making the smoothie
 
Rooibos Cookies – soft drops

You will need:

  • 1½ cup organic chickpea or coconut flour
  • ½ cup organic ground flax seeds or chia or hemp seeds
  • ½ cup pureed – choose one or a combination of organic pumpkin, squash, apple, pear or another fruit on this list 
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dry organic blueberries, or cranberries, tart red cherries or goji berries if your dog is on conventional drugs - unless you check for interactions, don't use goji berries)
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • ½ cup cooled organic Rooibos tea
  • Optional ingredients:
  • ¼ cup of cheddar, Swiss, provolone or mozzarella cheese - do NOT use processed cheese, to understand how to choose a good cheese for your dog read here
  • 2 tsp organic Ceylon cinnamon - do NOT use Cassia cinnamon (or 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon and 1 tsp organic ginger)
Preparation

Mix the rooibos tea, pureed squash / fruit and coconut oil together in a bowl (if the coconut oil is solid, slightly warm the coconut oil so it turns to a liquid). Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Pour the dry ingredients into the rooibos tea/coconut mixture. Blend well. Use a teaspoon to drop the resulting dough onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Serving
  • Serve as is, or...
  • At serving time top with a little organic all-natural plain yogurt - to understand how to choose a good yogurt for your dog read here
Storage
  • Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks

Additional Assistance – Holistic Support

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

All-Natural Homemade Insect Repellent Balm for Dogs, Cats




Make your own all-natural homemade insect repellent balm for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. Made with coconut oil, essential oils or hydrosols using the recipe below...
To Make the Insect Repellent Balm You Will Need...
  • A small glass, china or porcelain container with a lid
    • To avoid transfer of toxins and carcinogens from metal and plastic containers avoid using metal and plastic containers
  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Therapeutic food-grade organic Grade A:
    • Essential oils (for dog sand cats)
    • Hydrosols (for puppies and kittens 10 weeks of age or younger)
      • Hydrosols are a by-product of essential oil distillation and are gentler than essential oils.
      • Don't use essential oils on puppies and kittens 10 weeks of age or younger

Choosing The Right Essential Oil or Hydrosol
  • For Adult Dogs and Puppies over 10 weeks of age...
    •  Select three of the following essential oils:
      • Citronella, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, sweet orange, rose-geranium, spearmint or catnip
  • For Adult Cats and Kittens over 10 weeks of age...
    • Select three of the following essential oils:
      • Lemon grass, peppermint, rose-geranium, spearmint or catnip
  • For Puppies under 10 weeks of age...
    •  Select three of the following hydrosols
      • Citronella, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, sweet orange, rose-geranium, spearmint or catnip
  • For Kittens under 10 weeks of age...
    • Select three of the following hydrosols
      • Lemon grass, peppermint, rose-geranium, spearmint or catnip

Target the Insect You Want to Repel...

  • For Dogs and Puppies
    • Fleas - use citronella, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Mosquitoes - use citronella, lavender, lemon grass, sweet orange, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Ticks - use rose geranium, lavender, lemon grass

  • Cats and Kittens
    • Fleas - use lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Mosquitoes – use lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, catnip
    • Ticks – use rose geranium, lavender, lemon grass

The Recipe

Preparation

  • If the coconut oil is in a liquid state you can use it as is
  • If the coconut oil is in a solid state you will need to warm it just enough to liquefy the oil

Mix

  • Mix the following together in the glass jar...
    • 1/8 cup coconut oil
    • for dogs - 10 drops each of the three essential oils you selected from the list above
    • for cats - 6 drops each of the three essential oils you selected from the list above
    • for puppies - 10 drops of the three hydrosols you selected from the list above
    • for kittens -  6 drops each of the three essential oils you selected from the list above
Cool and Store

  • If you had to warm the coconut oil to liquefy it, you can just let the mixture sit at room temperature to cool and solidify
  • If your room temperature is too warm to sustain the coconut oil as a solid
  • Place the mixture in a cooler location or store in the refrigerator – this will stop the balm from liquefying

To Use the Balm

  • Take a little of the balm in your hands
    • Essential oils and hydrosols are very concentrated, even when diluted with a carrier oil (in this case coconut oil)
    • Use sparingly - so for example for a small dog or cat weighing 10 pounds, you only need to use a drop of the balm
  • Rub your hands together – the friction will cause the balm to soften
  • Rub your hands over your dog’s or cat’s fur, avoid getting the mixture in your dogs or cat's eyes

Cautions

  • Make sure you select from the essential oils and hydrosols above as specified
  •  Use 'Grade A' Therapeutic Food Grade essential oils and hydrosols - these are made from organically grown herbs and are steam distilled.
  • Do not use Grade B food grade essential oils or hydrosols 
  • Do not use aromatherapy oils for this recipe (Grade C) or floral water essential oils (Grade D)
  • Particularly when using  essential oils on cats, make sure you observe your cat, watch for any signs of an adverse reaction and cease using if any type of toxicity occurs
  •  Please remember that your dog’s and cat’s best defense against insects and insect-borne disease is a truly health supporting diet, nutrition and overall wellness plan. Topical insect repellant should never be used on its own with the expectation that it can prevent insect bites and insect-borne disease – it should be used as part of a holistic plan.
A Holistic Approach

  
Off-the-shelf and veterinarian prescribed chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives do NOT prevent insects from biting your animal and in many cases they also do not prevent secondary infection of heartworm and insect-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. In addition these chemical-based products pose serious short-term and long-term health hazards. Too learn more Go Here >>



The health threat increases if your dog or cat is on a species inappropriate diet (this includes prescription foods) and/or has a health regimen that exposes your animal to over vaccination; toxin and carcinogen-laden foods; grooming products (i.e. shampoo, rinses, tooth paste and dental chews, sun screen, etc.) and environmental hazards (i.e. chemical-based: house hold cleaning products; exposure to chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides).



Additional Options for Natural Insect Repellants

If you would also like to make all-natural homemade:


Additional Assistance – Holistic Support

If you require additional support and guidance I would be pleased to assist you via my In-Person or On-Line Services…



Diet, Nutrition Wellness Services:


Dog Obedience Training and Behavior Modification Services: