HERBAL FIRST AID FOR YOUR PET: STRESS~BURDOCK

The following condition can be quickly and successful healed through the proper use if herbs. For best results and fresh, raw food (as described in chapter 1), daily exposure to natural light, pure water, clean air, regular exercise, and a peaceful environment. Refer to the pages indicated below for a suggested herbal therapy. This condition and others are described in more detail in The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care.

STRESS pgs: 137, 139, 160 bookmarked.

To make a decoction, use a stainless-steel, glass, or enameled pan with a tightly fitting cover. Roots, whether fresh or dried, should be cut into small pieces. Use the same basic proportions of tea and water as for infusions.

Unlike leaves and blossoms, roots and seeds can be reused, usually three or four times. As flavour and colour decrease with use, you can extend the brewing time or replenish herbs by adding small amounts of new material.

BURDOCK ROOT DECOCTION

Recommended for dogs and cats as an all-purpose tonic to improve kidney function, strengthen and clean the blood, improve skin and coat conditions, and treat arthritis and diabetes.

Combine 1 cup cold water and 1 to 2 teaspoons dried or 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh burdock root. (Fresh burdock is sold in some health food stores and is called gobo in Japanese markets.) Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until cool. Strain.

Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight to your pet’s food daily. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to one week, but check before using and discard any tea that has an off odor or moldy appearance.

Burdock is one of the best alternative or “blood purifying” herbs, so called because it gradually clears the blood of harmful acids. Because burdock root helps balance blood sugar, it is appropriate for diabetic animals. It is also a tonic herbs such as burdock should be used daily for several months or years. Burdock is one of the key ingredients in Essiac tea, (described on page 205 to follow).

Your Pet’s Herbal Pharmacy/Herbal Preparations

(Natural Remedes for Dogs ad Cats by CJ Puotinen)

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