Herbal How To: Treat Arthritis, IBS and Tumors for Your Furry Friends

Does your canine companion have weak joints, allergies, kidney disease, dental issues, irritable bowel syndrome or cancerous tumors? As our furry friends age, inflammatory health issues can really start to multiply but there is an amazing herb that you can introduce into their diet that will address ALL of these issues – TURMERIC! Recent studies show that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory constituents (the most famous one being curcumin) have a multitude of healing effects on the body – from shrinking cancer cells, loosening stiff joints, and improving digestion to strengthening gums and alleviating allergy symptoms! The best way for turmeric to be absorbed into the body is to combine it with black pepper and a fat (such as coconut oil). Take ½ cup of turmeric powder and mix it with 1 ½ cups water, 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper and ¼ cup coconut oil until it forms a thick paste. You can do this on the stovetop if you like over low heat to help incorporate all of the ingredients. Then store this paste in the fridge for no more than two weeks. Mix ¼ teaspoon into your dog’s daily meal if they are small, ½ teaspoon if they are medium sized and use a whole teaspoon if they are large. They won’t mind the taste and you won’t mind the fact that there are no side effects of using this ancient golden herb! Salud! Claire

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