HOListic Tip of the Week

How Slippery is your Elm?

If you are considering a HOListic approach to your dog’s health & nutrition, powdered Slippery Elm bark needs to be in your bag of tricks.

It is the inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree, and acts in all of the following ways:

**VOCABULARY WARNING**

  • Demulcent — used internally to soothe and protect irritated and inflamed surfaces & tissues
  • Emollient — used externally to soften, soothe, and protect skin surfaces
  • Nutritive — provides nourishment
  • Diuretic — promotes the production and secretion of urine
  • Mucilaginous — has soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes

You can mix the powder with warm water, juice, milk, or an herbal tea, and as a water-soluble fiber, it will nourish the body while relieving stomach issues. It is ideal for any pet recovering from an illness. You can also use it externally to soothe, say, a skin rash, for example.

It forms a jelly after you mix it with liquid, and is kind of slippery. (Get it? Slippery?)

I mixed it with warm water and added a couple of tablespoons to food to cure diarrhea. I mixed a thicker consistency to get more of a jelly to apply externally to relieve a little hind leg skin irritation on Pearl recently.

Give it a try!

pugs & kisses,

And all this time, I thought the Dandelion was just a weed.

Talking about herbs, here.

I’ve been reading about them in my Natural Pet Care book.

Discussion of the healing & soothing powers of herbs harkens back to pre-modern times, when herbs were used instead of pharmaceuticals.

I’m very interested in the HOListic approach to healing. I’ve got a long way to go before I’m qualified to do anything of the sort.

My take-away from what I’ve read so far– how to make teas & tinctures, the differences between an infusion & a decoction, which herbs to use for what, how and when — is that there is A LOT to learn. I could dedicate an entire separate blog just to herbs.

One little useful nugget I’ll share involves the overuse of herbs. Apparently, you get the best results from using herbs to treat specific conditions over a limited period of time. ┬áIf you take herbal supplements as a matter of course, and not to address anything in particular, you risk diminishing their effectiveness in those times when they’re truly needed.

Food for thought.

I’ve not tried herbs on my dogs yet. But the idea of making an infusion or a poultice to supplement treatment for a particular ailment appeals to me.

Have you tried it? Had any luck? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

pugs & kisses,