If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it is to rely on the methods used by our ancestors. In an era without technology, nature would be their best friend. They would seek their answers for their mental and physical health from the flora and fauna. Lately, we’ve all gone back to the ancient methods of healing. Some of us dig deeper to find if there’s an alternative for our pets too. Research says that over the past years, people have vested their faith back into natural remedies. With the deluge of information at our fingertips, many opinions floating about can convolute our thoughts as to what’s best for our pets. The ASPCA suggests that many herbs are toxic and unsafe for pets to consume but rose petals are off the hook!
Now you know you can celebrate Rose Day with your furry one too! Roses have been proven to be safe and highly beneficial for the furry ones. The ASPCA has labelled it as a non-toxic substance. Right from the petals, the stem and the leaves, all parts of this elegant flower can help pets recover and feel better during their recovery process. Just like how polyphenols are present in blueberries, these antioxidants are found in roses too. Roses also are a great source of Vitamin C for the furballs and improve their overall health and immune system.
While all of this might sound great to you, it is important to consult your veterinarian before you decide to experiment. It is always ideal to chat with your vet before you take the plunge and switch to natural care. Your vet is the best person to suggest ways and means introduce rose to your furry beings. From Rose tea, Rose Vinegar to Aromatherapy.
- Serve Em’ Some Tea!
Imaging your furry one going out to meet other furry friends for high tea? Role reversal! Well, believe it or not, they can be served some tea too! (Not the kind of TEA you’re thinking). Rose tea is a very common way for pooches to have a rose. They can quite literally sip on the tea just like we do. This is usually recommended as a “topical treatment” by vets. Rose tea can alleviate many health conditions like eye infections, dry irritated skin, small wounds and even an upset stomach. Rose tea has anti-inflammatory properties that speed up the healing process. If your furry one is suffering from dry and irritated skin, a rose tea oil can be mixed in lukewarm water during their bath. It’ll improve the quality of his or her skin and coat quality. If your pupper has a wound, the anti-bacterial properties in rose tea help can help it from getting infected. If he or she has munched on something that didn’t go down too well with their digestive system, mixing the rose tea in their water bowl can help soothe their uneasiness.
- Soothe The Mind
Aromatherapy is also a newfound way to help our furry babies calm and composed. A rose essential oil could work wonders for the mental health of your little one. It can be added to a diffuser that’s kept at home. While it fills the room with a pleasant and sweet smell, it can keep your baby feel relaxed and help him or her unwind. Research suggests that it helps doggos suffering from anxiety, aggression, emotional trauma, and separation anxiety. Although it is recommended to consult your veterinarian to understand if he or she will react well to aromatherapy. As each pet has his or her temperament and personality, it is important to factor in their physic before putting this method into practice. Applying rose essential oil to parts of his or her body can also give the same effect. It can help reduce the stress or the feeling of tension he or she may be experiencing in that body part.
By the sound of it, this flower surely is a well-rounded option. Truly the best of both worlds! It also helps keep ticks and fleas at bay. Apart from being a great problem solver for skin issues, it also doubles up as a physical and mental health reliever. However, each pet is different. They all need extra care and a thorough consultation advocating for the use of this flower for their mental and physical health.