Everyone is talking about turmeric. But what is it about this ancient medicine, and why is the Western world finally catching up to what Eastern and Ayurvedic medicine has known for centuries? And how can it help your Pooch?
Turmeric is one of the most extensively researched herb-spices for pharmacological use. It is recognised for its beneficial use in treating and reducing symptoms linked to an extensive range of health conditions due to its effectiveness as:
- A pain reliever;
- An antibacterial and antiseptic;
- An anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant; and
A great deal is known about Turmeric’s medicinal effectiveness, and it can be used to both prevent and treat the following in both canines and humans:
- Arthritis and joint inflammation
- Bacterial infections, wounds and burns – can be teamed with raw honey and applied topically as an external broad spectrum antibiotic (see recipe below);
- Blood purifier – beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders;
- Cardiovascular conditions;
- Chemotherapy – reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy;
- Settling upset tummies;
- Preventing gas/bloating;
- Alleviating inflammation (turmeric’s anti-inflammatory quality has been compared to topical hydrocortisone); and
- Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
In addition it is also high in fibre, rich in vitamins and can aid weight loss as it speeds up the metabolism.
There are many ways to use Turmeric. These are my Top 4:
1. Daily Supplement for Arthritis, Skin and Digestive Health
Whilst Turmeric powder can be simply sprinkled over food, making it into a “Golden Paste” increases its bioavailability.
The paste can be used for both pets and humans, with wonderful results.
2. Turbo Turmeric Kefir Smoothie (or Pupsicle)
This is an awesome and yummy treat for your pooch and you to share, full of probiotics and nutrients for gut, skin and joint health.
- 1 cup Goat Kefir (if you can’t find kefir, use a good quality natural yoghurt)
- 2 cups frozen or fresh berries including blackberries, blueberries; raspberries, strawberries
- 2 tbsp Manuka or raw honey
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Blend all ingredients together and serve in a bowl, or put the smoothie mixture into small paper or plastic cups, stick in a paddle pop stick and freeze.
3. Turmeric Bone Broth
Bone broth is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and a detoxifier. It alleviates joint pain, heals and seals the gut and is incredible for fur, skin and coat. Rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals, it is highly digestible and easily absorbed. In this age of processed pet foods, our pets have lost key nutrients that their bodies desperately need. A great way to replenish these nutrients is by feeding Bone Broth and broth is a great way to deliver specific nutritional herbs such as turmeric to your pet’s diet, particularly after surgery or if undergoing Chemo or other treatment. See our recipe here. Don’t forget to add a teaspoon of turmeric to your pot of broth.
4. Turmeric Topical Salve
Use a paste of 1 tsp turmeric and 1 tsp manuka or raw honey to heal cuts, sores, surgical wounds and burned pads. Reapply 3 x daily and cover to prevent licking.