Rooibos is actually an herbal plant. The needle-like leaves and stems are harvested, crushed, fermented and dried. The plant has been used to make tea for hundreds of years. Rooibos became a commercially grown crop in the 1930’s.
When the dried leaves are steeped they result in a rich red-colour tea that has numerous, proven health benefits. The USDA (US Department of Agriculture) has confirmed that red rooibus tea can reduce cancer, heart disease, slows aging as well as possessing other health benefits…I will provide an extensive list of benefits below.
Rooibus tea is just as beneficial for dogs as it is for humans. The tea is naturally caffeine free (caffeine is not good for dogs) and is low in tannin and free of oxalic acid – so unless your dog is suffering from iron deficiency (rooibos may slow down the absorption of iron) it is safe for your dog.
Below we will look at:
- The nutritional value of rooibos tea;
- The Health Benefits;
- How to add rooibos to your dog’s daily diet;
- How combining the tea with a little cinnamon can help with your dog’s oral care;
- How to use the tea topically to treat skin disorders due to allergies.
Rooibos tea is:
- Rich in minerals – calcium, copper, fluoride, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc;
- Rich in rare minerals – bioflavanoid and quercetin;
- Rich in vitamin C;
- Rich in alpha hydroxy acids (AHA);
- Rich in antioxidants, having about 37 types of antioxidants and packing about 50% more antioxidants than green tea!
- Allergy fighting – the tea contains anti-allergy properties and can be real aid in treating allergies and related skin problems, asthma, etc.;
- Anxiety calming– naturally calming and relaxing the tea can help relieve anxiety and relax your dog;
- Anti-spasmodic – as the tea is rich in anti-spasmodic agents it can help ease a sore stomach;
- Bone health promoting – as it is rich in the bone building minerals calcium, manganese and fluoride;
- Cancer fighting – anti-mutagenic;
- Circulation enhancing– promotes good blood circulation and works to prevent haemorrhaging;
- Good for skin – the AHA facilitates the healthy growth and maintenance of skin:
- If your dog suffers from aliments of the skin such as itchiness and hotspots due to allergies the tea can really help to alleviant both discomfort and the inflammation of the skin;
- Heart health supporting – helps prevents heart disease;
- Immune System boosting – the antioxidents also give the immune system a healthy boost;
- Slows Aging – the abundant antioxidants slow down the aging process;
How To Add Rooibos to Your Dog’s Daily Diet
Minimum Daily Dosage Based On Dog’s Weight
- 1-10 lbs – less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times per day
- 10-20 lbs – 1/4 cup, 1-3 times per day
- 20-50 lbs – 1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times per day
- 50-100 lbs – 1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times per day
- Over 100 lbs – up to 1 cup 3 times per day
By adding a little cinnamon to the rooibos tea you increase the health benefit…
- Anti-microbial (fights bacteria, fungi, etc.)
- Mild anesthetic;
- Helps dissolve food particles and aids in the digestion of food.
By adding a little cinnamon to the tea your dogs receives the benefits of rooibos as well as an oral rinse!
- Large Dogs – ½ tsp a day;
- Medium Dogs – ¼ tsp a day;
- Small Dogs – 1/8 tsp a day.
Use Rooibos Tea Topically to Treat Itching, Rashes and Hot Spots due to Allergies
- A soothing rinse;
- A foot soak for itchy and or irritated paws;
- A simple salve for irritated skin.
You will need the following:
- 2 tea bags of Rooibos Tea (also known as Red Bush Tea)
- 1 fresh lemon
- Remove the tea bags and allow the resulting ‘tea’ to cool;
- Squeeze the lemon and add the resulting juice to the tea;
- Then use the tea as a conditioning, soothing rinse…you do not have to rinse the ‘tea’ off of your dog after application.
Foot Soak for Sore, Irritated Paws
- Rooibos Tea – one or more bags of tea depending on the size of the tub;
- ! to 2 fresh lemons.
- Remove the tea bags and allow the resulting ‘tea’ to cool then add to the water in the soaking tub, or you can use the tea to warm the water in the tub – just always make sure that the resulting liquid for the soak is only warm or room temperature – never hot.
- Depending on the size of the tub – take 1 to 2 fresh lemons, squeeze for the juice and then add the juice to the cooled tea;
- Now you can soak your dog’s or cat’s paws…
- It is important to note that dunking/placing your dog’s or cat’s paws in the soaking solution is not as affective as soaking the paw for 30 seconds. After the soak just pat your dog’s or cat’s paws dry – do not rub them dry as rubbing can cause irritation.
You can apply the dry rooibos tea powder to the spots directly using one of these options:
- Open the tea bag and remove the tea powder, mix with a little 100% aloe vera juice or gel, apply;
- Soak the tea bag in hot water, allow to cool and place the cooled tea bag against the irritated skin;
- Soak the tea bag in hot water, allow to cool, open the tea bag and place the damp tea powder directly on the irritated skin.
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