Over the past decade, holistic and natural health care have become more and more popular. Recently, pet owners have begun to pay more attention and treat their dogs with natural and holistic methods. However, researching holistic care for your pet can be overwhelming and it’s not always clear what opinions can be trusted. On the subject of safe herbs for dogs, many have discovered the benefits of the rose.
Yes, those beautiful flowers we love to give and receive are actually a wonderful resource in treating a number of ailments and conditions. Rose petals, stems, leaves, and bark all have healing qualities and when utilized correctly can heal your dog emotionally and/or physically.
The Benefits and Modalities of Roses in Pet Care
The secret behind the beneficial rose is its polyphenols. Polyphenols are a naturally occurring antioxidant, and much like blueberries, roses are packed with them. It’s also a natural source of Vitamin C, contributing in keeping the immune system thriving and healthy.
While rose petals and leaves are what’s most commonly utilized, the bark and stems of roses can be used as well. Bark is the “strongest” of all the parts of the rose, meaning that it is the most concentrated. Pet owners are recommended to consult with a veterinarian before supplementing with rose bark. There are multiple ways to apply the health perks of roses for your dog to their everyday lifestyle and regimen, including rose tea, rose vinegar, and aromatherapy.
The most common modality of roses is to make rose tea. While this can be sipped exactly like a tea, it is more frequently adopted as a topical treatment. Rose tea can be used for any of the following health problems:
When washed or dropped gently and safely in the eye(s), rose tea acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping speed up the healing process involved in eye infections or foreign bodies found in the eye (such as dirt, sand, or hair), which may scratch the surface of the cornea and cause discomfort.
Dry, Irritated Skin
Rose tea makes a great addition to bath time to promote healthy skin and coat. It’s especially helpful for dogs suffering from itchy or dry skin as the natural rose oils are exceptionally hydrating, and they smell heavenly, too.
Because rose tea is an anti-bacterial, washing small cuts or scratches with rose tea will help protect the skin from becoming infected.
Adding 1 tablespoon of rose tea (per 20 pounds) to your dog’s water bowl will initiate soothing qualities in an upset stomach.
Rose vinegar is another popular choice for pet owners choosing to treat their dog holistically, as all of its ingredients are simple and naturally-occurring: rose petals and apple cider vinegar. As apple cider vinegar already has a number of health benefits for your pet, rose vinegar is equal parts helpful to their physical health and mental health. Rose vinegar can be used for any of the following health problems:
As is the case with rose tea, rose vinegar can sooth dry, irritated skin.
Dull, Dry Coat
Rose vinegar works wonders on the hair and skin of humans as well as dogs. The natural polyphenols of the rose petals combined with the acidity of the vinegar help peel away dead skin and keep the coat shiny and soft.
Fleas and Ticks
Apple cider vinegar is used by pet owners who want to repel or prevent flea and ticks naturally. Including rose vinegar or simple apple cider vinegar during your pet’s bath routine, will help deter unwanted pests from infesting and making your pup miserable.
Rose Hydrosol (aromatherapy)
All mental ailments respond well to the aromatherapy of rose, as its scent naturally calms the mind and relaxes the body. Rose essential oil can be added to a diffuser, giving your home a pleasant scent while simultaneously soothing an anxious dog while you’re not home. Rose hydrosol can be applied topically to the body, with its calming effects seeping into the skin of the dog.
Rose essential oil is expensive, due to its necessity for literal tons of roses, but rose hydrosol is a cheaper alternative on the market that gives the same mental advantages as the concentrated oil. When practiced with aromatherapy, rose hydrosol can help dogs suffering from:
A Well-Rounded Option
Every part of the rose is full of nutrients that help fight bacterial infections, inflammation, and helps heal and prevent irritated skin, digestive issues, as well as flea and tick infestations. Additionally, the scent of roses is soothing, giving your anxious or overly aggressive dog a natural sedative and aiding them in their mental healthiness.