I discovered turmeric last year, when someone recommended it to me for my dogs, as a help with mobility and general well-being. I must say I was slightly sceptical. But I am always optimistically open to natural health benefits.
After a rather messy exercise in the kitchen, and staining most of everything we owned in the vicinity a nice mustard yellow colour, I had made the concoction and gave to each of our beloved four dogs, half expecting them to stare with vulgar hatred at me for spoiling their favourite dinner. But no. I was pleasantly surprised how they each instantly devoured it all! Four yellow stained bearded dogs later, they were perfectly content.
Upon feeding them three times a week with this, I noticed a huge improvement within two weeks. A limp had gone, a brighter and happier look on the face, and extra spring in their step and the ridiculous excited dance when they smelled the mixture going on to their dinner. I thought to myself there and then, “I want what they’re having.” And so, I did. I mixed a teaspoon of turmeric with a pinch of pepper and some hot water to a glass; it tasted like wood, but not unpleasant.
The benefits of turmeric are huge. As I read more about it, it soon became apparent that this little spice most commonly used in Indian dishes, was quite astounding.
Research has shown that turmeric can be beneficial for those suffering from depression, skin conditions (including acne and psoriasis), curcumin does have anti-cancer effects, helps with inflammation and diabetes, arthritis, cholesterol, gastrointestinal problems, helps promote weight loss, insomnia, asthma and so many other issues. Of course, it may not cure or help with everything, but there are significant scientific tests and trials out there, which have been expertly conducted, to show that this spice has massive and endless possibilities, and fantastic results, helping with many disorders and diseases. Although, like everything, it is not for everyone! There are some side effects
if you are on other medication, and you should
always consult with your doctor before taking anything if you are unsure, or on prescriptive medication. But I do believe this is a wonderful natural remedy, so why not try it!
You can add turmeric to anything, but do remember to use with black ground pepper, as this helps to move it through the bloodstream.
And here is my K9 Recipe for those wishing to try! Generally, it only takes a couple of minutes to make, but going on my first experience with an explosive packet of turmeric, if this happens, it may take you longer!
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 dash of cracked pepper
- 1 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup boiled hot water and stir thoroughly
Let the mixture sit for a minute or two, just to cool a little, and then add to your dog’s food.
Words: Donna Malneek