Recently, we’ve seen many pet foods and pet products that include the herb, rosemary in their pet food formulations and skin care remedies. Not only does it smell great, but it’s been used throughout history for everything from general healing to improving memory.
Rosemary (and also Sage) has a high concentration of carnosicacid. It’s believed that carnosicacid has a many benefits, like protecting the brain from oxidative free radical damage. It may also be helpful in breaking down fats in the body, which can aid in weight loss for pets and people.
So, how can rosemary benefit our pets?
Rosemary acts as a natural pest repellent and can help fight off fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Camphor is found in rosemary
Camphor is often used to reduce itching and relieve pain. It’s been thought that camphor can even treat fungal infections. Since it occurs naturally in rosemary, it’s added benefits are obvious.
Caffeic acid helps boost energy
Caffeic Acid is found in many plants, including rosemary. Caffeic Acid helps boost athletic performance and reduce fatigue, so it can very beneficial to all who take it – particularly athletic dogs.
Ursolic acid helps build muscles
Ursolic acid can help improve and support muscle growth, particularly skeletal muscle. Interestingly enough, this acid also helps resist obesity and can reduce fatty liver disease as well as glucose intolerance.
Betulinic Acid acts as anti-inflammatory
This is a naturally occurring pentacyclic triterpenoid, a fancy way of saying it has a unique chemical makeup. It’s been proven to be a natural antimalarial and it contains anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, it’s been considered as a possible way to prevent against cancer.
Rosamanol are antioxidants
Rosamanol, which is the most polar phytochemical compound in rosemary, are antioxidants that can assist your pet in fighting off cancer. It can also aid in helping your pet make a faster recovery when they have been ill.
Rosemary as a natural pest control
Not only does rosemary offer many healing qualities, it also acts as a repellent. Like all essential oils and natural products, you must be careful in giving it to your pets. Some animals have no tolerance for it, others do incredibly well with it. You should always discuss the best options for your pets with a veterinarian.
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