June 12, 2012
Are you the pet parent to an older dog, who seems to have a "hitch in her giddy up"? Is she just not moving like she used to or is noticeably uncomfortable and stiff? Perhaps your beloved four-legged friend has had a previous joint injury or has a genetic condition affecting the functioning of her flexibility and mobility? Would you like her to be able to enjoy frolicking at the beach or park with her family this Summer without so much discomfort? If so, you will want to try Lithe Tea.
Yes, that's right, tea for dogs. Why? Because it works. How do I know? Because I use it for myself. I suffered an injury to my lower back and hip in a fall while working at a boarding kennel a few years ago. The impact of the blow left me with recurring pain and stiffness in my left hip and leg. A combination of wonderful chiropractic care and other healing modalities has brought me back to almost 100%. But, there are still some days (especially when it rains) that I am a little more achy and stiff and have trouble getting comfortable. These are days when I steep a cup of Lithe Tea. It takes the edge off the ache and pain in my hip as well as the pain in my shoulder...a long-ago injury. I remain more comfortable during my day and, with less pain, am able to fall asleep easier, too.
Lithe Tea, our first tea for dogs, is formulated to support healthy bone and joint function “The concept to create a tea for pets evolved naturally while developing our line of holistic products,” said Laurette Sipe, co-developer of Lithe and director of operations for The Honest Kitchen. “Steeping herbs in hot water helps release the natural healing properties of plants and herbs, something people have been doing for thousands of years, and there’s really no reason why pets can’t take advantage of the same benefits.” Lithe contains an aromatic blend of plants that deliver powerful anti-inflammatory, circulatory and mobility-centered benefit.
Alfalfa: A nutritive, anti-inflammatory and diuretic with strong affinities for the musculoskeletal system.
White Willow Bark: An anti-inflammatory, analgesic and astringent. White willow has long been used for rheumatism, arthritis and connective tissue inflammation.
Yucca: An anti-inflammatory with affinity for the musculoskelatal system and digestive tract.
Ginger: Helps to promote peripheral circulation and acts as an analgesic.
Red Clover: A nutritive, blood cleanser and anti-spasmodic.
Boswellia: This herb is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It helps reduce arthritic inflammation, as well as soothing and lubricating internal mucous membranes.
Created for aging pets, those with pre-existing bone or joint concerns, and those who are genetically prone to mobility problems, Lithe helps support normal joint health, flexion and movement. “Although brewing a cup of tea for your pet can be novel and fun, Lithe is simply a practical and natural way to get the best medicinal benefits from the therapeutic ingredients used, plus it’s an easy hands-on way that pet owners can help heal their furry friends,” said Laurette. Lithe was developed with the help of master herbalist Jennifer Neal, creator of Dreamsweet, a renowned line of medicinal teas for people. Like all The Honest Kitchen’s products, Lithe is made with 100 percent human food-grade ingredients, and used by humans and dogs alike!
How to make
Lithe Tea is made just like you would any loose-leaf tea. Just measure out the appropriate amount for your dog's size and add hot water according to the guidelines on the tin. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes, strain off the herbs and add the liquid portion of the tea to your dog's meal. If you wish to use without straining first, that's fine, too. This can be given twice daily with food. For those feeding the honest kitchen foods, just use the liquid to replace part, or all, of the warm water used to rehydrate the food.
The right balance of rest and exercise is also important for your dogs total joint health. Excessive exercise can be just as harmful as being too sedentary. Non-weight bearing exercise like swimming can work really well for many dogs. Massage, chiropractic care and acupuncture or acupressure are also very helpful. In severe cases of inflammation, please consult with your veterinarian for options available for your dog.
Lite Tea is not generally recommended for use with cats and should only be used under veterinary supervision during pregnancy and nursing.