...I saw you on YouTube and thought you were great. I have a question for you, my wife and I have a two dogs one of which is (Mocha) she is eight years old. Susun, every year she gets a very bad rag weed allergy.
I heard what you said on your video on how to cure it, but I did not understand it. On the video I believe you say, wait till the rag weed blooms cut of the flower and? this is where I got lost. Could you please explain this part in a little more detail? Just what I must do and how, as well as how often should I give it to my dog per day.
Thank you so very much!
In the videos, Susun is showing her method of creating simplers - tinctures made with one herb and without exact measurements. You simply take the flowering tops and cut them up into small pieces: flower, stem, leaves and put into a jar. You pack the jar full of herb, but not crammed in there - leave a little spring if you push down on the top. Afterwards, you fill the jar with vodka (100 proof best if you have it) and cover the herb completely. Make sure the herb is always covered, you may have to top it off in the next few days. Shake it several times a day, letting it rest in a dark spot. I feel best to let it sit for at least 4 weeks before using.
Only problem is that alcohol tinctures are not recommended for dogs and cats. They can often have bad reactions, so really would be best to create the tincture using glycerin instead of alcohol if you plan on using it with animals. Be sure to use 100 % vegetable glycerin.
Follow the same basic instructions for making the alcohol tincture substituting glycerin for alcohol. To make a glycerin tincture you can cover your herbs with 100 % glycerin alone or combine 3/4 part glycerin with 1/4 part water.
Another option would be to use apple cider vinegar. Again the same, covering the herbs with the vinegar, shaking often. You would need to either have a plastic lid, or cover top with plastic as the vinegar turns the metal lids. This can then be added to dog's drinking water with the added benefit of repelling fleas.
Information on dosage:
How much of an herbal preparation should be given to your dog depends on his size.
For dogs that are:
- 1 to 10 pounds, add 1 to 3 drops of a tincture to their food or water, 2 to 3 times a day.
- 11 to 20 pounds, add 3 to 5 drops of a tincture to their food or water, 2 to 3 times a day.
- 21 to 50 pounds, add 5 to 10 drops of a tincture to their food or water, 2 to 3 times a day.
- 51 to 100 pounds, add 10 to 20 drops of a tincture to their food or water, 2 to 3 times a day.
I hope your all well. I just wanted to follow up with Mocha and her rag weed allergy. Thanks to all your advise, this was by far the best she has ever done. No where near the amont of iching, scratching and pink skin! Thank you again for all your help! My wife has now read two of Susun's books.......
Wonderful news! Very happy for Mocha ... Herbs can truly do wonders and am delighted your wife has followed up with some of Susun's books as well. I find it so powerful to be able to make much of my own medicine. Best wishes...
Wise Woman Team