101 Ways to Use Lemon Lavender Peppermint

Have Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint? First step to trying essential oils….  open the cap!

First off, did you know that Lemon Lavender and Peppermint have been used for combating seasonal Allergies in dogs, children and adults? It’s true! So much that they now lemon lavender peppermint pre-made capsules for convenient travel – find them here.

Below are an additional 101 ways to use these three calming, energizing, and refreshing oils. Feel free to add your tip to the comment section below!

 

Lemon – In the Home

  1. A cure for laundry neglect. Lemon essential oil takes out ALL odor when you forget and leave your load of laundry in the washer way too long! Add 5-10 drops and run through a rinse cycle again!
  2. Tame Oozy, Sappy Trees. Whether the sap is on your carpet, clothes or seeped into your skin, lemon oil is excellent for removing pine gum, tree sap, and sticky stuff from glassware.
  3. Stop Grease in its Tracks. You just fixed your bike. Your hands are black and greasy. Soap won’t remove the grease, but lemon oil mixed with your soap will. Lemon oil is a great de-greaser! Use in the kitchen too!
  4. Disinfect the Disgusting. You can add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water and attack what may be living in your range hood, on your tables, countertops and other surfaces. For some extra chemical-free firepower, a little vinegar is a traditional favorite. Safe for the whole family too – no chemicals!
  5. Lose the Gas Mask. When you clean the gunky build up in your shower, do you practically have to wear a gas mask to survive the fumes? Go gas mask free and clean with lemon oil. Just a small amount of lemon oil will go a long way in removing hard water build up. Remove mold with Purify essential oil blend as well!
  6. Nourish your Leathers. Whether you ride a Harley in style or cherish the patina of your leather sofa at home, they are not maintenance free. Use a lemon oil soaked cloth to preserve them, and prevent leather from splitting.
  7. High Ho Silver. A lemon oil treated cloth is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver or other metals. You may not eat on silver every day, but bracelets, earrings, necklaces often need some love.
  8. Deactivate the Sticky. Lemon oil can help you avert a hair cutting crisis the next time you deal with gum in hair. Got kids with obsessive addictions to stickers or temporary tattoos? Works for those too! No toxins!
  9. Love your Luster. Bring furniture back to life with lemon oil! Just add a few drops of lemon oil to olive oil for a non-toxic furniture polish. Leaves a beautiful shine, prevents fine wood finishes from drying out, and replaces lost moisture in antique woods as it penetrates worn finishes.
  10. De-smudge Stainless Steel. You don’t need to hunt down that “single use” stainless steel cleaner anymore. Multi-use lemon oil is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances. You’ll love the way stainless looks and smells!
  11. Clean Granite or Porous Stone. What is living in the pores of your natural stone counters or floors? Lemon oil cleans deeply, seeps into stone and leaves you with a “REAL fresh lemons” aroma, rather than that fake lemon chemical smell that is bad for our lungs anywho.
  12. Energize your Brush. If your toothbrush seems a bit tired, add a drop of lemon and peppermint oils to chase away that run down feeling and pep up your breath! A drop of each is more than enough.
  13. Quarantine Pungencies. Moldy kid’s sneakers, a baby’s blowout, potty training… it all adds up to a less than desirable aroma. Diffuse or spray lemon oil and neutralize odors at their source! Clears up sinuses, cleanses the air and no yucky chemicals breathing into our lungs.
  14. Take the Spine Out of Scuffs. Got a scuff mark that just won’t go away? Lemon oil lifts scuff marks in markable ways!
  15. Curtail the Dank, Musty or Mildewed. Things get stored away. Things get old. Things don’t see the light of day. Chase away that “old smell” and inject new energy with a good lemon oil wipe down or spritz.
  16. Stop Cutting Board Bacteria Palooza. Cutting boards can harbor bacteria in your kitchen. Nobody wants to taste the chemicals you have in your cleaning closet, yet most people love the taste of lemon!
  17. Control an Aphid Invasion, Naturally. Aphids — those pesky little bugs that dine on your roses and other plants. Lemon oil (or peppermint) with water in a garden spray bottle are a natural pesticide that kills aphids and their larvae on contact, but leave your plants looking lovely.
  18. Spot-Free Dishes. Add a few drops of lemon oil to your dishwasher soap container with each load. Your dishes will come out looking like new… spot-free!
  19. Refresh Bad Smelling Washcloths. When your kitchen dishcloths smell foul and could use a boost, add lemon oil to your detergent, soak overnight, wash, dry and your kitchen will smell so much better!

Cooking & Food

  1. Energy Boost. For a quick, refreshing energy boost, combine a couple drops each of lemon essential oil and/or   peppermint essential oil in a glass of water and drink up. Add a lemony taste to your bottled water!
  2. Zest Up Your Sugary Indulgences. There are an infinite number of ways lemon oil can add a bit of freshness to your sugary savors: Lemon frosting • Lemon meringue • Sour cream lemon pie • Lemon cakes • Lemon tart glaze • Lemon squares • Lemon cookies • Breathtaking, awe-inspiring lemonade.
  3. Pep Up Your Entrées. With lemon oil, there are countless ways to make the bland zippy, or the blah peppy: Roasted salmon & asparagus with lemon oil, Linguine & shrimp with lemon oil, Lemon oil drizzled over vegetables (especially broccoli), Lemon garlic shrimp … or to add a fresh kick to an already great salad.
  4. Preserve What You’ve Got. Use lemon oil in a spray to keep your cut fruit fresh until serving

Body & Mind

  1. Ease Respiratory Gunkity Goop. When used with a humidifier, it’s a great way to slow wheezing, colds, cough, and other upper respiratory problems.
  2. De-scratch Your Scratchy Throat. Adding a couple drops of lemon essential oil to warm water & Honey can change that yucky sore throat feeling, slow a nasty cough, and douse a fever. Lemon oil fights bacteria, as well as viruses.
  3. Honeylicious Hair Highlights …Chemical Free. Skip the expensive salon highlight treatment, and use lemon oil to create your own hair highlights. Just go in the sun after using with your hair product, and it will lighten your hair. Be careful, it works well!
  4. Fight the Fungus Among Us. Tired of seeing that unsightly nail fungus? Lemon oil is great for nails, and can help fight against nail fungus. (Melaleuca/Tea Tree is as well)
  5. Halt the Nervous Nellie, In You. When combined with lavender oil and diffused into a room, you’ll find you feel less anxious and in a better mood.
  6. Clear Thinking & Clear Focus, Made Visible. A clear mind, a clean slate, a fresh outlook. It’s all good. Real good. Diffuse lemon oil and you got it. Chase away the moody blues (not the band), with a bit of blah-reducing lemon oil. Whether you choose to diffuse it or apply topically, it’s hard to not improve your outlook with lemon oil around!
  7. Take the Heat Out of Cold Sores. When you have a gnarly cold sore that’s just begging for attention, douse it with a few drops of lemon oil and you’ll have a new best friend.
  8. Detox and cleanse. Lemon oil in your water first thing in the morning energizes the systems, cleanses the body of toxic waste, picks up the spirits and get’s you ready for the day. Start it off right with a couple drops in warm water!
  9. Was That a Crusty? Next time you notice hard, crusty skin on your feet, (e.g. corns, calluses or bunions) regularly add a few drops of lemon oil and you’ll soon have softened skin!
  10. A Brighter Complexion. Lemon oil can help remove dead skin cells and exfoliate. For a homemade exfoliant, add 4-5 drops to a small amount of oatmeal and water for a homemade scrub. Feels great!

 

Peppermint- In the Home

  1. Calm a Tempest. Just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on the stomach or taken internally can calm indigestion, an upset stomach, or other internal digestive commotion, as well as calms nausea. A must-have when traveling!
  2. Restore Vitality in the Mouth. When your breath is sharp and your mouth feels furry, peppermint oil with water (and lemon oil) creates a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse that leaves a lasting crisp, clean feeling.
  3. It’s About Air Flow. When sinuses seem to be clogged, and throats swollen and scratchy, diffuse peppermint oil (or apply topically on the chest) for almost immediate relief and revitalizing air flow. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide relief for colds, cough, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.
  4. Cool the Joints. When the ravages of time wreak havoc on your joints, leaving that hot and achy feeling, peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil cools like an ice bath, but you to stay warm and dry.
  5. Feel Full, Faster. Satiety. It’s about feeling full, and not overeating. The aroma of peppermint oil has the ability to make you feel full, faster…especially if you breathe it in during a meal!
  6. Cool Your Tootsies. If you’ve been on your feet all day or religiously wear hard soled shoes, just add peppermint oil to a cold water compress to cool your overworked, over heated tootsies.
  7. Perk Up. The invigorating aroma of peppermint is a wonderful, non-stimulating way to perk up on long drives, in school, during late night homework or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.”
  8. Energize Your Lather. Some shampoo and conditioner combos can make you want to go back to sleep. No energy. No pep. No fun. Not good. Add peppermint to your potions to stimulate the scalp, energize and wake up! The oil is an antiseptic in nature, and can also help remove dandruff and lice.
  9. Allergies Beware. Peppermint oil has the ability to relax muscles in the body — the same muscles that line our airways and become affected in allergy season. Peppermint oil (with lemon) should certainly be another arrow in your allergy treatment quiver!
  10. Chase Away Tension Headaches. Got a mind numbing headache? A few drops of peppermint dabbed on your temples, neck and sinuses can quickly spring into action and chase that headache away!
  11. Help Kids Get on the Ball. The next time Junior is a little unresponsive to all that is going on with school and homework, try spritzing a little peppermint on his shirt before study time, placing drop on the tongue or under the nose for improved concentration and alertness.
  12. Seep, Soak & Revitalize. After a long day, apply peppermint, let it seep in and then soak in a warm bath or shower. The refreshing peppermint vapor will make you feel cool, relaxed and energized again.
  13. Add a Refreshing Kick to Your Tea. Just one drop of peppermint oil can add life to any herbal tea (without having to add lots of sugar) while also aiding in normal digestion or to relieve heartburn.
  14. A “Should I Work Out Today?” Antidote. You ask yourself this question. It’s OK. Using peppermint oil prior to exercise immediately awakens your senses and gets you in your right mind so you can crank.
  15. A Snack Vendor’s Nightmare. When you get that mid-morning craving, diffuse peppermint oil to reign in the urge to snack on junk food, or anything else that might appear before you.

Cooking & Food

  1. Add Zip to All Things Chocolate. Enhance your chocolate in a gazillion ways: gourmet hot chocolate, mint brownie frosting, peppermint bark, peppermint patties, peppermint brownies – bomb diggity, peppermint chocolate Bundt cake, red velvet cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese, yum!
  2. Brisk, Delightful Confections. Peppermint chiffon cake, homemade candy canes, butter mints, peppermint ice cream, peppermint glaze over pastries and cookies, and homemade peppermint patties.
  3. Unforgettable Beverages. Peppermint water on ice, peppermint mocha, peppermint tea, peppermint hot chocolate, that’s right … it’s all delish.

Body & Mind

  1. Wake Up Your Mind. Peppermint oil activates the limbic function in your brain. The limbic function helps control things like emotions and long-term memory and is related to olfactory structures in your nose. Add some to the bottom of your feet in the morning and anytime you’re feeling sluggish.
  2. An Itch Fix. If you have the after effects of a sunburn where skin is a little warm and itchy, apply a drop of peppermint oil (mixed with lavender) to cool, soothe and stop itching.
  3. Theme Park Relief. If you’ve got that “I my gosh, I can’t believe I just went on a spinning ride” feeling, four or five drops of peppermint rubbed on the stomach can calm stomach muscles and help dispel discomfort.
  4. Travel to the Arctic, Without Traveling. When you add a few drops of peppermint to your ice water, it not only improves the taste, but also leaves you with a feeling of cool, refreshing arctic wind in your airways!
  5. Burrow No More. If you find a tick has decided to make your skin its home, just give that tick a nice bath of peppermint oil with a cotton swab. The tick will stop burrowing, remove its head and then he’s yours.
  6. Don’t Make It Easy on Bugs. Many household bugs do not like peppermint oil — ants, aphids, beetles, plant lice, mice and cockroaches try to steer clear of peppermint. Just add to water in a spray bottle and spray where you think pests grace you with their presence!
  7. Clean Naturally. Peppermint oil is a wonderful natural cleaning agent because it has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Spray on countertops and bathroom surfaces, scrub, and enjoy cleaner clean.
  8. Sleep Like a Baby. If you find you are having a hard time sleeping, peppermint oil helps activate cold-sensitive receptors in the skin and mucosal tissues. When used this way, it may help with insomnia.
  9. Quell Apathy. When you’re with someone who feels gloomy or like they “just don’t care”, ask them to try peppermint oil (aromatically, topically, or internally) to stimulate their mental sharpness and focus.
  10. It’s About a State of Mind. Someone’s mental outlook can be a game changer. If they are shocked, stressed out or nervous, peppermint oil may help restore feelings of normalcy and balance.
  11. Tame a Toothache. Peppermint oil can act as a concentrated natural pain killer and muscle relaxant, especially with painful gums, teething or recent dental work.
  12. Alleviate Internal Strife. When used topically or internally, peppermint is a favorite for fresh relief from cramping, indigestion to diarrhea. Skip the antacids and go with peppermint oil!
  13. For That “Marathon in Clogs” Feeling. When you feel like you’ve just run a marathon in clogs, and your feet are a hot mess of ouch, massage peppermint oil onto aching feet, joints, and strained muscles.
  14. Leap from Lethargic. Feeling lethargic or in a brain fog? Peppermint has been known to improve blood circulation and awareness, leaving you with an energized, awake feeling.
  15. Go Eight-Leg Free. When you diffuse peppermint into the room, you’ll notice fewer spiders. Why? They don’t like it. It’s safe, contains no harsh chemicals or pesticides. It doesn’t kill the spiders, but forces them out.

 

Lavender – Home

  1. Chase Away Stagnant Closet Air. You know that smell. Fabrics of all variety, shoes for every occasion, plus a dirty clothes bin and no fresh air can only equal one thing…you need lavender essential oil. Whether diffused, drizzled on earthen ware, or dripped on cotton balls, chase stagnancy away!
  2. Take the Bite Out of It. Insects, creepies and crawlies are not too fond of the smell of lavender. In fact, they hate it. If you forget to go the prevention route, lavender soothes bites, itching and inflammation.
  3. A Multi-Purpose Spray. Next time you are sitting in traffic, pull out a spray bottle filled with a lavender and water mixture and freshen your car. Who wouldn’t prefer a car smelling like lavender?
  4. Kids Won’t Go Down? Lavender drops on their pillows … it’s like magic. It will help ease their mind, calm them down, make bedtime a bit more rewarding, and best of all … lull them into a restful sleep.
  5. Skip the Aerosol Chemical Sprays. Next time you are deodorizing the bathroom, think of lavender and water in a spray bottle. Lavender’s antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic properties can only help.
  6. Take the Acrid Out of Vinegar. If you clean with vinegar, but can barely stay vertical while using it, lavender is the answer. Just add lavender and vinegar together in the spray bottle and you’re set!
  7. Therapeutic Dish or Laundry Soap. If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits and antibacterial properties. It transforms your cleaning experience!
  8. Lovable Linens. What does your linen closet smell like? Probably cotton. Maybe old cotton. Energize your linens with lovely smelling lavender. It leaves no oil marks and leaves things invigorating and fresh.
  9. Lavender candles. Ahhh the long lost art of candle making. If you’ve ever made candles you know how fun it can be. When you add lavender, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic!
  10. Wood Floors, Like New. A tired wood floor is, well … tired. Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Woods love oil. Just add lavender to your cleaning system and your floor can look like new!
  11. Help That Trusty Ball Cap. A well-worn, much loved ball cap can look great, but smell like a wild animal. Add 4-5 drops of lavender to make it bearable. It will be your favorite hat if you have a headache too!
  12. Change Your Sheets, Refresh Your Mattress. Unfortunately, your mattress can be neglected, and have that “wires, foam and fabric” smell. Add lavender when you change your sheets and neglect no more!
  13. Homemade Room Freshener. Put baking soda and a 5-6 drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas (near garbage can, dirty clothes), shake jar often. Smile.
  14. Pet Smells No More. Add a skiff or two of your baking soda and lavender mixture to carpets and vacuum up! If you have pets, (especially the un potty trained variety), fight back with lavender!
  15. Extra Potpourri Mileage. If you have a pot of potpourri, that has seen its day, try refreshing it with a few drops of lavender essential oil. You’ll love the way lavender can change the feel of your home!
  16. Sweet Smelling Vacuum Bags. Your vacuum can be your nemesis when it comes to keeping your home smelling clean. As you well know, it can even blow microfine dirt! Pin some cotton balls (soaked in lemon and lavender oils) on the inside of the bag and let your vacuum blow!

Cooking & Food

Lavender is one of the most versatile and soothing of all essential oils. Because dōTERRA oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®, you can be assured that they make a delightful companion to many types of food! Think of the possibilities …

  1. Soften Citrus Flavors. Use in delicate lemon sauces for chicken or fish or in powerful orange marmalades, citrus salads, real lemonade and more!
  2. Amazing Marinades and BBQ. Baste chicken or fish on the grill with honey or a garlic and rosemary blend, spread over roasted vegetables, marinated chicken pieces in honey and lavender, yum!
  3. Bake Like the Best. Lavender is a nice addition to lavender blueberry banana bread, lemon lavender cookies, baked salmon, lavender sugar cookies, lavender muffins, lavender cakes, oh yeah!
  4. Give Your Sugars a Delightful Twist. Use as a substitute for vanilla extract (in creams, custards and sugars), use it in lavender icing, add to honey for extra flavor in tea or toast, and even maple syrup!

Body & Mind

  1. The Oatmeal Secret. Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil. When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.
  2. Allergies, Sinuses & Congestion Oh My! Lavender can calm down unruly sinus issues, defiant allergies and other respiratory issues. Just apply on the back of your neck, chest, and between your eyes.
  3. Fortify Your First Aid Kit. There are many dōTERRA products that would be tres glam additions to your First-Aid kit, but if you could only pick one, Lavender should be it. Why? Basic First-Aid kits are often geared toward minor skin irritation, scrapes, burns, bee stings, rashes, and so forth. Lavender is great for all those, not to mention its calming properties!
  4. Rub a Dub Dub. Rather than using regular soap and warm water at baby’s bath time, add about five drops of lavender oil to the warm water. Your tot’s skin will be pampered and smell great!
  5. Soak Away Stress. Your muscles are tight. Anxiety and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve? Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.
  6. Let Vapor Talk. Wet your hair in the shower. Add 4 drops of lavender to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You’ll love how it smells, and how your hair feels!
  7. Target Acne, at the Source. Bacteria thrive in sebaceous glands that overproduce sebum…that waxy stuff that can be associated with acne. Lavender helps balance sebum and control breakouts.
  8. Minor Burns, Major Relief. When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well!
  9. Boo Boo Relief. Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered.
  10. Alleviate Feelings of Earaches. You can warm lavender (don’t scald it), mix with olive oil and gently massage around the ears (not in the ears) and near glands in the throat.
  11. A Dry Climate Answer. If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!
  12. Horrific Heels & Foot Fatigue. If you’ve been wearing sandals all summer, and your heels look like the Atacama Desert, 6 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Your porous feet will thank you.
  13. Neck & Wing Relief. When you have neck and scapula tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breath it in and massage those knots out!
  14. A Hood of Wonder. Next time you have a cold or the flu, remember the lavender steam hood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.
  15. A Woodworker’s Friend. Do you work with wood or handle wood? Rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out.

Have an experience to add? Comment in the box below to share with others! 

 

The Best Dog food in Fort Wayne

THANK YOU FOR GETTING ME GOOD FOOOOD!!!!

This is Baine. Our Blue-Coon as we call him, half Blue Heeler, half Coonhound. Up until last weekend, we thought we were getting him really good food that we were spending about $50-60 (depending on sales) per month for a 30 lb. bag.
Baine featimg SMLFor the most part, Baine, like most dogs we hear, would only eat when we were home. This would be in the morning on the weekends, or after we get home in the afternoon during the week, of which he would then follow-up by another cup as his late dinner. He never really seemed enthused either when he heard the bits falling into his glass bowl. Which seems normal right? The only thing they usually get excited over is people food or the word they eventually learn means treat. So he never gets excited when he is going to get fed his daily grub.

Well we try not to really give him people food at all but of course can’t stop it when we go to a certain friends house ahem… you know who you are 🙂 … and his dad feeds him hot dogs like the stand was going out of business. He’s a really happy dog then. Getting him out of that habit takes at least a week or two but hey, everyone needs a vacation.

So back to the food.

Last weekend I was over at Firefly on Anthony meeting a new friend, and afterwards I decided to finally walk into the store I had been wondering about for some time now, “green Dog Goods – Holistic Supplies, Training and Grooming.” See them on the map here. Jody Norton was behind the counter and we began chit chatting over their services, products, training, etc. As Jody began explaining organic products, food cautions, safety, flea products, etc. I knew she carried expertise in the science of pet health, but got to see how passionate she is about the well-being of our beloved pets.

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I asked her about the dog food we have been feeding Baine for a little under a year now, Nutro Natural Choice pictured to the right. Like I mentioned above, we were spending about $50-60 on a 30lb. bag every month and a half, and from what my eyes could gather they a decent organic brand that has no corn. Corn in an animals diet becomes extremely toxic to them, eventually leading to digestive issues and organ failures. In this regard, they are just as sensitive to it as farm animals and us. She let me know that it can be hard to determine whether or not there is some form of corn in most dog foods, as many of the companies are not transparent in their ingredients, getting a majority of ingredients from China. Why? Beats any of us. But I knew right then and there I wanted something better for Baine. We could tell he wasn’t happy with is food anyways so it was worth the shot.

Jody led me over to the foods explaining how the foods they select are made in the USA and/or in Canada, 20140330_110646are transparent in their ingredients list, and have no GMO’s or corn in their feed. They even have one for all the Wisconsin-ers!!! Made with Wisconsin cheese! Made me think of a good friend and Culver’s haha! The cost of the foods they carry in 30 lb. bags are all very affordable too! Anywhere from $44-70 – huh… just like pet stores!

So it made me think, how many of us are going to the pet store buying what we think is good food for our pets, only to discover that the price tag isn’t matching the advertising? Me. Well not anymore! I decided to start with the most simple blend with Chicken & Whitefish (good for belly shedding – of which drives me nuts) as she recommended with a total price tag of $44.87 .

 

We are soooooo pleased to say that Baine LOVES HIS DOG FOOD NOW. He actually got excited when I brought the new bag of dog food home – I swear it’s like for a moment he could read English and see in color!Baine Food2We have NEVER seen this dog so excited to eat dry dog food. Ever. And it happened for a whole week as we slowly transitioned him into the new food! To this day his tail wags at the sound of “you hungry? want some food?” followed by bits flowing into his glass dish. I must say, it makes us feel good that our pup is now happy to eat! We know now he didn’t like eating other foods because it was … well crap to him, often making his tummy upset. By not eating human food, we were able to tell what upsets his stomach easier too.

Jody also educated me in the fact/myth of not changing a dogs food. It’s actually a myth. Just like us, and in order to keep their bellies tough, we SHOULD be switching up their food every other, if not every bag of 30 lb food. This allows their digestive system to build up healthy flora, become stronger and less susceptible to sensitivities. Especially when they eat something they shouldn’t. Keeping our dogs on a one-dog-food-diet for the rest of their lives is just not healthy.

For coat issues and dry skin, Jody also recommended … wait for it….. coconut oil! Imagine that good ‘ol coconut oil creeping up again.  Our pets are really not so far removed from us after all. If you want to try implementing coconut/flax or fish oil into their diet and you are starting a new food, start with the new food first, then once their stool is sound and seems as though their tummy has adjusted, begin adding in the choice of oi. Add about 1 tbsp 2-3x per week, melted and poured over their food. Jody said she also just pours a little water over the dry food to get it moist and easier to digest. We have a happy dog now!

If you want to know more about healthy, corn and GMO free dog food for your pets we can’t recommend Green DogGoods enough! It is The place in our opinion to buy dog food in Fort Wayne.

Jody and Lesley are so knowledgeable having worked with animals for over 7 years. Check out their website here for more on their holistic pet services. Thank you Jody for helping make our Blue-Coon a little happier!

 

New Food Transition Schedule

First two days: 1/4 cup new and 3/4 cup old food

Third and fourth day: 1/2 new 1/2 old

Fifth and sixth day: 3/4 new 1/4 old

Seventh day on: all new.

 

Disclaimer: Jody in no way rejected or put down major brand names of dog food, or pet stores, including Nutro mentioned above during our conversation. She simply shared her years of research and knowledge on food grades, personal choice, and foods that can be toxic to pets. This article is in no way meant to steer consumers towards one brand or another, but instead to inform the community of local businesses, pet care, food availability, and to help those make informed decisions when it comes to pet care.

If my dog could talk… Corn free Dog Food = Happy Dog