Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is a perennial herb with fragrant needle-like leaves and produce white, purple, pink, and blue flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region of the world. The name is derived from Latin and ultimately means ‘dew of the sea.’ It is an aromatic evergreen shrub and its needles are commonly used as an herb in food preparation. Recently, though, some new medicinal uses are becoming more widely known, especially for helping to soothe painful paws and allow damaged paws to heal.
Commonly, rosemary is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including heartburn, intestinal gas, gout, cough, a loss of appetite, and more. Most of these issues are addressed by taking rosemary or an extract internally. For topical use, it has been relied upon to help treat baldness (though that effectiveness is in question), improving circulation along the skin, to cure toothaches, and even for treating eczema, which is a serious skin condition.
Why Use Rosemary for Dogs
Some of the phytochemicals that comprise rosemary make it ideal for some medicinal purposes. When a dog is experiencing painful paws, it could be the direct result of external forces, such as running around on hard concrete surfaces, for example.
It could also be the result of a lack of certain nutrients in the body that normally help to promote health skin. Dogs can often deal with dry snout, damaged paws, and other similar conditions as a result of poor nutrition in the diet. By adding a topical cream to the paws and even the snout, these animals can begin the healing process.
Essential Properties of Rosemary
The most important properties for healing with regard to rosemary include phytochemicals. These include:
- Rosmarinic acid
- Caffeic acid
- Ursolic acid
- Betulinic acid
It also contains some important antioxidants:
- Carnosic acid
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components of the phytochemicals of rosemary make it beneficial for improving the immune system and boosting circulation throughout the body. Antioxidants become important in neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals in the body.
There are numerous research studies that indicate rosemary can be effective at improving digestion, protecting against memory loss, and more.
For dogs that are dealing with any type of dry paws, snout, or other similar skin conditions, rosemary can also promote healing and help the paws and snout retain moisture.
History of Rosemary
Rosemary has been used as a cooking herb for thousands of years, especially throughout the Mediterranean region where it is native. It has the ability to withstand droughts and cold weather. It can grow upright or in a trailing pattern along the ground. The plant has also been known to flower well outside its normal flowering range.
For any dog lover who is concerned about dry paws, cracked paws, dry snout, or other skin related issues with their beloved pet, rosemary is a potent ingredient that can make a world of difference for them.