Natural Skin Care Newsletter - March 2007



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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: March 2007 Issue

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Welcome to the March issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. One again there are lots of interesting articles and informtion in this issue. Part 2 of how to care for your skin type looks at oily skin and the best, natural approach to get control of your oily skin. We take a closer look at another herb and discuss some other interesting topics.

Happy reading.

Index of the March Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:

(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)


(News and What's New At Wildcrafted)

Skin Care Regime for Your Skin Type (Part 2): Oily Skin - Prevent Oily Skin by Adopting The Right Skin Care Regime.
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

The Benefits of Antioxidants
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Clays, Clay Masks and the Uses of Cosmetic Clays in Skin Care
(by Danny Siegenthaler)

About a herb of interest: Red Clover
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Kitty's Corner - The Importance of Dietary Variation
(by Kitty-the-Cat)

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Dry Oily - Prevent Oily Skin by Adopting The Right Skin Care Regime.

Recognising an Oily Skin Type

Oily skin tends to appear shiny and feel ‘greasy’ to the touch, with pores that tend to be enlarged and prone to blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. The skin outside the T-Zone however, can be normal or even tend toward dry. This is more common than a uniform oily skin and does tend to require different approaches for each of the different skin types.

In this article, however, we’ll focus on how to treat the oily skin type only, as other skin types are discussed in related articles.

Causes of Oily Skin


Genes can be such that your parents passed on ‘the oily skin gene’ to you and that is just the way it is. But you don’t have to resign your self to having oily skin. The right skin care regime will help to balance the pH of your skin and help you achieve a more ‘normal’ skin type.


This is one area where you can have a strong influence. You choose what you eat and what you eat will affect your skin. Eat oily, greasy foods and your skin will reflect that. Eat healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and your skin will reflect that too.

Some vegetables are particularly good to help balance your skin and help reduce the oiliness of your skin. Some include: Greens and fruits; drink Yarrow Tea; add Cucumber, parsley, Cabbage, Tomato to your cooking and salads.

In addition make sure you have adequate levels of vitamin B2. Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Natural sources of vitamin B2 are nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats, which provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2. Other good sources of vitamin B2 are whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly. Buckwheat, black beans and whole rice are excellent to supply the body with iron, which will rejuvenate pale skin.

Hormonal causes of oily skin

Hormones influence your skin to a great extent. The birth control pill can cause some women to develop oily skin, while in others it can cause dryness of the skin. You should talk to your health professional about your concerns if you suspect your birth control pill to be causing you oily skin.

Pregnancy related

Pregnancy is a time when your body goes through a number of hormonal changes, these will tend to normalise themselves after birth, however, using a good quality, natural skin care regime can give you considerable relief while your pregnant and wish to get your oily skin under control.

Natural Skin Care Products that Normalise Oily Skin

Cosmetic products

Make sure your cosmetic products are natural, synthetic and artificial products have a habit of causing all sorts of skin reactions, apart from making your skin oilier than it already is.

Climatic causes of oily skin

Hot, humid climates tend to cause oily skin. Again you can counteract this by using a high quality natural skin care regime and drinking lots of water (in excess of 3 litres per day).

Most commonly, teenagers are most likely to be affected by oiliness of the skin, however, hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, puberty, menstrual cycles etc., can affect the sebum secretions of the skin and result in oily skin. Although, generally with age the skin tends to become dryer, oily skin can still be a problem even during the middle stages of life, often referred to as ’middle age acne’. The up-side of oily skin is - it ages more slowly.


Skin Care for Oily Skin Types

First, let’s look at what NOT to do:

Do not wash your face more than once or twice a day. Washing your skin tends to irritate it and this will cause the skin to produce more oil in order to soothe the irritation.

Do not use soap to wash your face. Most commercially manufactured soaps change the natural pH of your skin. Your skin’s pH is slightly acidic and the wrong soaps will strip the skin of it’s natural soils and destroy the protective ‘Acid Mantel’.

Do not use strongly astringent products (products that leaf your face feeling dry and dehydrated).


Now let’s look at what TO DO to balance your oily skin

Use a complete, natural skin care regime.

Two or three times a week use a deep cleansing mask specifically formulated for oily skin. Wildcrafted’s Green Earth Medicine Facial Clay has been specifically formulated for oily skin and includes ingredients such as Green Clay and Niaouli Hydrosol, which are beneficial in treating your oily skin.

A system that includes all these essential oils, herbal extracts and hydrosols is the Natural Skin Care System for Oily skin from Wildcrafted Herbal Products.

Daily natural skin care regime for oily skin:

Wash your face no more than twice a day using hot water. Then use a natural cleanser. Wildcrafted’s Lemon Cleanser uses ingredients such as essential oils of Lemon and Lavender blended with Jojoba oil to cleanse, freshen and restore your skin and it’s pH.

Use a toner that is appropriate for oily skin. Wildcrafted’s Wild Herb Toner makes use of Witch hazel and Juniper Berry, which condition and tone the skin, while Grapefruit and Niaouli invigorate the skin prior to moisturising.

Use a moisturiser designed specifically for oily skin. Wildcrafted’s Avocado Day Crème contains wholesome oils like Wheat germ and cocoa butter that moisturise and hydrate the skin without leaving a greasy feeling and essential oils of orange blossom and lemon to cleanse and soothe.

For further information about the suggested products, have a look at the Natural Skin Care System for Oily Skin


Washing your Face

If you do have to wash your face, use hot water (as warm as you can stand). This will help dissolve the oils on your skin, promote blood circulation and open your pores, which will allow for deep cleansing of your skin. DO NOT USE SOAP. Instead, use the Lemon cleanser to clean your face and follow the steps outlined under ‘Daily skin care regime’.

Two or may be three times a week treat your skin to a facial sauna; A facial sauna uses the following herbs: lemon grass, licorice root, and rosebuds. Using equal parts of these herbs, mix 3-4 tablespoons into a simmering pot of 2 litres of water for your facial sauna. When the pot is steaming, place it on a table, and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes. You can use a towel to trap the steam if you wish.

After fifteen minutes, splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to air dry. Follow this by using Wildcrafted’s Wild Herb Toner to close the pores of your skin. This will prevent loss of moisture and the essential oils and herbs in the Wild Herb Toner will nourish and hydrate your skin.

Drink plenty of water each and every day. Water is essential to help your body detoxify itself and flush the system. Drink at least 2.5-3.0 litres of water every day (if you can, use purified water when ever possible).


A regular exercise regime will also benefit your skin. Exercise creates increased blood circulation to the skin providing your skin with increases oxygen and nutrients, which will be beneficial in adding to control oily skin.


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The Benefits of Antioxidants

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals otherwise might cause. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium, vitamins C, E, and A, and other substances.

Antioxidant Products: General Information

Antioxidants act as scavengers of oxygen-free radicals, the unstable particles that can damage cells and which are implicated in sun damage and even skin cancers. Antioxidants in the skin are depleted when exposed to sunlight and must be replaced. Antioxidant topical products (such ointments, creams, and lotions) may help reduce the risk of wrinkles and protect against sun damage. Unlike sunscreens, they accumulate in the skin and are not washed away, so the protection may last. The antioxidants marketed for skin protection include:

* vitamins A, C, E,
* selenium,
* coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and
* alpha-lipoic acid.

Some research has been conducted on the effects on wrinkles using oral antioxidant supplements. One small study found that taking a combination of vitamins oral C and E supplements may help reduce sunburn reactions, although the protection is much less than from sunscreens. (Taking the vitamins singly does not appear to have the any effect.)

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also a highly effective antioxidant. Even in small amounts vitamin C can protect indispensable molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) from damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species that can be generated during normal metabolism as well as through exposure to toxins and pollutants (e.g. smoking). Vitamin C may also be able to regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamin E.

Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol)

The main function of alpha-tocopherol in humans appears to be that of an antioxidant. Fats, which are an integral part of all cell membranes, are vulnerable to destruction through oxidation by free radicals. The fat-soluble vitamin, alpha-tocopherol, is uniquely suited to intercepting free radicals and preventing a chain reaction of lipid destruction.

Aside from maintaining the integrity of cell membranes throughout the body, alpha-tocopherol also protects the fats in low density lipoproteins (LDLs) from oxidation. Lipoproteins are particles composed of lipids and proteins, which are able to transport fats through the blood stream. LDL transport cholesterol from the liver to the tissues of the body. Oxidized LDLs have been implicated in the development of cardiovascular diseases. When a molecule of alpha-tocopherol neutralizes a free radical, it is altered in such a way that its antioxidant capacity is lost. However, other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are capable of regenerating the antioxidant capacity of alpha-tocopherol.

Several other functions of alpha-tocopherol have been identified, which likely are not related to its antioxidant capacity. Alpha-tocopherol is known to inhibit the activity of protein kinase C, an important cell signaling molecule, as well as to affect the expression and activity of immune and inflammatory cells. Additionally, alpha-tocopherol has been shown to inhibit platelet aggregation and to enhance vasodilation.

Antioxidants: Vitamin A Topical Products

Vitamin A is a generic term for a large number of related compounds. Retinol (an alcohol) and retinal (an aldehyde) are often referred to as preformed vitamin A. Retinal can be converted by the body to retinoic acid, the form of vitamin A known to affect gene transcription. Retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and related compounds are known as retinoids. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids that can be converted by the body into retinol are referred to as provitamin A carotenoids. Hundreds of different carotenoids are synthesized by plants, but only about 10 % of them are provitamin A carotenoids.

Vitamin A is important for skin health and UV radiation produces deficiencies in the skin. Topical products containing natural forms of vitamin A (retinol, retinaldehyde) or vitamin A derivatives called retinoids (tretinoin, tazarotene) have proven to be beneficial for skin damaged by the sun and also by natural aging.

Antioxidants: Other Topical Products

Although there are wide claims about the benefits of antioxidants for wrinkles when used in skin creams, to date, only vitamins E and C and selenium applied topically have been proven to have any benefits for reducing sun damage in the skin. Even with these antioxidants, however, most available brands contain very low concentrations of them. In addition, they are also not well absorbed and they have a short-term effect. New delivery techniques, however, may prove to offset some of these problems.

Vitamin E. Studies suggest that topical vitamin E, particularly alpha tocopherol (a form of vitamin E) cream decreased skin roughness, length of facial lines, and wrinkle depth. Studies on mice have also reported reductions in UV-induced skin cancer with its use.

Selenium. In the form of L-selenomethionine, selenium has protected against sun damage and even delayed skin cancer in animal studies. It is not known if such benefits apply to people.

Selenium is a mineral found in small quantities that is essential to the diet. Selenium contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and the thyroid gland. It is the central element in glutathione peroxidase (GPx), an antioxidant enzyme that protects cells against the oxidative damage caused by peroxides and free radicals. (For more information on free radicals and antioxidants, click here.)

Because of its antioxidant role, selenium has been studied for its potential to protect the body from many degenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and cancer. Selenium is thought to protect against cancer because a form of selenium from yeast was found to have caused cancer cells in test tubes and in animals to undergo apoptosis, or programmed cell death.

Selenium can be found in a variety of foods including brazil nuts, yeast, whole grains, and seafood. Plant foods in most countries are also major dietary sources of selenium.

One 1999 study found that topical application of the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) improved the skin's resistance to the oxidative stress of UV radiation, and when applied long-term, could reduce crow's feet.

Aging is generally associated with decreases in tissue CoQ levels. For example, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are low in childhood, reach a maximum at around 20-30 years of age, and then decrease steadily with increasing age. Topically applied CoQ10 can penetrate into the living cell layers of the skin and attenuate both the depth of deep wrinkles characteristic of photoaging, as well as the turnover of epithelial cells. CoQ10 is also highly effective in protecting skin cells known as keratinocytes from oxidative DNA damage induced by ultraviolet light. CoQ10 is found in foods such as fish and meats.

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is manufactured in the human body. Antioxidants are substances that work by attacking "free radicals," waste products created when the body turns food into energy. There are also many sources of free radicals in the environment such as ultraviolet rays, radiation, and toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and pesticides. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells in the body, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. As a result a person becomes more susceptible to long term diseases such as diabetes and liver damage.

Alpha-lipoic acid works together with other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. It is important for growth, helps to prevent cell damage, and helps the body rid itself of harmful substances.

Good food sources of alpha-lipoic acid include spinach, broccoli, beef, yeast (particularly Brewer's yeast), and certain organ meats (such as the kidney and heart).

Age Defying EssenceNatural Skin Care Products

Use natural skin care products that contain natural sources of antioxidants, as products using isolated or even artificially manufactures sources of antioxidants are not natural and should not be used in products labeled‘Natural’, as these substances are not complete and may cause unexpected side effects or skin irritations.

Wildcrafted's Age Defying Essence, an anti-aging natural skin care formula, is a rich liquid moisturiser formulated for Mature, dry and damaged skin types, and contains plant extracts that are known to be high in essential fatty acids (Borage and Evening Primrose Oils), anti-oxidants (Wheatgerm Oil and Vitamins A & E) and phyto-hormones (Clary Sage and Wild Yam). These anti-oxidants, essential oils and herbal extracts protect your skin from free radicals, sun and pollutants, which are the main causes of wrinkles and fine lines.

These ingredients have been shown to have rejuvenating, preservative and restorative effects on the skin. Essential oils of Sandalwood, Geranium, Patchouli, and Neroli are soothing and calming while Oils of Jojoba and Calendula have a moisturising effect.

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Clays, Clay Masks and the Uses of Cosmetic Clays in Skin Care

Clay has been used for both medicinal and beauty purposes for a very long time. Clay masks and poultices are applied externally, while internally, clay is used for intestinal and other disorders. Its natural absorption capacity is remarkable and it is used to absorb toxins, bacteria and even viruses.

There are a variety of clay types that can be found on the market and their quality and efficacy can very greatly, depending on the Clay mine’s location, weather conditions and mineral breakdown. These are the key indicators to look for when quality is important.

Clays offer two key properties: 1) Absorption Capacity and 2) Ionic Exchange Power. Absorption capacity is the clay’s ability to absorb liquids, which is dependant on the quality of the minerals in the clay. Ionic exchange power means that every type of clay exchanges its minerals to some extent with the body. The higher the exchange rate the more powerful the clay.

The cosmetic purpose of the different clays is to cleanse and revitalize the skin, bringing out its natural radiance and beauty. Clays, used in the form of a clay mask, will draw out dirt and impurities from the skin, allowing the skin to breathe and glow. Clays will also smooth and soften the skin, leaving it feeling youthful and toned.

What is Clay?

Clays are amazing substances, and have been used since the beginning of human existence. The use of medicinal earths, clays, in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt has been well established. Clays are also used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and have shown to absorb toxins, bacteria and even viruses.

Externally, clay can be used to absorb excess oil, dirt, and toxins from the skin while simultaneously exfoliating dead skin cells and improving the skin's circulation. Used in the form of a clay mask, clay has a purifying, nourishing and restorative action.


Types of Clay

Montmorillonite Clay: This is reputed to be the best quality clay due to the high levels of magnesium. It contains oxides of iron, aluminium, manganese, silica and calcium. Its purity, Absorption Capacity and high Ionic Exchange Powers make it far superior to ordinary green clays.

Illite Clay: This is rich in calcium carbonate. Its absorption powers are able to draw out impurities.

Kaolin: This is rich in silica and mineral salts. It is less absorbent then green clay, thus very gentle and softening on the skin.

Blend: The pink has been balanced to produce a clay that is gentle and most suited to sensitive and delicate skin.

Where does Clay come from?

Quality French and Australian clays are mined and dried in the sun, as opposed to water cleaned to extract quartz or other crystals. This is important as sun-dried clay retains 100% of its natural trace elements ensuring activity levels are at their highest. High levels of trace elements in clays ensures high efficacy.


What are the Different Colours of Clay and do they have different properties?

White Clay: Rich in minerals. A gentle, less absorbent clay that effectively cleanses and clarifies the skin. Softens and tones. Particularly useful for sensitive, dry and mature skin types.

Yellow Clay: Rich in minerals. Restores a healthy glow as it tones refreshes and tightens the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Facial Clay Masks

Green Clay (Montmorillonie): The best and most active clay. Superior absorbency capacity, cleanses, clarifies and purifies the skin. This clay is extracted by hand, it is very pure, soft and revitalising. Its use gives remarkable results. Suitable for all skin types, especially oily skin.

Red Clay: High presence of iron oxide. Rich in trace elements, cleans the skin, revitalises the appearance and leaves the complexion looking radiant. Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

Pink Caly: A balanced blend of iron oxide, silica and mineral salts. Medium absorbency and an effective cleanser for sensitive skin types. Smoothes and re-textures the skin. Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive and delicate skin.


What is in Clay that’s so good for the skin?

Clay minerals such as kaolinite, talc and smectites are useful in protecting the skin, because they are able to adhere to it and form a protective, almost water proof film over the skin’s surface, providing a mechanical protection against external physical or chemical agents. At the same time, these clay minerals also absorb the skin’s secretions, such as oil and perspiration. As clays molecules have a very large surface area, they are able to absorb these secretions and evaporate them leaving you skin feeling clean and refreshed. In addition their properties are antiseptic and due to the fact that they create a water-poor medium, they provide an unfavourable environment for bacterial to grow.

These properties of clay make them very useful in clay masks, under-arm deodorants and antiperspirants as well as anti-septic powders, and they are absolutely natural and free nasty chemicals that may be potentially hazardous to your health.


How does it work as a facial mask

Clay masks have been used for skin clarification for thousands of years. Basically, they work by entering the smallest lines, wrinkles and pores of the skin. As the skin is not a smooth, glass-like surface, it is necessary to access the find nooks and crannies to reach the deeply lodged oil and dirt particles. Clay is excellent at achieving this and as a mask, gently massaged into the skin, the clay particles enter these tiny nooks and literally draw these undesirable particles to it. As the clay masks dries, the particles are drawn to it, adhere to the clay and are removed as you wash off the mask, leaving your skin clean, fresh and smiling.

On a therapeutic level, clays are use in the treatment of boils, acne, ulcers, etc., as they are able to absorb greases, toxins, bacteria and even viruses (Carretero, 2002).


Applications in facial beauty treatments

Facial clay masks are primarily used to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. They are also used to remove dirt, stale oils, grime lodged in facial lines, wrinkles and pores and are useful in treating many conditions such as severe acne, rosacea, sunburn, radiation- or chemotherapy-exposed skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Clays can be used on all skin types and are non-irritating to sensitive skin. Red clay, for example, is indicated for use in irritated, sensitive skin and has a positive soothing effect on this skin type.


Natural Skin Care Products Utilizing Clay

Apart from their medicinal uses in treating a range of conditions, clays are used in skin care for their amazing absorptive, cleansing and antiseptic properties. Clays tend to be high in minerals, including magnesium, calcium and iron, all of which help with the production of collagen in the skin. These minerals also provide nutrition to the living skin layers in the dermis.

Clay masks can be used to treat many conditions such as severe acne, rosacea, sunburn, radiation- or chemotherapy-exposed skin, eczema and psoriasis.



Carretero, M.I. (2002) Clay minerals and their beneficial effects upon human health. Applied Clay Science. Volume 21, Issues 3-4, Pages 155-163


About An Interesting Herb: Red Clover

Biological Name: Trifolium pratense

Family: Papilionaceae

Other Names: Red Clover, wild clover, cleaver grass, marl grass, cow grass, trefoil, purple clover

Parts Used: Flowerheads

Red clover is used medicinally to treat a wide array of conditions. These include cancer, mastitis (inflammation of the breast), joint disorders, jaundice, bronchitis, spasmodic coughing, asthma, and skin inflammations, such as psoriasis and eczema. Red clover purifies the blood by promoting urine and mucous production, improves circulation, and stimulats the secretion of bile. Recently, specific chemicals in red clover, known as isoflavones, have been isolated and tested for their effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions. Although isolated isoflavone products are very different from the whole herb, they have shown promise in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, cardiovascular disease, and the bone density loss associated with osteoporosis.

Active Compounds:

  • Isoflavones; biochanin A, daidzein, formononnetin, genistein, pratensein, trifoside
  • Other flavonoids including pectolinarin and trifoliin (=isoquercitrin)
  • Volatile oil, containing furfural
  • Clovamides; L-Dopa-caffeic acid conjugates
  • Coumarins; coumestrol, medicagol and coumarin
  • Miscellaneous; a galactomannan, resins, minerals vitamins, phytoalexins.

Traditional Applications in Herbal Medicine:

Alterative, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, mild stimulant, depuative, detergent.

Red Clover is one of the most useful remedies for children with skin problems. It may be used with complete safety in any case of childhood eczema. Useful for the treatment of other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis. Whilst being most useful with children it can also be of value for adults. The expectorant and anti-spasmodic action give this remedy a role in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, but especially in whooping cough.

Jethro Kloss calls red clover as "one of God's greatest blessings to man". It purifies blood, it also can be used for treating cancerous growths, leprosy and pellagra in combination with blue violet, burdock, yellow dock, dandelion root, rock rose, and goldenseal. Used alone it is believed to be good for cancer of the stomach, whooping cough, and for various spasms.

Combinations : For skin problems it combines well with Yellow Dock and Nettles.

Other indications include:

  • Blood cleanser, diuretic, soothes the nervous system.
  • Can improve hemoglobin levels, relieves flatulence, relieves menopausal symptoms.
  • Also used for bronchitis, colds, coughs, and whooping cough.
  • Used externally as a poultice or salve for: ulcers, open sores, chapped and cracked body parts, and cancerous growths.
  • Clover flowers contain the isoflavone genistein, which might give the immune system a better shot at destroying cancer cells. (Science News, May 12, 1990)
  • Taken as a diuretic over a long period of time, it stimulates the liver and bladder.
  • The presence of sodium reputed to reduce acidity and help body assimilate iron.

Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-3 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take 2-6 ml of the tincture three times a day.

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months. Your suggestions are always welcome and we endeavour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy, drop us a line or two!

Also there are some great new posts in the forum and we look forward to 'seeing' you there.

In good health

Danny & Susan Siegenthaler


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Kitty's Corner


Hello to you all, and a hearty Miau.

I hope you found last month's article interesting and informative.

Diet: Variation is the Key

Kitty's Corner: Importance of Variation in Your Pet's Diet

You know, you like different foods and a different meal every night. Well, what makes some of you beautiful pet owners think us cats and dogs don't?

Yep, I'm a cat and yep, I like fish, but not every time I'm hungry... I like chicken, mince and, yes, I even like the odd vegetable and absolutely love a little cheese occasionally!

I know, you wonderful pet lovers are busy folk, but just think of how much healthier we'd all be if we got a more balanced and varied diet. I'm not saying you need to cook a gourmet meal for us - no, but if you insist...

Seriously, just vary the stuff you give us from time to time - like if you have chicken for dinner, why not give us a handful of different bits from the chuck; or if you're making a mince dish with some vegetables in it, why not give us a handful before you cook it?

You could even mix it into the tinned food just to make it taste a little different.

If you're worried about us not getting the vitamins and minerals we need, your Vet can probably give you some advice of which product would be the right one for your cat or dog - even your pet bird might benefit from some supplements too.

With us cats, because we are so very clean, we do get the odd fur-ball, but you know, the occasional Cod Liver oil capsule will help us get rid of them and Cod liver oil is ever so good for us.

We are really not that different to our owners, we need good quality nutrition, the odd supplement and of course a cuddle or two.

My human mum has a pet Sparrow, yes, Sparrow. Mum found this little pink, feather-less bird lying on the driveway one afternoon and as she does, she had to rescue the little thing, thinking it was probably some rare native bird...
Well, it wasn't, it was just a Sparrow. But despite all the odds, she and dad fed him, yep it's a boy Sparrow, and nurtured it.

Now, I've got a buddy to miau to when they're at work. He, Squirt (because he's a runt) likes different things to eat - he loves toast with anything on him - I don't know, he'll just have anything, lettuce, carrot, you name it he'll eat it - or at least peck at it.

I on the other hand am more selective about what will pass my lips, I am a cat after all, but I will have a go at some things - some I like others I don't.

Chicken has to be my favourite, but tuna's not bad and salmon's okay too - but not the stuff they make for cats, I prefer the one my parents get - yummy!

So, please, when you next put a bowl of food out for us to eat, just think how many times this week have I put this out? Could I put out something a little different or add something my darling would enjoy?

Here are some ideas you might try adding to our diet:
Rice, Pasta, Beans, Carrots, a little cheese, left over pieces of toast, the bits of meat you trim off, mince, chicken, fresh raw fish, chopped up greens mixed into the can food, just let your imagination run wild.

For now, Miau from me, until next month.


Information Source: Kitty-the-Cat

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