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Why I Chose Tea for My Birds

Why I Chose Tea for My Birds

Posted by Karmen Budai on 5th Mar 2019

Did you know that tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, second only to water? But have you ever thought of offering it to your pet bird? How did we even come around the idea of giving this refreshing, nutritional drink to our beloved parrots?

Not many people have heard of avian tea and couple years back, even I had no idea this was an option for our feathered friends. I stumbled across avian tea when I began following Dr. Jason Crean’s Facebook Group, and began learning all about nutrition and how to improve my bird's diet. I was curious to find out more about it and how this could help my bird, especially after going through some rough times with my cockatoo, when she became seriously ill. When Polly was discharged from the vet and we were finally able to take her home, she still wasn’t herself and looked poorly, even after being home for nearly a week she wasn’t improving. We feared we would have to take her back to the vet, which would have involved a long drive. Luckily, the tea arrived (just in time) and we started offering it to her twice a day. We soon observed that she had miraculously improved and perked up. By the fourth day she was back to normal and hopping around as if nothing had happened. The tea was a lifesaver.

So, we're here now to spread the word about the power of nature, where herbal teas present the opportunity to go back to basics and focus on wellness in our pets through a holistic approach. Herbal teas, also referred to as herbal infusions (tisanes), are basically the leaves, seeds, fruit or other parts of edible plants. They do not come from the Camellia sinensis plant, which are harvested to produce caffeinated black, green, oolong and white teas. Each tea has its own unique character and offers something else, so here are some examples of the health benefits1 that these herbs can offer and which we have also included in our blends.

Chamomile - Known as one of the ancient medicinal herbs for its high level of antioxidants that help fight diseases. It is commonly used because of its calming effects, helping with anxiety and relieving skin irritation thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.                                                                (Key ingredient in our Eternal Feathers blend)

Dandelion Leaf Not many of us knew that this plant that we usually call a weed is actually loaded with nutrients and is commonly used in as natural remedies. It is high in vitamin A, fibre and other vitamins like K & C, acts as natural diuretic, and helps protect liver                                                                                                         (Key ingredient in our Golden Blossom & Nature Boost blends)

Milk Thistle The healing properties of Milk Thistle has been known for centuries. It acts as a natural liver supporter and detoxifier and has been known to work as filter by removing toxins that are produced though the liver, decreasing or even reversing damage to the liver caused by medications or heavy metals.                                                                                                                                            (Key ingredient in our Golden Blossom blend)

Calendula Flower - This beautiful flower has been used for long time in the cosmetic industry, medicine or simply use fresh or dried petals in salads. It is known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, aid healing wounds and contains antimicrobial & antiviral components.                                                                 (Key ingredient in our Eternal Feathers blend)

Hibiscus Flower - This delicious, , deep red tea is mainly known for its ability to lower high blood pressure. It may also help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. It is packed with antioxidants that fight free radical damage caused by poor diet.                                                                                                                                                     (Key ingredient in our Nature Boost blend)

1 The nutrition facts provided here is based on animal and human studies. Since very little research has been done on birds like parrots compared to that of mammals, we must use what we know and apply that knowledge to the physiology of other species.