Holistic meaning: Treatment involving the mind – body and social factors.
Mint is a good appetiser and promotes digestion, due to its typical aroma. It also soothes the stomach in cases of indigestion, inflammation etc. This aroma of mint activates the saliva glands in the mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion.
Oregano is a rich natural source of vitamin K, an important vitamin that is often overlooked. It has antibacterial properties and is an antioxidant that is high in minerals.
Red Clover the health benefits of red clover are numerous. First and foremost, red clover has good amounts of vitamins, proteins and minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon, as well as vitamins A, B-12, E and K. It is also a source of other nutrients, including niacin, thiamine and vitamin C. It contains the minerals needed by bodily glands, thus frequent use can assist in bringing about hormonal balance. Red clover also helps to sooth the nerves. In addition, red clover has been found to contain antioxidants, as well as a few substances with anti-tumour properties.
Dandelion The health benefits of dandelion include relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, jaundice, cancer and anaemia. It also helps in maintaining bone health.
Thyme contains an essential oil that is rich in thymol, a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and a strong antioxidant.
Nettle is rich in Vitamin C and the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E. It is also high in chlorophyll, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, and zinc.
Garlic is used to prevent parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion and boosts the immune system.
Clay is an effective binding agent as its chemical structure allows other chemicals to bond with it and so lose their reactivity. Clay is an effective deactivator of toxins contained in ingested food or toxins produced by pathogenic bacteria inside the gut.
Charcoal deactivates toxins contained in food or toxins produced by pathogenic bacteria inside the gut. I grind it up in a coffee mill and many birds love eating this. In an odd way, I found that when I supplied charcoal granules, the birds did not seem to touch it. In powdered form, they were very keen in sampling it.
Immune boosting are mostly everyday vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and turnips. They also include herbs such as red clover, garlic, milk thistle, pine bark. Shred the raw fresh vegetables in a blender until they are thoroughly shredded. You can then mix them with stuff that you know your finches like e.g. mealworms,egg food or soaked seed.
Elderberries also boost the immune system and are specially recommended I buy dried elderberries and grind them up in my coffee mill.
Spirulina is an edible blue green alga and looks like a dry blue green powder. It deepens feather colour. Charlie Loukeris told me that since he has fed spirulina to his European Goldfinches, they have produced proper red masks where normally they would have an orange mask when kept indoors. Many scientific studies show that Spirulina seems to have immune enhancing and liver protecting properties.
Hepatic herbs strengthen and tone the liver as well as stimulate the flow of bile. Many birds suffer from liver problems because their diet is often inadequate when compared to what they enjoy in the wild. Examples of hepatic herbs are Artichoke, Buckthorn, Celery, Dandelion root, Fennel, Milk Thistle. Milk Thistle is by far the most effective and scientifically proven to help regenerate the liver and much more. I buy milk thistle seeds which I grind up in a coffee mill and the waxbills love it. Milk thistle seed has a nutty taste.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a fine powder made from the shells of sea creatures called diatoms. It can only kill by contact with the bug and so cannot kill air sac mites which are in the lungs. It cannot kill gizzard worm which is deeply embedded in the gut tissue. It cannot kill tapeworm because tapeworms bury their heads into the intestinal walls and feed directly off the tissues.
Warning: Diatomaceous Earth is a very powdery kind of dust, so make sure that you do not create any dust clouds when using it, otherwise it could cause eye and lung irritation.
Pumpkin seed that is ground up, it acts against tapeworm and roundworm.
Antibacterial properties: are mostly herbs that destroy or suppress the growth of bacteria, whether they are pathogenic or otherwise. Some can kill fungi, yeasts and viruses as well. The best seem to be grapefruit seed extract, [GSE for short, NOT grape seed extract], apple cider vinegar [ACV for short], garlic, sage, marigold, ginger, honey, juniper, thyme. ALWAYS REMEMBER that antibacterial herbs are to be given optionally in their own separate plastic container, i.e. with plain fresh water in a separate drinker available at all times and NEVER mixed in with egg food; otherwise dead birds could be the result. This at least was my experience with sick finches. Healthy finches tend to cope somehow but not sick ones.
Apple Cider Vinegar about 1 egg cup full in 1pt of water.
Grapefruit seed extract about .5mil in 50mildrinker. I’m told you can get this from Heath food shops.