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Inside Our Detox Blend: Supporting Your Canines Natural Wellness

River & Wren's Botanical Detox for canines is a revolutionary product designed to support the health and well-being of our canine companions. This unique blend of natural botanical ingredients is specifically formulated to aid in the innate detoxification process for our dogs, helping to cleanse their bodies of toxins and promote overall wellness. With a focus on purity and quality, River & Wren's Botanical Detox is a safe and effective way to give your canine companion the care they deserve. Give your dog the gift of health with River & Wren's Botanical Detox blend.

Our botanical detox blend offers versatility, as it can be utilised independently, alternated, or paired with any of our diverse botanical blends or seaweed topper. This blend comprises naturally dried whole-food herbs known to aid digestion and enhance liver and kidney functions. The components are renowned for their detoxifying properties, facilitating the elimination of toxins from the body. By integrating this blend into your canine's diet, you can significantly enhance their innate detoxification mechanisms.

Celery seeds are renowned for their detoxifying properties attributed to their abundant antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These minuscule seeds harbour compounds like apigenin and luteolin, known for their anti-inflammatory properties and their role in promoting liver health, a vital aspect of the detoxification process. Additionally, the diuretic nature of celery seeds assists in purging toxins from the body by stimulating urine production and facilitating the elimination of waste substances.Furthermore, the high fibre content in celery seeds promotes healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, aiding in the expulsion of toxins and waste materials from the body.


Milk thistle seed, extracted from the milk thistle plant, often selected as a natural for its ability to help the body innate detoxification process.The seeds of milk thistle play a pivotal role in supporting liver function by stimulating bile flow from both the liver and gallbladder. They serve as potent antioxidants, rejuvenating and protecting the liver to enhance its efficiency.Among the array of secondary metabolites present in milk thistle, a specific group of polyphenols called flavolignans, notably silymarin, exert a protective and regenerative effect on liver cells. Milk thistle can also help cleanse the blood and increase circulation, which will help to move anything stagnant whilst working on decreasing inflammation. Milk thistle is a superb choice for those canines who have endured stress within the body, through mediation, after a toxic load like vaccinations or flea and tick treatments, through change (moved house etc) or after each season, particularly in spring. Milk thistle in our blend is ideal for those canine suffering with allergies, pancreatitis (as pressure from the pancreas directly effects the liver), also supporting anal glands as the liver helps to regulate the anal glands too, milk thistle will also help with circulation, so ideal for dogs competing or those older canines who struggle with temperature regulation.


Nettles are a fantastic hedgerow addition to our blend with a wide array of health benefits. Packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium, nettles can help boost overall well-being. They are also rich in antioxidants, which can aid in reducing inflammation and fighting off harmful free radicals in the body. Nettles have been traditionally used to support healthy digestion, promote detoxification, and even alleviate seasonal allergies. We have a lot of love at River & Wren for the humble nettle as it’s commonly recognised as a natural antihistamine. A study indicated that nettle can also hinder various inflammatory processes to dust mites, traffic fumes, plant moulds, cleaning materials, air fresheners, deodorants, aftershaves, air pollutants etc. This research identified the chemical pathways that nettle disrupted to alleviate these symptoms. When an allergen triggers a reaction, histamine is released from mast cells and basophils. This histamine then activates histamine receptors, with the H1 and H2 receptors being most linked to allergic reactions. H1 receptors are located in blood vessel walls, particularly in the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Activation of these receptors by histamine leads to several responses, including increased blood vessel permeability. This facilitates the movement of immune cells and heightens the sensitivity of sensory nerves in the respiratory tract, making the entire respiratory system more reactive. Nettle helps by acting as an antagonist and negative agonist, potentially blocking the receptor sites that histamine typically binds to. Additionally, nettle may inhibit tryptase, an enzyme released alongside histamine that enhances its effects. By inhibiting tryptase, nettle can effectively reduce allergic reactions. This is another reason why we couldn’t leave nettle out of our detox.


Burdock is often praised for its detoxifying properties due to its ability to support the liver and kidneys in eliminating toxins from the body. This burdock root is rich in antioxidants, particularly inulin, which helps to cleanse the blood and promote overall health. Burdock also contains diuretic properties, aiding in the removal of excess water and waste through the urinary system. Additionally, burdock is known to support digestion by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, also known as a prebiotic. Burdock exerts influence over various bodily systems including the lymphatic system, endocrine system, liver, kidneys, pancreas, nervous system, blood, and skin. This robust root is an indispensable component of our detox blend.

Hawthorn is recognised for its beneficial effects on canines (and humans), with a longstanding history of usage in guarding against heart disease and reducing high blood pressure. Research indicates that hawthorn can enhance coronary artery blood flow, promote better circulation, and reduce blood pressure. This botanical is believed to enhance cardiovascular well-being by improving blood flow and fortifying the heart muscle. Moreover, hawthorn is noted for its potential to soothe anxious or stressed dogs, this is another reason we chose it to enhance for our detox blend. Furthermore, hawthorn is abundant in antioxidants, which play a role in fortifying the immune system and shielding cells from harm.

Dandelion root can serve as a valuable component to our detox blend,as its enhancing the well-being of your canine companion. Renowned for its detoxifying attributes, dandelion root is a source of essential vitamins such as A, C, and K, alongside minerals like iron, potassium, and zinc. We have integrated it into our detox blend due to its potential to bolster liver function, facilitate digestion, and enhance skin and coat health in our canines. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory characteristics of dandelion root may aid in alleviating inflammation within the body.

Yarrow is a versatile and beneficial herb that has been used for centuries for its various medicinal properties. This herb is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, making it a popular choice in natural medicine. Yarrow can help with wound healing, reduce inflammation, alleviate digestive issues, and even boost the immune system. Additionally, yarrow is rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like potassium and calcium, making it a great addition to a healthy diet. Whether used topically or internally, yarrow can be a valuable herb for promoting overall well-being.In the urinary system, yarrow, known for its antiseptic properties, assists in treating urinary tract infections and inflammation, especially those accompanied by symptoms such as discomfort and presence of blood. Please consult with your vet, as the first port of call.

Regularly detoxing your dog is crucial for maintaining their overall health and well-being. Just like humans, our dogs are exposed to various toxins and pollutants in their environment that can accumulate in their bodies over time. These toxins can lead to a range of health issues, including digestive problems, skin irritations, and weakened immune systems. By incorporating regular detox routines into your dog's care regimen, you can help eliminate these harmful substances from their system and support their organs in functioning optimally. By giving your dog's body a chance to cleanse itself of accumulated toxins, you can potentially prevent more serious health issues from arising in the future.

Our detox blend is carefully curated to support your canine companion's overall health and well-being. By incorporating this blend into their routine for 6 weeks at the onset of each season, you are providing them with a natural way to cleanse and rejuvenate their body systems. This proactive approach can help enhance their vitality, boost their immune system, and promote a healthy metabolism. Your furry friend will thank you for the extra care and attention you are giving them, ensuring they are happy and thriving all year round.

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