While herbs have been benefiting humans for more than thousands of years, they are special for animals as well. Dogs, horses, birds or even small animals such as rabbit benefit a lot from herbs. If you love enhancing your garden, then here are some the best herbs for you that provide you double the benefit of both – beautifying your garden and delivering health benefits to your dog as well.
Chamomile – Comes with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-depressant properties
Chamomile not only improves digestion but also eliminates bacteria or any other virus from your pet’s body. If your dog gets injured or is suffering from any flea bites, chamomile works in healing these wounds. It also reduces the inflammation while acting as a sedative. Puppies who chew on everything whiel teething can be difficult to handle. As per homeopathy, a tinge of chamomile can work in inhibiting constant chewing of everything. Do not use chamomile on pregnant pets. To prevent overdose always consult your pet.
Echinacea – For a weak immune system, Echinacea works wonders
It is famous for solving any issues related to urinary tract and lymph system. The antimicrobial properties can be found in the root but you can also derive them from leaves/flowers etc.
Astralagus – The member of pea family, you can easily detect them from their leaves and dainty drops of flowers
The medicinal benefits benefits your body by working as anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure, blood detoxifier and so on. If your dog is suffering from indigestion, then Astralagus root will boost the digestive process and make you grab that pooper scooper.
Calendula – Ornaments your garden while assisting in bodily benefits as well both for you and your dog
Myriad uses for calendula are visible that include anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. The herb is famous for its tumor fighting properties. It supports mucous membrances, gives a rich skin and luscious fur, aggravates the liver function and sppeds up any wound healing.
NOTE THAT Calendula should NOT be used on pregnant dogs or other pets. The salicylic acid found in leaves and stems may be toxic to cats.
Lavender – Freshens your mood by its intoxicating fragrance the moment you land in your Eden
A combo of beauty and scent, this herb is a must have in your garden. However, the internal benefits are many. An excellent astringent, lavender supports the pet’s nervous system, healthy joints, respiratory tract etc. The anti-bacterial and analgesic properties soothe any wound or itch on your dog’s skin.
Bee Balm – Also known as Monarda fistulosa, they are fanciful to your garden while working as a medicinal plant as well
Not only your dog’s urinary tract but skin, digestive tract, kidneys, skin as well benefits from Bee Balm. Bee Balm leaves are famous for their anti-septic and anti-fungal properties. It also helps in expelling gas from your pet’s body.
Thyme – Creepers of a kind, thyme leaves and flowers are all useful for any health condition in your pets
They are first priority for those dogs who are suffering from poor digestion or respiratory tract disorder. They offer myriad help such as anti-spasmodic, astringent, release gas, fight internal parasite, expectorant and so on.
It contains Thymol that fights any oral infection in dogs/cats such as gingivitis.
Your dog is one of the most selfless creature you will meet. So it’s up to you to ensure that he stays healthy at all times. These natural remedies assist your pet in many ways than you can imagine. However for safety measures it is always better to consult the Vet before ingesting them.
Originally posted 2016-03-16 00:00:02.