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Herbs have a long history of being used for treating and preventing ailments in humans. Apart from adding the extra punch to your food and smelling good, they can help your dog too. If you have the space in your house to grow herbs (a window box would do), grow plants that can treat some of the common ailments. You can save a lot of money on vet visits.
- Aloe Vera – The medicinal value of this spiky herb has been well documented since ancient times. It helps to heal stomach ulcers and wounds, among other things. You will be happy to know that it is beneficial to your dog too. It can be applied topically – you can use the natural gel in the leaf for treating scrapes, minor irritations, and burns or administer it internally to help with conditions like constipation, gas, or infections.
- Calendula flowers – The sunny and bright flowers of this herb is used for treating scrapes, cuts and wounds in humans as well as dogs. While it has a variety of applications (anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and cooking supplement), it is mostly used on wounds. The flower petals are great as a wound dressing. You can also brew into a tea and use it as an antiseptic wash. It will help prevent the growth of bacteria on your dog's skin.
- Ginger – Apart from tasting really good, the root of the herb has been used for ages as a medicinal herb. It can be made into a tincture or tea, and is perfect for settling upset tummies.
- Goldenseal – This has nothing to do with seals or gold, sadly. This herb is pone of the most powerful natural antibiotics and it is extremely effective in preventing bacteria from attaching themselves to the cell wall. It can be brewed into a tea, or used as a tincture or wash for dogs that have weepy eyes or eye infections. It is also useful in treating bowel and stomach ailments.
- Milk thistle – This herb guards the liver against any damage and also improves its function. If your dog has been on any medication that affects his liver, this is a great supplement to use.
- Chamomile, Valerian and California Poppy – These three herbs are perfect for treating hyperactive dogs. They are the best natural relaxants for your pup, and they also have additional health benefits, like lowering the blood pressure, controlling asthma and working against those pesky little parasites. Teas, extracts, and tinctures all work really well. With Valerian, you need only a few drops.
Of course, as is the case with any treatment, make sure that you consult the vet beforehand. Also read a guide on how to grow an outdoor or indoor herb garden. Your dog has every right to benefit from these naturally occurring wellness boosters, but it must be done under professional supervision.