I was reading this article and wanted to share the amazing information about herbs for the health and well being of your happy dog.
In short herbs are simply plants that possess healing properties that extend beyond those that are normally found in most whole, healthy foods. I’m going to list out the ones that I think will be most beneficial.
Parsley Leaves and Roots –
(valued for their antibacterial and diuretic (urination increasing) activities; the seeds, when brewed into a tea and cooled for use as a skin and coat rinse, can heal bites and repel fleas. It is this unique “medicinal-food” property that sets herbs apart from pharmaceutical drugs.
This is a gentle and effective remedy that can be safely in a broad variety of applications. For example, when used topically or internally the chamomile flower has a volatile oil and has been shown to help relieve muscle spasms. In the digestive tract, chamomile eases nervous spasms, helps to expel gas, aids in the production of bile to improve digestion, and reduces inflammation throughout. Excellent remedy for chronic and acute gastric disorders, including various forms of inflammatory bowel disease. For these applications the cooled tea can be fed at a rate of one to four tablespoons for each 30 lbs. of your dogs weight, simply by adding it to his drinking water.
Fennel seeds serves as a gentle anti-gas agent that can be added directly to your dogs food. 1 teaspoon is great. Even better is use 1 teaspoon of fresh fennel to 8oz of boiling water and steep until cool. This can be fed at a rate of 2-4 tablespoons for each 20 lbs. of your dogs weight, or it can added to the drinking water as generously as the dog will tolerate.
This is an extremely useful herb. At the top of its medicinal attributes is the relief of gas and other digestive problems that are secondary to general nervousness, excitability, or irritability.
Rosemary also contains Borneol and other volatile oils that are known to exert antispasmodic activity upon the heart and other smooth muscle tissues this not only helps moderate cardiac arrhythmia, but also strengthens heart function, making Rosemary especially useful in older dogs. The rosmarinic acid contained in the plant is also believed to have pain killing properties.
For any of these applications, a starting dose of 0.5 ml. About one eighth of a teaspoon of Rosemary tincture can be given orally for each 20 pounds of a dog’s body weight up to 3 times a day
Thyme’s medicinal activity is attributable to its volatile oil. Thyme is a very good antiseptic for the mouth and throat useful for fighting gingivitis in dogs. In fact, thyme is used as it the active ingredient in many commercial toothpastes. Thyme with its infection fighting qualities makes the herb useful in easing bronchial spasms that are related to asthma and other respiratory problems. A glycerin tincture with honey (1/4 tsp) for every 30 pounds taken internally 2x a day should do the trick. A cool tea will work too! For infections of the mouth or a preventative against gingivitis, a thyme tincture or very strong tea can be applied directly to the gums with a swab.
REF: Whole Dog Journal pages 11-13