HERBAL FIRST AID FOR YOUR PET: STRESS ~ VALERIAN/SKULLCAP/CHAMOMILE

The following condition can be quickly and successful healed through the proper use if herbs. For best results and fresh, raw food (as described in chapter 1), daily exposure to natural light, pure water, clean air, regular exercise, and a peaceful environment. Refer to the pages indicated below for a suggested herbal therapy. This condition and others are described in more detail in The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care.

STRESS pgs: 137, 139, 160 bookmarked.

External Applications:

Applying herbs by ear: Herbal preparations designed for internal consumption can also be applied by ear. Not many pet owners or veterinarians know about this method, but it works effectively for many medicinal-strength teas and tinctures, especially those that tone and nourish the nerves. Be sure that the liquid is at or close to body temperature. Use an eyedropper to place the liquid in your pet’s ear gently (it helps if the animal is lying down on his/her side). Hold the ear closed, massage it, and keep the animal quiet for as long as possible. Even if your pet shakes his/her head, liquid dropped deep into the ear canal will be absorbed into the body. 

This is the method the famous American Herbalist John Christopher used to cure epilepsy, as described in my Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, (to follow). His B&B tincture (equal parts blue cohosh, black cohosh, blue vervain, skullcap, and lobelia in grain alcohol) applied by ear has treated both people and pets with not only seizures but all types of nerve disorders. One advantage to this method is that it bypasses the digestive process, which can break down some of a plant’s medicinal constituents before they reach the bloodstream.

Please Note: This method is not recommended for tinctures that cause skin irritation or for essential oils.

RELAXING EAR BLEND

Recommended for apprehensive dogs and cats during thunderstorms; when moving to a new home, traveling, boarding away from home or going to the veterinarian; when taking classes or competing; when adjusting to the arrival of new people or animals; when left alone (separation anxiety); or whenever stress is a problem.

Combine equal parts valerian, skullcap, and chamomile tinctures. Using an eyedropper, place 3 drops of this blend into each ear per 10 pounds of body weight. If possible, tilt your pet’s head, hold the ear closed, and massage the ear to distribute the tincture.

Repeat  the dosage as needed during the day. If desired, dose the animal by mouth as well, using the schedule on page 123, to follow. In addition, massage a dropperful of tincture into the skin at the back of the neck.

Other relaxing nervines can be substituted, such as kava, hops, passionflower, or oatstraw, or use Dr. Christopher’s B&B tincture (see page 159, to follow).

COMPRESSES:

A compress is the application of cold herbal tea or a diluted tincture on a saturated towel or thick cloth.

DR. CHRISTOPER’S B&B TINCTURE (Page 159)

Equal parts: Blue Cohosh; Black Cohosh; Blue Vervain; Skullcap; and Lobelia in a grain alcohol. Applied by ear.

Your Pet’s Herbal Pharmacy/Herbal Preparations

(Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen)

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