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.
These are guide lines, not hard and fast rules. For example, use less of an herb that is dense and heavy, more of an herb that is light and fluffy, less of an herb that is flagrant and in excellent condition, and more of an herb that is old and old and tired looking. Everything depends on the quality of the herb and the tea’s purpose.
CHAMOMILE INFUSION (IN TERNAL ANDVEXTERNAL)
Recommended fot dogs and cats improved digestion and to relieved stress and insomnia. Use externally as an eyewash, woundrinse, and coat treatment.
Pour 1 cup almost-boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons dried or 1 or 2 tablespoons fresh chamomile blossoms. Cover and let stand 10 to 15 minutes or until cool to the touch. Strain.
Add this tea to your pet’s food or drinking water for improved digestion and to help the animal relax or sleep well. Use as a wash to clean debris from cuts or abrasions, or a a rinse to improve coat condition. Chamomile mat temporarily darken white fur, so this rinse is not recommended for very light coats.
To use as a soothing eye wash, strain through coffe-filter paper to remove all plant material, add a pinch of unrefined sea salt (just enough to make the tea taste slightly taste slightly salty, like human tears), then saturate cotton balls or cotton square (never use cotton buds) and place them over your pet’s closed eyes. Hold in place for several seconds. Repeat as needed.
Decoctions: A decoction is a simmered or boiled tea. Roots and seeds are brewed by thi method, though some roots with volatile oils require the more gentle infusion procedure, and some leaves must be simmered instead of steeped. Always check individual decriptions in herb reference books.
Your Pet’s Pharmacy/Herbal Preparations
(Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen)