4 calming herbs to support your dog

Your dogs’ anxiety can turn any situation into no fun for anyone, them or you.  Beyond that, anxiety can lead to chronic health issues.  So it is important to support your dog’s emotional well-being.   Here are 4 calming herbs that we use in our #20 Keep Cool to support dogs with stress.

Catnip for your dog.
Catnip is useful for calming the nerves and helping with anemia.  It also contains some antibiotic properties.   It is a mild tonic for colds, flu, and fevers. It can also help stimulate the appetite.  It was used to introduce sweating without increasing body heat, as a sedative for pain, restlessness, convulsions, and insomnia.

Chamomile for your dog.
Chamomile is one of the best known herbs and its sedative qualities are helpful for nervousness.  Chamomile is often used to calm nerves and reduce stress.  It is also common to use to aid in digestion and relieve indigestion.  It works by relaxing the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract.  Chamomile contains a natural hormone similar to thyroxine that helps strengthen the hair and skin.  Chamomile has been found to cleanse the liver and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Hops for your dog.
Hops are best known for their sedative action.  They are also used for their antibiotic properties.  They have a relaxing effect on the liver and a laxative effect on the bowels.  The seventeenth-century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper suggested using hops to open obstructions of the liver, cleanse the blood, loosen the belly, cleanse the veins, and promote urine.

Valerian for your dog.
The Greeks used Valerian as a decongestant, for digestion, nausea, and urinary tract disorders.  Native Americans used it for healing wounds.  Valerian is beneficial for the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, nerves, and brain.  It is a strong nervine herb that produces a calming effect to aid individuals suffering from insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms, and nervous tension.

Looking at each herb you see multiple benefits to not only support your dog’s anxiety, but other areas of their health.  So know that when you are supporting you’re your dog’s emotional well-being you are also supporting so much more with #20 Keep Cool.

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