Various Herbs used by Holistic Care Veterinarians

3 min read
Jan 21, 2022

Homeopathic and alternative treatments are becoming more common in human healthcare. 
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It is recommended that pet parents leave the treatment of illnesses or accidents to highly trained veterinarians.  However, it can be beneficial to be informed about holistic treatments. Here is a list of herbs and what holistic veterinarians commonly use them for:

  • Aloe: Minor burns, skin irritation, stomach disorders
  • Borage: Fever, inflammation, respiratory infections, stress
  • Bupleurum: Fever, irritability
  • Chamomile: Anxiety, flatulence, indigestion, inflammation, healing of wounds
  • Comfrey: Bruises, burns, ulcers, healing external wounds
  • Echinacea: Viral and bacterial illness, eczema, skin issues or problems
  • Fennel: Colic, flatulence, indigestion, coughs
  • Ginger: Motion sickness, dizziness, digestion
  • Goldenseal: Digestion, inflammation, infection
  • Hawthorn: Insomnia, heart trouble, nervousness
  • Lavender: Nervous exhaustion, insomnia, rheumatic pain
  • Marigold: Bruises, burns, healing wounds, skin inflammation, conjunctivitis (pink eye), fungal infections, adenoid issues
  • Milk Thistle: Liver disorders, psoriasis
  • Mullen: Diarrhea, hemorrhoids, bronchitis, coughs
  • Nettle: Constipation, allergies
  • Peppermint: Indigestion, nausea
  • Red Raspberry: Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • Rosemary: Headaches, muscular pain, neuralgia (nerve pain), general debility, digestive problems
  • Tangerine Peel: Promotes digestion
  • White Willow: Fever, inflammation
  • Yarrow: Wounds, high blood pressure

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