Tips from our herbalist: August

Monday 01 August 2016

Prevention is better than cure: Jane Wallwork-Gush shares some herbal tips for keeping your furry friends fit and healthy.

There are a number of approaches to using herbal medicine with animals; Zoopharmacognosy or the principle of animal self-selection, homeopathy and adding herbs singularly or in blends to the feed, and of course external or topical applications. As a herbalist and small-holder, Jane has a simple and practical approach to herbal animal care to keep her companions in good health.
Prevention is better than cure. Jane’s dogs Teasel and Loop have a green food supplement daily in their dinner. The constituents of this blend boost immunity and provide a good source of nutrients in addition to their food.

It is important to have a few standard remedies and base herbs available for use. It is not always viable practically or economically to have a wide and varied selection of plants, oils and other preparations to hand, particularly essential oils as these can be expensive. With a few simple herbs, powders, oils and essential oils a basic kit is easy to use and maintain and can support your animals in good health. Having a great relationship with your vet and accurate diagnosis is vital, however, we don’t wish to see him too often!

100g    Wheatgrass
100g    Barleygrass
150g    Spinach Powder
100g    Bladderwrack
150g   Ascophyllum Fine Granules
150g   Nettle Powder
100g   Cleavers
100g   Dandelion Leaf
50g     Spirulina Powder

Weigh all the ingredients into a bowl and mixed thoroughly.

Small breeds 2.5ml per day
Medium breeds 5ml per day
Large breeds 7.5ml – 10ml per day