Ever wonder why your cat or dog loves hanging around the spice cabinet? Not only do herbs smell great but some of them will benefit your pet’s health! Here is a list of the best herbs to grow inside this winter for your cat or dog. Try adding the following herbs into your pet’s food or just let them nibble on it.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): Lemon balm is great for senior pets because of its ability to strengthen memory. It also works to promote the nervous system and has a mild sedative effect to reduce anxiety, nervousness, and mild insomnia. It’s great for hyperactive dogs and makes your house smell fresh!
Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Peppermint is perfect for nausea and indigestion. It’s antibacterial qualities and natural essential oils also make Peppermint a great breath freshener for that stinky dog breath. Plenty of commercial dog treats and food use peppermint in their recipes but you can add a few leaves to dog food to give them minty fresh breath as well! It can also work to relieve pain from toothaches.
Basil (Ociumum basilicum): This herb has anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It is loaded with antioxidants as well as essential vitamins and minerals. It’s a great way to safely add a burst of flavour to your pup’s meals or treats.
Sage (Salvia officinalis): This herb is loaded with antioxidants to help keep your dog healthy and strong. Sage also has a high content of vitamins and minerals like: vitamin A, E, K, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc! Dogs can eat this herb fresh or dried. Sage is great for aiding in the digestion of fats and proteins. This makes it great for relieving bloating and gas is why it is also found in NaturPet D Wormer.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis): Calendula is amazing at healing wounds and relieving pain because of its ability to promote tissue repair. A tea or salve of calendula is great for rashes, itching, insect bites, eczema, and dry skin in general. It is naturally antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory making it perfect for your first aid kit!
Cat Grass (Dactylis glomerata): This one is obvious, cats love it and growing it in yourself will save money. Cat grass is great for improving digestion and bulking stool. Perfect for indoor cats who want to play in the grass like outdoor cats.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon): Lemongrass has a great smell that both people and cats love! This plant is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, and has properties that improve digestion.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Valerian, like catnip, has a sedative effect on humans but for cats both these herbs act as stimulants. Some cats who don’t like catnip should give try valerian a try! Veterinarians say that it can make cats go even crazier than they do for catnip. It can also help calm anxiety when combined with other herbs. NaturPet Home Alone contains valerian and several other herbs to help calm anxieties.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): An herb that both cats and their owners will find has a tranquilizing effect. The smell is sweet and soothing and can have many applications including a calming tea or luxurious warming bath for human companions.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): This entire plant can be used medicinally but the root is more commonly used for teas and poultices. A cooled tea makes a great wound disinfectant for cats, especially for bites and scratches from other cats, because it has a strong antiseptic effect. It also works great to soothe itchy, red skin. Goldenseal can be found in NaturPet Healing Spray to help clean and heal wounds. It is also found in NaturPet Urinary Care to help fight and prevent infections.
It’s not recommended to replace herbs with essential oil as they can harm your pet. Cats are particularly sensitive to essential oil reactions because they tend to absorb much more of the oils from their fur when they bathe themselves. Lemon and lime oils that should never be used on cats. There is a chemical in the lemon and lime skins where the oil is extracted that cannot be broken down by the liver. It is always best to just stay away from all essential oils when it comes to cats. There are some essential oils that are safe for dogs as long as they are diluted. Lemongrass, neem, cedarwood, eucalyptus and clove essential oils are all beneficial to dogs skin and coat. But as a rule of thumb, if you are unsure, best not to use essential oils on pets.
Have fun growing these herbs on your window sill this winter! Your pets will thank you.