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Friday, March 14, 2014

Puppy Zen: The Benefits of Chammomile

So as part of our wellness routine, we are working to improve not only our bodies, but our mind as well.  To achieve this goal, we have incorporated meditation and herbal teas into our regimen.  While we haven't figured out how to teach our dogs to meditate, we can incorporate the benefits of chamomile to infuse more calm into their life.

The chamomile flower is a member of the daisy family and has been used in medicinal remedies for centuries.  Due to its safe and versatile properties, it is no wonder this is a highly popular herbal ingredient.

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So, how can chamomile benefit your pup?

Chamomile is highly beneficial in creating a "calming effect" on dogs (and humans).  The herb has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe upset stomachs.  So, if your pup has a sensitive tummy or is not feeling well, this is a great way to help relieve this discomfort.  In addition, chamomile can also act as a mild sedative helping nervous pups to relax and remain in a state of zen.  We have a friend who always packs chamomile tea packets with her to use when she is travelling with her pup.  This way she can easily brew a little bit of tea to help calm his nerves when he is hopping around from airport to airport.

Ways to incorporate chamomile into your dog's diet...

Brew a pot of chamomile tea and add enough tea to make the solution a bit stronger than you would normally brew.  This would be approximately 3-4 bags of chamomile tea.  Don't worry too much about the strength of the solution as chamomile is mild and quite safe.  Then allow the tea to chill in the refrigerator until cool.  Once appropriately cooled, you can add the tea one tablespoon at a time into a water dish, pour over food, or simply give on its own.

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