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Best Dogsterbs, Part 2

When Dogster first published their 10 Healing Herbs for Hounds and Humans, we posted links for more information about Neem, Yarrow and Arnica Montana. Read on for the next few natural remedies from the top ten list, with links for more information and comparison pricing.

NOTE: Please consult with your vet or a veterinary nutritionist regarding dosage or when considering any new supplements for your dog.

4. Valerian Root

What: Valeriana officinalis L. is a time-trusted all natural sedative and sleep-aide.

Why: Valerian can be beneficial for dogs who experience high anxiety during thunderstorms, on the Fourth of July or when traveling, Valerian can induce several hours of stress-free slumber. You will need to hide the powder or capsules in a flavorful treat to mask the pungent odor.

Valerian Root Powder (Tagar; Valeriana officinalis) 8 oz: B Valerian Root Powder (Valeriana officinalis) 

Actions: Sedative, Sleep-promoting. The World Health Organization also recommends Valerian as a mild sedative, pain-reliever and sleep-promoting agent. Valerian root contains many constituents, including essential oils that appear to contribute to the herb’s sedating qualities. [more]

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis; Jie Cao) 90 capsules: K Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) 90caps 

Promotes A Tranquil Sleep. Although the flowers are beautiful and sweet-smelling, it is the pungent root that is most sought after. Used since ancient times, valerian root is as popular today as ever for its beneficial properties. Valerian Root is one of Nature’s most effective herbs for supporting sound sleep, promoting relaxation and relieving anxiety.  [more]

Valerian Root by Nature's Way - 100 Capsules Valerian Root by Nature’s Way – 100 Capsules 

For Restful Sleep Valerian has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, promotes relaxation in individuals leading a hectic lifestyle, and helps support restful sleep. It was used and promoted anciently by 10th century Arabic physicians… [more]

5. Olive Leaf Extract

What: The extract of ground olive leaves (oleuropein) can be used as an all natural antibiotic.

Why: Antifungal properties in Olive Leaf Extract can help settle digestive issues if your dog experiences diarrhea from eating something rancid or other unexpected “treats” he found.

Olive Leaf Extract 60 Caps Olive Leaf Extract 60 Caps 

Olive Leaf ExtractVegetarian/KosherOlive Leaf Extract contains the highest quality and most biologically active Olive Leaf Extract. Olive Leaf Extract is a source of Oleuropein and Elenolic Acid. ! Standardized Extract (18% Oleuropein).

Olive Leaf Extract Cert Organic (Olea europaea) 1 fl oz: C Olive Leaf Extract Cert. Organic 1 fl oz 

Starwest Herbal Fluid Extracts are made to exacting standards, such as those of the German Pharmacopoeia, with a Certified Organic grain alcohol base. Olive leaves have always had a reputation as a health-enhancer. Olive leaf contains oleuropein and several types of flavonoids, including rutin, apigenin, luteolin. Oleuropein has been experimentally shown to decrease blood pressure and dilate the arteries surrounding the heart. [more]

6. Milk Thistle

What: Silymarin, the extract of this flowering plant is a potent natural antioxidant for people and pets.

Why: Many contend that milk thistle can help extend life by boosting and protecting the liver. With eye and liver health being linked, Milk Thistle can help prevent or reverse cloudy eyes (nuclear sclerosis) in dogs.

Milk Thistle 80% Silymarin Standardized Extract 60 / 150 mg vegicaps: C Milk Thistle 80% Silymarin Extract 60 / 150 mg vegicaps 

The therapeutic activity of silymarin is based on two sites or mechanisms of action: (a) it alters the structure of the outer cell membrane of the hepatocytes in such a way as to prevent penetration of the liver toxin into the interior of the cell; (b) it stimulates the action of nucleolar polymerase A, resulting in an increase in ribosomal protein synthesis, and thus stimulates the regenerative ability of the liver and the formation of new hepatocytes.’ [more]

Milk Thistle 1 Oz Alcohol free Milk Thistle 1 Oz Alcohol free 

Milk ThistleThe fruits of the milk thistle have been helpful for many years for a variety of conditions but especially for liver complaints. Traditionally, milk thistle flower heads, boiled and eaten like artichokes, were useful as a spring tonic after the winter months when people had been deprived of fresh vegetables. [more]

Don’t miss Part 1 of Dogster’s Top Ten Herbals list, and stay tuned for more recommended all natural remedies for dogs.

Read about all 10 herbal remedies in the Dogster list!

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