Chamomile
Primary Medicinal Uses
Antispasmodic, expelling intestinal gas, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, sedative, stimulant of digestion, wound healing, expelling worms
Preparations
Oil or water infusion, tincture, salve, ointment, fomentation
Common Uses

Chamomile is a great herb for indigestion, gas and vomiting. It is also useful for treating stomach upset due to nervousness and hyperexcitability. This is due to chamomile’s flavonoid constituents.

Chamomile helps to stimulate production of bile, ease nervous spasms and helps to expel gas, making it a good remedy for chronic or acute gastric disorders including inflammatory bowel disease.

Chamomile can also be used to treat skin inflammations, including fleabites, allergies and bacterial or fungal infections. It can also be used to treat conjunctivitis, acting as an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial eyewash.

Chamomile also may have tonic effects on the smooth muscle in the body, especially that of the heart, bladder and uterus. Uterine tonics may be beneficial before pregnancy and during late-term pregnancy.

Chamomile also makes a good wormer, because it is relatively non-toxic when compared to other herbal wormers. It is particularly effective against roundworms and whipworms, and offers anti-inflammatory activity to counteract the damage of intestinal parasites.

Instructions

For treating skin inflammations, use a cooled water infusion of chamomile flowers as a rinse.

For treating conjunctivitis, use a cooled infusion that has been strained through a coffee filter and diluted with a saline solution until it is transparent and light yellow. Apply several times a day liberally.

For internal use, a glycerin tincture of chamomile can be administered in doses of 0.25-0.50 millilitres per 20 pounds of the animal’s body weight, twice daily. The tincture can either be added to the animal’s water, or given by mouth.

To treat gingivitis, apply a tincture directly to the gums of the animal using a cotton swab.

For treatment of asthma, allergies, bronchitis, etc, use chamomile extract in a vaporizer or in boiling water for inhalation treatment.

Cautions
Sources
Wulff-Tilford, Mary, and Gregory L. Tilford. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets. Irvine, CA: BowTie, 1999. Print.