(FAQ) Herbs (T)

Common herbs and spices



xx Herbs for Pets

Scientific: Curcuma longa, Cur­cuma domestica [WikiPedia]

Appearance: A yellow coloured powder ground from the root of the turmeric plant. The turmeric plant grows in India and Indonesia and is related to the ginger family (it is a common ingredient in curries). Curcumin is a key chemical in turmeric.

Parts Used: Roots.

Common Uses: Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In Southeast Asia, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its brilliant yellow colour, turmeric is also known as “Indian saffron”. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance, as indicated by the over 3000 publications dealing with turmeric that came out within the last 25 years.

  • Prevents and shrinks cancerous tumours
  • Shields against carcinogenic effects of environmental toxins
  • Prevents or reduces pain associated with arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis
  • Renders inactive platelet-activating factors (PAF), preventing or curing atherosclerosis (plaque build-up within the arteries)
  • Aids in the digestion of fats and sugars
  • Stops cholesterol from forming into gallstones
  • Counteracts a variety of food allergies
  • Reduces gingivitis and bad breath

Alternatives and Adjuncts:

Topic Specific References:

  • Turmeric for Cats and Dogs [Ref]
  • Turmeric, the Golden Spice [Ref]

Used In:

  • Doggobone Active Raw Meals
  • Honeyvale Herbs Rebound Herbal Solutions

PLEASE NOTE that herbal and other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.

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If you are feeding herbs for healing or calming purposes then it is most effective to feed the herbs on a daily basis throughout one full blood cycle, which is 3 months (12 weeks). The condition should be vastly improved over this time to the point where further supplementation should no longer be necessary.

Please ensure that you are familiar with our [medical disclaimer]. We provide these herbal solutions for your convenience only, and because we know they work for the conditions that these solutions have been formulated for.

Herbs as a rule should not be fed to pregnant animals, as many of them have uterine or hormonal stimulant properties. Before feeding a herb to a broodmare or foal, please consult with a [vet or holistic animal practitioner] to substantiate safety of a specific herb. The information provided by us on this site is intended solely for animals older than six months of age.