Herbs for Cats

by Lorre Smith

Herbs, Historical Uses, and Prices

Herbs really help us. Why? Because they are foods Loaded with nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and more) the body uses to achieve and maintain health.

Do herbs cure? No. They nourish. If the body has the ability to heal, it will use the raw materials found in foods to do its own healing work. Herbs do not heal. They feed. Herbs do not force the body to maintain and repair itself. The simply support the body in these natural functions.

Are there certain herbs for certain diseases? Herbs do not address disease. Herbs have been chosen--over hundreds of years of history--to feed and buttress the body. For instance, you might eat carrots for good eyesight and broccoli for immune-supporting anti-oxidants. Are carrots and broccoli cures for glaucoma and cancer? No! But, wouldn't you consume these nourishing herbal foods "at times of" these afflictions? History's answer is yes!

This information is for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have a serious health problem please consult a competent health practitioner.

You can purchase herbs at many local stores.  We recommend Nature's Sunshine, because of the quality and effectiveness.

Acidophilus Intestinal flora that keeps bad bacteria in check. Antibiotics kill acidophillus so use especially after antibiotics treatment.

ALJ Serious help for those chronic upper respiratory problems.

Black Walnut Extract Fights fungal infections and expels tapeworms, parasites and ringworms. Give internally. Also apply externally to ringworms. 

Catnip Catnip is said to prevent miscarriage and premature births.

Damiana Damiana is a rejuvenator of the sexual organs. It will increase sperm count in males and will also balance the hormones in females as well as strengthen their eggs. It has the reputation of having the ability to restore natural sexual functions, and can help combat frigidity. In general it aids in bringing the female into heat and will help to correct nervousness, weakness and exhaustion.

Dong Quai Referred to as the "Queen" of all Female Herbs. Dong Quai can rejuvenate and normalize the female's ovaries and strengthen the womb. It also stimulates the female hormone production so as to stop growth of ovarian cysts. This is the second half of the treatment that I used to correct my queen's infertility
problem, which lead to the litter of four instead of one. However, this is not my herb of choice for this now, because I have found a combination of herbs that uses Dong Quai as its main ingredient. This combination is called FC with Dong Quai, and is described later in this pamphlet.

Echinacea ***This is a favorite of mine. Called the "King of the Blood Purifiers." Echinacea does wonders for raising the imunity level of the body. It is rapidly absorbed into the kidneys where it cleanses and strenghtens that organ as well as the spleen, pancreas and liver. It can help to heal certain forms of cancer. The betaine and caffeic acid glycoside in echinacea rearrange and reorganize enzyme pattern systems within the body. This removes viral formations that might be hostile. I keep this on the kitchen table and use it for everyone in the household.

FC with Dong Quai A combination of herbs that will cleanse the blood and strenghten the uterus wall, the ovaries and the womb. The combination contains natural estrogen, the female hormone as capsules well as an herb to help balance all the hormones. I cannot stress enough that this herbal must never be used for a queen during pregnancy. This is only a preparatory program for before breeding. There are herbs for during pregnancy if that is desired.

Garlic Oil A natural antibiotic. Animals love the flavor. Helps repel fleas, especially when combined with Three (described later.)

Herbal CA A natural source of calcium, readily assimilated by the body. It's chief herb, alfalfa, contains one of the richest vitamin and mineral sources of all plants.

HSN Nutrition for the hair, skin and nails. Encourages healthy coats.

Marshmallow (No not the kind from the candy store.) **This is a very useful herb. It is good for all lung ailments. It helps to relax the bronchial tubes while soothing and healing, therefore removing mucus from the lungs. MOST mportant though it triggers muscle reflexes in the mammary glands which produce milk, increasing the flow of milk of lactating mothers. 

Myrrh Myrrh is a Bacteriostatic inhibitor which stops the production of staph and E Coli Viruses. Also administered during the first few weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester in humans), it helps the fetus attach to the uterine wall, therefore helping to prevent miscarriage. This is what I used for my queen that had previously had two miscarriages.

Pau D'Arco ***If all you can ever afford is one herb, this should be the one. Also known as Ta Heebo. It contains antibiotic properties with virus-killing ability. Strengthens the immune system. South American countries distribute this freely to cancer and luekemia patients. Helps reduce tumors\polyps, pain, fungus, warts and anemia. This is the first step in my treatment for infertility.

Red Raspberry Strengthens the uterus. A definite aid in labor and delivery. Helps prevent hemorrhaging; enriches and increases colostrum. 

Slippery Elm Excellent for diarrhea! Soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the stomach, bowels, kidneys and any other irritated areas. 

STR-J Comparable to Valerian or Be Calm. A must for showing. Many parents use this for hyperactive children. 

Tei Fu Essential Oils Use topically to stop bleeding from bites and scratches. Also fights inflammation that often follows bites and scratches. Can be used on nose leather (just a tiny drop) to help breathing when there is congestion.
Three Contains three tonic herbs--alfalfa, dandelion and kelp. Serves as an all purpose vitamin/mineral supplement. Even contains those hard to find trace minerals. Helps correct dietary defiencies. Kills fleas (even more effective when combined with Garlic oil). Promotes shiny coats. 

Yellow Dock **Again, one of my favorites. Excellent for ear mites. Make into a tea* and dab directly into the ear with a cotton swab. One application usually does the trick, but you might want to follow up to be on the safe side.
****Yellow Dock is somewhat of an antibiotic but most important it inhibits the growth of staph and E. coli bacteria. This is very interesting to those of us that know most pyometra infections, when cultured, are either staph, E. coli or both. 

Zinc Assists coat growth. Needed to produce male hormones, metabolize proteins, and repair injured tissues. Also helps appetite and digestion. 

*To make a tea: Boil 1/4 cup water, add contents of capsule, let steep 5-10 minutes. Strain through coffee filter. Put into eye dropper bottle. Refrigerate unused portion in sealed bottle. Discard all tea after 3 days.