iGen21 February 2017 - Page 23

That night we went home hoping that tomorrow we'd hear from the rescue organization. But, as it turns out, Lilly is magical and she quickly cast a spell over us. She thought she existed to follow me around, and our bond grew every day that she was with us. A few days later when mom had her evaluated by the rescue organization, we were pretty sure she’d already found her forever home.

After nearly two months of herbal treatments, Lilly is now a happy, mostly healthy dog who loves going on two mile hikes with her humans. Her coat is soft and glossy; her asthma has definitely improved, and her allergies are almost gone. We’re still treating Lilly with herbs, and she begs for her tea when we make it. I think she knows that her body needs these herbal nutrients to heal. Want to learn more about giving herbs to your furry friends? Check out my YouTube channel Paws for Herbs or my website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yAXXJgOdY0 and PawsforHerbs.com.

Below are the herbs we’ve been giving Lilly with their Latin botanical names in parenthesis.

Mullein (Verbascus thapsum) - a natural bronchiodilator; historically used to treat asthma, coughs, and other lung issues

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) - traditionally used to treat allergies or infections in the eyes

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) - one of the most common herbs for supporting the liver; great at helping the body to detox

Dandelion Root (Teraxacum officinale) - great for kidney support and given to Lilly because she wasn’t drinking or peeing much and had a swollen vulva

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - soothing herb that is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiparasitic; a vulnerary herb meaning it heals wounds inside and out; calendula is especially great for the skin