One of my favorites: Calendula officinalis. Also known as pot marigold, calendula is part of the sunflower family. This flower is a power house! The parts used for medicinal purposes are the flowers. Medicinal activities include: anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, liver stimulant, antibacterial, astringent, wound healing, increases lymph circulation, anti-fungal, etc.
Uses in minor cuts, insect bites, abrasions. Using a salve or ointment infused with calendula provides soothing relief to pain and swelling while healing wounds with its anti-microbial properties. These properties make it useful for treating burns, eczema, poison Ivy, sunburn. A water infusion may be used for an eyewash for conjunctivitis. Tinctures are helpful with treating inflammation of the digestive or urinary tracts. The list goes on!
Although calendula is one of the safest herbs, it is know to stimulate menstruation, so it should be avoided during early pregnancy. It also may contain a small amount of salicylic acid, that is potentially toxic to cats. Even though this compound is likely confined to the leaves and stems of the plant, it’s presence should be taken into consideration before long term use for cats.
**As always, consult with your veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian before introducing herbal remedies, especially if your pet is on medication.