Rosemary is an herb that I highly recommend you have on hand if at all possible. It is not an expensive herb and is massively helpful in emergencies. If I had to choose only two I could have it would be lavender and Rosemary.
Some of my favorite times to use rosemary is when the rabbit seems a little bloated or needs to be encouraged to eat. Basically, a scenario where an antibiotic is not needed.
What Rosemary Can Do
- Expels intestinal gas
- Promotes menstrual discharge
- Insect Repellent.
I can not say enough in favor of this herb. It is extremely useful in animals that are prone to nervousness, excitability, and irritability.
Give rosemary to animals that are recovering from a fearful, traumatic experience or shock. It also does wonders for animals who are prone to bloat. If livestock such as rabbits, goats, and sheep are going to a new home it is defiantly worth feeding rosemary for a few days before the animal goes to its new home.
If my younger rabbits feel a little big or to firm around the belly I will give them a sprig. I also give them some the day they will be leaving to go to their new home wither way because travel can be hard on them.
Give 1/8 Teaspoon of tincture orally for every 20 pounds of the animal’s body weight up to three times daily. Herbivores can be given 1 tablespoon for every 5 pounds of body weight. Or about 5 inches of the fresh plant for every five pounds up to three times per day.
Not recommended for pregnant animals. It could cause a miscarriage.
Where to get herbs.
I do not recommend using cooking herbs because they are dried at such a high heat they tend to lose their medicinal properties. They still hold the flavor but likely will not be a great help if you are looking to use the herb for emotional help.
The bags from amazon are the best price however I know that buying a whole pound might seem a little much. You can find smaller amounts but they are not a whole lot different from buying all 16oz. If you keep it in a dry and dark place you can keep it for over a year.
If you want to learn more about the other herbs I use check out this post.