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German Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla)
Chamomile is one of the most commonly thought about supplements used with modern tea, especially in portions of the United States. Whenever someone thinks about chamomile, they might not even consider that it can be used topically to treat a range of skin conditions. Even for dogs that are suffering from dry, cracked paws, chamomile has some potent properties that make it an important ingredient for dry, cracked paws.
Why do dogs lick their feet? Mostly it’s because they are painful. This is often the result of dried skin, cracking, and possibly even bleeding.
Chamomile has been used for millennia in numerous cultures, for medicinal purposes and as a mild sedative. It’s one of the main reasons why it is commonly used in tea, especially during the later evening and nighttime hours. It has been used to treat a range of health issues, including heartburn, nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting.
It can also be effective at helping the skin to heal more effectively when used in topical form, which is what paw soothers do for dogs.
Why Use German Chamomile for Dogs
There has been more research being conducted in recent years about the positive effects of chamomile for various skin conditions. In fact, some research is now indicating that it can be just as effective as hydrocortisone cream for treating eczema, a dry skin condition.
Dogs don’t have the ability to produce fatty acids in their body, which is an important component of healthy skin, a strong, healthy snout, and even strong, healthy paws. When they don’t get the right supplements of these fatty acids, it can lead to a dry condition and even cracking.
Essential Properties of German Chamomile
There are numerous chemical compounds that make up chamomile, including some of the following:
When used as a topical cream, or in a topical cream with other ingredients, it can be highly effective at providing comfort and improving healing. This helps dogs to feel better and have healthier paws in a shorter amount of time.
History of Chamomile
Chamomile is derived from daisy like plants that are commonly found throughout the world. There is some documentation that highlights the uses of chamomile throughout history as a mild sedative, for treating certain allergies, alleviating muscle spasms and more.
Today, chamomile is commonly used as a supplement or as a tea, but it can also be applied topically. When a dog’s paws become dry and cracked, it’s important to treat them as quickly as possible as that can bring comfort and healing more rapidly. With chamomile as an active ingredient in the right ointment, healing will come faster and that will result in a more active dog and comfort for both dog and its best friend.
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