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Safe Chinchilla Herbs
While herbs are a safe treat for chinchillas, it is recommended to give in moderation - only a pinch [for fine ones], or 1 piece for others, is recommended about two or three times a week. Not all herbs can be mixed together, so please be careful when using herbs. Do not assume because they are herbs, it is safe to mix them.

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Alfalfa Leaf:
Used as an appetite stimulator, eases general digestive problems, gastritis and indigestion, stimulates the immune-system, used to cleanse the blood and will help detoxify the body, especially the liver. and used as a natural laxative.

Basil:
Has calming properties, good for loss of appetite, intestinal gas, anti-seizure/anti-spasmodic, helps calm the stomach, is effective against internal parasites and bacteria, and has vitamins B and C, which boost the immune system.

Bee Pollen:
Contains many nutrients that are key to strengthening the immune system, provides an overall nourishment of our body, is used as an appetite stimulant, helps to lower stress levels and enables people to better cope with stress, for premature aging, gastrointestinal (GI) problems, has many antioxidants and contains Vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, D and E. Unsafe for pregnant or nursing chinchillas

Blessed Thistle:
Blessed Thistle is used for loss of appetite & indigestion; to treat colds, cough, fever, bacterial infections, and diarrhea. It is also used as a diuretic for increasing urine output, and for promoting the flow of breast milk in new mothers. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not safe to use if pregnant. There is some evidence that it might not be safe during pregnancy. Itís also best to avoid blessed thistle if you are breast-feeding. Not enough is known about the safety of this product.

Calendula Flowers:
Calendula has been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation, aids the healing of wounds, is an anti-septic and improves blood flow to the affected area, has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases, used to prevent muscle spasms, and it is also believed that calendula may have some anti-spasmodic action. Unsafe when pregnant, or when nursing. There is a concern that it might cause a miscarriage. There isnít enough safety information about use during nursing.

Chamomile:
Some of the popular treatments it is known for include using it as a relaxing sleep aid for insomnia, digestion/intestinal conditions, to increase appetite, and minor stomach problems caused by indigestion. It's also a great calming herb that also has anti-seizure/anti-spasm qualities.

Dandelion:
Used for loss of appetite, has laxative effects, improves digestion, stimulates digestion, and intestinal gas.

Goji Berry:
Filled with powerful antioxidants, other compounds, and has compounds rich in vitamin A. Goji's also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds, maintains a healthy heart and circulation, boosts the immune system, helps to prevent growth of tumors and cancers, reduces stress & anxiety, promotes restorative sleep, promotes the absorption of calcium, combats urinary infections and protects against eye disease.

Hawthorne:
Has antioxidant properties, and is used for digestive system complaints such as indigestion, diarrhea & stomach pain, to reduce anixety, as a sedative, for most heart problems and is also used to treat tapeworm and other intestinal infections..

Jasmine:
Used to calm nerves, as an anti bacterial & anti viral, and also used for treatment of cancer.

Hibiscus:
Used to treat loss of appetite, stomach irritation, a gentle laxative, helps to sooth colds, calm nerves, lower blood pressure and is a source of Vitamin C.

Lavender:
Used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, anxiety, digestive complaints, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, and upset stomach.

Linden:
Linden leaf is used for colds, stuffy nose, sore throat, breathing problems such as bronchitis, headaches, fever, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, excessive bleeding (hemorrhage), nervous tension, insomnia, problems with incontinence, muscle spasms, to cause sweating and increase urine production. Not enough is known about the use of linden during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Marshmellow Root:
Marshmallow leaf and root are used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. They are also used for dry cough, inflammation of the lining of the stomach, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation, urinary tract inflammation, and stones in the urinary tract. People sometimes apply marshmallow leaf and root directly to the skin for pockets of infection (abscesses) and skin ulcers; and as a poultice for skin inflammation or burns, and for other wounds. Taking marshmallow at the same time you take medications by mouth can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction take marshmallow at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.

Nettle Leaf:
Nettle leaves are thought to have many beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, helpful for bladder and urinary tract function in both sexes, a diuretic, used to combat allergies such as hay fever, asthma, hives and other allergic dermatitis, effective at reducing symptoms of the digestive tract ranging from acid reflux, excess gas, nausea, colitis and celiac disease, relieves chest congestion and coughing, bronchitis, COPD and TB. Nettle is high in iron making it excellent for combating anemia and fatigue. Nettle also has high amounts of the vitamins A, C, D, K, and B complex. Unsafe when pregnant, nursing or if diabetic.

Oat Groats:
Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain, is used to help digestion problems, for anxiety, excitation and stress; as well as for weak bladder and kidney ailments.

Oatstraw:
Traditionally, this herb was thought to calm and heal nervous sysptom, help treat insomnia, anxiety, stress, nervousness & boosting the immune system. Anyone that has an allergy to oat flour should stay away from oat straw.

Oregano:
Oregano is known to have strong antibacterial properties, a powerful source of many antioxidant vitamins which are thought to play a role in many forms of cancer, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, coughs, urinary problems, and bronchial problems.

Peppermint:
Used for the common cold, cough, sinus infections, and respiratory infections, digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, gas, and helps to increase the appetite.

Poplar:
There's a long history of using poplar buds to treat various health problems. Poplar buds are used as an anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, & expectorant properties. It is also used for upper respiratory tract infections. The natural antibiotic nature of the resin is sought by bees and used in the construction of their hives. Not to be taken or used by nursing mothers or if sensitive to aspirin.

Raspberry Leaf:
Known as the best single herb for total uterine health, contains an assortment of vitamins including Vitamin B complex, calcium, iron, magnesium. Used (GI) tract disorders, including diarrhea, respiratory system disorders [flu],heart problems, fever, diabetes, and vitamin deficiency. Raspberry leaf is also used to promote sweating, urination, and bile production. Caution if pregnant, red raspberry might act like the hormone estrogen, and this might harm the pregnancy.

Red Clover Blossom:
Used for cancer prevention, indigestion, high cholesterol, whooping cough, cough, respitatory problems such as asthma & bronchitis, constipation, sluggish appetites and is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Unsafe for pregnant chinchillas

Roses:
Roses are rich in vitamins [A, B, C, E, & K] and minerals such as zinc, iron and selenium. There are many medicinal uses for roses, and some of the uses are as follows: digestive disorders -- such as flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, fever, bronchial infections, depression, fatigue, stress & anxiety, colds, fluid retention, anti-inflammatory, a cooling agent, they help improve blood circulation, UTIs, heart disease, stimulate the liver, and increase the appetite.

Rosehips:
Used to control diarrhea, to boost the immune system, preventing & treating colds, stomach irritations, and a good natural source of vitamin C. Interactions Be cautious: Aluminum, Estrogens, Fluphenazine (Prolixin), Lithium, Warfarin (Coumadin), Aspirin, Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate (Trilisate), Salsalate (Disalcid) interacts with Rose Hips

Thyme:
Used as an astringent, aromatic, anti-septic, and anti-fungal, it helps to improve digestion, relax spasms, control coughing, for intestinal gas, diarrhea, some respiratory conditions, and as an appetite stimulant.
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