Chamomile and lavender plants calm a dog who sniffs the plants. Dogs can also eat the plants and get the same effect.
Rosemary and mint plants energize a dog who sniffs the plants. Bonus: If they eat the mint, their breath will smell better.
Barley grass aids in digestion. Dogs eat grass when their tummies hurt. They’re self-medicating, a tendency among animals that’s known by the fancy term, “zoopharmacognosy.” Barley grass, packed with nutrients and minerals, is a good variety to plant to satisfy your doggo’s urge to use nature as a medicine cabinet.
Note: Medicinal herbs are not a substitute for vet care. They are an adjunct. Some dogs may be sensitive to certain plants, so you should always monitor your dog and check with a vet before exposing your pet to any new plants. For a list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs, consult this list from the ASPCA.
Nature’s Way to Purify the Air (Safe for Pets)
The money tree, or money plant, not only works to reduce toxins such as formaldehyde from the air, but is an excellent choice for anyone with asthma, lung issues, or calls a smoggy city home. They also love bright light.
Plus, they’re known for inviting in luck and prosperity, and won’t bother any curious critters.
Boston ferns are said to work as a living air humidifier, perfect for anyone stuck indoors in areas where harsh winters force us to blast dry heat from air vents.
If you’re just starting to cultivate your green thumb, consider the areca palm, which doesn’t require much care, and naturally purifies the air around it. They love direct sunlight.