I got all of this info from a Rise & Shine Rabbitry you can find a link to the original post Here
Basically what medicinal herbs are is plants that work
like better than store bought pills and medication and they don’t have any side-effects!!! well they usually don’t im sure some of them have a few side-effects but nothing major! Anyways here are some medicinal herbs for rabbits! (these are some that i thought were best through out the entire article and plan on using this year)
Birch – Chewing/teeth wear down, Pain relief, Anti-inflammatory, Diurectic
BOSS(Black Oil Sunflower Seeds) – Improves Coat condition
Blackberry – Used for pregnant does,stimulate appetite, diarrhea, safe introductory green for kits and can help cool rabbits in the summer by increasing blood circulation!
Blue Cohosh – It can be used if doe has a hard time giving birth or if a kit gets stuck. It will dilate the doe. Do not give while pregnant, wait until doe is due. It will induce labor. Also it will help in healing once kits are born.
Chamomile – Calms rabbits, Pain relief, great eye wash for weepy eye, Chamomile tea and honey!! Just make a cup of tea, a little stronger than you’d drink it and add a teaspoon of honey. Take a syringe and squirt into the eye.You can also use as a compress and as a wipe for the eye. Both chamomile and honey are anti-everything!!! microbial, fungal, and with antibiotic properties. Let the rabbit eat some before you treat for eye problems because of its pain relief and calming effects will make the rabbit easier to handle
Chickweed – Anti-inflammatory, Molt and helps heal cuts!
Comfrey – Healing, bone formation, ill rabbits, stressed and weak rabbits, if you have a rabbit off feed try a few leaves of comfrey. (from what i’ve heard) this is a great herb tonic for rabbits! You can cut it down and dry it like hay to store for winter use.The plant has a calming effect on rabbits, Comfrey is a good source of vitamin A and good for pregnant and nursing does. It is a digestive aid, It supports the immune system, good for the stomach helps with wool block and is used for many other things.feed as a general tonic. In extreme doses, comfrey can cause diarrhea. This is its effects working too hard and if left unnoticed, the rabbit may get dehydrated. When used correctly, Comfrey is one of the best herbs for rabbits.
Dandelion – (My favorite!) Blood purifying, milk flow of nursing does, good treat for does after having a litter, respiratory ailments, anti-inflammatory, bladder infections, diarrhea. Some rabbit respiratory problems, such as pasteurellosis, can eventually cause serious problems including head tilt, loss of balance and even death. There have been tests on rabbits that were treated with dandelion’s showing that it is effective against pneumonia, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. Use fresh leaves, flowers and dig up root, the root can be dried to make a weak tea to add to the rabbits water.The bitter milky sap stimulates the working of all glands, even the milk glands of lactating does. The plant has both laxative and astringent qualities and regulates constipation and diarrhea.
Echinacea – Immune system stimulant and broad spectrum antibiotic. In the lower doses it’s the stimulant and in higher doses acts as an antibiotic. Anti-inflammatory with anti-viral properties. It can be grown in almost every backyard and available at most health food stores. Echinacea is a great preventive herb to use for your rabbits. you can feed some leaves to your rabbits daily green mix to boost the immune system and fight infection. Research has shown that echinacea increases production of interferon in the body. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, with properties that act to increase the number of white blood cells available to destroy bacteria and slow the spread of infection. It is also a good herb to dry and save use for winter!! You can get echinacea capsules at heath food stores add 4 capsules of the echinacea to one gallon of water and boil and cool store in fridge and add 1/4 herb water to 3/4 water and fill water bottles, crocks, ect,
Fennel – Bloating, gas, milk flow of nursing does
Ginger – Infertility in bucks
Garlic – Immunize against disease, antiseptic, antibiotic, bloating and gas, wormer, respiratory expectorant.
Grapfruit seed extract – As for worming rabbits(according to the blog), grapefruit seed extract does the jog good and is all natural. 10 drops in a gallon of water for 2 weeks..or longer if there is a known bad problem. This also helps to worm them and along with raw pumpkin seeds this mix should clean out your rabbits. a good idea is to regularly run grapefruit seed extract through their water at least 2 times a year with a few raw pumpkin seeds on top of their food and it should keep problems with coccidiosis out of your herd. you can also use it when you bring in new stock, this has many uses as a bactericide, fungicide, anti viral, anti parasitic
Lemon Balm – Anti-bacterial, antiviral, bloating and gas, diarrhea, reduce stress
Licorice (herb) – Good for gastric inflammation and coughs.
Marigold – Bruises, slowly healing wounds, ulcers, skin diseases, digestive problems
Milk Thistle – Helps take ammonia from the blood and protects both the liver and the kidneys, increases milk flow in nursing does
Mint – Firms loose stools, decreases the milk flow of does during weaning, Good herb for treating mastitis. Safe as food for dry does and bucks DO NOT FEED to lactitating does as it dries up the does and will starve the kits. Used for colds, eye inflammation, liver stimulant, and used to relax the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulate bile flow, so mint is useful for indigestion(just like it is with humans), gas and colic. Avoid prolonged use, it can irritate the mucous membranes. Do not give any form of mint to young babies. Should be harvested just before flowering.
Oats – Good for digestive problems, diarrhea, kidney and bladder problems. Small kits may not be able to swallow oats and might choke on them. Feed sparingly in summer.
Parsley – Enriches the blood, urinary problems. Roots are used for constipation and obstruction of the intestines. Good for the cure of inflammation of bladder & kidneys, digestive disorders, fertility in bucks, productivity in does (definetly plan on feeding this to my angoras, just in case!)
Papaya – Papaya is great for treating wool block and prevents it! I give my rabbits a papaya enzyme tablet every couple of days to help keep them from getting wool block(even some of the regular furred rabbits as a treat). The enzyme helps to break down the fur in the gut, and keep things moving. The rabbits love them, You can get the tablets at most health food stores.
Pineapple – Bromelain, the actual enzyme in the pineapple, is most abundant in the stem of the pineapple, the center part that usually gets thrown away. Fresh pineapple are best as the enzyme will be removed once frozen or processed. Bromelain is good for diarrhea. It will reduce intestinal fluid secretion and is suggested that bromelain has mucolytic and digestive properties. It’ll dilate the mucus coating of the GI tract as well as helping to breakdown proteins good for gut mobility and helping with hairballs good to give to rabbits during a molt, also will prevent wool block, i think my papaya tablets has pineapple in them.
Plantain (weed) – antimicrobial, antispasmodic, healing of cuts, respiratory expectorant, fevers. Great as a safe introduction of young kits to greens, works great for diarrhea. Leaves soothe urinary tract infections and irritations. Good for gastric inflammations. Juice pressed from fresh leaves is given orally for inflamed mucous membranes in cystitis, diarrhea and lung infections. Use the juice for inflammations, sores, and wounds. Plantain does not cause digestive problems. The plant regulates the function of the intestines and is generally good for the mucous membranes. Useful in the diet of weanling’s and can be harvested and dried for year round use.
Purse lane – Purslane contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant know of. There was a study where they fed Purslane to rabbits with high cholesterol and it lowered it.
Raspberry – Prevention and treatment of kindling problems like retained afterbirth. Improves condition during pregnancy, ensuring speedy and strong birth. Feed during the last two weeks of pregnancy as a great preventive prenatal supplement. Also wonderful cure for digestive ailments including diarrhea, infertility in bucks, fevers. and a safe introductory green for young kits
Rosemary – Lowers blood pressure, Ideal for exhaustion, weakness, and depression in rabbits. The stems and leaves invigorate the circulation, stimulate the digestion, and are good for cold conditions. Harvest fresh, dry or grow inside for year-round use.
Sage – When dried and powdered, and sprinkled it repels fleas, dry up does who’s kits have been weaned. Reduces lactation when weaning, digestive stimulant and a uterine stimulant. This herb should be used with caution and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Strawberry – Whole plant is antiseptic and cooling. Leaves are rich in iron and are supposed to prevent miscarriage. Externally used for inflamed areas, rashes and sore eyes.
Thyme – Good for diarrhea The stems and leaves are ideal for a useful as a digestive remedy, warming for stomach ache, chills and associated diarrhea. Expels worms. Harvest before and during flowering in summer, discard the woody stems
Willow – Intestinal inflammation. Willow twigs and leaves. Useful winter food, easily gathered and stored. Also a pain-reliever and possible natural coccidiostat. Also can be used as toys for bunnies!
Other Health Stuff:
Pregnacy Tonic – Combine the following- dried, raspberry leaf, nettle, and goats rue (Galega officinale) in equal parts, and half part Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum). All organic either grow your own or get it from a health food store
Feed: 1 Tbs. per day at feeding time, to pregnant Does beginning one week before kindling through the first month. These herbs help ease kindling, offer nutrition and support lactation. Just sprinkle 1 Tbs. over their food, once a day.
Ear Mites (A.K.A. Ear Canker) – Any type of food grade oil may be used- olive oil, corn oil, almond oil, ect. A few drops of tea tree oil mixed in to any of the oils listed will help the healing process the oil serves 3 purposes -soothes the skin, smothers and suffocates the mites, and speeds the healing process. Put 6 or 7 drops in each ear massaging the base of the ear to saturate the inner ear completely. The rabbit will shake out the nasty stuff after a few treatments. Treat for the first 2 days than every other day for 14 days after this, 2 times a week for the next 2 weeks ear mites have a 28 day life cycle so you must treat up to the 28 days to make sure all the mites are killed. Rise and Shine Rabbitry said that they make a mix of mineral oil with a few drops of apple cider vinegar, 5 or 6 drops of camphor oil and rosemary oil in the store bought mineral oil container and use a few drops in each ear as a preventive when they trim the rabbits nails.
Eye Infection / Weepy eyes – Eye problems are not uncommon in rabbits, dirt or other debris can get lodged in a tear duct(happens more often to kits in the nestbox (nestbox eye) ) and if not washed out can cause a bacterial infection wash with saline or any human eye wash or some of the herbs listed above ^ take a few drop of tea tree oil and smeared it around the inflamed area tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and is very good at curing microbial infections. See Chamomile above for more info
GI Problems – Rabbits need a high fiber diet for their best intestinal health. Grass hay(timothy, orchard grass ect,) is great for the healthy movement in the rabbits digestive track. If a rabbit is not eating there is a problem! If their poop pellets get small and dry or none at all it is a sign of wool block or GI stasis. You have to get the gastric tract moving again. Rise and Shine Rabbitry suggests to get some 100% canned pumpkin NOT the canned pumpkin pie filling (it has spices in it the will hurt your rabbits) Suck some up in a big syringe (remove the needle). Then put the plastic tip of the syringe into the side of the rabbits mouth and very slowly squeeze some out a little at a time give about 2 teaspoons for each dose wait about 3 hours and do it again you can give it 4 to 6 times a day every day until they start eating and pooping. Slippery elm bark in its shredded bark form fed to rabbits should help with GI problems if the rabbits will not eat it grind some up as a powdered form in its water mix 1 teaspoon in the drinking water 3 to 4 time a day. they have always had good luck feeding a few comfrey leaves and in a few days they are back on the regular feed schedule
Wool Block – I just recently had a case of wool block, Lucy stopped eating and wasn’t acting herself, i immediately knew that it was wool block (tons of other things were racing through my head but i knew it was wool block and not GI) to treat her i brought her inside (so i can keep a close eye on her) and gave her papaya tablets and tons of hay, i kept her on a diet of hay and 1/4 cup of pellets for a few days, i also gave her 1 papaya tablet a day, she got the wool cleaned out quickly (not completely but most of it) after a few days of being on this diet she was super hungry so i gave her 1/2 cup of pellets, hay and 1 papaya tablet, after about two days of this i switched her back to her regular feed schedule and kept her on half a papaya tablet for 4-7 days then half a tablet every few days to prevent wool block from occurring and it might happen again but in my opinion its not a big deal, i know its a life or death situation and maybe lucy’s case wasnt a bad one but it didnt seem to bad (after i stopped freaking out about her passing away..okay so maybe it is a big deal!) also to prevent wool block from occuring you can brush out your angoras fur twice a week and if you have a regular furred rabbit when they molt you can help by grooming 3-4 times a week during a molt.
i got this info from Rise and Shine Rabbitry and i was looking at their page for the herb and what it is good for so some stuff might be word for word, the wool block part i wrote myself, I hope this article helps you, i know it will help me!!! if you would like to read the original article click Here, thank you for reading my blog and have a great day! 😀