German Chamomile: An Annual Herb That Will Soothe Your Cat’s Anxiousness

Ragdoll cat beside chamomile flowers.

A cup of chamomile tea may decrease your blood sugar, increase your immune system, and assist your wounds heal quicker. However is it protected to have chamomile flowers, chamomile hydrosol, chamomile oil, or chamomile tea round your cat?

It relies upon. There are two major sorts of chamomile:

  • Roman, or English, chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Whereas they each appear like miniature daisies, Roman chamomile is toxic to cats. However German chamomile is protected for cats in small doses over a short while.

Munchiecat German Chamomile Disclaimer

We spoke with Dr. Iram Sharma, a full-time veterinarian and feline welfare skilled at Happy Whiskerto seek out out what types of German chamomile are most secure on your cat. 

What’s German chamomile?

German chamomile tea with honey

German chamomile is a self-sowing annual with small, white petals and a shiny, golden yellow heart. The herb is native to jap and southern Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. 

A relative of the pineapple weed, German chamomile grows in dumps, meadows, and fields. It grows 12-24 inches tall (31-61 centimeters) and 10-12 inches large (25-30 centimeters).

German chamomile smells like candy straw. It attracts bees, ladybugs, butterflies, and hoverflies. It is usually referred to as the “plant’s doctor” as a result of it helps uncared for or sick backyard crops thrive.

Well being Advantages of Chamomile for Cats

There may be restricted analysis on how chamomile impacts cats.

Anecdotally, chamomile is a gentle tranquilizer and sleep assist.

It is usually beneficial as a pure dewormer, particularly for roundworms and whipworms. It’s safer than different natural cat dewormers like black walnut and wormwood.

Chamomile can also be mentioned to forestall irritation and assist heal open wounds by killing micro organism.

Are chamomile crops protected for cats?

Adorable gray kitten beside chamomile flowers.

Whereas chamomile promotes relaxation and reduces stress, it’s not good on your cat to eat contemporary or dried chamomile flowers, leaves, stems, roots, or pollen.

German chamomile crops are poisonous to cats as a result of they include anthemic acid, bisabolol, chamazulene, tannic acid, and unstable oil.  “Cats can expertise urge for food loss, diarrhea, vomiting, or pores and skin irritation in the event that they eat chamomile,” Sharma says.

Is chamomile oil protected for cats?

German chamomile oil smells stronger than contemporary or dried chamomile crops. Even a number of drops of it are harmful for cats with bronchial asthma or different respiratory issues.

Your cat’s sense of scent is 14 instances higher than yours. So it’s also troublesome to inform how a lot German chamomile oil will overwhelm her.

Pure chamomile important oil may cause chemical burns, kidney/liver harm, and liver failure. That’s as a result of the blue-colored important oil comprises concentrated types of bisabolol and chamazulene.

Whereas your cat’s pores and skin rapidly absorbs German chamomile oil, her liver doesn’t have UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) enzymes. Meaning it can’t break down the lively components in German chamomile oil. 

German chamomile oil ought to solely have two drops of important oil per three tablespoons (approx. 890 drops) of provider oil. “It’s all the time finest to dilute the oil with water,” Sharma says. She suggests utilizing an important oil diffuser in an open space, so your cat can flee to a different room. 

Is chamomile hydrosol protected for cats?

Chamomile hydrosol is made by simmering important oil or flowers in a pot of water. At 212°F, the water boils and turns into steam. When it condenses again into water, it turns into hydrosol (often known as hydrolat or floral water). Chamomile hydrosol has 10 drops of oil per 34 ounces (1 liter) of hydrosol, says the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. 

“Chamomile hydrosol is protected for cats however just for exterior use,” Dr. Sharma provides. The apple-scented floral water is a superb various to chamomile important oil. Chamomile hydrosol will help untangle your cat’s nervousness, nevertheless it ought to by no means be added to her meals or water bowl.

Is chamomile tea protected for cats?

In case your kitty has frayed nerves or an upset abdomen, you may give her chamomile tea.

Dr. Sharma recommends giving your cat 2-3 drops a day. Combine the chamomile tea immediately into her meals or water. Or put the drops of chamomile tea immediately into her mouth. By no means use sizzling chamomile tea. Let it quiet down for at the least half-hour.

“Chamomile tea baggage can be utilized to calm your cat’s irritated pores and skin,” Dr. Sharma says. “You possibly can put used tea baggage on her pores and skin, and even on her eyes if she suffers from conjunctivitis (pink eye) or dry eyes.”

Can German chamomile work together with prescription and/or over-the-counter drugs?

German chamomile can intervene with blood thinners, sedatives, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Robenacoxib

It will possibly additionally work together with natural dietary supplements like catnip, Ginkgo biloba, kava, noticed palmetto, St. John’s wort, and valerian root.

Inform your vet about any dietary or natural dietary supplements your cat is taking.

What are the dangers of giving cats chamomile?

A beautiful Ragdoll cat rests beside chamomile flowers.

“There aren’t many research which were carried out on how chamomile impacts cats. Any data about dangers and doable benefits are restricted,” Dr. Sharma says. “Felines are likely to have delicate stomachs and may be notably delicate to the consumption of chamomile.”

Chamomile shouldn’t be given to pregnant cats as a result of it would trigger miscarriage. In case your cat is allergic to crops within the daisy household like ragweed, chamomile may cause allergic shock

Chamomile additionally comprises a gentle blood thinner referred to as coumarin. It will possibly trigger your cat to bruise or bleed simply. 

Chamomile may also work together with anesthesia for surgical procedure. Different doable disadvantages embrace pores and skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, and urge for food loss. 

Can cats overdose on chamomile?

German chamomile is protected in small quantities. In case your cat eats too many German chamomile stems, leaves, petals, or roots, it will possibly trigger chamomile poisoning. 

The signs of chamomile poisoning embrace:

  • Vomiting
  • Extreme diarrhea
  • Upset Abdomen
  • Irritation of the eyes, nostril, mouth, windpipe, lungs, abdomen, intestines, and/or bladder
  • Pores and skin rash (Contact dermatitis)
  • Decreased urge for food
  • A uncommon however extreme allergic response (anaphylactic shock)
  • Lengthy-term use may cause bleeding and bruising

If you happen to suspect your cat has chamomile plant poisoning, take her to your vet as quickly as doable. 

How To Retailer German Chamomile

A Ragdoll cat with striking blue eyes lies in front of a bouquet of chamomile.

From dried chamomile flowers to “bed-time” chamomile tea, right here is retailer this historic medicinal herb.

White paw print with pink jelly beans.Retailer dried chamomile flowers in an hermetic glass or steel container for as much as 12 months. Hold them out of direct daylight and away from warmth and humidity.
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White paw print with pink jelly beans.Frozen chamomile flowers have a 6-month shelf life. Retailer them in a inflexible, plastic container or a glass baking dish with an hermetic lid.
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White paw print with pink jelly beans.If brewed chamomile tea is saved in an hermetic glass container or pitcher, it will possibly last as long as 4 days within the fridge and as much as 6 months within the freezer.
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White paw print with pink jelly beans.Chamomile oil has a shelf-life of 5 years. It needs to be saved in a dark-colored bottle (i.e., amber, darkish blue, inexperienced, violet, or black) to guard it from all gentle sources.

German Chamomile Plant Profile

German Chamomile  

Chamomile Plant Profile
Scientific Identify Matricaria recutita
Nicknames Manzanilla, wild chamomile, blue chamomile, candy false chamomile, Hungarian chamomilescented mayweed, plant’s doctor, and water of youth
Comes from  Jap and southern Europe, western Asia, northern Africa
Plant kind Annual herb
Benefits ❌ Not invasive

🦋 Attracts butterflies

🐞 Attracts ladybugs

🪰Attracts hoverflies

🐝 Bee-friendly

No Bunny Logo Rabbit-resistant

No deerDeer-resistant
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✅ Aromatic flowers and leaves

✅ Good for dried and reduce flowers

Hardiness Zone 🇺🇸 5-8  Find your USDA Plant Hardiness Growing Zone
Daylight ☀️ Full solar

⛅ Partial shade

Water Tolerance 💧Low-Water
Mature Peak 12-24″ tall (31-61 cm)
Mature Unfold 10″-12″ large (25-30 cm)
Bloom Time 🌸Spring

🌊Summer time