Passionflower has been widely used in human medicine since the 1500s for sedation and sleep apnea. Studies have shown that passionflower works by lowering brain activity, while boosting levels of the feel-good chemical known as GABA. The use of passionflower is just as effective as using a benzodiazepine medication, such as Xanax or Valium, in treating anxiety. However, this herbal alternative does not have a strong sedative effect like other herbs, so it’s perfect for extremely anxious dogs. That’s why we like to include passionflower into our yummy, anti-anxiety soft chews
#5. Lemon Balm
Despite its name, lemon balm is actually a member of the mint family, not the citrus fruit. Used since the middle ages, this sedative herb has effectively treated cases of insomnia, indigestion, and stress.
Chamomile is probably the most well-known herbal agent to soothe the nerves and help you to sleep. In the human world, this white, springlike flower is steeped into a light tea and ingested to aid in insomnia, stomach, and digestive distress. You could give your pooch the same soothing relief by adding the tea to his water dish, or try out an easy to administer chewable that contains chamomile