Aloe Vera is used for skin conditions, relieving stings and itching, worming, gut ulceration, muscle stimulant, healing wounds and it's laxative effect.
Arnica is the number one anti-bruising remedy which should be used externally on un-broken skin, quickly after a blow and in conjuction with ice therapy.
Basil leaves and flowering tops are used in herbal medicine. Basil acts primarily on the digestive and nervous systems, easing flatulence, colic, indigestion and stomach cramps. It is also believed to kill intestinal worms.
Burdock is very useful in the treatment of Arthritis, is also used as a diuretic, blood purifier for problems like boils, sores and other chronic skin conditions.
Calendula has healing and antiseptic properties, helping to restore tissue. It can be used externally as a wash and in ointment form. It doesn't sting, is soothing, removes inflammation, prevents scarring and restores nerve function.
Celery is a good cleansing, mildly diuretic herb, useful in ridding the system of an accumulation of waste products. Other uses are to treat arthritic and rheumatic problems.
Chamomile is most commonly used for its calming, relaxing effect on the digestion and in particular the nervous system. It is also an anti-arthritic, anti-spasmodic and anti-allergy herb. It has an anti-inflammatory activity and may help in reducing allergic responses as it contains a number of antihistamine properties. Rich in Calcium it is also used in the treatment of osteo-arthritis and noted for being an ulcer-protective. May also be applied externally as a tea to help itching and irritation and is most soothing for allergic skin conditions.
CHASTE TREE BERRY
Chaste Tree Berry is primarily used to help balance hormonal irregularities in mares that may be displaying discomfort, erratic or "bitchy" behaviour when they are in season. May be used in conjunction with Chamomile.
Some of the benefits that have been documented are: improvement of the Immune System, reducing joint inflammation, having a calming effect on horses and also being beneficial for weight gain. Also noted is its capacity to improve healthy strong hoof growth, skin and coat condition. Chia is one of the highest plant sources of Omega 3, also containing Omega 6, is high in Calcium and Magnesium along with Iron, Potassium, Vit C,A,B12 and many Amino Acids.
Clivers has antiseptic qualities and is a general detoxifier as well being a useful lymphatic system stimulant, easing swollen legs and joints.
This is undoubtedly a wonder herb. Used for thousands of years primarily to mend broken bones and carries the nickname "Knitbone". It works just as well on wounds, tendons, fractures, soft tissue, sprains, ulcers and cartilage. This is in part due to the content of allantoin which promotes replacement of the relevant cells at a much more rapid rate than in usual healing, thus reducing the risk of scar tissue, proud flesh and arthritis.
Dandelion is used widely as a liver cleanser and tonic, improves the metabolism, balances digestion and is also a tonic for the spleen, bladder and kidneys. High in Sodium, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium, Dandelion is very useful as a natural electrolyte.
Devils Claw is regarded as the herbal alternative to 'bute' and is well known for its ability to provide fast, reliable and powerful pain relief as well as having anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic benefits. It can be used safely as a substitute to 'bute' and cortisone without side effects such as gastric ulceration. Devils Claw is often used in the healing of degenerative bone disease, developmental orthopedic disease, tendon and ligament damage, navicular and joint injury. Devils Claw also has the ability to support liver function and to cleanse deep into tissue and muscle walls. It is know to have sedative properties and also stimulates digestion.
Do not feed to pregnant mares.
Echinacea is extremely useful as a fighter of bacterial and viral infection and is widely used as a disease preventative and immune system booster. The combination of Echinacea and Garlic is unbeatable when fighting against virtually all of today's antibiotic resistant infections. It is very useful in treating viral infections, along with colds, flu, respiratory and skin conditions.
Eyebright is an excellent tonic for the eyes and can help with relieving inflammation and tightening mucous membranes. It is specifically used in the treatment of blepharitis and conjunctivitis. Also useful for infections and allergic conditions affecting the eyes, sinuses, nasal passages and middle ear.
Fennel is a stimulant for the appetite and is also a diuretic and anti-inflammatory. The seeds may also be used as part of a herbal worming mix.
Fenugreek is used as a lymphatic system cleanser, appetite stimulant and is also used as a tonic to the liver, skin and digestive system. It is high in Vitamin A & D. This herb combines well with Garlic.
Garlic has been used as a tonic and medicine for thousands of years and is a powerful alternative. It's uses are plentiful, the list is long. Antibiotic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic - deterring internal and external parasites. It is high in Sulphur and when ingested, enters the blood stream, cleansing it of toxins and promoting a healthier immune system to help fight off any bugs or infections. It contains many vitamins, amino acids, minerals, including Copper, Chromium, Molybdenum, Boron, Iron, Zinc and Selenium. Partnered with Rosehips, Garlic is hugely beneficial as an immune booster.
Golden Seal may be used as part of an eye wash to soothe irritation. Used as an ointment it is most beneficial as an antiseptic, soothing and drawing for skin pustules.
Ginger is used for a variety of reasons. It is extremely effective in treating travel sickness. It has a settling effect, and when given at the destination, can tempt a horse to eat. Ginger is good for nausea, colic, wind and indigestion. It may be used for older horses suffering from arthritis.
Gingko can assist with blood supply to the limbs and also acts as an antioxidant. Other uses are for respiratory disorders such as heaves, or if they have some difficulty with breathing, especially if they are associated with a particular season or allergic reaction.
Hawthorn is a valuable treatment for foot disorders such as navicular and laminitis. It is high in Vitamin P one of the bioflavonoid group with Vitamins K and C. May also be useful in the treatment of heart strain and bleeders.
Hops are one of the nervine herbs and can be used as a gentle sedative or tonic. Other actions include, bitter digestive tonic, astringent, antimicrobial, diuretic and restoring tonic for the nervous system.
Lavender contains a volatile oil and is a significant antiseptic, also having anti-bacterial actions. It has pain relieving actions as well as calming nervousness in horses. It can relieve sleeplessness, headaches, irritability, bloating, wind, colic and indigestion. It can also heal burns, wounds and sores.
Lemon Balm is mostly used as a tonic to help reduce tension and cramping in muscles, an antibacterial and antihistamine. Externally it is used for painful swelling, inset bites and cuts or abrasions.
Licorice is widely used to soothe irritated mucous membranes, ease coughing, as an anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, mild laxative and antibacterial.
Marshmallow is soothing for the entire digestive tract and is beneficial for gastric complaints such as ulcers, colitis, bloat and inflammation. Its healing properties are also helpful for the urinary tract.
This is one of the best digestive remedies available. It is soothing to the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. It is also an anti-inflammatory and contains pain-relieving compounds and can help to ease nausea. Combines well with Marshmallow for digestive disturbances
Nettle is a nutrient herb as well as being beneficial for the whole body, including the skin. It combines well with other herbs to help chronic skin conditions.
Parsley is a powerful diuretic and tonic herb. It is rich in Vitamin C, Iron and Copper, being ideal for anaemia. It is useful as a carminative, digestive tonic and a supportive supplement for a horse who is recovering after a debilitating illness or is going through an intensive period of training.
Passionflower can be of benefit to horses who are generally nervous and apprehensive, as well as those who are distressed and restless due to a current illness. It also has pain-relieving and anti-spasmodic properties and can be useful for moody mares and horses with tight, sore muscles.
Peppermint is an excellent digestive tonic that can help to relieve flatulence, stimulate poor appetite, ease nausea and colic. It can also be combined with other herbs for fevers, colds and flu.
Raspberry leaf is used as an alternative to hormonal therapy for mares with oestrus problems and behavioral disturbances. Most beneficial for mares that have had, or are likely to have, difficulty conceiving. Raspberry is used to tone the uterine muscles, encourage easy labour, and prevent or reduce haemorrhaging during and after foaling. May also be useful in cases of mouth ulcers, conjunctivitis and diarr
Red Clover is a powerful blood purifier and is especially beneficial for skin conditions. It also has expectorant properties making it beneficial for coughs and bronchitis. This herb has proven useful in removing tumors and cysts, but is best used under supervision. It also has oestrogenic effects, which may affect those with hormonal imbalances.
Rosehips are one of the best natural sources of vitamin C along with other minerals such as Copper and Cobalt. They contain Biotin which is most beneficial for excellent hoof growth. Rosehips are great as a general tonic, immune system booster and circulatory herb.
Sage has remarkable restorative powers. It is used as part of a mixture to rehabilitate very sick or injured horses, for nerve debility such as stringhalt and to improve concentration in nervous horses. Professional advice should be sought.
SLIPPERY ELM BARK POWDER
Slippery Elm is most commonly used internally, to treat conditions such as scouring (diarrhoea) and gastric ulceration and as aftercare in some types of colic cases. It soothes and coats injured and inflamed tissues, helping them to heal reducing the likelihood of scarring, as well as drawing out toxins and irritants. May also be beneficial for the urinary and respiratory systems as well as the entire gastro-intestinal tract, including the throat and oesophagus.
Thuja is used externally as an exceptionally effective anti-fungal ointment for the treatment of greasy heel and ringworms.
Valerian is most useful in helping the uptight horse, and when used over a period of time, it can help with excitability, nervousness and stress. It has the effect of allowing the horse to relax his whole body and may also be beneficial in horses prone to tying-up.
Vervain has tonic, nerve restoring qualities which, combined with its ability to improve liver and digestive function, makes it well-suited to horses that are convalescing from chronic illness. As a nervine relaxant and antispasmodic it can assist horses that are tense and sensitive by relaxing the gut, peripheral nerves and muscles. Used both internally as a feed herb and externally as a poultice.
Wormwood is one of the most bitter herbs and usually used as part of a worming mixture. It should not be used on pregnant mares.
Please note: I have chosen to use photos of the herb flowers, however often the leaf, root, bark or seed is used.
The above information is purely for educational purposes. Professional advice should be sought from your healthcare practitioner prior to use.
STORAGE OF HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS: Herbs & supplements are best stored in individual airtight containers away from direct light. They should ideally be kept in a cool, dark place. If buying in bulk, decant what you need for a week and put in a small airtight container – keep the remainder in the sealed bag and place in an airtight tub. Some herbs may swab.
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