Jo Haley, Author
Certainly, herbs are beneficial for both humans and horses.
Find out which herbs we use and why.
You can provide complementary herbal supplements to your horse within their twice-daily feed buckets.
You can speak with a qualified naturopath to ensure optimum use of the appropriate herbs. Contact us today to learn which Naturopath we recommend.
Slippery elm bark powder is widely acknowledged as safe and effective and can be used on horses of all ages, from foals to the aged.
It can be mixed with moisture and applied to conditions where mucous membranes are irritated/inflamed. This includes membranes of the respiratory and urinary systems as well as the entire gastro-intestinal tract, including the throat and oesophagus.
For horses, slippery elm bark powder 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 and reducing the likelihood of scarring, as well as drawing out toxins and irritants.
It can be added to a moist chaff/grain feed or combined with plain yoghurt (with live cultures) and/or honey, mashed banana or mashed pumpkin, and added to feed or syringed into the mouth.
Externally, the bark powder is used for poulticing wounds/injuries.
Depending on the situation, it can be used by itself or combined with other herbs, and when it is moistened its soft, sticky, malleable consistency is helpful for moulding and applying poultices in difficult to bandage areas.
Follow recommended dosage rates and do not administer it simultaneously with other medications as its mucilaginous texture can interfere with their absorption.
ACTIONS include: demulcent and emollient (soothing and protecting membranes/surfaces), mildly astringent (having a binding or contracting effect on mucous membranes), nutritive.
Available as Powder. Expect to pay approx. $8.50 per 100g.
Comfrey Leaf has been used for thousands of years as a herb with abilities to mend broken bones.
Has the same result on wounds, tendons, fractures, sprains, ulcers and cartilage.
The allantoin content in comfrey is believed to accelerate the production of replacement cells, thereby minimising the possibility of scar tissue, arthritis and proud flesh.
Comfrey should only be used for a short period of time and the leaves of the plant are used orally or as a compress.
Available as fine cut leaves. Expect to pay approx. $3.00 per 100g.
Chamomile has a wide range of actions in the body. It is well documented as having anti-inflammatory activity and is also beneficial in reducing allergic responses as it contains a number of anti-histamine chemicals.
It is recognised as being ulcer-protective through its healing effect on the mucosa of the gastro-intestinal tract.
The small daisy-like flowers of chamomile – called “Ground Apple” by the ancient Greeks because of their smell – are most noted for their calming, relaxing effects on both the digestion and the nerves.
Chamomile can be especially helpful for the tense, restless horse prone to nervous colic and scouring.
It has an affinity for relieving digestive tract and organ spasm and pain (more so than the muscle aches and pains associated with physical exertion).
It supports the body’s skeletal structure through its calcium phosphate content, and in the case of skin allergies it can be applied externally (as a ‘tea’ rinse) to help reduce itching and irritation.
Chamomile is mildly anti-microbial, assisting the body to destroy or resist pathogenic (disease-causing) micro-organisms.
Interestingly, bunches of chamomile were once consistently hung in stables to deter flies.
ACTIONS include: Anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial, bitter (digestive), carminative (eases flatulence and colic), sedative (reduces nervous tension), anti-allergenic, vasodilatory (widens blood vessels) and analgesic (pain relieving).
NOTE: Occasional hypersensitive reactions have been observed in the human population (amongst those who are allergic to members of the ragweed family), however this type of sensitivity is extremely rare.
Available as fine cut leaves. Expect to pay approx. $2.50 per 100g.
Horses lose a large amount of essential minerals through their sweat, especially in summer, so it’s important to have a salt block. A salt lick means your horse can self-regulate.
Himalayan Rock Salt is 100% natural and contains 84 valuable minerals that horses need for a healthy nutrient-balanced diet.
Himalayan Rock Salt contains trace minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, which help replace lost electrolytes in all animals.
Himalayan Rock Salt encourages horses to drink and stay hydrated.
Himalayan Rock Salt promotes healthy digestion, it helps to flush toxins and prevents bloat.
Cut from natural ancient deposits, all natural Himalayan Rock Salt licks have nothing added (no added iodine, preservatives, or additives) and is chemical-free.
It is a hard and heavy block that you hang from a rope from a safe gate (ideal to place undercover). Himalayan Rock Salt lick blocks last 5-6 times longer than commercially pressed salt licks.
Available as a block by weight or size. Expect to pay approx. $3.50 per 1kg.
Neem seed oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the seed kernels of Neem tree (Azadirachta indica), an evergreen of the tropics and sub-tropics. It is deep yellow in color and has garlic–like odor. It contains active ingredients like azadirachtin, nimbin, picrin, and sialin.
Neem seed oil contains fatty acids, antioxidants, and antimicrobial compounds, and these can benefit the skin in a range of ways. Research shows that these compounds may help fight skin infections, promote wound healing, and combat signs of skin ageing.
NeemRich Horse & Stable Wash conditions the horse’s coat, leaving it glossy and smooth. Can be diluted as a wash for the horse and stable or can be used full strength for problem areas. You can also make it up into a wash out detergent for the stable to leave it fresh and clean.
This concentrated Neem Formula requires dilution: 20ml to 1 litre of Water.
Use in spray bottle or sponge onto animal.
Not to be taken - for external use only.
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Available as liquid. Expect to pay approx. $4.00 per 100ml.
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