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AGNUS CASTUS (Chasteberry, Monks Pepper)
Actions: Anaphrodisiac, hormonal system normaliser
Chaste Berry has been in use for centuries for balancing and regulating the hormonal system. It gently, but effectively, supports the normal functioning of the pituitary gland, correcting hormonal disturbances. Supporting the progesterone level is extremely helpful in counteracting the irritability and unpredictability that can happen with mares "in season," making them more comfortable, co-operative and safer to handle. Agnus Castus can also be used for overly aggressive stallions and geldings. Agnus castus may benefit mares who are experiencing mood changes, anxiety, nervous tension, and physical discomfort related to oestrous cycle. While the jury is still out of the efficacy of herbal treatments for Cushing's syndrome, there is indication that chaste berry (Vitex agnus castus) may be effective for early stage cases of Cushing's syndrome.
ARNICA (Wolbane, Leopards Bane, Mountain Daisy)
Actions: Anti inflammatory
Herbal arnica is used topically to relieve the pain and inflammation of soft-tissue injuries such as bruises, muscle soreness and sprains. It helps to prevent bruising and swelling after traumatic skin injuries and prevents the blood platelets from gathering to the site of injury. It is particularly useful for joint, muscle and rheumatic pain and it has also been found to prevent muscle stiffness and reduce pain when applied before and after athletic events. The tincture or topical preparations containing arnica can be used externally but should be avoided on broken skin.
Bee pollen contains a rich array of carotenoids, the family of natural plant antioxidants that includes beta carotene. Many horse owners report increased vitality, better overall health, from adding bee pollen to the feed.Bee pollen is often referred to as nature's most complete food.Bee pollen contains trace amounts of minerals and vitamins and is very high in protein and carbohydrates. Bee Pollen also contains elements science is not yet able to isolate and identify. Some authorities believe it is precisely these elements, often called the *magic* of the bee, which makes Bee Pollen so effective.
Actions: Stimulant, Tonic, Diaphoretic, Emetic, Aperient, Antispasmodic, Cathartic, and Febrifuge.
European studies show this herb helps treat minor viral and bacterial infections by stimulating white blood cells to destroy disease-causing microorganisms more effectively. In Germany, where herbal medicine is more main-stream than it is in the United States, physicians currently use boneset to treat viral infections, such as colds and flu. For mucous congestion and bone pain.
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
High-protein food, with more protein than the grains. Rich in minerals; iron and zinc are plentiful. The high amount of oil in sunflower seeds as polyunsaturated fats, essential linoleic acid, and vitamin E. They are about 25 percent protein, have a good fibre content, and are rich in the B vitamins also, particularly in thiamine, pyridoxine, niacin, and pantothenic acid. With their high potassium and low sodium and with zinc, iron, and calcium all at good levels, sunflower seeds are a very mineral-rich food. The vitamin D that gets stored in these sun-filled seeds helps the utilisation of calcium. Copper, manganese, and phosphorus levels are also relatively high; they are lower in magnesium than in calcium, which is different from other seeds.
Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, demulcent, diuretic, nutritive, tonic, vasodilator, antihistamine
A rich source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and trace elements.Buckwheat, being a rich source of iron, makes it a valuable blood builder.
Buckwheat is useful in cases of arthritis, epitaxsis, navicular syndrome, or any condition which could benefit from an improved blood supply.
Rutin, a consitiuent of Buckwheat, is valued for its ability to strengthen the walls of capillaries. Lecithin is another extremely beneficial component of buckwheat. Lecithin also helps the body to neutralise excess toxins, cleanse the lymphatics and lower high cholesterol. It also works with vitamin K, to increase the strength of the capillaries and regulate cell permeability.
Actions: Bitters, alterative, diuretic, antiseptic
For any blood disorders especially LIVER and KIDNEY function. It is reputed to have ANTI-TUMOUR properties. Also used for ARTHRITIC/RHEUMATIC conditions.
Being a bitters, makes this herb an excellent digestive aid. Ideal for blood disorders or toxic conditions which may result in conditions such as eczema, sores, scurfy skin.
Boneset Use for Influenza and Respiratory problems. Ideal for reducing fever
Actions: astringent, anti-inflammatory,vulnerary, antiseptic, antifungal, emmenagogue
An ANTI-INFLAMMATORY as well as ANTI-FUNGAL/BACTERIA properties. Tradionally used as a BLOOD TONIC good for CIRCULATION problems. Very high in sulphur so will aid all SKIN PROBLEMS used internally or externally. Use with cleavers for the LYMPHATIC and URINARY SYSTEM. Internally it acts as a valuable herb for digestive inflammation and thus it may be used in the treatment of gastric ulcers
CAPSICUM FRUIT (Cayenne) -
Actions: Stimulant, carminative, anti-catarrhal, sialagogue, rubefacient, anti-microbial.
Cayenne is the most useful of the systemic stimulants. It stimulates blood flow, strengthening the heart, arteries, capillaries and nerves. A general tonic, it is also specific for both circulatory and digestive system. Cayenne increases the power of all other herbs.
Actions: Antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, tonic
A very good DIGESTIVE tonic especially if the horse is run down with little appetite. Improves blood circulation helping to reduce blood pressure especially for ARTHRITIC/RHEUMATIC, NAVICULAR SYNDROME. Used as a urinary antiseptic. This herb has a warming effect which makes it particularly useful for chilled or older horses.
Actions: Sedative, caminative, anti-inflammatory, relaxant,bitters, vasodilatory, analgesic, antispasmodic
High in calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and manganese. An anti-inflammatory aids DIGESTION especially of nervous hyperactive horses. Chamomile s a well known and effective CALMATIVE without making the horse dozy. Eases cases of tension, anxiety and stress. Use for aches and pains.
Actions: Diuretic, astringent, aperient, tonic, alterative
Very high in silica helping to strengthen and condition the HOOF and COAT. Reduces SOFT SWELLINGS and FLUID RETENTION (wind galls and filled legs). Mix with calendular for the best support of the LYMPHATIC SYSTEM.
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, pulmonary, expectorant, demulcent Has a remarkable ability to heal BONE, CARTILAGE and SOFT CONNECTIVE TISSUE. It breaks down red blood cells to help heal BRUISING. Also ideal for inflammation of STOMACH LINING (use for ulcers and colitis) as well as RESPIRATORY conditions as it has a pulmonary action. Good for ARTHRITIC/RHEUMATIC conditions. Comfrey is a rich source of vitamin B12. Externally comfrey is recommeneded for bruised muscles, ligaments, shin soreness and joint pain and inflammation.
Actions: diuretic, aperient, antibiotic, demulcent
Use as a spring tonic. Relieves URINARY problems such as cystitis and kidney stones. A rich source of silica helping to strenghten coat and hooves. Contains iron, vitamin B and A.
Actions: tonic, diuretic, antirheumatic, hepatic
A natural electrolye, the herb and root contains rich amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, and D. Dandelion is a good blood cleanser making it an ideal herb for rheumatism. An excellent diuretic.
Actions: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative, antirheumatic, digestive stimulant
Devil's Claw, also known as "Nature's Bute", is well known for its ability to provide fast, powerful and reliable pain relief as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic benefits. Its action is said to be comparable to cortisone and phenylbutazone. Devil's Claw has been used to treat cases of arthritis, tendon and ligament damage, navicular and joint injury, where pain and inflammation need to be alleviated. It also has the ability to cleanse deep into tissue and muscle walls, and it supports liver function.
DIAMOND V YEAST
The nutritional metabolites in Diamond V Yeast increase the fermenting activity of hindgut bacteria, enabling them to more completely break down the feed, providing the horse with additional nutrients for absorption. Digestion studies have shown Diamond V Yeast Culture increases fiber digestibility in the horse .Therefore, nutrients in hay and feed are more available for use by the horse. By increasing the digestibility of fibrous feedstuffs, more energy is made available for growth, maintenance, or other activities.
Actions: antiviral, anibacterial, immuno-stimulant, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory
World's best known herb to aid body's natural defenses. Use for chronic viral or bacterial infections. Effective immuno-stimulant. Use as a prophylactic to protect horses from infections. Blood cleanser and a glandular and lymphatic system cleanser. Useful for urinary infections. Ideal for skin complaints and wound healing. Its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties stimulate quick tissue repair. Externally can be used as a poultice/compress.