Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, astringent
The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, astringent, digestive, ophthalmic and slightly tonic. It is taken internally in the treatment of catarrh (especially nasal), sinusitis, hay fever,weeping eyes, conjunctivitis and upper respiratory tract infections.
Actions: Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Galactogogue, Hepatic, Mucilage, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic.
Fennel is traditionally used for coughs, appetite, constipation, diarrhea and stimulates milk flow in nursing mares. Being a mild diuretic, this herb is also good for urinary disorders.
The seeds are very nourishing and are given to convalescents or 'poor doers' to encourage weight gain and maintain condition. The seed yields a strong mucilage and is therefore useful in the treatment of inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and gastric disorders. The seed and leaves are , anti-inflammatory, antitumor, carminative, demulcent, , emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, galactogogue, hypoglycaemic, , parasiticide, restorative and uterine tonic. It is also used in the treatment of late-onset diabetes, and poor digestion. Increases milk production.The seeds are made up of 8% oil and 20% protein. Contains vitanims A, B, C and the fertility vitamin E. (avoid using fenugreek on mares that have hormonal imbalances)
Actions: antibiotic, antimicrobial, anthelminthic, expectorant, antiseptic, anthelmintic, expectoranr, daiphoretic, hypotensive, anti-diabetic
Daily use of garlic in the diet has been shown to have a very beneficial effect on the body, especially the blood system and the heart. Garlic is a powerful blood purifier. Use for respiratory disorders especially to aid in the expulsion of mucous. Supports the natural bacterial flora in the digestive system. Garlic is rich in sulphur which is excreted through the pores of the skin helping to deter flies and other insects. Used in a prophylactic way it will help guard your horse from coughs, colds and worm infestation.
Ginger has been used to aid digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Since ancient times, ginger has also been used to help treat arthritis, colic, diarrhea, and heart conditions. .One of ginger's most valuable effects is its ability to reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals which contribute to inflammation. In fact, many herbalists today use ginger to help treat health problems associated with inflammation, such as arthritis, bronchitis, and ulcerative colitis.Use for colds, nasal congestion and sinusitis.
Actions: Adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, tonic, vasodilator
Siberian ginseng is a powerful tonic herb with an impressive range of health benefits. A powerful herb aiding the body when under PHYSICAL STRESS, EXHAUSTION and FATIGUE. As well as those who have become very run down due to VIRAL infections such as FLU. It is a real pick you up boosting up one's energy and resistance to disease. It works by strengthening the bodies natural immune system. The root and the root bark are adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycaemic, tonic and vasodilator.
Glucosamine Demonstrated to be effective in maintaining healthy joints and easing arthritic conditions. It plays an important role in the production, maintenance, and repair of cartilage. It also helps form ligaments, tendons.
Actions: Cardiac tonic, vasodilatory, hypotensive
Will strengthen the blood capillaries so improving CIRCULATION. One of the best herbs for HEART and circulation problems and especially ARTHRITIS, RHEUMATISM, NAVICULAR and LAMINITIS.
Actions: Analgesic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Anodyne, Astringent, Bitter, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Hypnotic, Nervine, Sedative, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic, Vermifuge.
Hops are most commonly used for their calming effect on the nervous system. It will ease tension and anxiety, and may be used where this tension leads to restlessness. Also used for nervous diarrhea, to stimulate appetite and aid digestion Acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory for infections of the upper digestive tract.
Actions: Alterative, Antibiotic, Antihypothyroid, Antirheumatic, Demulcent, Diuretic, Emmolient, Mucilage, Sedative, Stimulant, Tonic.
Helps to stimulate an under-active thyroid gland. It is good for coat and hoof conditions and an aid to arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Kelp or seaweed, is an original source of iodine. It is also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium and many other vitamins.
Properties: Research shows very high levels of Omega 3 essential fatty acid common to that most often found in fish oils. Laxative, aids blood circulation, soothes skin. Useful for promoting glossy coat, total health, and presentation.
Actions: Expectorant, demulcent, anti- inflammatory, laxative, antitusive, antibacterial, antiviral
Provides anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant actions, helping to relieve pain, itching and inflammation. Useful for respiratory disorders and gastric ulceration.
Actions: Demulcent, emollient and expectorant
Helpful for urinary tract inflammation and digestive upsets such as gastric ulceration and inflammation. Useful for coughs due to its soothing effect on the mucus membranes by lubricating. Encourages mucus expulsion.
Actions: Stomachic, astringent, antirheumatic, antacid
The herbal aspirin, meadowsweet contains salicylic acid which gives it the anti inflammatory action on rheumatic pain. Aids natural flexibility and comfort for joints and muscles.One of the best herbs for gastric ulcers and digestive disorders and scouring.
Actions: Hepatoprotective, demulcent
Milk Thistle has been traditionally used to support, maintain and protect the liver functions. Improves liver function and speeds up regeneration of liver cells. Can be used where liver damage is due to excess worm burden. Use in the spring as a tonic.
Actions: Astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, mild bitter Mints have a strong influence on the digestive tract. Helps soothe and relax digestive tract. The oil is useful for colic and flatulence.Topically it can be used to cool itchy skin and skin irritations, reduce joint swelling. Essential oil inhalations are useful for lung and nasal congestion.
Actions: Demulcent, emolient, expectorant, vulnerary
Excellent medicinal for the treatment of many types of colds, coughs, bronchitis. Soothes irritated mucous membranes in the throat and lungs, loosens tight coughs and congestion, relaxes the muscles of the chest, opening the airways and making breathing easier. Useful for treating swellings of the glands, muscles and ligaments.
Properties: Repels midges and lice and cleans open wounds.
Useful for midges, ticks and lice infestation, and wound healing
Nettles are rich in iron and Vitamin C. They are valued by herbalists for their astringent action and their ability to support the circulation making them idea for laminitis and arthritis. Ideal as a spring tonic, blood cleanser and conditioner. Encourages the dapples in animal's coats.
Actions: Nervine tonic, anti-depressant, nutritive, demulcent, vulnerary
Oats is one of the best remedies for "feeding' the nervous system, especially when under stress. It is considered a specific incases of nervous debility and exhaustion
Actions: diuretic, carminative, expectorant, digestive
Rich in vitaminC, iron, copper. Strong diuretic. Encourages milk production. Specific for urinary complaints.
Not for pregnant mares
Actions: analgesic, antispasmodic, nervine, sedative
Passion flower is one of nature's best tranquillisers. This herb will relieve muscle tension, extreme anxiety and nervousness including gastrointestinal complaints of a nervous origin.
Actions: Alterative, antispasmodic, expectorant, oestrogenic
Red Clover has a healing action on the skin and its supportive action on the body's immune system and eliminatory system make it useful in skin irritations and infections. Beneficial when the horse is weak and rundown or has suffered a chronic illness and needs to regain strength.
Actions: Astringent, Uterine tonic
This herb has been used traditionally for mares (and humans) to help strenghten and tone the uterine muscles. Assists with contractions during the foaling. Raspberry can also have reasonable success in preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Aids in promoting an easy labor. Given for one week after foaling it will encourage cleansing and toning of the uterus. Reputed to help with joint health over a long term.
Actions: aperiant, astringent
Rosehips Granules are one of the very best sources of natural Iron and Vitamin C. They also contain biotin for optimum hoof health. They are an excellent spring tonic. Useful for scouring, general debility and for helping horses return to health after illness. Will aid in fighting infection.