Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK
Make your own Supplements?/Digestion thread
I was just wondering if it's possible to make your own supplements?
I'm looking to buy a horse who has coliced before, so I was going to (if I get gim) start him on a supplement to aid his digestion, to prevent it happening again.
I was looking, and it states the ingredients:
Slippery Elm, Marshmallow root, Meadowsweet herb, Cramp Bark stem bark, Milk Thistle seed, Liquorice root, Gotu Kola leaf
And a slightly different one, but similar (by the same people - Hilton Herbs):
1:3 tinctures of – Milk Thistle seed, Dandelion root, Burdock root, Cleaver herb, Nettle leaf, Liquorice root, Dandelion leaf with Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey.
I've had a look, all these I can source for way cheaper, and some - like nettle leaves - I can source in my own field (obviously I'd dry them myself, so they're nicer to be eaten).
-Do you guys think it's possible to make these supplements myself?
-Have any of you tried it?
-Anything that I need to know that could be dangerous (for example, would I have to boil a particular ingredient for it to be safe - something like that - I've not heard anything like that about any, just an example)?
-Does anyone know any rough measurements/ratios that I could use?
Obviously, it wouldn't hurt for me to just buy them ready mixed if the worst comes to the worst. But, if there's a chance of me being able to get the same things for cheaper (and it being safe & do-able) then I'm game. If you guys think this is risky in any way, please let me know, the last thing I want to do is put any horse at risk just to protect my pocket a little (plus, if it caused a vet bill, it would do the darn opposite anyway!)