Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
I had to include this herb in the Materia Medica chiefly because of its powerful ability to staunch bleeding. Soldiers as far back as Roman times used it on the battlefield, which is why the herb earned the common names “Soldiers Woundwort” and “Knight’s Milfoil”. Make a strong tea (3 tablespoons dried herb steeped in 1 cup of warm water), and use on the affected area when it has cooled sufficiently. It’s a good idea to keep a bottle of Yarrow tincture on hand for emergencies, using the tincture directly on a wound for it’s styptic properties, although be warned, it will burn! Most horses have a much higher pain threshold than humans and won’t kick out when applied, but some might. If you’re concerned the horse might react, rather add the tincture to equal proportions of hot (but not boiling water), leave for 1 minute for the alcohol to evaporate, and then add an equal amount of cool water and then it’s ready to apply.
Yarrow is also excellent for stimulating the appetite, especially if the horse is recovering from an illness. Yarrow is also extremely good for horses that suffer from epistaxis.
Dose: 25g dried herb daily.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
The vividly bright orange flower petals of Calendula officinalis are used for medicinal purposes.
Calendula petals have remarkable healing properties because of their antiseptic and antifungal properties, and by speeding up the rate of cell division. They’re anti-inflammatory also, so are ideal for alleviating skin itches and for rapidly healing rubbed skin.
When Calendula is combined in equal proportions with Clivers (Galium Aparine) they make a powerful blend to detox and support the lymphatic system. This combination also works well together with Nettle to treat cystitis and skin conditions.
Used internally, Calendula petals have the following benefits:
Horses: 1-2 handfuls in feed daily (approximately 10-15g)
Ponies: ½ -1 handful in feed daily (approximately 6-10g)
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Used externally, Calendula tincture has the following benefits:
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