Mint (Mentha piperita)
Mint is a carminative and anti-spasmodic which reduces excess flatulence and can help prevent gassy colics. As a colic preventative, mint can be introduced to the diet before making feed changes.
Mint is a very good anti-depressant – a great pick-me-up for rescue horses, horses that seem depressed after losing a companion or moving yards, or feeling a bit work weary towards the end of a tough competitive season. It perks them up and gives them a more positive outlook on life in general, without sending them over the top.
Not suitable for pregnant animals.
Horse: 15-20g/75-100ml daily
Pony: 7.5-10g/37.5-50ml daily
Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum)
Aniseed is THE coughing herb. The Aniseed herb is expectorant, antispasmodic and carminative, so it’s wonderful for soothing and relieving coughs. Blend Aniseed with complementary herbs such as Garlic, Liquorice root and Marshmallow. For sinus issues include Euphrasia in the blend, as it is anti-catarrhal. It is also carminative which makes it useful for colic.
Dose: 20-25g seed daily.