Posts Tagged ‘ Healing ’

Lavender Essential Oil

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An incredible wound healer.  I usually use it on wounds for a few days after I have used the Propolis, as it speeds healing and promotes hair regrowth.  It should be blended with a carrier oil, 1 drop lavender essential oil for every 10 drops of carrier oil. Lavender essential oil can also be used as a rinse on strained tendons, bruises or tired overworked legs.  Add 15 – 20 drops Lavender essential oil to 2 liters of warm water and sponge down affected areas.

Slippery Elm Bark

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Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva, U. rubra)

Slippery Elm inner bark is a must for treating gastric ulcers, as it is mucilaginous and thus will form a protective and healing poultice like layer over damaged gastric lining tissues. It’s an essential ingredient in our specially formulated blend for healing gastric ulcers, Ulcer-Ease. More info can be found about this complete treatment approach for gastric ulcers in our blog post here.

It is also anti-inflammatory and mildly astringent, so is useful as an external poultice on wounds, and as a drawing agent.  Combine with honey, marshmallow root powder and a little water and apply a layer on the inside of a leg wrap and bandage over the affected area.

It’s excellent for treating scouring, and is very safe and effective even for foals.

It helps to prevent gastric ulceration, so it is helpful to include in the feed twice daily when a horse needs to be on a long course of conventional anti-inflammatories.

Slippery elm bark is extremely costly, as it can only be harvested from a tree which is at least seven years old, only the soft inner bark can be used, and harvesting the bark can cause the tree to die.  Understandably, this invaluable tree is in very short supply and is now threatened in it’s natural habitat; so only make use of this precious herb when it is truly justifiable, otherwise Plantain or Marshmallow root are good alternatives for treating gastric ulcers.

Dosages:

Horses: 15-20g dried and powdered inner bark daily.

Ponies: 10g dried and powdered inner bark daily.

Dogs:
Small – 2.5g daily
Medium: 5g daily
Large: 7.5g daily
Giant: 10g daily

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Meadowsweet

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Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

Meadowsweet is also anti-inflammatory, being a natural source of aspirin, but in contrast to the drug extract it has the fantastic advantage of not irritating the gastric lining.  In fact, it is so healing on the gastric system that it is a specific for gastric ulcers. Meadowsweet it THE “herbal aspirin”, only so much better, as it is also a natural antacid and promotes healing of the intestinal tract.

Dose: 20-30 g dried herb daily

Marshmallow

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Marshmallow(Althea officinalis)

Both the leaves and root are used medicinally. It’s very emollient and demulcent, and mildly anti-inflammatory, which makes it an ideal herb for treating gastric ulcers. It’s also expectorant and coupled with its soothing properties it helps to relieve coughs. It also has a strong affinity with the urinary tract, helping to dissolve crystals, lubricating the internal tissues and acting as an immunostimulant. The dried powdered root is an excellent drawing agent for abscesses and puncture wounds when combined in equal proportions with slippery elm inner bark powder.

Gotu Kola

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Gotu kola(Centellaasiatica)

Gotu Kola is a specific for arthritis, and also helps to support the circulatory system. It is anti-inflammatory as well as a mild diuretic. It has been used to promote healing and reconstruction of connective tissue in the joints.

Fenugreek Seed

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Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek seed is a rich natural source of Vitamin E (the fertility vitamin) although don’t feed it to overly flirtatious mares as it may increase oestrogen levels!  It is a wonderful appetite stimulant and weight conditioner, is also very demulcent and emollient. Being so it encourages healing and prevention of gastric ulcers, so it is ideal for horses at high risk of developing gastric ulcers e.g. are fed high grain diets and stabled in busy competitive yards.

Dose: 20-30 g seed daily.

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Comfrey

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Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Comfrey is widely known for its remarkable healing properties for ulcers, broken bones and soft tissue damage. It has cell proliferant properties which promote speedy wound healing, for which it can be used both internally and externally.

It’s also very soothing for the mucous membranes, as well as being an expectorant, so it is excellent to include in any respiratory herbal blend.  It also improves circulation, and is helpful for treating arthritis.

Feeding Instructions:

The following dosages should not be exceeded. Mix into daily food.

Horses:   1-2 handfuls in feed daily (approximately 10-15g)

Ponies:   ½ -1 handful in feed daily (approximately 6-10g)

Dogs and Cats:  ½ to 1 teaspoon per 500g of food

Pigeons and Poultry: Up to 2% of daily grain feed. Mix well into feed together with a little vegetable oil.

Warnings:

Do not feed to pregnant animals, or pets with liver disease.

Comfrey contains small quantities of alkaloids that can cause liver damage if taken in large quantities:

“The Comfrey Debate:

Regrettably, the internal use of Comfrey has been a much misunderstood and frequently controversial subject since the late 1960’s. The presence of a group of compounds contained in Comfrey called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA’s) instigated concern during a Japanese study on lab rats in 1968, which involved injecting high concentrations of isolate symphytine alkaloid in sufficient dosages that it would represent a staggering 33% of a rat’s daily food intake!

Herbalists argue that this is a totally unrealistic representation – as to begin with, in order to replicate the experiment in horses, they would have to ingest 150kg of isolate symphytine daily, and because symphytine only represents a tiny portion (5%) of total PA’s, this would mean a horse would have to consume a staggering 8,33 tonnes per day of dried comfrey! To add further perspective, PA’s are not uncommon in many foodstuffs – for example, both red wine and dark chocolate contain concentrations of PA’s.

Herbalists argue that:

Use only as directed, and for short periods of time (1-2 weeks)

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Calendula

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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:

Dosages:

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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