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Red Clover

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Red Clover (Trifoliumpratense)

One of the best-known blood purifying and anti-tumour herbs. Highly tonic, this herb helps to soothe coughs and speed recovery from respiratory illnesses as it is expectorant and helps to soothe inflamed mucous membranes. Feed only at recommended dosages as excessive quantities increases oestrogen levels.


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An incredible powerful natural antibiotic, recommended to keep on hand in the first aid kit. Propolis a natural product made by bees using resins, pollens and essential oils.  Bees make it to line their hives and seal out contaminants.  Propolis is antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal and is very safe. If necessary, conventional antibiotics may be used in combination with propolis, as propolis will strengthen the action of the conventional antibiotic, without causing any additional side effects. Use the powder (5 – 10g daily) or tincture (3ml daily) internally.  As a herbal antibiotic, an 50:50 equal mix with calendula tincture is very effective, and can be further enhanced in combination with colloidal silver.

Externally, propolis tincture is excellent for use on wounds to encourage healing and staunch bleeding. When exposed to air, a thin layer of a good quality propolis tincture applied over a wound may at first feel a little sticky, but then it quickly dries to form a smooth and elastic protective seal over the top of the wound. This helps to seal out and kill any infections and encourages healing. Use it neat or in a 50:50 dilution rate with pure calendula tincture as a flushing liquid for deep wounds.

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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.


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

Ponies: 10g dried and powdered inner bark daily.

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

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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.


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 (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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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.

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