The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus subsp. scolymus (L.) HEGI) is a delicacy. Its flower buds and bracts are prized as a fine vegetable. The artichoke's bitter rosette leaves are considered inedible, but they contain valuable substances which relieve digestive complaints and promote liver metabolism.
Speedwell (Veronica officinalis) was once a popular healing herb that has since fallen out of fashion. That's unfortunate, because when combined with other herbs, this medicinal plant can really provide gentle help for sensitive stomachs and skin ailments.
24/7 turnout means that the horse spends all day and night at pasture and lives primarily on forage, the way his ancestors did in ancient times. But is round-the-clock turnout really good for our horses? Read here about where problems arise and what you should know before you decide to give your horse 24/7 turnout.
The unique active substances in Hypericum perforatum, aka perforate St John's wort, make this a true feel-good plant. It can lift moods, calm anxious horses and dogs, and contribute to their general well-being.
In olden days, well-trodden pastures where geese would graze often sported pretty, yellow flowers. Silverweed (Potentilla anserina L.), also called silver cinquefoil, prefers well-fertilised, compacted soils – and, true to its Latin name, is indeed a favourite food of geese. In veterinary medicine, the plant is considered an excellent remedy for diarrhoea.
You've decided to move your horse to a new yard. Or maybe you've just bought a horse which will now be relocating to his new home. You're excited and looking forward to it, but keep in mind that moving causes stress in your horse. Read on to learn why horses have problems moving to new homes and how you can make the move easier for your horse.
The slender birch with its pale bark is commonly noted for its many benefits. Indeed, birch leaves and birch bark have vitalising effects on both the human and equine organisms. Birch leaves have mild diuretic effects, helping to flush out the kidneys and bladder and making them ideal for spring detoxes.
Besity and lack of exercise are often the causes for serious metabolic disorders. Topping the list is EMS, or Equine Metabolic Syndrome – a disruption of the horse's carbohydrate metabolism which can have serious consequences, including dreaded laminitis.
As soon as the first green shoots appear in the fields, horses can't wait to get at them. Even with all that joy, however, we should not forget that spring turnout can also have its drawbacks: transitioning to pasture grass too quickly can bring the risk of diarrhoea, colic, or worst case, laminitis. Learn here why this transition should be carried out slowly and how you can start the grazing season right.
Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM, EPSSM) is a progressive disease of the skeletal muscles with very painful symptoms in acute cases. There are differences between Type 1 PSSM and Type 2 PSSM.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) was viewed as a universal medicinal herb in earlier times. For horses, and dogs, the active ingredients of this native Mediterranean plant bring relief from ailments of the throat and pharynx.
Willow bark (Salix sp.) is one of the oldest medicines on earth. For horses, it is a natural alternative to painkillers and anti-rheumatic drugs. Horses tolerate willow bark quite well and it can be used to support the musculoskeletal system in horses with painful diseases.
In addition to giving a fine flavour to Christmas biscuits, aniseed is known to provide quick relief from digestive and respiratory ailments in horses and dogs. Aniseed's healing properties are mainly found in the seeds' essential oils.
Horseradish has a long history of use in veterinary medicine. The tangy horseradish root's benefits on equine well-being have experienced a revival in recent years.
"A drop of wormword", the saying goes, will turn anything bitter. But wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) has much more to offer than a bitter taste: this medicinal plant helps to relieve digestive ailments and boosts the immune system.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a "general-purpose cleaner" for the organism: it boosts metabolism, aids digestion, promotes the production of urine and transports contaminants from the body.
A dreaded, irreversible and incurable disease: a diagnosis of osteoarthritis often signals the end of a sport or leisure horse's career. Are there ways to slow the progress of osteoarthritis? Read here how you can relieve your horse's pain and stiffness from chronic joint disease and help your horse to enjoy exercise again.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a commonly found plant that is generally viewed as a weed. However, in folk medicine it has long been an important medicinal plant. Yarrow's essential oils, bitter substances and tannins aid in treating digestive problems, stimulate the appetite, stabilise gut bacteria and have a positive effect on blood circulation.
Since pre-Columbian times, the damiana (Turnera diffusa) has been used in Mexico to make preparations for treating muscle and nerve weakness, exhaustion and dizziness. The Mayans used damiana extracts as mood enhancers, energy boosters, and aphrodisiacs.
Marsh mallow (Althea officinalis L.) - Proven relief for irritated mucous membranes in horses and dogs: marsh mallow and marsh mallow root promise fast relief from coughing and gastric mucosa irritations.
The fragrant thyme plant (Thymus vulgaris) has a long history as a healing herb for treating humans and animals and is still considered a valuable medicinal plant for respiratory complaints. Its beneficial effects also extend to aiding digestive ailments.
Persistent wet, muddy conditions in autumn will often have horse owners dealing with pastern dermatitis, aka mud fever, cracked heel or greasy heel. Read further to learn what factors play a role and what you can do to treat mud fever.
During the Middle Ages, this thorny shrub from the genus Rosaceae with its white blossoms was a symbol of hope. Many ailments were treated with extracts of the blossoms, leaves and fruits of the hawthorn plant. Today hawthorn is called "medicine for the heart" and is used as a medication for heart failure.
Echinacea plants are native to central regions of the USA and have long been used by native Americans to treat infections and sepsis. In western phytotherapy today, echinacea is considered an extremely valuable aid in boosting the immune system. Echinacea is also used to treat allergies.
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