Herbs E- H

This page features herbs for horses beginning with the letters E – H.

E

Echinacea

(Echinaea augustifolio, Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallido.)

Echinacea is a well known herbal remedy for riders and horses.

Echinacea is a well known herbal remedy for riders and horses.

 

This well – known herb is a must have for your equine herb garden or in your equine herbal medicine chest.

Over the centuries Echinacea has been used for its antiviral, antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulant properties. Until the introduction of anti-biotics in 1940, Echinacea was the number one cold and flu remedy in the United States.

3 out of the 9 varieties of Echinacea are used medicinally: Echinacea augustifolio, Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallido. There have been many studies done on Echinacea, which verify its major properties. It increases the production of T cells and therefore may be used to stimulate the immune system where ever there is a virus, infection or bacteria may be a problem. It is often used for coughs, colds and other respiratory problems including sinus problems as well as for kidney problems.  It may be useful to stimulate the lymphatic system, for skin complaints, digestive problems or horses with post viral syndrome. Externally it may be added to a poultice or other treatment for hoof abscesses and other injuries.

This herb may be contraindicated if your horse has an irregular heartbeat or weak heart. As always introduce slowly and watch for allergic reactions. Discontinue use if you have any concerns.

 G

Grape Vine

Vitis vinifera L

 

The leaves of the grape vine can be made into a tea for arthritis, inflammation, menopause, urinary problems, skin rashes gout, nausea, varicose veins and fragile capillaries. Therefore may be useful for nose bleeds. Traditionally a decoction  of the leaves has also been used to treat threatened abortion. Dried, powdered leaves have been given to cattle and horses to treat scours.

The leaves can be bound over wounds and may also be helpful for tumors. The flowers can also be made into an infusion to strengthen the nerve and support the bone marrow in the spine.

The grapes themselves have been used as a fortifying blood tonic. They are very nourishing and have been used for anemia and for when a horse or rider is run down or recovering from an illness. Apparently the grape has a content that is similar to that of blood plasma.

Grapes are known to stimulate kidney and liver function. They are cleansing and may be a gentle laxative. They are high in natural fruit sugars.

Grapes are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances known to destroy free radical which damage the cells DNA, creating health problems such as heart disease, cancer and aging. Standardized extract of grape seed can be used to help with regulating blood sugar, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pancreatitis, degeneration of the eye and cancer. There have been many studies demonstrating the effectiveness with cancer.