(Echinaea augustifolio, Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallido.)
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.