This page contains information on the herbs for horses from I – O
Horses and sheep enjoy eating Lady’s Mantle, particularly when its leaves are a bit drier.
Lady’s Mantle has astringent and styptic properties and therefore is very good to assist with wound healing, to reduce bleeding and bruising internally and externally. It has also been used for diabetes, to strengthen and help with contraception, as a general tonic and to strengthen the walls of the arteries. The gypsies used it as a tonic after a horse has had colic.
Lemon Verbena has a lovely citrus scent and is useful to plant around stables to deter flies and mosquitoes. It can also be made into a natural fly repellent with other scented herbs or just put a few drops of the oil in water and spray around the stable and lightly around your horse. As always, test a small patch of skin first as the occasional horse may be allergic to anything.
Medicinally Lemon Verbena has traditionally been used as a sedative, to help with stomach problems such as indigestion, flatulence, for skin problems and colds with a fever. It is known for being very soothing for the stomach as well as lifting the spirits and helping with depression.
Tilia x europaea
Lime blossoms are sometimes fed for their relaxing and calming properties (nervine). They are known as a blood cleanser. They also contain mucilages which are soothing and help reduce inflammation. The tannins contained in the lime blossoms are astringent. The lime tree varieties Tilia cordata and the Tilia platypus are preferred for medicinal use, although other varieties can also be used.
The fragrant lime blossoms are sweet to taste and have traditionally been used for colds and fevers, for the stomach, as a diuretic, to support the liver, as a sedative and for epilepsy.
The leaves have been used to promote sweating to help reduce fevers. The wood can be ground and used to support the liver and to help with cellulitis.
The inner bark can also be used externally when made into an ointment or an infusion for any external problem, tumours and inflammation. Charcoal from the wood can be used to treat ulcers, edema and cellulitis externally.
Peppermint – for digestion
Mentha x Piperitais
🐎 Studies indicate that peppermint relaxes the digestive system and ease pain. It prevents smooth muscles from contracting, which helps to relieve spasms in the gut.
🐎 A review of 14 clinical trials in nearly 2,000 children, peppermint reduced the frequency, length and severity of abdominal pain.
🐎 For horses, peppermint may be added to feed to help fussy eaters.
🐎It is useful for easing flatulence and bloating as well as relaxing gastrointestinal spasms.
🐎The volatile oil in peppermint has a carminative action, helping to relax sphincters and the smooth muscles of the digestive system. It also helps to release intestinal gas, tone mucous membrane surfaces and increase peristalsis.
🐎 The oil has a cooling, soothing and anesthetic effect on the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines, which makes it one of the key herbs to choose when dealing with horses prone to colic, gastric or duodenal ulceration, smooth muscle spasm, trapped gas or digestive cramping.
🐎 Peppermint contains a bitter quality that increases bile secretion and helps stimulate the appetite.
🐎 It also contains tannins, which can help with horses who have loose droppings or bouts of diarrhea.
🐎 Peppermint is easy to grow for your horses.