[Zingiber officinale]  Well known as a spice and flavouring, ginger is also one of the world’s best medicines. Anti-emetic: Highly effective in treating travel sickness, ginger given before floating horses can help settle, and given on arrival can tempt a horse to eat. The therapeutic benefits of ginger are largely due to its volatile oil and oleoresin content. Ginger is an excellent remedy for many digestive complaints, including nausea, colic, wind and indigestion. Its antiseptic properties also make it beneficial for gastro-intestinal infections.

For the older, arthritic horse, ginger is a useful maintenance herb. It stimulates, circulates and helps blood flow to the surface, so can be an important remedy for chillblains and poor circulation to hands and feet. Dosage: 1 tsp of powdered ginger or fresh if available. (Also wonderful in cooking cakes, slices etc, with that wonderful ginger taste and only half the normal recipe amount is needed as it is a concentrated premium quality powder).

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