One thing that really annoys me is a herb or a nutrient going fad. People take them willy nilly for the wrong reason and the good reasons for which a certain herb has been used for centuries is forgotten.
Take the infamous St John’s Wort (Hypericum) for instance, people are taking it for stress or depression and its use as an antiseptic and immune booster has completely been forgotten. On the other hand everyone is starting to panic because St John’s Wort is also known to antagonise certain medications.
If you are interested in treating a nervy horse however St John’s Wort is totally inappropriate as it causes photosensitivity in cattle and horses.
So what to do to calm both horse and rider in a safe way? …do I have the herb for you!
Lime Flowers, also known as Linden Flowers, botanical name Tilia, is the best, gentlest, safest and most effective lullaby tea.
Two tablespoons in a cup (200mls) of hot water, brew for at least 10 minutes, add a teaspoon of honey and pop that in the horse’s feed and presto you soon will have a really cool horse.
For the rider, two teaspoons per 200 mls water, made as a simple tea add sugar or honey.
But wait there’s more!
Tilia also contains what is known as mucilage and as such it has a soothing effect on the gut, so if you have a nervy horse with sensitive gut, never be without Tilia.
For colic brew a couple of handfuls of Tilia in a litre of water for 20mins, strain out the herb and keep offering it to the horse.
For a fever Tilia is also the best remedy to safely bring down the temperature in beast, human and babies.
Another cool herb
Lemon verbena is also a very safe and extremely delicious herb to soothe the nerves, it smells so good you’ll want to wear it.
Keep Linden flowers and Lemon verbena in your herbal first aid and you will never look back.