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This is Freda whom Gana is currently fostering from the My Lovely Horse Rescue branch in Cork, Southern Ireland. She is such a sweet little lady and very lucky to have been found and rescued and is now receiving much needed TLC. However, unfortunately Freda has been diagnosed with severe liver damage which may have been caused by Ragwort. As a four year old she also has the physical development of a two year old due to malnourishment. Throughout the Winter, Freda was averaging 8 dungs in 12 hours. After attending one of our online workshops, Gana began offering herbs using the Zoopharmacognosy approach. As a result of regular offering Freda is now averaging 4 dungs in 12 hours. Gana’s Vet felt the frequent dunging was a sign of liver damage and that the reduction in the no's of passing of dung is a good sign that Freda's liver is on the mend. Freda has been selecting various herbs and oils over the last 2 months including the following: Neem fixed oil, Wormwood powder, Milk thistle powder, Slippery Elm powder, Marigolds dried herb, Liquorice root powder, Dandelion root dried herb (500g almost daily), Cleavers and Nettles. Nearly all of these extracts are selected to support and rejuvenate the liver. Freda’s selections make perfect sense!
You can find the herbs mentioned above at our online shop www.whitethornherbals.com Please note that Aromatherapy oils are not suitable for use in Zoopharmacognosy.
Comfrey is starting to grow under the trees at Whitethorn Farm here in County Sligo, in Ireland!
Comfrey is a powerful, supportive herb for horses when using the self-selection Zoopharmacognosy approach. Horses may select Comfrey when suffering with gastric ulcers, wounds, bruising, inflammatory conditions, fractures, as well as tendon and soft tissue injuries. In the Zoopharmacognosy approach we offer the dried herb and/or the macerate. (Comfrey is not available as an essential oil)
You may find this wonderful plant in damp areas such as near lakes and ditches, so keep an eye out for the plant! Do not confuse Comfrey with Docks. The Comfrey leaf is furry and matt green as opposed to the shiny green that the Dock plant boasts! Your horse may choose to ingest the freshly picked herb, or you could pick some to bring home and dry in the oven / a dehydrator.
Comfrey is also commonly given the name "Knitbone" as it is known to excel in the repair of fractures when selected due to it's allantoin content.
And for the gardeners of you out there, Comfrey is also known as nature's fertilizer as it is extremely rich in Potassium so it is a supportive and organic food source for plants. All in all it's a very useful plant all round!
Go to our online shop to learn more about Comfrey - www.whitethornherbals.com