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WHITETHORN EQUINE HEALTH
The flies and sun have made an appearance this last few weeks as our Irish summer finally makes an appearance. As a result this filly has developed conjunctivitis with significant inflammation and watering around the eyes. Out with the Zoopharmacognosy kit to see which herbs or essential oils she would select. She was very clear in her choices and selections of herbal extracts and they included the following: Liquorice root herb powder (5:1 concentrate), Cornflower floral water, German Chamomile and Yarrow essential oils (anti inflammatory) and Angelica root essential oil. It cleared up within days. I am so grateful to have these natural remedies, herbs and extracts to hand to help so effectively and easily. Go to our online shop to check out the herbal extracts that were offered and selected:
Please note that Aromatherapy essential oils are not suitable for this type of work. All herbs offered are organic and are not mixed in with feed.
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
We are delighted to finally introduce our Equine Starter Kit which has been carefully collated with the beginner in mind. It contains a wide selection of different plant extracts which are the most commonly selected plus Dead Sea Mineral Mud which is a must for any tack room!
The starter kit contains the following:
Barley Grass powder - nutrient rich powder
Cornflower floral water - opening the session plus eye issues
Orange blossom floral water - anxiety and separation
Valerian floral water - anxiolytic and nervine
German Chamomile essential oil - antihistamine and anti inflammatory action
Roman Chamomile essential oil - anxiety, gut issues
Peppermint essential oil - anti inflammatory and gut motility
Yarrow essential oil - anti inflammatory, no 1 for wounds
Cleavers dried herb - great for lymph cleanse
Peppermint leaf dried herb - aids gut motility
Dead Sea Mineral Mud - drawing action with wounds
Why not sign up for one of our online courses to learn the 'Offering and Selecting' process!
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This wonderful picture of Cosmos was sent to us from Sinead - a participant on the Canine Level 1 online wksp. Cosmos's digestive system was struggling to maintain health shown by mucus and blood in his stools. Sinead had wormed Cosmos and taken him to the vet for treatment but the symptoms continued and deteriorated further. The Spirulina sample sent out in the Canine Workshop Workpack was demolished by Cosmos and after self-selecting Spirulina for a week his stools were healthy and lacked any mucus or blood. Another lucky dog whose guardian trusted his ability to self-select! You can see Cosmos's other pack members all below awaiting their turn at the 'Spirulina Bar'!
After the success of our Live online Equine Level 2 workshops we are excited to announce dates for our Equine and Canine Level 1 online workshops. Both Level 1's will be three days over 2 weekends. This is a new format to allow for participants to practice and avail of support in between the weekends to give them the best possible start on the 'offering' and 'selecting' process. Both workshops are interactive with participants receiving a Work Pack which
We are delighted to announce that we have successfully sourced from the continent a lovely rich Organic Co2 Rosehip extract (Rosa canina). This type of distillation process ensures absolutely no solvent residue and the product (human grade) contains a broad level of constituents which includes high levels of Linoleic acid (essential fatty acid belonging to the omega-3 fatty acids group) which has been proven to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin resulting in reduced inflammation. Older animals that have joint issues or are arthritic and younger growing animals select Rosehip Co2. If you feel your animal may benefit from Rosehip Co2, click here to purchase at our online shop. There are various
Carly was absolutely delighted to be invited by Lisa Tully, Animal intuitive and communicator, to talk about her work at a webinar themed 'Caring for Animals in a Challenging Human World'. Lisa talked for a while about the animals she has helped and then Carly explained how Zoopharmacognosy can help animals at this challenging time including recommending extracts to offer for fear and anxiety. These included Frankincense, Violet Leaf, Valerian (floral water and essential oil), both the Chamomiles (Roman & German) as well as oils for comfort such as Jasmine, Rose and Linden Blossom (floral water and essential oil). Lisa reminded us that the animals we share our lives with (dogs in particular) are often affected by our own state of health and so it's important to look after ourselves alongside our animals. If you wish to see a recording of it (it's free!) click here. Our next Webinar, called Your pet and Zoopharmacognosy is on Sun 7th Feb 2021. Click here to register. Hope you see you there!
In late November we held our first Canine Zoopharmacognosy workshop online where 8 participants and their furry friends all came together on Zoom to learn how to use the self-selection approach with their Dogs. Some were horse owners and had already completed our Equine workshop and are already using this approach with their horses but were keen to learn the different techniques employed when offering herbs and other extracts to dogs. (Click here for details of our next Canine Online Live 3-day Wksp) It was great fun with several different interactive elements ensuring no 'Death by Powerpoint'