Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum).
Anise for horses, famous for its liquorice-like flavour and smell, is good for supporting a healthy digestive tract, free from excess bloating and gas. Aniseed for horses is complementary with fennel seed in supporting regular bowel movements. Sometimes the two herbs can be confused with each other as they both have the distinctive liquorice flavour which comes from the aromatic compound anethole - a phytoestrogen - which they both contain, as does the completely unrelated (Chinese) star anise evergreen tree.
Anise seed for horses contains:
- Essential oils - of which the main one is anethole - which gives it the liquorice flavour
- Fatty acids
- Flavonoid glycosides
- Small amounts of magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc
- Support easy breathing and healthy sinuses
- Add a liquorice-like flavour and smell to feed
- Support digestive health and regular bowel movements
- Mares needing support with producing good quantities of milk
- Support skin health
- Support wound healing
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Grind up seeds to release oil and add to feed.
A 1.5 kg tub fed at 30 g per day will last 50 days.
Aniseed - also known as anise, sweet cumin or pimpinel seed - is native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy and in cooking because of its distinctive flavour. As a herbal remedy for horses it is probably most-valued for the way it promotes efficient digestion and supports regular and normal bowel movements.
Aniseeds are slightly smaller than fennel seeds, with which they are sometimes confused. In Pakistan and Indian cuisine, no distinction is made between anise and fennel and the same name (Saunf) is usually given to them both.
Aniseed for horses can also be taken in conjunction with ginger for horses to support the expelling gas from the stomach and bowels. Many owners grind up the seeds to release their natural oil and then mix it with their horse's feed.
The botanical name of the anise plant is Pimpinella anisum and it is a member of the parsley family. It is related to caraway, dill, cumin, and fennel. Anise is one of the oldest known seeds, and the plant has been cultivated in Egypt for at least 4,000 years. The anise plant grows low to the ground and produces feathery leaves and flowers. The fruit of the plant, the aniseed, is oval-shaped and grey-brown in colour.
Ancient Romans are said to have hung anise plants near their pillows to prevent bad dreams and they also used anise to aid digestion.
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