Burdock root (Arctium lappa).
Burdock root for horses is a versatile herb that can be used for a whole range of health support including the circulatory system (including the blood), liver and kidney function and skin health.
Burdock root is also an excellent supplement to support digestion, because of its ability to stimulate the digestive juices, and is also popular as an equine detoxing supplement.
Burdock root contains:
- Amino acids
Burdock root benefits for horses:
- Help support good mobility in horses with challenged joints
- Support good skin health
- Support natural wound healing
- Help with detoxing - alongside nettle or cleavers to support toxin removal
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A 1.5 kg tub fed at 30 g per day will last 50 days.
Burdock supplement for horses supports the body tissues that are involved in absorbing the nutrients from a horse’s feed, while at the same time eliminating waste products efficiently. This makes burdock an efficient, natural detoxing supplement.
Pegasus Health recommends that burdock root powder for horses (or chopped root) should be used alongside herbs that help with the removal of these toxins from the system. Herbs such as nettle or cleavers are ideal for this purpose. You can also use burdock root to make a poultice to support fast natural wound healing and for other skin challenges.
An infusion made from burdock root for horses and boiling water can help itchy skin - some owners believe this is a useful alternative to adding the dried herb to the horse’s feed. When completely cooled, use the infusion to moisten the horse's feed. You can also soak the burdock root overnight in cold water to release its active properties.
Burdock root contains copper - which is important because it activates the important mineral zinc within the body. Zinc is needed for wound healing, fertility and white blood cell production. Burdock also contains potassium, amino acids and calcium.
Burdock is a biennial plant found growing wild across Europe and North America where it does well in limey soil.
It is recognised by its spiky purple flowers which appear from its second growing year onwards. These flowers produce burrs on long stalks which often cling to passing animals or people.
The root of the burdock is long, fleshy, greyish-brown on the outside and white on the inside.
Burdock’s botanical name, Arctium lappa, comes from the words ‘arktos’ meaning ‘bear’ - believed to refer to the roughness of the burrs - and ‘Lappa’ which comes from a word meaning ‘to seize’. It is said that the invention of Velcro, by Swiss engineer George de Mestral, was inspired when he saw how the burrs of the burdock plant stuck to his socks as he walked his dog.
Many people will also recognise the name of this plant from the popular soft drink dandelion and burdock. Traditionally, this drink was made from fermented dandelion and burdock root - although the modern manufactured versions sold in shops today rarely contain either of these ingredients.
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