Marigold flower (Calendula officinalis).
Marigold for horses is a popular, 100% natural and comforting herbal remedy which can be used externally to support skin and internally as a digestive aid.
Marigold can also be fed alongside cleavers - a herb for horses that supports the lymphatic system and works as a body fluid regulator and a tonic. The two herbs have a supporting and enhancing action on each other maximising their beneficial qualities.
- Carotenoids: flavoxanthin and auroxanthin - which are antioxidants
- Triterpenoid esters
- Horses who need digestive support
- Horses who need extra skin support
- Horses needing a digestive tonic or as part of a detox
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A 1 kg tub fed at 30 g per day will last 33 days.
Brew 2-3 handfuls of marigold with 500 ml of boiling water and use as a topical lotion or compress for supporting the body's natural responses to skin conditions and wounds. The herbal liquid can also be used to dampen the horse’s feed to administer its soothing properties to the horse’s digestive system.
Marigold for horses is a popular herbal remedy loved by owners and trainers for the calming and comforting benefits that it brings.
Pegasus Marigold is 100% Calendula officinalis.
Calendula horses is the family name given to more than a dozen plants from the daisy family.
Calendula extracts have been shown to have several healthful properties. Marigold can be used externally to support natural healing of wounds and irritation from bites and rashes. The active ingredients within marigold for horses can also soothe internal tissues.
Taken internally, marigold is a digestive tonic and often used as part of a detoxification process. Marigold has been successfully used to support healthy gut function down the years by many owners and riders.
The most commonly cultivated and used member of the family is the pot marigold, another name for Calendula officinalis. This plant is also known as the common marigold, garden marigold, English marigold, and Scottish marigold. pot marigold has been cultivated successfully for years making it uncertain where its origins lie - but it is thought that it is probably native to southern Europe.
The distinctive marigold flowers for horses - which can range in colour from a pale yellow to a deep orange - may appear all year long where conditions are suitable. Calendula can be grown comparatively easily in sunny places in all kinds of soils.
The petals and pollen of the plant contain triterpenoid esters and the carotenoids: flavoxanthin and auroxanthin - which are antioxidants and also give the flowers their distinctive yellow-orange colour. The leaves and stems contain other carotenoids, mostly lutein (80%) and zeaxanthin (5%), and beta-carotene.
Pot marigold flowers are safe for people to eat and can sometimes be used in salads to add colour or used in cooking as an alternative to saffron.
The best way to administer marigold for horses is to brew two to three handfuls with 500 ml of boiling water. Once it has cooled it can be used as a topical lotion or compress to support natural healing of skin conditions and wounds. The herbal liquid can also be used to dampen the horse’s feed so that the horse can benefit from its soothing properties on its digestive system.
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