Meadowsweet contains the powerful active ingredient salicylic acid (acetylsalicylic acid is better known as aspirin). Although salicylates alone will irritate the stomach, in combination with the other constituents of meadowsweet, including the mucilage, they have the opposite effect!
Meadowsweet for horses is also a natural antacid and soother and an excellent digestive aid that is often used successfully to support digestive health when passage rate is too fast. Meadowsweet is the best digestive herb for horses.
Meadowsweet has been found to support connective tissue supporting natural flexibility and provide comfort for hard-working joints and muscles.
An infusion, or tea, made using meadowsweet can be used to wash wounds or soothe eyes.
- Essential oil
- Flavonoids including the flavonol glycosides rutin, hyperin, and spiraeoside
- Vitamin C
- Horses who need digestive or musculoskeletal support
- Horses who need respiratory support
- Horses with a raised temperature
- Horses who need bladder and kidney support
Meadowsweet herb for horses is a herb that horses in the wild have grazed on for thousands of years.
As a herbal remedy, meadowsweet has been used for centuries for a wide variety of conditions. Back in 1652, English physician Nicholas Culpeper was writing about the plant's therapeutic effects on the stomach.
Meadowsweet is also recommended for healthy fluid balance and to support healthy bladder and kidney function. Meadowsweet is a perennial herb that is common throughout Europe. It grows best in damp areas next to ponds, in ditches and on the banks of rivers.
In the Middle Ages, meadowsweet was known as meadwort and was used to flavour alcoholic drinks. The name meadowsweet derives from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘medu‘, which means ‘mead’ - the fermented honey drink that it flavoured.
It has also been called bridewort because the fragrant flowers were sometimes used in bridal garlands and sprinkled on the ground at weddings to give a pleasant scent. Its Latin name is Filipendula ulmaria and it is native to most of Europe and Western Asia and has been introduced and naturalised in North America. Filipendula, comes from 'filum', meaning thread and 'pendulus', meaning hanging. This is believed to be a description of the root tubers of the plant. The word ulmaria means "elmlike", referring to the shape of the leaves. Also, slippery elm bark is another rich source of salicylic acid which could explain the reference to ‘elm’.
Pegasus Health Meadowsweet has been carefully sourced from quality suppliers and manufactured to high-quality standards. It contains just 100% meadowsweet with no other ingredients.
It can be fed in its dried form to horses, but to speed up the effects it can - in common with other herbs for horses - be made into an infusion or tea with hot water and the resulting cooled mixture used to dampen the horse’s regular food.