Peppermint

An antispasmodic that calms nausea and aids in digestion. Most horses relish the taste of peppermint, and it can be added to unfamiliar drinking water to help horses accept it.

The peppermint oil that is found in the plant has a carminative action, helping to relax sphincters and the smooth muscles of the digestive system, assist in the expulsion of intestinal gas, tone mucous membrane surfaces and increase peristalsis. The oil has a cooling, soothing and anesthetic effect on the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines, which makes it one of the key herbs to choose when dealing with horses prone to colic, gastric or duodenal ulceration, smooth muscle spasm, trapped gas, digestive cramping or poor appetite.

Peppermint contains a bitter quality that increases bile secretion and helps stimulate the appetite as well as tannins, which can help with horses who suffer from loose droppings or bouts of diarrhea.

See also Equine Wellness Magazine on Peppermint for Horses.

Found in: Daily Health, Daily Plus Liver Support

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