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Herbal Teas

Herbal Teas

Herbal Teas


A herbal infusion for your horse, hot or cold, is such a beneficial method to get those important phytonutrients into the feedbowl.

They're also more bioavailable as a tea as they don't employ the digestive function - instantly absorbable ready-made medicine.

I love to give my horses a warm herbal tea in their winter feeds - I use a tea as the soaking liquid, sloshing the lot into the feedbowl then stirring everything up. 

My personal choice is Green Tea Sencha and Peppermint as the base, then sometimes a third depending on the day, i.e. Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Liquorice or Echinacea - for my connie, Murphy, he of the sensitive gut, if he's particulary gassy I give him a tea of Peppermint & Fennel - there are no two finer herbs on the planet for superior carminative effect!




Instructions

  • For one horse, use 15g herb to 500ml (boiled then left for 1-minute) water, two horses 30g herb to 1-itre water, and so on. For my own horses, I make up 2-litres then divide the tea between them. 
  • Pour on the water, mix, and steep for at least 10 minutes.
  • For humans, if you're drinking for pleasure, then a generous teaspoon of dried herb per mug.  If you're drinking for medicinal therapy, follow the two-horse principal - 30g herb to 1-litre water, and drink thoughout the day until finished. For some medicinal teas, i.e. a respiratory blend, you need to drink the tea warm, so a top tip is to pour the brew into a thermos flask. Otherwise, warm it as you drink, but not to boiling point.

For horses, slosh the whole lot into the feedbowl. For us, strain and serve. For extra flavour for us humans, add grated citrus rind, lemon, honey, ginger, whatever you like :o)

Important
Always cover the mug/jug/bowl while infusing.  The plant's natural volatile oils are where the magic is, but if you leave the infusion open to the elements, the oils will evaporate into the atmosphere.

As all our herbs are organic and human-grade, this means that not only can our horses have an infusion, but so can we!  The herbs and spices listed below are the typical equine-appropriate ones, and cut to Tea-Bag size. 

However, we have a huge range of organic herbs available as TBC, as well as familiar drinking teas such as Assam and Green, i.e. Cassia, Elder, Fennel, Galangal, Hibiscus, Honeybush, Lemon, Lemon Grass, Lemon Myrtle, Liquorice, Mate, Nutmeg, Oats (Avena Sativa), Orange, Rooibos, Spearmint & Vanilla, to name just a few.

If there's a herbal tea you'd like but it's not listed below, send me a quick email at mail@equinatural.co.uk and I'll quote you right back.

 


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Chamomile TBC (Matricaria recutita)

~ Dried Flower, Origin Egypt

* Certified Organic

 

From £7.05 / 250 g

 

Echinacea TBC (Echinacea purpurea)

~ Dried Herb, Origin Germany

* Certified Organic

 

From £6.75 / 250 g

 

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

~ Root (cut), Origin India

* Certified Organic

 

From £7.35 / 250 g

 

Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

~ Leaf, Origin Vietnam

* Certified Organic

 

From £8.85 / 250 g

 

Liquorice TBC (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

~ Tea Bag Cut Root, Origin Spain

* Certified Organic

 

From £6.45 / 250 g


Raspberry TBC (Rubus idaeus)

~ Dried Leaf, Origin Bulgaria

* Certified Organic Fairwild

 

From £5.85 / 250 g


Rosehips TBC (Rosa canina)

~ Dried Fruit, Origin Croatia

* Certified Organic

 

From £6.60 / 250 g


Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

~ Dried Flowers, Origin Bulgaria

* Certified Organic

 

From £10.60 / 250 g