We all know horses find peppermint to be especially delicious but aside from being a scrumptious treat it offers a wonderful array of health and medicinal benefits. Since horses find peppermint so palatable, it’s also a great way to offer health benefits to a picky eater.
The Latin name for this wonderful herb is Mentha piperita and its hardiness means that it grows readily in many climates and environments from Europe to the Middle East and Australia.
One of the key benefits of peppermint as far as horses are concerned is its ability to aid digestion and relieve gastrointestinal discomfort and upset. Peppermint contains menthol, which gives it its cooling and soothing effects. This herb is also high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic properties – quite the all rounder!
Peppermint eases bloating, increases the flow of bile from the liver and relaxes skeletal muscles – making it a perfect herbal selection for horses prone to colic or horses that hold tension and anxiety in their muscles.
The cooling benefits of peppermint also make is good for adding to poultices and wraps in cases of injuries that include inflammation and heat. This can be done either with the fresh herb or peppermint oil. It can be fed dried or fresh from the plant, is safe to feed continuously and there is no risk of overdose.
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