Nature's medicines are sprouting
into the horse product market: healing salves, vitamin supplements, and even natural sedatives for an uptight horse. At first
the natural wave consumed the human marketplace, but now horses can also enjoy a reunion with earth's precious products.
Comfrey is one of the newest selling
herbal cosmetics for horses, and has been donned a miracle herb. But despite its revival, comfrey has been around the horse
industry for centuries. Gypsies fed it to their horses to keep them fat and healthy. When a horse was sold to a farmer and
dropped weight while fed alfalfa hay, the farmer would be furious thinking he was taken by the gypsy. The reason was comfrey,
used as hay, has more protein then alfalfa. It is also the only land plant with vitamin B-12.
At the tack stores comfrey is
found in healing ointments, cold wraps, poultice and hoof oils. Apparently the cosmetic industry has discovered the healing
qualities of comfrey. Charles of Ritz cosmetics for women has a moisturizer available whose only ingredient is allantoin,
a derivative of comfrey.
This herbal plant derived its
name from confervere, a Latin word meaning 'to heal'. Its generic name, symphtum, is Greek for 'to grow together', derived
from symphyto, meaning to unite. Uniting is precisely what comfrey does
and why its new acclaim as a miracle healer is endorsed. Known as a cell proliferant, the allantoin from the mucous plant
For a home remedy of comfrey for
wounds, scraps and hooves, mix powdered comfrey root or leaves (the roots are more powerful because they contain a higher
quantity of allantoin) with warmed, cold-processed oil (any type of oil will work, but cold processed is a preferred quality).
Leave the comfrey in the oil and
take the container to the barn. With a small paintbrush apply the solution to any wound or place where the hair is scraped
off. In less than one week there will be new hair growth the cell proliferators go to work immediately. With the use of comfrey
little or no scarring is left, depending on the wound.
Comfrey is edible for people too.
It can be eaten like cooked spinach, or raw in salads. Comfrey leaf and root tea is recommended for people with ulcers and
Herbal remedies are wonderful
to have in the medicine chest or at home. Goldenseal, of the buttercup family, is excellent for open wounds. It stops bleeding
and acts as a disinfectant. In 1939 it was among the most important drugs in the European trade market to treat infections
for people. It is also used in a powdered form, and can be kept in a jar in the barn.