There are many supplements for sale for the respiratory tract of horses, but which herbs / plants / trees actually have a positive effect on the respiratory tract? Read in this blog which we recommend if you want to support your coughing horse or horse with other respiratory problems.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) against the stuck mucus
Everyone knows the characteristic scent of eucalyptus, this strong but fresh scent is often used in air fresheners or in products against flies / mosquitoes.
But eucalyptus is especially a very beneficial ingredient for respiratory problems. The mature leaves of the eucalyptus tree are the richest in essential oils. These essential oils can be used for many respiratory complaints, such as:
- Cold: it clears nasal congestion
- Trapped mucus: It helps loosen mucus deep into the lungs
- Bacterial infections: eucalyptus has strong antiseptic properties
- Coughing: Helps reduce cough symptoms within days
In addition, eucalyptus helps to improve and support the immune system, the general health of the horse will improve, so that respiratory problems happen less often.
Coneflower (Echinacea) to strengthen the immune system
In case of respiratory problems it’s important that the general health (the immune system) is strengthened. As a result, infectious diseases can have less of a hold on the horse and even be prevented. Echinacea (purple coneflower) strengthens the immune system and is therefore very important in a supplement for the respiratory tract.
Studies have shown that administration of Echinacea reduces the duration and severity of the disease. Echinacea also helps prevent the development of a virus infection and can also be used preventively in the event of a reduced resistance.
White willow (Salix alba) as natural penicillin
White willow is best known for its effect on rheumatic diseases. But white willow can be used much more widely. In the horse’s body, the substance salicin that occurs naturally in white willow is converted into salicylic acid, a natural penicillin. This substance has an analgesic, antipyretic and against cramps. White willow is therefore very suitable for respiratory problems, to soften the throat and airways. But especially as an anti-inflammatory.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) for coughing
The red berries of the Schisandra creeper are pungent, sour, sweet, bitter and salty. Where the sour taste dominates. Because of this sour taste, the Schisandra works on the meridians of the lungs, among other things.
Schisandra is mainly used for a chronic cough or asthma and helps to increase resistance to diseases and tension.
The best combination of these 4 plants / trees
Of course there are more herbs / plants / trees that have a medicinal effect and can contribute to healthy airways. ‘Less is more’, it is not about the amount of different herbs / plants, but about the quality that is used. For example, a supplement for the respiratory tract with four ingredients can be more powerful than a supplement with, say, eight. Airway problems are often a combination of problems: reduced resistance, stuck mucus and irritation / inflammation. By combining these 4 ingredients, in high concentration and of human consumption quality in one supplement, you choose the best approach for your horse.