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The EquiNatural Blog

I've been scribing these blog posts from the beginning, back in 2008-ish, before I became a medical herbalist and while my vertical learning curve was still barely off the mark!

Which means that some of the more ancient posts may well also be off the mark these days, as new science hits the headlines.

As I say on our Herbal Nutrition intro page, the pages in this Blog section are intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from my own personal studies and research, together with valuable clients' input and of course caring for our herd of misfits for over 5-decades!

This Blog is simply to enlighten and maybe suggest a more naturopathic approach to maintain & support a healthy lifestyle for our horses. The information here is not intended to replace veterinary advice, and as always I'd encourage anyone to make their own equine health care decisions based upon their own research.

All information contained in these pages can no doubt be freely found on the wonder that is the world wide web. Opinions are my own, unless otherwise noted, and when quoting I will always endeavour to provide the source links.

Carol 😊

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Beat the Heat!

When the dog days of summer hit, bring on the cooling herbal tea for seasonal lethargy


We’ve just had a week of the ‘dog days’- those hot, sultry days of summer. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed the ‘dog days’ occurred when the Sirius star appeared to rise alongside the sun, usually in late July in the Northern Hemisphere. They believed the combined heat from the two stars is what made these days the hottest of the year, and worse, Hellenistic astrology associated it with a period that could bring on catastrophic events such as overwhelming heat, drought, thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and just general bad luck! Cheery souls indeed 😉

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Glyphosate - the latest data on its harmful effects


I’ve just attended a Functional Medicine Detoxification Workshop, covering the latest science on all-things toxins, toxic chemicals, and the importance of detoxification. And no surprise, the subject of glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used pesticide, was extensively covered.

So, I thought I’d share the joys of the latest glyphosate research with you, if for no other reason but to reiterate the importance of choosing organic feeds for our horses over non-organic. Forewarned is forearmed and knowledge is power, etc etc …

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Allergy response v. the microbiome


Allergic diseases are becoming more widespread and increasing in prevalence, with many studies now showing that the typical progression of allergy responses begins early in life, although there’s no doubt that there are other factors at play.

There’s also no doubt that the gut microbiota play a leading role in shaping early immune responses.

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