I received a question from a reader struggling with itchy, flaky skin on her horse. The vet has been out and prescribed shampoos and other medicines which haven’t worked. So she was wondering if treating with herbs like calendula, nettle, dandelion, red clover could help him? And if so, how much should she give? And did I have any other ideas?
Well without being able to see the horse or ask qualifying questions, here’s what I would do. Any one of these remedies might be the winning ticket, or, it could the combination of remedies that resolves the problem:
1. Sure, try those herbs. You can buy great quality bulk dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. Offer them free choice and one at a time, then he can choose which herb he wants, and which amount he needs.
2. I would also give cold-pressed flax oil orally which is an awesome anti-inflammatory and very healing for the gut. Remember that issues with the gut are displayed on the skin. Again, pour it in his feed dish and let him drink/lick it straight so he can decide the amount.
One year, big mama Audelina drank (like it was water) an entire quart of organic flax oil. I offered them all free choice flax oil last week and she only drank about 1 cup. They know how much they need and when. Both the fillies drank a lot last week – which makes sense because Omega-3 is crucial for brain development.
3. If the itch/flakiness is only in certain areas, then I would apply diluted wild oregano oil topically and rub it into the skin. Again, you can let the horse smell the bottle and he will tell you if he wants/needs it or not. Obviously, do this unhaltered so he can walk away if he doesn’t want it. Use a commercial wild oregano, NOT essential oil of oregano, and make a 6:1 dilution – 6 parts organic olive oil to 1 part wild oregano oil. It’s anti-inflammatory and will also kill any microorganism or parasite that could be causing the problem. Don’t use close to the eyes.
4. The other thing that can work really well and is super cheap to try, is to massage cold-pressed coconut oil into his coat/skin every day or two. I usually combine this treatment with oral flax oil, but even just topical coconut oil can be enough to resolve dry, flaky, itchy skin.
5. Lastly, if none of that works, book a session with an animal communicator – because his body may be trying to deliver a message to you, and cannot release the symptom until the message is received!