Mountain Rose Herbs for Horses
When I started The Naturally Healthy Horse several years ago, I swore I wasn’t going to sell any products on the website. It was strictly a way for me to write about what I enjoy and share information. And although I still stand by the original purpose of the blog, I’ve also realized that it takes quite a bit of work (and some money) to keep a blog going. So I’ve had to make some ‘business’ decisions along the way.
On top of offering advertising to like-minded companies and signing up with Google Adsense, I chose to become an Amazon affiliate (I love Amazon!) to help me afford to keep the blog going. As an affiliate, I don’t sell products directly, but I do make a small percentage when purchases are made through links on my site (at no extra cost to you, by the way.)
But recently, I came across another company that really piqued my interest. It’s an Oregon-based company called Mountain Rose Herbs which sells not only herbs, but also spices, essential oils, and many other natural care products. After researching this company a bit, I decided to become an affiliate for them as well.
You might wonder why I would pick this particular company over others, but what I like about Mountain Rose Herbs is the fact that they sell certified organic, fair trade and ethically harvested products. The company also supports many different non-profit organizations which are dedicated to the health of the environment, people, and wildlife–all of which are very important to me (you can read more here.)
Another reason I like this company is the wide variety of herbs and essential oils that they sell. If you’re looking for a specific herb or oil, chances are they have it. They also have a lot of other cool products that are worth checking out.
I like to feed herbs to my horses for chronic conditions and I recently ordered slippery elm bark powder for McCoy, who is showing some signs of unhealed gastric ulcers. I was very pleased with the quality of the product and I plan to order more herbs and oils from them as well.
If you are interested in stocking a few basic herbs for your own horses, here are some of my suggestions:
- Chamomile–to help horses deal with stressful situations.
- Devil’s Claw–the herbal ‘bute’.
- Echinacea–to boost the immune system during illness or injury.
- Rosehips–for older horses who need supplemental vitamin C.
- Slippery Elm Bark and/or Marshmallow Root–for healing gastric ulcers.
- Spirulina–to boost the immune system and for allergy relief (read more about spirulina here)
Note: Always consult your vet or equine nutritionist if you have questions about feeding herbs. It is also wise to do your own research! Some herbs should not be fed in conjunction with other medications.
And as for essential oils, here are a few of my favorites to use with horses:
- Citronella–for making your own natural fly spray (see some recipes here).
- Lavender–for calming.
- Peppermint–for colic or any other stomach condition.
- Tea Tree–for thrush or as an antiseptic.
If you’d like to learn more about using essential oils with horses, here are several posts on that:
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase items from Mountain Rose Herbs through these links, I will earn a percentage from the sale, but at absolutely no extra cost to you.