Birch, Sweet, essential oil
Birch, Sweet, essential oil (Betula lenta)
Horses and Dogs may select Sweet Birch when presenting with the following symptoms:
- Muscular aches
- Tendon Injuries
- Trapped nerves
WARNING - Dermal Irritant. See contraindications below.
WARNING - Birch contains salicylic acid which is on the FEI list of controlled substances
The action of salicylate includes inhibiting the enzymes Cox-1 and Cox-2 (these manufacture inflammatory prostaglandins which are responsible for the pain response). However, Cox-1 inhibition can make the stomach lining vulnerable so ideally offer herbs that protect the stomach whilst offering Birch. This includes Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Calendula Flowers and Aloe Vera.
CONTRAINDICATIONS - Birch and Wintergreen also both have anti-platelet activity which means they are contraindicated when a horse is being given any pharmaceutical anti-coagulant.
WARNING - Do not apply either Birch or Wintergreen to open wounds as it is a dermal irritant.
Top Tip !
Due to Birch's action on inhibiting the enzyme Cox-1, sequentially offer herbs that protect the stomach lining such as Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Calendula Flowers and Aloe Vera.
Also consider offering: