Willow bark (Salix Alba / white oak) contains salicylates, which is why it has been used as a medicinal plant. Salicylates are absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract and break down into salicylic acid.
Willow bark is used to relieve pain and especially stiff joints.
Willow can also be used as an external poultice
Salicylic acid can irritate the digestive tract and cause allergies. Long-term external use on large areas of skin should be avoided.
The willow bark may stain the urine red.
NOTE ! Not suitable for full mares!
Time to competition: 72 hours
It is recommended to make a decoction of willow bark. It is possible to make a larger quantity but the appropriate ratio is about 1 tablespoon of bark / 2 dl of water. Boil water for 5 minutes and filter. The decoction can be added to the diet 1-2 times a day for about 1 dl at a time.
The decoction is also suitable for foals suffering from intestinal problems, but the dosage MUST always be started at VERY low doses.
For external use, you can make a willow compress (bark boiled in hot water, cool and apply to the skin.
Dosage: horse 500kg: decoction 1-1.5 dl, 1-2 times a day.
1 to 2 tablespoons of Willow.
1 tablespoon = 3 g, 1 dl = 15 g.
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