Fairly widespread in the UK these grow in gardens, hedgerows and in fields. Nettles are growing quickly at this time of year, and actually can be beneficial to your horse!
I have plenty of nettles in the field and although I do use weed killer I try to leave some for the butterflies and the horses. They spread fast and so I find it is important to keep on top of them or they take over and the grass suffers.
They can be cut and wilted or boiled using the juice and the nettles added to feeds.
See my herb blog for the meanings of these.
Alterative, Antiseptic, Astringent, Diuretic, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Haemostatic, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Tonic.
Haemorrhaging (bleeding), anaemia, rheumatism, arthritis, laminitis, sweet itch, as a spring tonic, allergies, milk production, appetite, coat and skin.
40 - 50gms added to feed daily.
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