Chinese Herbs and Essential Oils Pair up to Fight Fungal Infections
By Gloria Garland L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. & CH.
Gloria Garland L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. &
infections can be a real frustration for horses and owners alike!
Chinese herbs and their corresponding essential oils can offer help
the Chinese medicine perspective, fungal infections like ringworm, rain
rot and girth itch are considered excesses of dampness and heat on the
your horse’s skin is too damp or warm, either from diet or living
conditions, the body’s outer terrain becomes a welcome environment for
fungus to set up housekeeping. Imagine a mushroom farm. The tasty
mushrooms in your salad are edible fungi, like all fungi they grow,
propagate and thrive in dark, moist, warm environments.
Chinese medicine approach to eliminating fungal infections is quite
straightforward. The treatment goal is to make the
environment -- your horse’s skin -- less friendly to fungi. This is
accomplished by the topical application of herbal and essential oil
“opposites”. Very simply we dry up what is too moist and cool down
what is excessively warm.
herbals are classified by several categories, including taste and
temperature. In the case of fungal infections, we dry dampness
with aromatic herbs and dissipate heat with cooling herbs and oils.
Essential oils, because of their aromatic nature, are ideally suited to
the task. It is a simple and effective approach.
Chinese herbal and essential oil treatments are easy to make and apply.
I like to brew a tea of herbs and add a few drops of essential oils. The
mix can be applied with a spray bottle, sponged on or mixed with aloe
vera gel and painted on.
antifungal tea mix
Bring 6 cups of water bring to a gentle boil in a glass or stainless steel pot
(never use aluminum or non-stick cookware).
¼ cup dry Hou xiang (Patchouli) and
¼ cup dry
Cover and remove from heat (don’t over heat aromatic herbs).
Let stand at least two hours.
Add 10 drops tea tree oil or any other essential oil included on the list (optional).
with a sponge or sprayer, shaking well before applying, and saturate the
affected area once or twice daily.
mix - essential oils
3/4 cup of aloe vera juice or aloe gel, mix the following:
drops patchouli oil
drops tea tree oil
10 drops each - Choose one or two of the following:
(use 5 drops)
well and paint on affected area once or twice daily. Store your
mixture covered in the refrigerator when not in use. It will last
several weeks in the refrigerator.
Some herbs can be staining to white hair. This is easily washed off
after treatment. Some of the citrus essential oils can cause
photosensitivity. Use with caution on white hair and light skin.
also recommend eliminating sweet and heat producing foods from the diets
of horses suffering from skin fungus. From the traditional Chinese
medicine perspective, feeds containing molasses, sugar or corn create a
condition of internal dampness and heat, which aggravate itchy, inflamed
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