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  • 1. Native Plants of NorthAmerica for EquineHealthUseful botanical remedies for common equineailments.
  • 2. Woody Plants vs. HerbsAn “herb” is a flowering, seed-bearing plant withfleshy (rather than woody) stems.Herbaceous plants include flowering perennials,most annual plants, some trees, shrubs, andvines. “Woody” plants produce bark that coverstheir stems and other shoots.Most “pasture weeds” are in fact healthful,beneficial plants.
  • 3. Oregano, Marjoram, & ThymeOregano Oregano essential oil- Basil Carvacrol and Thymol Genera Origanum and Thymus Antibiotic effects Antifungal effects Antioxidant effects Administration- oil and fresh Collection and preparation- whole plant
  • 4. FennelAntispasmodicExpectorantAnti-inflammatoryAdministration- fresh or driedCollection and preparation- Seeds and leaves
  • 5. RaspberryUterine tonic- Fragrine RedAntispasmodicNutritive-iron, calcium, magnesiumAdministration- fresh ordry BlackCollection andPreservation- leaves andfruit
  • 6. How to Distill Essential OilsHere are two videos about making your ownessential oil. Most oils are available commercially,but growing and distilling your own oils can berewarding if you can obtain the equipment. Y M
  • 7. How to Dry and Store HerbsTo store herbs dry, simply expose the whole plant todry, warm air. This is best done in a darkenvironment to maximize nutrient retention. Storageshould be in dark, air-tight containers. Here aresome videos to illustrate: Freeze-Herbs.htm
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