How to naturally combat Sweet Itch
Sweet Itch in horses is more prevalent in the spring and occurs due to the horses hyposensitivity to flies. There is no 'cure' for sweet itch, but there are a number of lifestyle and dietary changes you can make and also natural products which will help alleviate the symptoms and make the horse or pony more comfortable.
The most commonly affected area is usually the top of the tail, the mane and face and can cause serious discomfort and unsightly patches.
Fly masks and rugs can often some protection, but are not always practical and get easily damaged in a herd environment. They can also become uncomfortable in them on really warm days.
Medicinal treatment is usually administered in the form of steroids, but unfortunately, like fly sheets, this does not address the underlying allergy. The Steroids, after prolonged use, can predispose the horse to Laminitis and can be detrimental to the liver and kidneys.
There are a number of natural herbal options, included in our Soothing Itch Salve which will offer support and protection to horses suffering from sweet itch. It also contains a natural SPF of around 5, to help protect delicate skin from the sun.
Neem oil is derived from the Neem Tree, indigenous to India. Pressed from the seeds of the tree, Neem oil is commonly used for its skin properties and as a naturally powerful insect repellent. It also has naturally anti-bacterial properties and when applied to affected areas will soothe irritated skin and encourage hair growth.
The most powerful nutrient in Comfrey is a high content of allatoin, a substance that helps to promote new skin growth, to reduce inflammation and maintain healthy skin.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot Seed Oil has many skin benefitting factors, it is known to be a powerful natural anti-septic, anti oxidant and is high in Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It is ideal for healing dry and cracked skin and when applied topically it can cure infections on the skin and in minor cuts and wounds. It is also naturally SPM.