Horse with infected wound
Well, as I mentioned in a plantain thread, I would feed lots of this to the horse and certainly poultice this cut with plantain. It was found later than we would like, so of course it is already infected with pus & blood showing. There is a bit of a scab forming over top, but that will get gently removed today in order to irrigate it & treat it further & hopefully more effectively. My problem with plantain is that snow cover is still very much on the ground.
The cause is uncertain...either a branch or the bull's horns. We have removed her from his pasture, just in case. The horse has a history of "playing" with others & getting them wound up, and speeding around like she is on fire, so who knows. She is a stinker.
We put Fiskes on it last night, which is made of a pine tar base with essential oils of wintergreen, camphor, eucalyptus, thymol, & peppermint. Reading the benefits of each makes it still sound pretty perfect for the job ahead. We have used in on other past wounds with great success, but those wounds were fresh. Horse fanciers up here always have Fiskes in their first aid kit.
We are irrigating the wound again today with epsom salts & warm water, then will dry it well. We plan on putting a mixture of honey, ground dried plantain (I only had about 1 Tbsp. left), some cayenne & ground marshmallow root. After this, we will put more Fiskes on it as well as massage the infected area with the Fiskes, toward the wound.
I was reading a bit at Homegrown Herbalist about a case of a dog wound & possible treatments and do have some of the additional herbs on hand, but wonder if the above might be enough to start a positive healing process.
Externally: I have a bit of flax seed (using flax as a drawing agent was mentioned, but I don't know how to use it in this way), & my flower garden's yarrow (which should work like the wild stuff, I understand). There were other great herbs mentioned, but I just don't have them right now.
Internally, suggestions (that I have) are burdock root pieces, no dandelion root (but I have leaves), red clover (there was concern expressed with using this), cleavers (I have extremely little), marshmallow root powder, tame garden yarrow flowers & leaves, and I have thyme. I have no idea if she would eat any of these things aside from dandelion leaf & clover...I am hesitant about the clover anyway.
Update...We can get the scab partly off and have irrigated what we can. The honey is not sticking due to pus. :( Massaging toward the wound is our next plan of action & applying Fiskes directly to the wound. If the pus lessens, the honey will be applied before the Fiskes. We will cut off the piece of scab once my husband comes home.
What does everyone think about using these things? I am particularly interested in what @torey might wish to say.