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Through a holistic lens, Andrea Baldwin focuses on how best to bring balance to each person or horse she evaluates.
An alternative to herbalists that pre-package blends for general symptoms, Equibotanical clients receive herbal formulas tailored to their health goals.
At first glance, Equibotanical may seem equine focused, but Andrea enjoys empowering human clients with knowledge of plants and whole food energetics.
Understanding the energy unique to a plant or food can help a horse owner understand the language of plants and how best to work with them. Focusing on the underlying reasons for a horse’s imbalance or deficiency will help in choosing herbs accordingly to support its body and immune system.
What are plant energetics?
Historically, various cultures have developed and used systems of healing based on the temperatures and tastes of herbs or foods still used today to bring a body back into balance. Knowing the taste and temperature specific to a plant can help horse owners anticipate the actions it may have on their horse’s body.
There are six categories of herb flavors – Sweet, Sour, Acrid, Bitter, Salty and Bland – and some herbs fall into combinations of these categories. An herb's temperature – Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, Hot, Dry and Moist – provides additional information to understand how an herb will affect a horse.
When you go to tack stores or search online for helpful supplements for horses, energetics are rarely mentioned and 'packaged blends' may not be correct for your horse.
How and why different herbs affect a body energetically is key to selecting the correct plant(s) for your horse.
Centuries-old cultural understanding of how energetics of plants, herbs or foods impact the body are being lost as herbs are perceived as having a pharmaceutical role, rather than as food horses might choose if able to roam and graze freely.