The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Horse Chestnut or Aesculus -Circulatory System

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Lovely Sally has her Medicine Woman hat on today. I haven’t heard of the Horse Chestnut’s benefits before so this is really interesting. Also interesting are the drug interactions, which I do know about. It always amazes me how some people will pop any sort of supplement back without first checking for interactions. Just because something is herbal doesn’t mean it’s always safe to take with other drugs.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine


The Horse Chestnut is an herb that has been used for centuries to either prevent or to ease the discomfort of circulatory disease including varicose veins.

Aesculus is the extract from the seeds of the Horse Chestnut Tree or Hippocastanaceae. The horse chestnut can grow between 4 and 30 metres high. The tree has a spiny fruit, which contains up to three large seeds known as horse chestnuts or as we more commonly call them, “conkers”.

In ancient civilisations the word Aesculus referred to oak trees and it is thought that the reason the botanical name was adopted for the horse chestnut was because of its use as horse and cattle feed. The tree arrived in Europe in the 16th century and the first medicinal application was in the treatment of piles. Carrying conkers was said to help prevent rheumatism but this property only apparently became effective if the…

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