I discovered turmeric's seemingly miraculous results when my 16 yrs. old American Saddlebred mare developed a nodule, the size of the end of a pencil eraser with a similar smooth, rubbery appearance and consistency, on the bridge of her nose close to her eye. I watched it for a while and noticed it was getting bigger and the veterinarian suggested it might be verrucous sarcoid caused by the bovine papilloma virus. As a remedy, I mixed a healing paste from a traditional recipe based on turmeric, which I applied once daily, for a month. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, pain reliever, anti-viral and anti-bacterial spice. Its anti-cancer, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a perfect remedy for treating many conditions and enhancing the body's resistance to free radicals. I know a race horse trainer who has included turmeric in his horse's feed for a while. I have personally treated different conditions, from small cuts (on my horse and myself), sweet itch, welts from tick bites, wheals from biting midges, even removed a small sarcoid growth, perhaps, on the bridge of my horse's nose.
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Promotes skin and eye health
- Boosts the body's wound healing ability
- Is antibacterial and antiseptic
The progress was slow but steady. The skin over the sarcoid, originally gray, changed color, thinned and the tumor eventually came out leaving behind a clean wound bed that quickly healed over with new, smooth skin. Never came back! The trick is to catch these conditions early and then consistently stay on top of it until the wound bed and margins are completely clean, pink and healthy looking as shown in the photos. Later on that same year I successfully treated three more growths the same way on her ear.
The sarcoid is drying up. I am satisfied with the progress.
The sarcoid is nearly gone. I still see a small speck of abnormal tissue remaining in the wound bed. I continue my Homemade Turmeric Yellow (HTY) paste application.
The wound bed is clean, with healthy pink tissue. No sign of infection.
Following HTYP treatment, zinc oxide diaper rash salve provides excellent healing properties for the open wound bed to heal over quickly and entirely.
I have my own special recipe for my Homemade Turmeric Yellow Paste (HTYP) for topical application to difficult spots, including those that cannot be covered or wrapped. It dries quite quickly into a smooth plaster. Many remedies to treat skin infections and cuts contain oil, wax, or petroleum jelly, but I don't like those products on my horses, since they have a tendency smear, rub off, collect dirt and quickly turn sticky and gunky.
My HTYP recipe is easy to mix, easily applied to the skin and will not run, or smear. It dries quickly into a permanent plaster that will not rub off easily, even if left on for several days resembling a scab. If, for some reason, it becomes too crumbly and dry and doesn't adhere well I dab it gently with my moistened fingertip to smoothen it out. To remove it, I soak it with the edge of a wet sponge or cloth and flake it off with my fingernail, it's quite easy.
I recently sealed a nasty cut to the coronet band on the hoof to keep the flies out and promote fast, clean healing. Riding, walking in the grass, or rain did not wash it off, which to me was a very important consideration! That worked out very well, however, remember that each horse is different, and so is every situation and homemade pastes and remedies may or may not work, or work differently in each individual case. A veterinarian's advice or opinion should be your best guide.
Recipe for Turmeric Sarcoid Salve
The recipe has been given to me by a horse trainer who's been working with horses his entire life. The main ingredient is yellow turmeric spice off the shelf from the grocery store. The label says ground turmeric, 100% pure; that's it; noting fancy, or costly! The second ingredient is toothpaste, 0.24% fluoride, and a tiny drop of iodine.
I fill about half a teaspoon of turmeric and toothpaste mix into a small, empty lip balm container and then add a couple other important ingredients until the paste is pliable and smooth enough to be spread on the growth and stays there.
Recipes for HTYP can be found online, as well as commercial products such as Sarcoid Cleansing Salve, which I've never tried, and wouldn't, at that price.