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Gemmotherapy, derived from the buds of certain trees and shrubs, is a drainage, detoxification, immune- system stimulating, and nutritional liquid solution that is often used to improve wellness at the cellular level. Within the bud is the life of the plant, containing all the genetic information to create the leaves, flowers, fruit, and branches. Similar to stem cells in humans, the meristem within the bud is rich in nutrients. You will find minerals, vitamins, growth factors, plant hormones, trace elements, enzymes, and nucleic acids all within the bud, providing regenerative properties for the tree or shrub.

Gemmo comes from the Latin word gemma, meaning bud, gem, or jewel. In late winter, right before spring, the tree buds are so quiet and tightly closed that you can see how they might be thought of as a gem. The freshly picked buds are collected and then processed in a specific manner to extract the nutrients and phytochemicals. The end product is a 1:10 dilution.

Buds of trees have been used for centuries, Hildegard of Bingen, a mother abbess from the 12th century, wrote about using the buds of eight trees: Ash, Blackcurrant, Birch, Crab Apple, Poplar, Rose Hip, Silver Linden and Spanish Chestnut, in her book The Book of Subtleties of Divine Creatures.

It was not until the early 1960s that a Belgian homeopath, Dr. Pol Henry (1918-1988), began research using the embryonic plant tissue of trees and shrubs, calling this method phytoembryotherapy. Many others have researched and published books on this enlightening modality.

Gemmotherapy supports physical and emotional changes in the body, through the genetic imprint of the tree bud’s cells. The meristem contains totipotential cells that have the ability to reproduce the entire tree. This life energy is able to respond to what the body needs and can help the body detoxify, drain, nourish, and support balance.

Gemmotherapy tinctures can be used in a number of ways.
1. A few drops of the liquid can be applied to the inside of your horse’s ears twice daily. (Remember all the acupuncture points in the ears.) It does take longer to see benefits with this method, but is still effective.

2. You can add 5-10 drops of the gemmotherapy, or gemmo, to your horse’s food twice daily. Always start with the smallest dose for a few days, to allow your horse’s body to adjust to the new information being received from the gemmo. You can increase the dosage to 10 drops two to three times a day over at least a 10-day period. Remember that gemmos drain and detoxify, so allow your horse’s body to slowly adjust.

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