Here are my top 3 ways for topical application of essential oils with horses....
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Create a massage rub
Simply pick a dilution you are comfortable with, and add your essential oils to a carrier oil. Then rub on any area you feel its needed...
For muscles and bones-try Idaho Grand Fir, or Copaiba
For calming-try Ylang Ylang, Hinoki, or Valerian
For circulation-try Cypress
For overall health-try Frankincense
After exercise rinse
Simply add 10 drops of essential oil of your choice to 1/2 cup epsom salts in a 5 gallon bucket. Then fill the bucket with water, stir until the epsom salts dissolve, and sponge onto your horse. Then squeegee your horse off.
For cooling- try peppermint
For muscles and bones- try wintergreen
For relaxing- try lavender
Make a spritzer by adding essential oils to water in a spray bottle. Glass or stainless steel is best but you can use a high quality, chemically resistant plastic such as PET or HDPE. Essential oils and water don't mix so you will want to add an emulsifier generally equal to the amount of essential oil you are using. Glycerin, salt, a carrier oil, or vodka all make good emulsifiers. Remember to shake well and avoid misting around the head or eyes.I generally use about 20 drops of essential oil in 2 ounces of water, and then add a teaspoon of emulsifier.
For breathing-try Eucalyptus
For no worries-try Cedarwood
For grounding- try Frankincense
For skin help-try Patchouli