If you’re an equestrian looking to explore natural, holistic remedies for your horse, then you’ve likely heard of frankincense essential oil. But what is it? How is it obtained? What are its benefits and how do you use it with horses? These are all important questions that can be answered in this blog post. Read on to learn more about frankincense essential oil and why it may be beneficial for your horse.
What Is Frankincense Essential Oil?
Frankincense essential oil has been used for centuries due to its wellness properties. It comes from the resin of the Boswellia carterii tree, found in Africa and India. The resin is steam distilled to create the essential oil, which is then often used in aromatherapy. The scent of frankincense essential oil is warm, woody, balsamic, and slightly spicy.
History of Frankincense
Frankincense has a long history dating back thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used frankincense as an ingredient in perfumes, incenses, and medicines. It was also used by ancient Greeks and Romans as a remedy for indigestion and respiratory ailments. Today, frankincense essential oil is still widely used in aromatherapy due to its calming effects on the mind and body.
Is Frankincense Safe For Horses?
Frankincense oil is a remarkably gentle yet effective essential oil with minimal safety concerns. It's easy to use, even for newcomers - and can be blended with a carrier oil for increased safety of topical use. Frankincense is also on the FDA's GRAS list (generally regarded as safe) and is also listed as a food additive and flavoring agent. It is generally agreed upon by those in the aromatherapy field that frankincense is safe for pets when pure and used properly.
Benefits of Frankincense
Frankincense doesn't just smell amazing; it has been studied for its many health benefits! An article published on PubMed.gov contributed to our understanding of this ancient resin's immune system powers, demonstrating that the oil "exhibited a strong immunostimulant activity". According to this review, published on PubMed.gov, contemporary studies have also shown frankincense can reduce pain and inflammation as well as aid in fighting bacteria - making it great choice for massage oils and joint rubs. Even more impressive? This review reports "we have accumulated research evidence from the beneficial effect of Frankincense consumption in memory improvement".
One of my favorite benefits of using frankincense with horses is its calming effect on the nervous system. It can help reduce tension levels both physically and mentally while providing a sense of relaxation.
Frankincense can also promote healthy skin and in people has been studied and recognized to reduce uneven skin tone. I like to add it to many natural DIY products I make for my barn like mane detanglers and hoof oils.
This unique substance is definitely worth exploring further if you're looking for natural alternatives to promote overall wellbeing!
How To Use Frankincense With Horses
The benefits of Frankincense can be utilized by simply inhaling the aroma, applying a small amount topically, or even using as a supplement.
To use aromatically:
- Wear as a perfume and become a walking diffuser
- Allow your horse to smell from the bottle
- Apply a drop to your palm, rub your hands together, and then offer your hands to your horse to smell
- Apply several drops to a cotton ball and stash in the trailer or tack room
- If you have electricity at your barn, you can use an ultrasonic diffuser (out of reach of the horses-tho!)
To use topically:
- You can apply a drop to your hands and then rub on desired area of your horse. The poll or chest are good places to start.
- Make a roller ball by adding 20 drops to a 10 ml roller bottle and adding a carrier oil-For a step by step guide to making a roller, click HERE
- Make a spritzer by adding to a glass or high quality plastic (HDPE or PET) spray bottle and filling up with water-For a step by step guide to making a spritzer, click HERE
- Apply a drop directly and rub in, frankincense is considered a mild essential oil and in most cases ok for undiluted application. if you or your horse are new to essential oils, or have sensitivities, it's recommended that you dilute for topical application. If you are applying to a large area, you'll want to consider dilution as well.
- Use in DIY grooming sprays, hoof oils, and massage oils or liniments
As a supplement:
- Only use essential oils labeled for ingestion like Young Livings Vitality™ line
- Add a drop to a treat
- Add a few drops to a mash
- Add a few drops to grain
- Dilute and rub on gums
- Add to a syringe, add some apple sauce and give as a paste (you can also use coconut oil or olive oil instead)
For horse owners looking to integrate natural, holistic remedies into their wellbeing routine - consider trying Frankincense! This powerful plant-based option can provide a range of benefits for your horse and help keep them happy & relaxed. Inspire some quality time with your four legged companion today by diffusing the calming aroma of this unique essential oil throughout the stable or barn!
If ya need more help getting started using essential oils with your horses and dogs, download my free PDF guides.... click HERE FOR HORSES and HERE FOR DOGS)
Always consult your veterinarian if you have concerns about the heath of your horse. Essential oils are not meant to replace veterinary care. They are a wonderful tool to add to the equestrian tool box to keep your horse above the wellness line, enhance your relationship with your horse, and replace toxic chemicals at the barn.