Essential Oils for Horse Massage: Which Ones are Best?
Hey there, fellow horse moms and wellness enthusiasts! As a massage therapist for horses for over 20 years, I've discovered the incredible synergy between two of my greatest passions: massage and essential oils. Today, we're delving into a topic that combines my love for these two worlds - essential oils for horse massage. Whether you're new to the world of essential oils or a seasoned pro, this guide will help you choose the best ones to enhance your horse's massage experience.

Introducing the Power of Massage

Before we dive deeper into the world of essential oils for horse massage, let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible practice of massage itself. Massage is more than just a luxurious treat for your horse; it's a holistic therapy that nurtures their body and mind. This hands-on technique involves gentle manipulation of muscles and soft tissues, promoting relaxation, reducing tension, and improving circulation. But it doesn't stop there. Massage can also strengthen the bond between you and your equine companion, creating a sense of trust and well-being. Just like us, horses can benefit greatly from the soothing touch of massage, and when combined with the wellness properties of essential oils, the results can be truly remarkable. 

Understanding Essential Oils 

Before we delve into the world of essential oils and their potential benefits for your horse, let's take a moment to gain a deeper understanding of what these remarkable substances are all about.

Essential oils are nature's concentrated treasures, derived from the aromatic compounds found in different parts of plants, including leaves, flowers, bark, and roots. These oils are obtained through various extraction methods, such as steam distillation or cold pressing, which preserve their wellness properties.

Dating back to ancient civilizations, people have used these potent extracts for their natural healing and wellness benefits. And today, we continue to harness the power of essential oils to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Now, why are essential oils such a fantastic addition to your horse's massage routine? Well, these oils are not only aromatic but also packed with bioactive compounds that can have a positive impact on your horse's health. When applied, essential oils can complement the massage experience, offering a holistic approach to wellness for your equine companion.

So, as we journey deeper into the world of essential oils for horse massage, remember that we're tapping into a rich tradition of natural healing and well-being that spans across cultures and centuries. It's an exciting world to explore, and your horse is in for a treat!

Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils for Your Horse?

First, you might be wondering if essential oils are even safe for your horse. The answer is a resounding yes, but there are a few crucial points to keep in mind. The world of essential oils lacks stringent industry regulation, so quality is imperative. Always opt for high-quality, premium essential oils from reputable sources to ensure purity and efficacy.

Dilution is a also an important safety measure when working with essential oils, and here's where massage shines as an excellent method for their application. By blending essential oils with a carrier oil, you not only ensure the safety of your horse but also greatly reduce the likelihood of any adverse reactions. This approach also allows you to efficiently cover larger areas with only a small amount of essential oil. Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. When used responsibly, essential oils become a valuable addition to your horse's wellness routine. For a deep dive on diluting essential oils with horses, check out my dedicated blog HERE.

Now, you might be wondering, which carrier oil should you choose? Among the many options available, a few stand out as excellent choices, and one of my personal favorites is fractionated coconut oil.

Fractionated Coconut Oil - A Top Pick 

Fractionated coconut oil is truly a horse mom's best friend in the world of essential oils. Unlike regular coconut oil, which solidifies at cooler temperatures, fractionated coconut oil remains in a liquid state, making it incredibly convenient for massage purposes. It has a light, non-greasy texture, and it's well-absorbed by the skin, making it an ideal choice for your equine friend.

Another reason why fractionated coconut oil is a top pick is its neutral aroma. It won't overpower the scents of the essential oils you choose to use during the massage, ensuring a pleasant and harmonious experience for both you and your horse. 

Other Great Options 

In addition to fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil is another fantastic choice. It's renowned for its soothing and moisturizing properties, which can be particularly beneficial during a massage session. To read more about carrier oils, click HERE.

To create the perfect massage blend, simply mix your chosen essential oil or blend with your preferred carrier oil. This allows you to customize the aroma and wellness properties to match your horse's needs and preferences. Remember, essential oils are potent, so a little goes a long way. In general opt for a dilution ratio of about 5-10%. For my free dilution guide, click HERE.

Oils for Relaxation 

When it comes to helping your horse unwind from stress and tension, it's time to explore some fantastic essential oils that can work wonders. My top pick, without a doubt, is the ever-so-soothing lavender essential oil. Not only does lavender help relax tight muscles, but it's also renowned as one of the best essential oils for calming and promoting relaxation. Fun fact: Lavender got its name from the Latin word "lavare," which means "to wash." It's as if this oil gently washes away tension from your horse's body and mind.

Another favorite among my horses is Roman chamomile. It's remarkable to witness how they almost go into a trance-like state when exposed to this soothing oil. Chamomile is like a lullaby for equines, known for its calming properties that can help your horse relax and realign. 

And let's not forget about frankincense, a true go-to essential oil for balance and grounding. Beyond its calming influence, frankincense has been studied for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a versatile addition to your horse's wellness routine. Known as the "king of oils," frankincense adds the perfect wellness touch to the massage experience, helping your horse rebalance and unwind. 

To dive more into relaxing your horse with essential oils, check out my blog HERE.

Energizing Oils 

On those days when your horse needs a revitalizing boost or more focus and concentration, it's time to explore some powerful essential oils that can provide the perfect pick-me-up during a massage session.

Peppermint's cool and refreshing aroma has been a favorite for centuries. It can help your horse recharge with renewed vitality and concentration. Just a few drops of this powerhouse oil can transform a regular massage into an invigorating experience, leaving your equine friend feeling refreshed and ready to take on new challenges. Peppermint is renowned for its high menthol content, which has the unique ability to create a cooling effect on the skin. When applied during a massage, it can help soothe tired muscles and provide a sense of immediate relief. The cooling sensation from menthol can also help stimulate blood flow. This means that during your horse's massage, peppermint oil can promote improved circulation, aiding in the relaxation and recovery of their muscles.

Another remarkable oil to consider is black pepper essential oil. Known for its spicy, invigorating aroma, black pepper oil is like a shot of espresso for your horse's senses. Fun fact: Black pepper has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and it was even a prized spice during the ancient Roman Empire. This essential oil not only helps ease tight muscles but also adds a dose of vitality and focus to the massage experience.

Another fantastic choice is basil essential oil. Basil has a refreshing and herbaceous scent that can awaken the senses and enhance concentration. This aromatic herb has been cherished for its culinary and wellness properties for generations. When used during a massage, basil oil not only helps with muscle tension but also promotes mental clarity and alertness.


If your horse is dealing with muscle discomfort or joint stiffness, it's time to turn to the natural powerhouses of cypress, copaiba, and wintergreen essential oils. 

Cypress essential oil, derived from the evergreen cypress tree, has a long history of use for its soothing properties. Fun fact: Ancient civilizations regarded the cypress tree as a symbol of eternal life. This essential oil is known for its ability to promote circulation and reduce swelling. When applied during a massage, it can ease discomfort and provide a sense of relief for your horse's muscles and joints.

Copaiba essential oil is unique for its high beta-caryophyllene content, making it a true superstar in the world of natural wellness. Beta-caryophyllene is renowned for its potential anti-inflammatory benefits. When incorporated into your horse's massage routine, copaiba not only relieves discomfort but also supports their overall well-being.

Wintergreen essential oil is distinctively known for its methyl salicylate content, which gives it its signature minty aroma and cooling sensation. Fun fact: Methyl salicylate is often used in topical pain relief products. When applied to the skin, wintergreen can provide temporary relief from muscle and joint discomfort. It's like nature's ice pack, offering a sense of comfort during a massage.

By the way, if your horse is suffering from joint discomfort, grab even more info and tips by clicking HERE.


If you want to provide your horse with respiratory support during their massage, consider incorporating essential oils known for their respiratory benefits. Eucalyptus oil, with its refreshing and invigorating scent, is an excellent choice. It can help clear the airways and promote easier breathing. 

Consider spearmint essential oil as an alternative choice. Derived from the Mentha spicata plant, it boasts a rich history of use dating back to ancient civilizations who appreciated its role in alleviating respiratory discomfort. Spearmint's distinctive sweet and minty aroma is largely attributed to its high carvone content. Fun fact: Carvone is widely recognized for its digestive properties and its knack for soothing stomachs. If your horse tends to experience digestive issues and you're looking to provide support in this area, crafting a massage oil with spearmint and gently massaging it onto the abdomen can be an excellent approach.

Simplicity in Using Massage Oil

Using massage oil for your horse is easy, and it's all about customization. Simply pick your preferred carrier oil and essential oils, blend them together, and gently massage it in. Whether you choose a single essential oil based on your desired outcome or opt for a blend, the process is straightforward. 

In most cases, a dilution of 5-10% of essential oils is perfectly adequate for a safe and effective massage experience. However, if your horse is sensitive, dealing with specific health issues, or you're just starting out using essential oils with them, opt for a lower dilution ratio. For example, for an approximate 5% dilution, use about 20 drops of essential oil to half a cup of carrier oil. For my handy 'Quick Dilution Guide', click HERE. You have the flexibility to tailor the experience to your horse's unique needs and preferences. Now, let's explore some of my favorite blends to inspire your next massage session!

Discomfort Relief Massage Oil Blend 

  • 1/2 cup Carrier Oil 
  • 10 drops Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Cypress Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil
Relaxing Relief Massage Oil Blend 

  • 1/2 cup Carrier Oil 
  • 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
Peppy Massage Blend😉

  • 1/2 cup Carrier Oil 
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Basil Essential Oil
Deep Breathing Massage Oil Blend 

  • 1/2 cup Carrier Oil 
  • 10 drops Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
Everyday Vitality Blend Massage Oil Blend 

  • 1 cup Carrier Oil 
  • 10 drops Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Cypress Essential Oil
So, fellow horse moms and wellness enthusiasts, it's time to embark on a journey of well-being for your equine friends like never before. The synergy of massage and essential oils offers a profound way to nurture your horse's body and mind. Remember, safety is key, so choose quality oils, dilute responsibly, and pamper your horse with the perfect blend. 

Now that you've got a taste of this exciting world, why not take the next step? Join my 'Oily Horse Intro' course and dive deeper into the art of using essential oils for your horses. Your equine companions will thank you with every relaxed stride and contented nuzzle. Let's make their lives even better, one essential oil at a time! Click HERE!🐴💆‍♀️✨


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