How do you use essential oils on horses?

How do you use essential oils on horses?
In the realm of natural remedies for horses, essential oils stand out as a versatile and effective option. Derived from plants, these oils offer a holistic approach to equine wellness, aiding in everything from relaxation to skin health. Understanding how to properly use essential oils with your horse is key to their safe and beneficial application.

What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. These oils capture the plant's scent and flavor, or "essence," hence the name. Each oil carries the distinctive fragrance and properties of the plant it is derived from. 

In plants, essential oils serve various purposes, primarily acting as the plant's defense mechanism against predators, pests, and environmental threats. They also play a role in plant pollination, attracting beneficial insects while repelling harmful ones. Additionally, essential oils can help heal wounds and protect the plant from infections.

How We Benefit:
When we use essential oils, we harness these natural properties for our own well-being. Each essential oil contains a unique combination of compounds that can have wellness effects on the body and mind. For example, lavender essential oil is known for its calming and relaxing properties, while eucalyptus oil is prized for its ability to support respiratory health.

Where Do They Come From?
Essential oils are extracted from various parts of plants, including flowers, leaves, stems, bark, and roots. The extraction process involves steam distillation, cold pressing, or solvent extraction, depending on the plant and its properties.

Three Ways to Use Essential Oils on Horses

  1. Inhalation: This is the easiest method and the best one to start with and simply means inhaling the aroma of the essential oil.
  2. Topical Application: Essential oils can be applied topically to your horse. Best practice, especially if you are new to essential oils, is to dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil for application. 
  3. Supplement: Yes! You can give essential oils as a supplement to your horse. You need to read your labels and only use essential oils labeled for ingestion.
Let's dive more into each method with practical ways to incorporate it into your barn life:

Inhalation

Inhalation is a simple and effective way to introduce essential oils to your horse. This method involves allowing your horse to inhale the aroma of the oils, which can have a variety of benefits. You can do this by simply opening the bottle of essential oil near your horse, as their sense of smell is much greater than ours. 

Alternatively, you can drop a few drops of oil onto your palms, rub them together, and offer them for your horse to smell. This allows both you and your horse to enjoy the aroma, as you are both part of the partnership. 

Another option is to wear diffuser jewelry, which allows you to carry the scent of the oils with you. This way, you can become a walking diffuser for your horse. You can also make your own perfume with essential oils, creating a personalized scent that can benefit both you and your horse. For a quick guide to making homemade perfume with essential oils, click HERE.

If you have electricity available and a more closed barn environment, you can use a diffuser to disperse the oils into the air. My favorite type of diffuser is ultrasonic, which uses water and ultrasonic vibrations to create a fine mist of oil particles. This method is gentle and safe for horses. Check out my favorite diffuser HERE.

If you don't have electricity or a diffuser, you can use wooden clothespins, cotton balls, or even cork stickers available on Amazon to absorb the oils and release the scent gradually.

Topical Application

Topical application of essential oils involves diluting the oils in a carrier oil and applying them directly to your horse's skin. This method is great for targeting specific areas of concern, such as muscle soreness or skin issues. 

Essential oils can penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, providing localized and sometimes systemic effects. When applying essential oils topically, it's important to dilute them properly to avoid skin irritation. 

In general, a 5-10% dilution is adequate for most horses when using essential oils topically. If you and your horse are new to essential oils or trying a new oil, it's wise to start with a lower dilution and observe your horse for any signs of sensitivity. Factors such as your horse's age, size, weight, health, and general sensitivities can all impact the appropriate dilution. For a helpful guide on dilution, you can grab my easy guide HERE.

If you experience a reaction, simply add more carrier oil to further dilute the essential oil and allow your horses body to process it at a slower rate. 

My favorite carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, which is a lightweight, odorless oil that absorbs quickly into the skin. 

Jojoba oil is another great option, closely resembling the skin's natural oils and providing excellent moisturization. 

Coconut oil, while solid at room temperature, melts easily on contact with the skin, making it a versatile carrier oil. 

You can use any carrier oil you prefer, and other products like natural soap, witch hazel, vodka, and aloe vera gel or juice can also be used as carriers. For more information on diluting essential oils for horses with carrier oils, check out my dedicated blog HERE.

Supplement:

Using essential oils as a supplement involves adding them to your horse's feed or dropping them (diluted) into the lower lip. This is an advanced method that allows for internal absorption of the oils, providing systemic benefits. However, it's crucial to use caution when administering essential oils internally, as not all oils are safe for ingestion. 

When it comes to using essential oils as supplements, it's crucial to read your labels and only use oils labeled for ingestion, such as my company's Vitality™ line, which you can check out HERE.

Ingesting essential oils can be a controversial topic, but it's worth noting that you and your horse may already be consuming essential oils in the products you buy or have used in the past. Many equine feeds on the market contain essential oils as natural preservatives, and they are also commonly found in human food products. 

If you're unsure about ingesting essential oils, there are plenty of other ways to use them, but I encourage you to delve deeper into the topic and not just believe the hype. Make an informed decision based on facts and research.

It's also worth mentioning that many essential oils are listed on the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list. This list is maintained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and includes substances that are considered safe for consumption based on available scientific evidence and expert consensus. Being on the GRAS list provides reassurance regarding the safety of ingesting these essential oils when used appropriately.

Additional Application Methods
In addition to inhalation and topical application, there are several other creative ways to incorporate essential oils into your horse's wellness routine.
1. Shampoos and Bath Products: Adding essential oils to horse shampoos or bath products can enhance their cleansing properties and provide a relaxing experience for your horse. For a DIY horse shampoo, mix a few drops of essential oil (such as lavender or chamomile) into the amount you're going to use of a natural, unscented shampoo base. This can help soothe your horse's skin and promote a shiny coat.
2. Sprays: Creating a spray with essential oils is a convenient way to apply them to your horse. Mix about 10-20 drops   of essential oil to 2 ounces of water in a spray bottle and shake well before use. You can use this spray to freshen up your horse's stall, bedding, grooming area, or even spray in your horse trailer before travel. Peppermint and lemon essential oils are great for creating an uplifting spray, while lavender and Roman chamomile oils can be used for a relaxing scent.
3. Liniments: Essential oils can be added to liniments to create a soothing muscle rub for your horse. Mix a few drops of essential oil with a natural liniment base (such as arnica or witch hazel) and apply it to your horse's muscles after a workout or strenuous activity. Peppermint and wintergreen essential oils are popular choices for their cooling effect, while lavender and chamomile can help relax muscles. For an easy peppermint brace perfect after a summer ride-click HERE.
4. Grooming Products: Incorporating essential oils into grooming products such as mane and tail detanglers, hoof conditioners, or natural fly repellents can provide added benefits. For example, adding lavender to a mane and tail spray can provide a relaxing aroma and skin and coat benefits. For more help in using essential oils in your grooming routine, click HERE!

When using essential oils in these additional ways, always start with a small amount and monitor your horse for any signs of sensitivity or irritation. It's also important to use high-quality, pure essential oils to ensure effectiveness and safety. 

Essential oils can also react with petrochemicals, so it's important to only add them to products with natural ingredients. If your goal, like mine, is to transition away from toxic chemicals and toward a natural approach to horse care, you're not only benefiting your horse but also yourself and the planet!

Safety Precautions
While essential oils can offer numerous benefits for horses, it's important to use them safely and responsibly. Here are some key safety precautions to keep in mind:

Quality Matters: 

One of the most critical factors in using essential oils safely is quality. Not all essential oils are created equal, and some may contain synthetic additives or impurities. Read your labels and look for essential oils that are 100% pure.

Regulation of essential oils falls under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically in the cosmetic category. There are many 'trade secret' loopholes which means that while an essential oil may be labeled as "100% pure," it may still contain synthetic additives or be adulterated in some way. This is why it's crucial to choose a reputable company that prioritizes quality and transparency.

Some companies may use loopholes in labeling regulations to list their products as "natural" or "pure" while still containing synthetic ingredients. It's essential to do your research and choose a company that is transparent about their sourcing and production practices.

I personally use oils from Young Living™, which offers a Seed to Seal®guarantee. This means that from the planting of the seed to the sealing of the bottle, every step of the production process is carefully controlled to ensure the highest quality. I've even had the opportunity to visit their farms and witness the planting and harvesting process firsthand, giving me confidence in the purity and potency of their oils.

Dilution

Essential oils are highly concentrated, so it's best to dilute them before use. This practice helps reduce the risk of skin irritation and sensitization. Since these oils are absorbed and processed quickly by the body, it's advisable to apply a small amount of diluted oil more frequently than a large amount all at once. This approach allows you to observe the effects and fine-tune your usage accordingly.

Storage Tips:
Proper storage is essential to maintain the potency and effectiveness of essential oils. Store them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Sunlight and heat can cause the oils to degrade and lose their wellness properties. 

Additionally, ensure that the bottles are tightly sealed to prevent oxidation. Contrary to popular belief, essential oils do have a shelf life, and storing them correctly can help prolong their efficacy. For more tips on essential oil storage and usage, check out my blog HERE!

Essential oils can offer a natural and holistic approach to promoting the wellness of your horse. From aiding relaxation to supporting skin health, these oils can be a valuable addition to your natural horse care routine. By understanding the various ways to use essential oils, such as inhalation, topical application, and supplementation, you can safely and effectively incorporate them into your barn life. 

Remember to always use high-quality, pure essential oils, and to dilute them properly before use. 

If you're ready to dive deeper into the world of essential oils and learn how to use them safely and effectively with your horse, consider enrolling in my course,"Oily Horse Intro." This course is designed to help you start using essential oils with your horse with confidence and ease, without feeling overwhelmed. 

You'll learn about essential oils, their benefits, and practical ways to incorporate them into your horse's routine. Join me on this journey to enhance your horse's well-being naturally with the power of essential oils. Sign up now and embark on a new, holistic approach to horse care! Click HERE!



Unlocking the Power of Eucalyptus Essential Oil: A Comprehensive Guide for Horse Owners

Unlocking the Power of Eucalyptus Essential Oil: A Comprehensive Guide for Horse Owners
Eucalyptus essential oil is on my mind this week, sparked by a recent experience with one of my horses. As I began a ride last week, I noticed a slight cough emerging. Being an avid enthusiast of essential oils, I instinctively reached for one of my favorites for when I have a cough – eucalyptus! With a dollop of coconut oil in my palm, I added a drop of eucalyptus oil, rubbed my hands together, and gently massaged it into his chest before the next ride. Within just a few days, the cough vanished entirely. This inspired me to share the wellness benefits of eucalyptus oil, one of my favorites to support the respiratory system, prompting the topic of this week's blog.

Essential oils have been utilized for centuries across various cultures for their wellness properties and aromatic benefits. But if you're wondering what essential oils are and where they come from, allow me to provide some insight before diving deeper into the wonders of eucalyptus essential oil.

Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants through processes like steam distillation or cold pressing. These concentrated plant extracts capture the essence of the plant, including its fragrance and beneficial properties. Each essential oil contains a unique combination of volatile compounds that contribute to its distinct aroma and wellness effects.

Plants produce essential oils for various purposes, including attracting pollinators, defending against pests, and promoting overall health. The aromatic compounds found in essential oils serve as the plant's defense mechanism and play a crucial role in its survival and reproduction. Essential oils can serve us in many of the same ways they serve their plant. 

Now, let's tie this knowledge into our exploration of eucalyptus essential oil. Eucalyptus oil is derived from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, predominantly native to Australia. With its invigorating aroma and wellness properties, eucalyptus oil has become a staple in natural wellness practices around the world. Renowned for its refreshing scent, eucalyptus oil contains compounds like 1,8-Cineole (eucalyptol), which impart its characteristic aroma and can offer numerous health benefits.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits for Horses:

  1. Respiratory Support: Eucalyptus oil is perhaps best known for its ability to support respiratory health. Its invigorating aroma can help support clear nasal passages and promote easier breathing, making it particularly valuable for horses exposed to dusty environments or prone to respiratory issues. This study, found on PubMed.gov, states that “1,8-cineole is a natural monoterpene, also known as eucalyptol. It is a major compound of many plant essential oils, mainly extracted from Eucalyptus globulus oil. As an isolated compound, 1,8-cineole is known for its mucolytic and spasmolytic action on the respiratory tract, with proven clinical efficacy. 1,8-cineole has also shown therapeutic benefits in inflammatory airway diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).“
  2. Soothing Muscle Discomfort: Muscle discomfort is common in horses wether your horse is a backyard pet or an athlete in training. Eucalyptus oil has been studied for  natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a fantastic choice for soothing muscle discomfort and joints after activity. This study, found on PubMed.gov, which investigated the effects of eucalyptus oil inhalation on patients who underwent a total knee replacement, showed that eucalyptus oil inhalation was effective in reducing patient's subjective pain and blood pressure after surgery.
  3. Pest Deterrent: Pests, including flies, mosquitoes, and ticks, seem to avoid eucalyptus. By incorporating eucalyptus oil into your grooming routine or stable environment, you can help discourage pests without resorting to harsh chemicals.
  4. Skin Help: Eucalyptus oil's antimicrobial properties have been extensively researched, as evidenced by studies available on PubMed.gov. One study underscores its antibacterial efficacy, suggesting its potential as an alternative or adjunct to traditional antiseptics, thereby mitigating the risk of antiseptic resistance(read about that study HERE). Another study highlights the antimicrobial effects of eucalyptus oil and its main component, 1,8-cineole, against a wide range of bacteria (read about that study HERE).
  5. Tension relief: This study, found on PubMed.gov, found that "1,8-Cineole, a major constituent of eucalyptus, was effective in decreasing anxiety and that inhalation of 1,8-cineole may be used to relieve anxiety before, during, and after various operations." If your horse appears tense or anxious, try offering them the opportunity to inhale eucalyptus oil from the bottle. I've personally witnessed remarkable results with horses exhibiting fear-based behaviors. Simply allowing them to inhale from the bottle until you notice subtle signs of relaxation, such as slower breathing, a lowered head, or changes in posture, can significantly contribute to their sense of calm and trust. It's a simple yet effective technique.
You might be wondering, "Is eucalyptus essential oil even safe for horses?" The answer is a resounding yes, but with some important considerations. 

First and foremost, quality matters. Opt for high-quality, premium eucalyptus oil from reputable suppliers to ensure purity and potency. 

By the way, if you're in need of a reliable source for essential oils, why not check out my company? They're renowned for their commitment to quality through the Seed to Seal® process, and they're proud pioneers in the industry. Plus, I've personally visited many of the farms worldwide and even had a hand in planting and harvesting. Click HERE to explore a wide range of essential oils and oil infused products!

Additionally, proper dilution is key. While eucalyptus oil can offer wellness benefits, it's potent in its undiluted form and can cause skin irritation or sensitivity in horses. Best practice is to dilute eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, before topical application. By the way if ya wanna know more about carrier oils and diluting essential oils for use with horses, click HERE

By prioritizing quality and dilution, you can harness the full potential of eucalyptus essential oil while safeguarding your horse's well-being.

How To Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil With Horses:

Now that we've explored the myriad benefits of eucalyptus oil for horses, let's discuss practical ways to incorporate it into your daily routine:

  • Simply let your horse smell it: Introduce the bottle with the lid slightly open to your horse, leveraging their superior sense of smell. Allow them to inhale the aroma at their own pace. Alternatively, apply a drop of eucalyptus oil to your hand along with a dab of carrier oil. Allow your horse to explore the scent, then massage any residual oil onto their chest to promote clear and comfortable breathing.
  • Grooming: Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your horse's shampoo or grooming spray for an added burst of freshness and pest deterrent power. You can also let your horse sniff from the bottle during a grooming session for some extra calming vibes. If you're making your own fly spray, eucalyptus can be a worthy addition. 
  • Massage: Create a soothing massage oil by combining eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil and gently massaging it into your horse's muscles after exercise or during grooming sessions.
  • Environmental Diffusion: If you have electricity and a closed barn, investing in a quality essential oil diffuser and adding eucalyptus oil will help with odors and freshen the space while promoting good breathing. No electricity, no problem, simply make a spray by adding around 10-20 drops to 2 ounces of water. Shake well and mist where desired. You can also drop a couple of drops on a wooden clothespin and clip around the barn. With horses greater sense of smell, this method works well even in open areas.
Have you ever wondered about the different types of Eucalyptus essential oils available? With my go-to essential oil company offering three distinct varieties, the choice between Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Globulus, and Eucalyptus Blue can be intriguing. Let's dive into the nuances of each type to discover which one best suits your equine companion's needs.

  1. Eucalyptus Radiata: Eucalyptus Radiata, also known as Narrow-Leaved Peppermint, is prized for its milder aroma and versatile properties. It boasts a crisp, clean scent with less of camphorous odor than eucalyptus globulous, making it a popular choice for aromatherapy and respiratory support. When it comes to horses, I prefer Eucalyptus Radiata for its mildness in aroma, especially for sensitive animals or those prone to respiratory sensitivities. It also seems to have a more relaxing aroma to me, making it suitable for promoting clear breathing with more relaxation during grooming or massage sessions, where as eucalyptus globulous is more invigorating, 
  2. Eucalyptus Globulus: Eucalyptus Globulus, commonly known as Blue Gum Eucalyptus, is renowned for its invigorating aroma and potent benefits. It features a strong, camphorous scent with hints of earthiness, making it ideal for respiratory support and muscle relaxation. If you really need to wake the respiratory system up or support better breathing, this is a good one to try. I often use this one in a muscle rub for muscle discomfort, or in a liniment for legs, and also as a worthy addition to my homemade sprays for pests. 
  3. Eucalyptus Blue: Eucalyptus Blue, a unique variety of eucalyptus, stands out for its striking blue-green foliage and distinctive aroma. It's often referred to as blue gum. It exudes a fresh, slightly sweet scent with undertones of mint, offering a unique twist on traditional eucalyptus oils. As with eucalyptus radiata, I find the aroma to be milder than eucalyptus globulous and perhaps a better choice for sensitive individuals. With my horses, if I offer them a bottle of each eucalyptus to pick from, they often will pick this one and I theorize its the sweet mint undertone-haha!
While I do use eucalyptus radiata and eucalyptus globulous interchangeably, if I had to pick, it would be Eucalyptus Radiata simply for its milder aroma. Eucalyptus blue is a tad more expensive, but I really do love the sweet mint undertone. All three have high levels of eucalyptol, which give it its distinct invigorating scent and properties for discomfort, tension relief, and respiratory support. 

Eucalyptus essential oil holds tremendous potential for enhancing the health and well-being of our equine companions. From respiratory support to muscle relaxation and help with pests, its versatile benefits make it a valuable addition to any horse owner's natural care toolkit. 

Thank you for joining me on this exploration of how eucalyptus essential oil can benefit our equine companions. If you've had any experiences with eucalyptus oil, I'd love to hear about them! Feel free to share your stories and insights in the comments section below.

Looking to harness the power of eucalyptus essential oil for your horse? Click HERE to grab a bundle of all three eucalyptus oils and a carrier oil from my go-to company. With their commitment to quality through the Seed to Seal® process and my personal experience with their products, you can trust that you're providing the best for your horse. Plus, by purchasing through this link, you'll be supporting my efforts to continue bringing you valuable information and resources on natural wellness for horses.

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What Are The Benefits of Essential Oils for Horses: A Must-Have for Your Equine Companion!

What Are The Benefits of Essential Oils for Horses: A Must-Have for Your Equine Companion!
In the bustling world of equine care, there's a growing recognition of the profound benefits that essential oils can offer for our horses. With their ability to have a profound impact on equine health and simultaneously affect us through a shared sense of smell, essential oils represent a unique modality unlike any other. Join me as we delve into the captivating realm of essential oils, exploring their multifaceted advantages and why they're swiftly becoming an indispensable component of every horse owner's arsenal. But first, let's delve into the fundamentals: what exactly are essential oils?

Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils boast a rich history spanning centuries and diverse cultures worldwide. Ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Greece, and Rome, harnessed these plant extracts for their healing properties, utilizing them in embalming, religious ceremonies, cosmetics, and medical treatments. Even the Bible makes numerous references to essential oils. Across time, essential oils have been noted for their multifaceted purposes, from alleviating physical ailments to enriching spiritual well-being.

Lavender, for example, was traditionally used to promote relaxation, relieve headaches, and soothe skin irritations. Interested in how lavender can specifically benefit your horse? Click HERE to delve deeper.

Peppermint was prized for its digestive benefits and ability to invigorate the mind and body. Living in a hot and dry climate, peppermint is one of my go-to essential oils. One of my favorite ways to use it is as a cooling after-exercise brace. Discover my favorite peppermint recipe HERE.

Aboriginal communities used tea tree oil topically as a natural antiseptic to treat wounds, cuts, burns, and infections. Curious about how to use tea tree oil effectively with your horse? Click HERE to learn more.

In addition to their historical medicinal uses, essential oils have played a significant role in cultural and ritualistic practices around the world. Indigenous cultures often used aromatic plants and oils in ceremonies, purification rituals, and spiritual healing. The burning of incense and the application of fragrant oils were believed to evoke divine energies, cleanse the spirit, and promote balance and harmony within the body and soul.

Today, essential oils continue to captivate enthusiasts with their versatility and efficacy in promoting well-being. With advances in scientific research and technology, we have gained a deeper understanding of the biochemical composition and wellness properties of essential oils. From aromatherapy and massage to skincare and household cleaning, essential oils are increasingly recognized for their holistic benefits and integrated into daily routines for enhanced health and wellness.

But what exactly are essential oils? Quite simply, essential oils are plant extracts. Have you ever broken a leaf and witnessed a fluid ooze out, or caught the delicate fragrance of orange blossoms in the air—that's the essence of essential oils at work, safeguarding the plant and contributing to its vitality. These potent extracts are sourced from various parts of plants, from the delicate petals of flowers to the sturdy roots of plants, even the resin from a tree. Each essential oil contains a complex blend of constituents, which imbue it with a unique aroma and a host of potential health benefits. 

Plant Uses and Natural Defenses

Essential oils serve as the plant's frontline defense against pests, pathogens, and environmental stressors. They are synthesized within specialized glands or cells in different plant tissues, where they play a crucial role in protecting the plant from harm and facilitating its growth and development. Whether emitted as a fragrant perfume to attract pollinators or deployed as a potent antimicrobial agent to fend off pathogens, essential oils are integral to the plant's survival and adaptation in its ecosystem. Just as essential oils fortify and nurture plants, they offer similar benefits to us, enhancing our well-being and vitality in profound ways.

Benefits for Horses and Humans

The benefits of essential oils extend beyond mere fragrance—they offer a holistic approach to equine wellness, supporting a myriad of physical and emotional concerns. For our equine companions, these oils can provide relief from discomfort, support immune function, and promote relaxation during periods of stress or tension. Interested in learning how to use essential oils to relax your horse? Click HERE for more information.

Additionally, essential oils can enhance the quality of life for horses with respiratory issues, muscular discomfort, or skin irritations, offering gentle yet effective support for common concerns. Moreover, the positive effects of essential oils aren't limited to our equine friends—humans can also reap the rewards of incorporating essential oils into their daily routines. Whether diffused in the barn to create a calming atmosphere or applied topically during grooming sessions, essential oils can foster a sense of tranquility and connection between horse and rider, deepening the bond between them.

Essential oils have the remarkable ability to anchor positive emotions and memories. By incorporating them into enjoyable and positive experiences with your horse, you can establish strong emotional connections that resurface whenever you use the same essential oil in the future. This phenomenon occurs because the sense of smell is intricately linked to the limbic system of the brain, which governs emotions in both humans and animals. 

This phenomenon is why certain scents can trigger vivid memories and emotions. For instance, the aroma of pumpkin spice may evoke memories of cozy holiday gatherings, while the scent of freshly baked cookies might transport you back to your grandmother's kitchen.

The Equine-Human Connection

At the heart of every successful partnership between horse and human lies a profound connection—one that transcends words. This bond is strengthened by moments of shared understanding, mutual respect, and genuine care. Essential oils, with their innate ability to evoke emotions and evoke memories, can play a role in nurturing this relationship. When applied with intention and mindfulness, essential oils can serve as a bridge between horse and rider, facilitating communication, trust, and harmony. Whether diffused in the barn to create a calming environment or incorporated into massage routines to promote relaxation, essential oils invite us to deepen our connection with our equine companions and celebrate the unique bond we share. To dive deeper into using essential oils with massage for your horse, click HERE.

Practical Application and Cost-Effectiveness

Incorporating essential oils into your equine care routine is simpler than you realize. One easy method is to wear the essential oil as perfume. Given that horses possess a far more acute sense of smell than humans, creating a relaxed atmosphere for yourself translates to a relaxed environment for your horse. By wearing the essential oil as perfume, not only do you effectively shed any emotional baggage before interacting with your horse, but you also promote a positive emotional state for your equine companion. You can simply pick an essential oil you like or experiment and have fun creating a signature perfume scent. To learn how to make your own perfume using essential oils, click HERE

Other easy options to incorporate essential oils into your horse care routine can be as simple as letting your horse smell directly from the bottle, creating a simple spray, or replacing toxic fly sprays and hoof preparations with DIY products made with essential oils. For two of my preferred DIY recipes—one for hooves and another for manes and tails—click HERE. With these techniques, you can even transform your tack room into a pleasantly fragrant space, eliminating that sweaty leather smell for good!

Additionally, essential oils can be cost-effective in the long run—a single bottle of oil can last a month or more, even with regular use. By investing in a few key oils and learning how to use them effectively, you can provide your horse with natural, holistic care while saving money in the process.

When selecting essential oils for your horse, prioritize quality and purity by choosing oils from reputable suppliers certified as pure and premium. Unfortunately, not all essential oils are created equal. Regulation falls under FDA requirements for perfumes, meaning not all ingredients need to be listed on the label. This lack of transparency can lead to common additives and synthetic versions being used to standardize aroma, compromising purity. 

Additionally, essential oils can vary from batch to batch due to environmental factors and growing conditions. Some companies may add fillers and other ingredients to cut costs and standardize aroma, further diminishing purity. 

Distillation, the primary process for obtaining essential oils from plants, is both an art and a science. Factors such as harvest times, distillation times, and the amount of plant material in the distillation equipment can all influence the quality of the oil produced. For example, ylang ylang must be hand-harvested due to the delicate nature of the flower, and specific harvesting times in the morning yield the highest quality oil.

We aim to harness the same benefits from essential oils that they provide to the plants they originate from, which cannot be replicated in a lab.

Safety and Quality Assurance

When it comes to ensuring the safety and efficacy of essential oils for your horse, purity is paramount. Opt for oils that contain only the essential oil from the plants—no fillers, additives, or synthetic substitutes. Problems associated with using essential oils often arise from impurities or adulteration. To safeguard your horse's well-being, it's crucial to start by reading labels.

Reading Labels and Ensuring Purity

Begin by scrutinizing product labels to identify any additives or unnecessary ingredients. Next, choose a reputable company that you know and trust. Ask pertinent questions to verify the purity and quality of their essential oils:

  • Do you own your farms?
  • Can I visit the farms?
  • Do you have fully equipped labs, and is each essential oil tested?
  • Do you have trained staff in aromas?
  • Do you visit suppliers' distilleries?
  • Do you test for peak harvest times?
  • Do you harvest at peak times?
  • Do you discard mistakes?
  • Do you distill without using solvents?
  • Do you bottle your own oils?
By asking these questions and selecting a company committed to transparency and integrity, you can confidently ensure that you're using pure essential oils that prioritize your horse's safety and well-being. If you'd like to check out my go to source for essential oils, click HERE!

Elevating Equine Wellness

Essential oils are more than just fragrant extracts—they're powerful allies in our quest for equine wellness. By understanding their origins, exploring their benefits, and embracing their practical application, we can unlock the transformative potential of these plants extracts for the benefit of our horses and ourselves. Whether diffused in the barn to create a peaceful environment, applied topically to soothe tired muscles, or integrated into grooming routines to promote relaxation, essential oils offer a natural, holistic approach to equine care that honors the innate connection between horse and human. As we continue on our journey of discovery and growth, let us remember the profound impact that essential oils can have on the well-being of our equine companions—and let us celebrate the beauty of this timeless partnership, grounded in love, respect, and the healing power of nature.

Ready to take your equine care to the next level? Join my 'Oily Horse Intro' course and unlock the full potential of essential oils for your horse. Discover the what, why, and where of using essential oils for horses, while learning practical techniques to seamlessly integrate them into your barn life. Gain confidence in nurturing your horse's well-being naturally and join a community of like-minded horse lovers on a journey to holistic equine wellness. Enroll now and embark on a transformative experience for both you and your horse! Click HERE!

Can You Use Rosemary Essential Oil on Horses?

Can You Use Rosemary Essential Oil on Horses?
Unlock the secrets of rosemary essential oil for holistic horse care. From muscle relief to mane and tail maintenance, discover how this versatile essential oil oil enhances your equine companion's well-being. Read more to revolutionize your horse's health care routine with the power of essential oils!







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Harnessing the Calming Power of Roman Chamomile for Equine Wellness

Harnessing the Calming Power of Roman Chamomile for Equine Wellness
Relaxing Your Equine Companion: The Wonders of Roman Chamomile

One of my horses, Rolex, is currently on stall rest. He's handling it like a champ, but there's one thing that's caught my attention – his newfound fascination with Roman Chamomile essential oil. I've always loved the aroma of this essential oil and happened to have it in my pocket due to a particular stressful day (Roman Chamomile is renowned for its ability to alleviate feelings of tension). When I got to the barn, I decided to see how he liked it. He definitely perked up, smelled the bottle for a long time, then proceeded to try and eat the bottle-lol. There was definitely a noticeable change in his demeanor, as he can carry some worry even tho he's mostly calm. It's since become a part of our daily routine, a small but significant moment of connection in his stall that really seems to take the edge off. Lets dive in to Roman chamomile and what it can do for your horse!

Understanding Roman Chamomile:

Roman Chamomile, scientifically known as Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis, is a perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae family. It's native to Western Europe and North Africa, where it thrives in sunny, well-drained soils, boasting delicate, daisy-like flowers with white petals and yellow centers, and emitting a distinct apple-like aroma. 

Treasured for centuries for its wellness properties, particularly its calming effects, Roman Chamomile's essential oil contains bioactive compounds like chamazulene, bisabolol, and apigenin, contributing to its soothing and wellness qualities. 

Historically it was valued for its skin-soothing properties and its ability to promote relaxation and ease digestive discomfort. In modern times, Roman Chamomile remains prized for its versatility in aromatherapy, skincare, and digestive support, offering a natural remedy for overall well-being. Chamomile tea has become a staple in households as a bedtime relaxing beverage!

The Roman Connection:

The inclusion of "Roman" in the name "Roman Chamomile" carries with it a blend of historical significance and anecdotal charm. While there's a popular anecdote suggesting that the plant was named after a botanist who discovered it growing near the Roman Coliseum, the veracity of this claim remains uncertain. Instead, it's more likely that the association with Rome stems from the plant's historical usage by ancient Romans, who valued chamomile for its medicinal and aromatic properties. 

The name "Roman Chamomile" may have been chosen to distinguish it from other chamomile species and to emphasize its esteemed status within Roman culture. Today, two popular types of chamomile essential oil used are Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. While Roman Chamomile is celebrated for its gentle, apple-like aroma and calming properties, German Chamomile is known for its deep blue color. While I like to use use both with horses and dogs, Rolex's interest has Roman chamomile at the top of my list these days. 

Using Roman Chamomile with Your Horse:

To utilize Roman Chamomile for relaxation with your horse:
  • Offer the bottle for them to smell freely and as often as they'd like.
  • Apply a drop to your palms, rub them together, and allow your horse to smell your hands, repeating as desired.
  • Rub any residue on your horse's poll or the back of your neck for enhanced relaxation, recognizing that you are half the partnership with your horse and if you are calm and relaxed, you help them to be calm and relaxed. 
Practical Applications:

Creating a spritzer can also be a great way to use the essential oil to promote calmness, such as before the farrier's visit or during trailering. Make a spritzer and spray the area your horse will be in before you bring the horse to the area. For example the grooming stall or horse trailer. If using chamomile for skin benefits, simply spritz the desired area. For a step by step guide to making a spray with some of my favorite recipes, click HERE.

Making a roller bottle is another easy and fun way to use your essential oils with your horse. You can then roll the oil or blend on your pulse points wearing it as a perfume, you then become a walking diffuser for your horse. By the way, this is one of the easiest ways to get started using essential oils with your horse, to learn more-go HERE.

For my guide to making roll on, click HERE. This method also works well for supporting your horse's digestive system by applying topically to their stomach or rubbing on your hands and massaging their abdomen. 

Recipes for Relaxation:

Here are some of my favorite recipes for relaxation:

Roman Chamomile Massage Blend:
  • 10 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 2 oz carrier oil (Like fractionated coconut oil, which is my fave. It's light, non greasy and absorbs quickly!)
Relaxation Spray:
  • 15 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Vetiver
  • 2 oz spray bottle
  • distilled water and vodka ( or witch hazel)
Add the essential oils to the spray bottle then fill up halfway with vodka and halfway with water. The vodka helps mix the essential oil with water. Swap the vodka out for alcohol free witch hazel if you are using it on wounds. Remember to shake well each time you spray.

Relaxer Roller:
  • 10 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 5 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 10 ml roller bottle
  • carrier oil  (Like fractionated coconut oil, which is my fave. It's light, non greasy and absorbs quickly!)
By the way frankincense is another powerhouse essential oil I use all the time with my horses. It's a fabulous addition to blends you are using to calm or balance emotions. To read more about using frankincense with your horses, click HERE.

Nurturing Your Bond

With Roman Chamomile by your side, every moment with your equine companion can become an opportunity for relaxation and deeper connection. Incorporating Roman Chamomile into a horse care routine can yield numerous benefits for equine health and well-being. From aromatherapy to topical application, its gentle yet potent properties offer a natural solution for promoting relaxation, comfort, and overall wellness in horses. So, whether it’s a soothing massage or a calming aroma, let the power of nature nurture your horse's well-being and enrich your bond together.

Quality Matters:

When it comes to essential oils, quality matters. Not all oils are created equal, and it's crucial to choose trusted suppliers who prioritize purity and authenticity. A recent study, published in the Journal of Essential Oil Research (JEOR), found that over 75% of lavender oils tested were adulterated, underscoring the importance of sourcing from reputable companies.

One such company I trust is Young Living™, renowned for their Seed to Seal® commitment. Their rigorous quality control measures ensure that every bottle of essential oil meets the highest standards of purity and potency. If you're looking for premium quality oil you can trust, safe for your four legged family, I invite you to explore Young Living's™ offerings. Click HERE to learn more and grab a bottle of Roman chamomile for your horse!

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