The best home remedies for horses include Essential Oils. Use for horse relaxing, sheath cleaning, scratches and fly spray! Oils make such fantastic natural remedies for horses. Learn how to use essential oils for horses and what to use them for here!
Why should we use Home Remedies for Horses and Specifically, Essential Oils?
I could list a million reasons why we should use essential oils for horses, but here are my top reasons! Also look at the benefits of essential oils section as well!
Essential oils are:
Are there any Oils we can't use as Home Remedies for Horses?
All of the oils on this website can be used via inhalation; however, read through the individual oil information on this website before you do decide to use them. There are oils that I don't recommend for topical use, and of course there are oils you shouldn't use for certain conditions such as pregnancy.
Remember, it is really more about the purity of the oils. For instance, Human Raindrop and Equine Raindrop Techniques are performed with several oils that are considered by the British aromatherapists as "forbidden oils". But they also don't advocate the use of therapeutic grade oils. And the French are just the opposite; they rarely dilute the oils and emphasize purity for medicinal use!
Are there certain Types of Oil that We need to Use for Home Remedies for Horses?
Good question! Yes we need to use therapeutic grade essential oils. Perfume quality or aromatherapy oils will not work. In fact, perfume quality oils can cause more harm than good because they contain 90-95% solvents!
Pure therapeutic grade oils contain the pure volatile oil of the plant and are distilled without any adulteration. Therefore, they are expensive to produce and are rarely used in common day products. Look at the price of Rose Essential Oil or Jasmine Absolute to get an idea in the price difference!
Are there Safety Concerns?
Most of the problems associated with using essential oils stem from the fact that people are using perfume grade oils for medicinal or therapeutic use. Or people simply are not using them correctly! So please do follow the safety information listed with each individual oil or blend.
How do I use Essential Oils for Horses?
Aromatherapy for horses is similar to humans so browse through the essential oil uses section to get more ideas on how to use the oils. Individual oils listed throughout this website contain safety information such as dilution as well as a animal section with some tips. Please do adhere to the safety instructions as you would a human. And please read through the essential oils safety section as well.
How do I know which Oils to use for Equine Aromatherapy?
Using the oils is a bit of a learning curve for sure, but the best thing you can do is look through the website and choose oils as you would for yourself. Or I can choose oils for you through an intuitive reading! This way the oils are chosen specifically for you or your horse (or both)! Click here to learn more about Nans Services.
Go to the oils for anxiety, muscle and pain and read through those sections. Also, there are sections specifically written for horses on the bottom of this page. Then choose several oils to work with or choose a blend!
How do I Approach my Horse with an Essential Oil?
Choose several oils to work with and place them in front of the muzzle and observe your horse. Horses intuitively love essential oils and will often times take the guess work out of it!
How do I Know if the Horse likes the Oil?
Notice what nostril the horse goes to and his reaction to the oil. Horses that like the oil may flare their nostrils, go for the bottle and even try to even nuzzle it out of your hand! They also may curl their lip (flehmen) in glee!
They sometimes will smell with one particular nostril then go to the other nostril, so pay attention! My mare always smells oils with her left nostril first, and then goes to the right nostril. This makes sense to me, because she is very intuitive and processes things emotionally first (left side), then physically (right side).
For instance, this is important, because if your horse smells an oil from the left nostril first for a certain physical condition, then it shows that there is an emotional component that led to the physical issue. And the emotional component should be addressed first. The good news is that the oil addresses the emotional component!
If the horse pins his ears back or turns away, then that particular oil is not for them and try something different.
How do I Apply the Oil?
For emotional issues, I have them smell the oil first. Then, I may place a drop or two of oil on the forehead (third eye), the crest of the neck by the mane or at the poll as well. I also allow my horses to lick the oil off my hand if it is an oil safe for ingestion. You can count on this when working with Peppermint oils for sure!
For physical issues, place the oil directly on location; and for respiratory issues place oil on the front of the chest and of course allow them to inhale it.
How Long do I Use the Oil?
I have had horses that needed different oils the next time I worked with them and I have had some horses that forever love Peace & Calming essential oil blend! So just check, they will let you know! You can use them at least twice a day or more. Again, if a horse has an infection, I would use the oil more often than if I was using it to correct a behavioral problem.
I hope you enjoyed this section on home remedies for horses. Here are the other sections that are specifically written for horses and essential oils. Please scroll through them as well as the human pages!
Here is a whole list of other home remedies for horses!
This is work in progress, so if I don't have the link up yet, I will! Eventually I would like to include all the horse subjects!
Have an idea or a recipe for home remedies for horses? Please feel free to contact me; I would love to include it!
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