Energizing Oils – essential oils for the unambitious horse

Well, this could be a delicate topic, as no horse really likes to be referred to as a plodder, or worse still – stubborn, resistant, possibly even lazy! Now, it is important that you make sure there is no physical reason for your horse being called one of these names. Perhaps his muscles are not able to do what you want, or, as in the case of George, you may find a medical problem – my mate here had a bladder stone, and no matter how many essential oils we would have used before the discovery we would have had … Continue reading Energizing Oils – essential oils for the unambitious horse

Repelling Insects, Naturally

Bugs, flies, midges, mosquitoes; why are our horses plagued by them? Whether we like it or not, insects are just another part of nature. But each horse that is pestered by these little beasties can, thanks to nature, also enjoy some relief. Essential oils (natural aromatic essences from flowers and plants) provide a unique approach and are chosen to complement the individual. Also helpful are herbs and supplemental nutrients. While no horse will be – or should be – totally free from biting insects, a healthy horse tends to be less tasty and appealing to them. A healthy horse is … Continue reading Repelling Insects, Naturally

Grapefruit – ‘Brain Sunshine’ Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil This light, refreshing scent is one of my favourites. The first part of this particular was published in Holistic Horse Magazine in their regular Essential Oil Blurb (April/May 2018 edition) and the second part of the article is an exert from Horse Scents. Common Name:    Grapefruit              Latin Name:  Citrus paradisi Common Uses: UK aromatherapist Lyn Palmer once described grapefruit as “brain sunshine” and this my favorite way to describe one of the most uplifting essential oils. The scent is especially good for lifting the mood of confined horses, or during winter … Continue reading Grapefruit – ‘Brain Sunshine’ Essential Oil

Aromatherapy and Heaves

Aromatherapy can provide some relief with the respiratory complaint heaves. It will not cure your horse of this disease, however it will provide a tool that improves the quality of his life. Heaves, referred to as broken wind, is a chronic emphysema of the horse that causes difficult expiration and heaving of the flanks. Heaves, also known as equine chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a chronic airway disease that is the result of repeated bouts of airway inflammation that occur in response to antigens and dusts commonly found in stables, especially those in poorly-cured hay. Heaves can be confused … Continue reading Aromatherapy and Heaves

Equine Aromatherapy Course – 21st Birthday

To celebrate 21 years, the Equine Aromatherapy Course has a new logo with refreshed course notes.  To celebrate the longevity of the course, until 31 December 2020, course fees have been discounted. Aromatherapy is a very personal experience for both the horse and practitioner/owner and as each participant builds their foundation during the course, they are encouraged to develop their own creative expression of how they will grow with the knowledge shared in this course. The participant can expect to competently use aromatherapy with horses in a professional manner and achieve desired results. This course is aimed at the serious … Continue reading Equine Aromatherapy Course – 21st Birthday

Aromatherapy for Equine Body Workers

Aromatherapy is a valuable tool to add to the equine body worker’s range of skills.

Essential oils work two ways with your horse. He may have a physical problem that needs to be addressed or an emotional issue. For a physical problem, you can apply the essential oils, diluted in carrier oil or cream, onto the area so some of the molecules of the essential oil can find their way via the hair follicles into the bloodstream. For an emotional problem, your horse can inhale the molecules of a scent and have it trigger the release of neuro-chemicals in every body cell to help relax or relieve fears. Continue reading Aromatherapy for Equine Body Workers

Horse Scents eBook PDF now available

Horse Scents eBook is now available on my Etsy store as a digital download. Horse Scents – making sense with your horse using aromatherapy is now ready for digital download at http://www.catherinebird.com.au the Aromawearables store on Etsy. This book offers you simple ways to be able to use aromatherapy with your own horse. Aromatherapy can be used on simple physical problems once you have consulted your Veterinarian as well as helping you find a better way to relate to your horse. Reviews of 1999 edition: Reviews: Horse Scents, appropriately titled, is not just about aromatherapy – it is also about … Continue reading Horse Scents eBook PDF now available

Essential oils to assist with hoof problems

Essential oils offer natural help for horses with hoof problems. As a component of rehabilitation, the use of these essential oils can be helpful in two ways: There is the direct physical action – such as with external application – to assist with the healing of tissue, and there is the olfactory response – aromatherapy – that assists with identifying and addressing some of the underlying issues that could be contributing to the hoof problems. Initially I narrow down through knowledge my choice of essential oils to offer the horse. When I am deciding on which application of the oils … Continue reading Essential oils to assist with hoof problems

Training Your Horse with Aromatherapy

I was introduced to aromatherapy about three decades ago. At the time I was working at a natural therapy college and it came across my desk as a correspondence course. My skepticism was high, and I laughed at the thought of an aroma having an effect on anyone. Well, I then attended an evening lecture on the topic and found it more convincing and my first modality as a therapist became aromatherapy and I was soon lecturing at several colleges dispelling the same skepticism I had generated myself. As a rider I was keen to try my new found knowledge on … Continue reading Training Your Horse with Aromatherapy

Natural support for allergies and skin conditions

Zelda, and eight-year-old Arabian, had a beautiful coat when Barbara acquired the mare late in the fall. However, as summer arrived and temperatures began to rise, Zelda broke out in hives. The poor horse itched so badly she rubbed herself raw. Barbara suspected Zelda’s skin problems were due to allergies but when she phoned her local practitioner about getting help, she could almost hear him cringing on the other end of the line. “I knew then that I had my work cut out for me,” she said. While more horses than ever before suffer from allergies, there is no one … Continue reading Natural support for allergies and skin conditions

Essential oils with cats

Proceed with caution, and avoid certain oils Cats can still benefit from essential oils, when they are administered with caution. Essential oils high in phenols such as cinnamon, citronella, clove, oregano, thyme, and savory are best to be avoided completely as these are the more difficult essential oils for a cat to metabolise. Various experts have longer lists of oils to be avoided, and viewpoints vary widely, which is another reason to do copious research, and proceed with caution.  Each cat should be assessed individually, and oils should be removed from the environment if lethargy or any abhorrent behavior is … Continue reading Essential oils with cats

Essential oils for respiratory conditions

Essential oils are antagonistic to pathogenic organisms on contact, which is why they are so effective when able to enter the respiratory tract directly, through inhalation. The therapeutic potential of essential oils is yet to be fully realised. An essential oil can cover a wide field of activity and in this article we will focus on the role aromatherapy can play when your horse suffers a respiratory complaint. Any condition or infection that involves the nose, throat, and lung would respond very well to essential oils. Inhalation is one very effective way of utilising essential oils, as when inhaled directly … Continue reading Essential oils for respiratory conditions

Chamomile – the calming herb

Chamomile, Anthemis noblis or Matricaria chamomilla, depending on the species you select, is an herb that can assist you with your horse. Lets explore the use of the herb, the homoeopathic remedy which only contains the vibrational qualities of the original plant, and the essential oil made from the distilled flower. Chamomile the Herb Chamomile is a hardy perennial herb that was often used in Europe as a pathway plant or strewn along walkways due to its aromatic properties in the Middle Ages. It was an herb that was employed in a garden to help ailing plants in its midst, … Continue reading Chamomile – the calming herb

Essential oils for moving to a new home

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, pure plant extracts usually obtained by distillation, to assist your horse in maintaining a balanced physical body and emotional state of being. Horses are creatures of habit and enjoy a regular routine; when something comes along to disrupt this routine such as a move to a new farm, you can use the aromas from essential oils to assist make the transition gentle and welcoming for your horse. Before introducing your horse to a new place, it is important to prepare it for him. I find horses are very sensitive to their environment so … Continue reading Essential oils for moving to a new home

Immune system enhancing essential oils

Your horse’s body often gets compromised by microorganisms. Aromatherapy can be used to help your horse with any infection, however it is adjunctive to your horse’s veterinarian care, so the suggestions in this article are for your information and not to replace his advice. Microorganisms that cause disease are called pathogens and can include bacteria, fungi and viruses. They can cause infection and they actively reproduce causing damage to healthy cells, often being responsible for producing toxins in the body. Infection can be systemic where it spreads throughout the body, or localised, and when your horse’s body responds to an … Continue reading Immune system enhancing essential oils

Positive aromatherapy responses from horses

After a recent visit to a regular centre in Wyee – I received this photo from the human that belongs to Girsh. When first discovering essential oils for use with horses, it can be tricky deciding if your horse likes an aroma – hopefully from the archives of a class session I presented at Orange TAFE in 2007 you will gain some insights. Even on a day where it had snowed the day before, we were able to elicit a variety of responses that will help the reader see a sample of what could be expected. Orange TAFE on a very … Continue reading Positive aromatherapy responses from horses

Essential oils for colic

Yesterday when visiting one of my favourite properties  the morning was disturbed with the thought that another horse on a property down the road was in need of assistance. Fortunately the vet was called and knowledgeable horse people were on hand to help the owner get her horse upright and eventually releasing some good sized poops. It reminded me of this article I wrote a decade ago, the advice is still valid and hopefully you won’t ever need the information.   Colic The word ‘colic’ is one most horse owners fear hearing. There are many clinical signs that can be … Continue reading Essential oils for colic

Herbs, Oils and a Pinch of Love

Our horses become a very special part of our lives. With the speeding up of time we are busy rushing here and there, looking for quick fixes and generally compounding any issue we have in our lives due to our own haste. When we start to look within and spend quality time with our horses, the insights we can learn from them can open up a new exploration of the world around us.One way to take time is to look at how we can work with our horses naturally. With domestication and our hectic routines our horses are close to … Continue reading Herbs, Oils and a Pinch of Love

Winter Hints for Horse and Human

For the Horse Winter is a time when your horse will expend more energy to keep warm. How you assist him with this will vary with your local conditions, but there are a few simple things you can do wherever you have a definite “winter” season. If your horse is still reluctant to drink during the cold weather you can add celery seeds to his feed to encourage your horse to drink more. It is also a good winter supplement as a digestive tonic and assisting with stiffness from arthritic joints in older horses. A long coat is the horses … Continue reading Winter Hints for Horse and Human

Essential Oils For the Young Ones

When using aromatherapy with foals, I have used them comfortably from one week old in my practice. I like the idea of allowing them to bond with their mother before introducing them to the foals olfactory nervous system, and then after that I have I have safely used them both for the scent reaction in their behavioural centres as well as physical application to muscle issues from the ‘trauma of birth’. My main rule of thumb if you are applying essential oils to a young horse, stick strictly to your 2.5% dilution, moreso as to not irritate their sensitive skin, … Continue reading Essential Oils For the Young Ones

Fighting Winter Bugs with Essential Oils

With the changeable weather, there are sniffles in the office as well as the stables, and the simple use of essential oils may just help keep some of those bugs at bay. This article was first published in Natural Horse Magazine volume 5, issue 1: Your horse’s body often gets compromised by microorganisms. Aromatherapy can be used to help your horse with any infection, however it is adjunctive to your horse’s veterinarian care, so the suggestions in this article are for your information and not to replace his advice. Microorganisms that cause disease are called pathogens and can include bacteria, … Continue reading Fighting Winter Bugs with Essential Oils

Does your horse like your scent?

When you first start offering essential oils to your horse, it may not be clear what the preferences are. With younger horses they may look like they are interested in every bottle you waft under their nose, you may find the only indicator is the strength of breath they take to get more of the scent they like. The horse in this pic got me very excited when he dropped his tongue out at the bottle. However his handler stated he did this all the time, be it when being groomed, riding or just ‘because’. He was clear though with … Continue reading Does your horse like your scent?