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

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

Each horse needs a unique approach

How you approach the management of your horse’s health depends very much on individual filters. Every situation requires individual assessment. For example, I may get two requests for a supportive program for a horse with laminitis. Horse 1 is in extreme pain and under the care of veterinarian as well as a hoofcare specialist. The herbs I suggest to support the healing process need to complement and not be in opposition to the prescribed veterinary care. To philosophically insist that all veterinary prescriptions be ceased and the horse wholly rely on herbs and essential oils could challenge the owner’s mental … Continue reading Each horse needs a unique approach

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

Energizing Oils – essential oils for the unambitious

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

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