Eight Essential Oils to use on Your Horse
Since starting this blog, I’ve received quite a few email questions (which I try my best to answer!), but probably the most common questions involve using essential oils with horses. It’s not surprising, I suppose–essential oils have become very popular in the last few years, and it makes sense that people would want to use them with their pets, too.
While I don’t consider essential oils a cure-all to any disease, I do believe they are a great tool to have in our at-home horse care kit. So with that said, I thought I’d list eight essential oils which can be used for several different issues with horses. The oils which have similar uses can also be mixed to form a blend, if you’d like.
The best way to use EO’s with horses is either topically or through aromatherapy. (I don’t recommend internal use unless you’re working with a practitioner experienced in this area.) Topically, EO’s can be used in conjunction with massage, using the ‘Raindrop technique‘, or just applied to areas of concern (hooves, around wounds, etc.) Generally, when applying EO’s topically, it’s recommended to dilute with a carrier oil such as coconut, avocado, or sweet almond oil, or even aloe vera gel (for a less greasy effect).
When using EO’s for aromatherapy, it’s important to let the horse choose which ones he needs. In other words, don’t force a horse to inhale any particular oil, but rather hold it out and let the horse decide whether or not he needs it. Showing interest and moving toward the bottle is a ‘yes’, while turning away or showing other signs of irritation is a ‘no’.
So with all that said, here are eight essential oils you can use with your horse:
Muscle soreness or injury, wounds, insect repellent, emotional issues (calming, eases anger and frustration)
2.) Tea Tree
Insect repellent, itching, wounds, thrush or other fungal infections in the hoof, fungal skin conditions such as rain rot or ringworm
Insect repellent, sore muscles, wounds, hormonal issues, emotional issues (moodiness)
Immune stimulant, kidney issues, arthritis, emotional issues (promotes trust, uplifting, improves focus)
***Caution: can cause irritation. Dilute well and avoid leaving on horse if he is turned out in bright sunlight)
Minor bumps or scrapes, skin issues, immune support, emotional issues (uplifting/ relaxation)
Old muscle injuries, muscle spasms, emotional issues (calming, stubbornness)
Inflammation, allergies, emotional issues (in cases of past trauma)
Muscle/ joint soreness, insect repellent, stocking up, digestive issues, emotional issues (focus, energizing, soothing)
There are several good brands of EO’s available, but two I like best are Mountain Rose Herb Oils and Young Living. Whichever brand you go with, just make sure to get the real (therapeutic) essential oils and not perfume quality oils.
If you’re interested in making your own fly spray with essential oils (which I do), see this post.
Sources and Further Reading
Essenital Oils for Horses (Equine Wellness)