Arometheripy for you Horse

14 Nov

Arometheripy products may be something you have not considered to add to your gear bag before going to compete with your horse whether it is in a rodeo or show, but They are something small that can have major effects that will help you and your horse maintain a calm focus and avoid the anxiety attacks.

The term aromatherapy can be very misleading. There are products in stores that are called aromatherapy products. Mango shampoo, strawberry candles, honeysuckle bubble bath, and others profess to be aromatherapy products just because they have a scent. An aromatherapist would not use these products as they are made with fragrances. Fragrances are synthetic materials made in laboratories. Essential oils used in aromatherapy are not synthetic but come from real plants. Usually they are steam distilled.

How do you tell if oil is real or synthetic?

 If it comes in a clear bottle, inexpensive, powerful scent, and has a fruit name like apple, banana, cherry, coconut, grape, watermelon or some floral name like lilly of the valley, hyacinth, sweet pea, or wisteria, these are give- a- ways that the oil is not real but cooked in the lab. True essential oils are always in a dark bottle with varying degrees of prices. A bottle (10ml) of real steam distilled rose oil is over $100. Then some oils can be inexpensive like peppermint essential oil at $5. Essential oils have a variety of scents. They can be very pleasant to smell as well as medicinal and there are some that do not smell good at all. Usually essential oils are sold with common and scientific names so you can identify the plant source. Then there is the country of origin. Fragrances come from labs not countries. Then there should be information on how they are processed. Usually this will be steam distillation.

Essential oils are very concentrated. It takes pounds of plant material to make a few drops of oil. An animal may have no problem with the plant but have a bad reaction to the oil. Many will tell you that it is natural and could not possibly harm you. You know better. Essential oils can harm you if used incorrectly.

Equine Aromatherapy

Commonly horses are treated for lameness, wounds and abscesses, cardiovascular problems, pulmonary problems (coughs, emphysema, etc.), intestinal parasites, and emotional uneasiness. In all these instances, essential oils will improve resistance to disease by increasing the animal’s vitality and allowing the elimination of accumulated toxins.

Essential oils can be used with horses in the same manner as people use them. They can be taken internally, in massage, and diffused in the air. There is some controversy over the use of essential oils internally. Many essential oils can be safely taken internally. If they are issues of liver disease in a human or a horse, the use of essential oils should be kept at a minimal or eliminated. Before administrating oils internally, it is best to make sure that the oil is safe.

Methods of using Aromatherapy

Essential oils can be used in massage. There are several massage therapists in the area that work with horses and essential oils. They can help the horse to feel better and eliminate stiffness, soreness, and stress from their bodies. One does not need to be a trained massage therapist to give a horse a massage.

Essential oils can be used in diffusers to bathe the horse’s environment in essential oil vapors.
There are many essential oil diffusers on the market. They often need electricity or fire to work. Misters can also be used and they only require a glass bottle and an atomizer. Essential oils are diluted in alcohol and water and then misted in the area or on the horse.

 

 

 

 

commonly used oils with horses:

Basil, Sweet Eucalyptus Geranium Tea Tree
Chamomile, Roman Eucalyptus, Lemon Juniper  
Cypress Frankincense Lavender  

Using the Oils
Not all oils are the same and not all horses are the same. Picking oils or blends for your horse is up to you and to them. To see how well the horse will handle an oil, take a few drops in your palms. Rub them together and offer the oil to the horse. Let the horse decide if they will accept the oil or not. Never force an oil on your horse just because you are told that this is what your horse needs. Your horse needs to accept the oil. If the horse does not, you must go to another oil.

 

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