Essential oils have been used for centuries to care for minor injuries to animals, including horses. When used correctly essential oils can be a wonderful option for treating minor wounds and ailments.

When using essential oils, it’s important to remember that horses are sensitive beings. You should always use a dosage similar to what you would use for yourself. They may be large in size but without proper dilution and with incorrect dosage, essential oils can quickly go from terrific to toxic.

There is a variety of methods preferred for horses; massage oil that can be applied topically, a mist or spray, added to water for a bath, a salve or liniment and aromatherapy are most common and all work well when used in combination with the right oils. Here are a few blends to consider:

Muscle Wash:

Use this muscle wash for relief from stiffness or to comfort muscles after physical exertion.

  • ¾ Cup Epsom Salt
  • Bucket of Water
  • 4 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Wintergreen

Massage Oil:

One of my favorite ways of using essential oils for horses, massage oils work great to relieve tired muscles, increase circulation while strengthening the bond between horse and owner.

In a 4oz Glass bottle combine:
  • 20 drops Lemongrass
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 6 drops Thyme
  • Fill up with Coconut Oil or another carrier oil.

Cool Down Mist:

Use a mist for easy application to hydrate and cool-down your horse.

Using a 16oz Spray bottle:
  • Add 6 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Fill will distilled water
  • Use 8 drops of Lemongrass to deter mosquitoes
  • Be careful to avoid their eyes when spraying.

Skin Inflammation Blend:

This blend can be diluted and used for equine aromatherapy or applied to the skin. Reduce quantities if applying topically.

  • 10 drops Chamomile
  • 8 drops Geranium
  • 8 drops Lavender

Wellness Aroma Blend:

The perfect blend for any occasion this blend provides immune support, respiratory support and pain relief all while encouraging peace and calm for both horse and owner.

  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 8 drops Frankincense
  • 6 drops Juniper Berry
  • 6 drops Ylang Ylang

The key to effective essential oil care is finding which oils and combinations your horse responds to. If you’re in harmony with your horse, you’ll be able to tell which oils they prefer. When choosing oils for your horse, choose them like you would for yourself; they’ll have similar effects with your horse. Educate yourself, experiment with the oils and methods and reap the powerful benefits of essential oils with your horse and in your life.

If you love being with horses and want to work on personal issues the horses and I can help. Feel free to give me a call for a FREE consultation! I can be reached at 970-682-4405 or via email at andrea@witherswhisper.com. I look forward to helping you find answers that are deep within.