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Horse ScentsHorse Scents

We are bombarded daily with news and information about how the overuse of medications and chemicals are making our horses sick. There are ways to take care of your horse naturally...with no side-effects.

Horses are forage animals and are used to looking for plants that will assist in the regulation of their body systems. When these plants are distilled into high quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils, they affect all of the body’s systems. All oils have a complex of chemicals that interact with cells to promote cellular function and repair damage. Certain oils can affect the limbic system in the brain to modify behavior. Some oils are diffused for inhalation (aromatherapy), some are ingested, some are used topically, and some can be used all three ways. Here are a few suggested uses.

  • Lavender is wonderful for wounds (antibacterial and less scaring) and other skin conditions plus it’s a natural anti-histamine and has sedative compounds useful when needing to calm your horse.

  • Peace & Calming is a fragrant blend of oils useful when trailering, showing or whenever more serious calming is required. It may be rubbed on the nose and ears.

  • Coriander, Fennel, Ocotea, and Dill make a great combination for Cushing’s and Insulin Resistant horses to help balance glucose levels.

  • Always keep a bottle of Peppermint & Di-Gize handy for colic; it often relieves colic before the vet can arrive. Apply them on the gums and rub on the belly.

  • Melrose & Thieves are used to combat fungal infections like thrush and those crusty bumps in the ears.

This tip was brought to you by Sue Olmos (equine/canine myotherapist & H.E.A.R.T/Reiki practitioner) and KAM Animal Services, home of KAM’s “Equine Learning Circle” FREE webinars, which will take place twice a month starting in January. Go to www.kamanimalservices.com  to sign up for the January 10th (which will focus on your horse’s digestion and gut health) and January 31st (targeting balanced feed and supplements) webinars. For more information on essential oils contact: www.mybestfriendstherapy.com  and www.sueolmos.vibrantscents.com