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Aromatherapy for Happy and Healthy Horses

Toni Vckovski 26th November, 2018 644

A French chemist is regarded as a father of aromatherapy, who has also invented the word itself. In the course of his work at the beginning of the 20th century, he accidentally burned his hand and immediately plunged the burning wound in a little lavender essential oil. The pain and the wound healed faster than expected. The use of essential oils from plants for therapeutic purposes is called aromatherapy, which of course works just as effectively in horses as in humans!


Why? Essential oils are difficult to describe in a few lines. The materials usually used in dilute form can easily penetrate the tissues of the horse, enter the bloodstream, and then into the various organs of the horse. This is equally true for rubbing essential oil and, for example, inhalation. The material gets absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream.

Use of essential oil

Appropriate quality, well-rounded essential oils can be used for many purposes - including sedation, infections, anti-inflammation, cleansing airways, stomach complaints, and reducing symptoms of many illnesses. Most of the essential oils are antibacterial, and therefore they also support wound treatment.

How to use essential oils?

The safest use of essential oils is inhalation, which affects not only the functioning of the body but also the emotions of the horse.

It is important to know that the horse is only able to breathe through its nostrils and it has a great sense of smell. Thanks to this, they can efficiently sort the plants they need when grazing them.


There are several methods for the inhalation process itself. The most convenient solution is the use of an inhaler device developed for this purpose, which has a cable and battery version and is equivalent to the human inhaler device. If you decide to use this inhaler, it is advisable to familiarize yourself with the horse before treating it, as it is accompanied by a "knockout" along with the "awesome" look. This can make the horse easy to escape, and it is not a harmless device.

Essential oils are also excellent for use on the skin, through the skull. By rubbing, wound treatment, and curing the cracks, essential oils can quickly help your horse in healing faster.

Intravenous use of essential oils is recommended only with medical consultation first, as the required dose should be accurately understood!

Whatever method you choose to use essential oils, it is very important to know how to use them in advance. In any case, do not get into the therapy without testing- just drop a drop of diluted essential oil into the skin of your horse, to let it lightly detect whether they are allergic to it or not. If the horse is very sensitive, the skin will become red very soon. Even with less irritating substances, the allergic reaction occurs within about half an hour. To make sure that your horse is not sensitive to that essential oil, wait a few hours for the actual treatment.


No matter what kind of essential oil you buy you must keep on mind the following:

Depending on the quality of essential oil, there are 50-300 different biochemical elements in it. The less quality the preparation is, the less its component will be. For this reason, the essential oils available at a very low price will probably not have the same effect as we expect. As essential oils are increasingly popular, so there is more and faker on the market, that is, the essential oils that have undergone multiple distillations or diluted varieties. (It is not forbidden to falsify, because it is a rare treasure - for example, only 2-3 litres of oil can be extracted from half a ton of lavender!) These can be easily filtered because the original high-quality essential oils have a test number.

Aromatherapy for Happy and Healthy Horses

Aromatherapy for Happy and Healthy Horses - Learn how to use aromatherapy and how to use essential oils from plants for happy and healthy horses!

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