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What I Did For Two Of My Horses Colic Episodes


Author: Lucille C.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 02-20-2009
Views: 13,218
Word Count: 447
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 3363-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Horse colic (#1) - My yearling filly Gidget wasn't feeling well. She was standing apart from the herd, wasn't eating and was just not herself. I checked my essential oils reference book for colic and it suggested a product called the DiGize oil blend which I didn't have. When I checked the ingredients of DiGize I had two of the ingredients (Peppermint and Lemongrass).

I took Gidget into the barn, put 5 drops Lemongrass and 5 drops Peppermint with about 10 drops carrier oil in my hand. I rubbed my hands together and put my hands up towards her, she stepped forward and put her nose right by my hands and deeply inhaled. I then took some of the oil and rubbed the insides of her ears and the remaining oil on my hands I "rubbed off" along her spine. Within 1 minute, she had a bowel movement. I let her out of the barn and she joined the herd and started eating.

Horse colic (#2) - Our three year old filly Dru came in to the barn for the night, ate her oats and then immediately lay down... this is NOT usual. She stood up again and started forcefully swishing her tail. These are both signs of colic. She lay down again within 2 minutes and my husband got her up haltered and started walking her while I ran to the house to check what to do again for colic in the reference book.

Again I didn't have the DiGize product but did have Lemongrass and Peppermint. As this case appeared worse than #1 case, I also decided to take FOUR capsules of the Young Living product "Digest + Cleanse" and squirt the oils from the capsule into a syringe... I then also put Equilic (like molasses) in the syringe.

We squirted the Digest + Cleanse/Equilic mixture in her mouth. I then took Lemongrass and Peppermint, mixed it with carrier oil (EVOO) and rubbed this mixture along both front coronet bands, along both flanks towards umbilical area, in both of her ears and then let her smell my hands.

To be on the safe side we called our vet and requested she come over. By the time she arrived, Dru had 2 bowel movements and the vet said we obviously had been doing something right. The vet gave her a shot of Banamine and advised we walk her for another 10 - 15 minutes.

We started walking her again and about 10 minutes into the walk she literally jumped off the ground with all four feet, made a loud squealing noise, kicked her back legs and passed a horrendous amount of gas. She was fine from there on in.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: colon-/-gut-/-intestines-/-bowels — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
4.Associated topics: colon-/-gut-/-intestines-/-bowels — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
5.Associated topics: gas-/-fart-(Flatulence),colon-/-gut-/-intestines-/-bowels — "A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
6.Associated topics: gas-/-fart-(Flatulence),colon-/-gut-/-intestines-/-bowels — "In traditional folk medicine, tarragon [Artemisia dracunculus L. (Asteraceae)] has been used for treatment of pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.... This study reported the peripheral and central antinociceptive activity of the EOAD [essential oil of A. dracunculus] and rationalized the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of different painful conditions."Link
7.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link
8.Associated topics: gas-/-fart-(Flatulence),colon-/-gut-/-intestines-/-bowels — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link

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