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Spooked Injured Horse Responded To The Oils


Author: Sherlene T.
Date: 04-27-2009
Views: 4,132
Word Count: 521
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 3503-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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While out riding my very fit, but spooky 22 year old gelding, he spooked at yet another scary object. This time as he tried to escape the boogie man hiding in road guard rails, his back legs went out from under him and he did an equine version of "the splits."

In fear, he tried to race away but was doing a weird trot for about 100 metres. I noticed he was then limping and dismounted. The gelding was in pain and unable to put his hoof on the ground and was holding his leg suspended above the ground. I was sure we'd have to float him home and get a vet out, but after a while he could manage to put some weight on the leg and I led him home.

When we got home he was not able to keep weight on either of his back legs as he continually and frequently shifted his weight between both of them every 3 or 4 seconds changing legs.

It caused me to think that the horse didn't have a broken or dislocated leg, but had sustained soft tissue damage (sprain) and we were dealing with inflammation. I mixed up my blend using 10 drops each of Wintergreen, Idaho Balsam Fir, Clove, (would have used Palo Santo but was out of it).

Then I added Lemongrass for soft tissue regeneration and Cypress for circulation/swelling. I think I threw in the Valor oil blend because I was concerned about the gelding's spinal discs becoming crushed in his fall.

I diluted the oils in pure vegetable oil and applied them along his spine right from the withers to the tail head and then on the back coronet bands and the leftover oil was put on muscles near his stifles.

The amazing thing was that within 10 minutes the gelding stopped shifting the weight between his back legs and was standing squarely on both legs. He was no longer appearing worried or demonstrating pain, and he began to eat his hay. I monitored his limbs and pelvis area for swelling, but no swelling ever occurred.

I thought that even if there was no swelling, there must still be pain for the old horse, so I supposed he could not be ridden again for a long time. However he never limped again or showed any signs of pain in his legs and when I saw him trotting around the paddock the next day, I was impressed.

Eventually, after 4 days, I cautiously got back on him and we went for a shorter than usual ride. He still was ready to give me a quick trip back to the barn, so I figured that he was in no pain at all and that the oils worked brilliantly to take out his pain from that sprain.

In this case, I found the essential oils cheaper than a vet bill and more quickly acting and longer lasting than a shot of bute!

I am going to take some of the Peace & Calming oil blend on our next ride, to wave under the gelding's nose, just in case we see some more scary guard rails.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "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
2.Associated topics: spine,muscle-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
3.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
4.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
5.Associated topics: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
6.Associated topics: inflammation — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "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
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Phytogenic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are currently discussed as promising complementary agents in prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed to evaluate possible protective and curative effects of broccoli extract (BE) and of the essential oils of turmeric (Cuo), thyme (To), and rosemary (Ro) in a rat model with a mild dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced colitis.... We conclude that the phytogenic additives tested have a promising anti-inflammatory potential in vivo and a particular role in the prevention of IBD."Link

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