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Help Horses Beat The Heat

Author: Sandy R.
Skill: Energy Worker
Date: 08-11-2010
Views: 4,812
Word Count: 312
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 4541-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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When the thermometer temperatures are on the rise, I let Peppermint Essential Oil cool me and keep my horse comfy.

* Sponge Baths: I love to put just a drop or two of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils into a bucket of cool water and then give the horses a sponge bath in the mornings. Peppermint and Lavender are my favorite oils to use. The horses stay cool, calm and relatively bug free all day, even in hot weather!

* Drinking Water: Add a few drops to the horse's water trough. Start with a single drop so they get used to the taste for a few days. Most horses LOVE the taste of Peppermint! Work your way up to a few drops in the water trough. This adds a refreshing, cooling effect that lasts longer than plain water.

* Shampoo Baths: Need A Cool, Clean Horse? Add 1-2 drops of Peppermint to Animal Scents Shampoo for a cooling, soothing, chemical free bath.

* Misting: Spritz the stall, horse trailer, yourself! Add 1-10 drops of Peppermint to a 4 ounce glass Spritzer bottle mixed with distilled water, Aloe Vera Juice or Witch Hazel for a hydrating, refreshing lift.

* Cool Ice: Freeze a container of water with a few drops of Peppermint to make a big Peppermint Ice Cube. Use this in the water trough, water bucket or feed dish. For variation, add in some horse treats, carrots, apples, etc to encourage your horse to go for the cube!

* Cool Feet: Dab a few drops of Peppermint around the coronet band.

* Cool Feed: Use a few drops right in your horses feed, mix with a bit of water. Start with just a drop so they get used to the taste. Increase the amount over several feedings as they adjust to the taste.

These are just a few of my favorite ways to help keep horses cool in the summertime heat.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: temperature-regulation — "[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
2.Associated topics: temperature-regulation — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
3.Associated topics: bug-repellent-/-deterrent — "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link

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