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Positive Equine Response To The Oils

Author: Deborah C.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 07-20-2011
Views: 3,717
Word Count: 470
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 6131-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I was graciously invited to be part of a healing retreat of Methodist pastors one hot August in the Upper Mississippi region where I would present the Healing Oils of the Bible class. The retreat was located at a beautiful horse property where they happened to be running a seminar for new horse owners and their horses to work with through the usual issues.

Imagine an indoor arena full of equines and humans, all their learned habits, biases and fears smoldering in the humid heat. Someone always has to go out and buy that pretty high spirited Arab, another horse was head shy, another fought being mounted by the rider... and no doubt, the humans were as afraid of getting hurt as the horses. It was an emotional melting pot.

I chatted with the instructor during breakfast and mentioned how one of our oil blends might help things flow more constructively for everyone and she asked if I would speak to the class and demonstrate before they began the day. I mentioned how humans and horses clearly communicate every emotion, and quickly develop learned responses that can become frustrating to work through.

There must have been 12 horses and riders, and each came forward for a drop of Valor (blend) which they offered to the horse to smell, then rubbed on the horse's muzzle, perhaps around ears... if the horse wanted it. Then another drop for the rider to apply to the back of their neck and inhale. This to promote clear and fluid communication between horse and rider. The rest was up to fate.

I concluded with, "See how this works, I'll look forward to hearing about it later." As I headed out for the day, one student (a doctor as it was) pulled up and asked how long the oils would last? I replied, "You tell me... tonight!"
Later that evening, the doctor bellowed, "I sure wish you'd come back around 1 pm, cause that's when those oils wore off. Four hours. And the seminar went on for another 4-5 hours in the heat. Apparently it got pretty intense. Whatever issue showed up with either horse or rider, that's what they worked with. It takes a lot of honesty, courage and energy to move beyond the fear and build on that trust.

Imagine that one drop of Valor would last on an 800 to 900 lb horse for four hours. Mostly I find four hours to be the average time of potent response, though Valor does act as a foundation all day long, and it's an excellent way to end the day and de-program for sleep.

Fun stuff. Maybe you know someone who works with horses in some way who would be willing to experiment and give you feedback, and I am certain it will all be good!

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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: behavior,emotions-/-feelings — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
3.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
4.Associated topics: behavior,emotions-/-feelings — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
5.Associated topics: behavior — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
6.Associated topics: behavior — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
7.Associated topics: behavior — "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
8.Associated topics: behavior,emotions-/-feelings — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link

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