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Applying Essential Oils On A Show Horse


Author: Kendra K.
Skill: Veterinarian
Date: 05-23-2013
Views: 5,201
Word Count: 702
Questions Received: 3
Testimonial ID: 8585-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I love to use my essential oils to help me and my horse, not only get through a show with less stress, but feel better and place higher as well. I am privileged to own a very nice cutting horse, a 5 year old mare named Classy that I recently purchased and am now showing.

This is what I've found that works well to help our performance. The best thing is, Young Living essential oils are totally natural, safe, effective, non-toxic, and yet they move out of the bloodstream so fast that they will not test.

First of all, I start with the Valor oil blend as it is my absolute favorite of the oils. It's a blend exclusive to Young Living formulated to balance the body's energy. Its also called the chiropractor in a bottle and helps give confidence. I put a couple of drops of Valor on Classy's poll. (Top of head between ears)

Horses are like people, virtually all of them have some tension at their poll. I also put a drop on her sacrum and a drop at her tailhead. Keep in mind, as I'm putting the oils on her, I'm also getting the benefits as well, not only am I inhaling them (it is aromatherapy after all) but I'm getting them on my hand, so they are going into my bloodstream as well.

The second oil I use is the Harmony oil blend. It is exclusive to Young Living. It is my favorite to use on any horse I work on during show day as it helps bring the mind, body and environment into connection.

Harmony works particularly well on Classy as she tends to overreact to new environments. I rub a couple of drops around the coronet bands on her front feet, then let her breathe from the bottle for several seconds.

Because Classy is a nervous horse who has a tendency for ulcers, I also put a few drops of the DiGize oil blend on a cookie and feed it to her. This helps soothe her digestive system so its not complicating the entire situation.

I am very thankful that Classy is a very sound horse. It never hurts to do a little prevention though. I like to use some of the oils on any sore or stiff areas. We have two great formulas called Ortho-Ease and Ortho Sport which are massage oils blended with our Essential Oils that work great for larger areas of tightness.

Save the area under the saddle for after riding though just like any other liniment because it will heat the back up too much. You can use these on joints as well, I rub some on Classy's hocks and stifles.

Cutting horses, like reiners and reined cow horses continually beat up their hocks and stifles from all the stopping and turning they do. You can't use too much prevention on their joints. A little oil goes a long way too!

Now its time to saddle up and get going! In my show bag I put a bottle of the Peace & Calming oil blend. When I'm doing my final grooming and putting Classy's splint boots on and such, I take a big breath of Peace & Calming to calm my nerves. I also put a little on myself, usually on my wrists. If Classy is acting agitated at all, I will do the same for her, but by this point, its usually me who needs the help!

After showing, I like to help flush the toxins out of her muscles and joints. My favorite thing to do is to make a rinse with some warm water (if possible) and a little apple cider vinegar and add some oils.

I might add 3-5 drops of each of any of the following oils which are all soothing and good for inflammation - Copaiba, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Lavender, Idaho Balsam Fir, Basil, and/or Marjoram. Just adding a few drops of the Aroma Siez oil blend works fine too. If there are any really painful areas, I put the oils on undiluted. When I get home, I do the same thing for myself.

The best part is that often we leave the show feeling better than when we came!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: indigestion — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
2.Associated topics: indigestion — "Gastroprotective effects of Lemon essential oil: In ethanol model, CL (citrus lemon) and LIM (limonene) [component of Lemon] demonstrated 100% of gastroprotection.... In the indomethacin model, CL and LIM offered effective gastroprotection...."Link
3.Associated topics: stress — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
4.Associated topics: stress,indigestion — "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
5.Associated topics: indigestion — "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
6.Associated topics: indigestion — "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
7.Associated topics: stress — "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
8.Associated topics: stress — "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

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