Top 10 Essential Oils for Horses
- August 21, 2017
- Savanna Simmons
Kristina Ellis, with The Oiled Equestrian, uses Essential Oils for and on herself and her horses. Read about my Q& A with her here.
These are the Top 10 oils Kristina recommends for horse owners to have on hand.
1. Balance: Balance is DoTERRA’s Grounding blend. I like to use this oil before each training ride, I find that it helps to keep my horses calm, “balanced’’ and eager to work and learn. My usual routine includes placing a drop in my hand and allowing my horse to smell, before rubbing on their forehead. I then place a drop on withers, dock of tail, and on each heel to help balance their energy and help them feel grounded.
2. Serenity: Serenity is DoTERRA’s Soothing Blend. I like to use Serenity, Balance, and Vetiver on myself and on my horse’s bridle to calm show time jitters, and on my horse’s halter before trailering.
3. On-Guard: OnGuard is DoTERRA’s Immune Blend. In addition to OnGuard oil (which I put a drop on grain or allow my horse to lick off my hand while away at shows), DoTERRA also has a nice cleaner concentrate that I use to clean and sanitize water buckets, stall walls, and I use the OnGuard Laundry Detergent on saddle pads, polos, etc.
4. Breathe: Breathe is DoTERRA’s Respiratory blend. I have some senior horses that occasionally have respiratory issues, and diffuse Breathe outside of their stall, as well as place a drop or two on their chest to help open airways.
5. Digestzen: Digestzen is DoTERRA’s Digestive blend. I consider this blend to be LIQUID GOLD, as horses are notoriously known to have digestive issues. Whenever one of my horses is having digestive upset or issues I give one drop orally, as well as rub a few drops on each side of flank.
6. Oregano: Oregano Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it a GREAT ingredient to use in hoof sprays.
7. Marjoram: Horses work hard, performance horses also tend to have muscle soreness and/or joint discomfort. Marjoram is a great oil to use with a carrier on trouble areas. I also use a drop or two in my hand and let my horse lick out of my hand.
8. Lavender: Lavender is a calming oil. It is a great oil to have on hand for bug irritations, and also great to use in an emergency situation when a horse and/or staff need to remain calm and quiet.
9. Melaleuca: Aka Tea Tree Oil is known to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties, which makes it a great choice to add in hoof and wound sprays.
10. Frankincense: Frankincense is also known for its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, and disinfectant properties. Frankincense blends well with other oils. My favorite wound spray is a blend of Lavender, Melaleuca, and Frankincense.
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...