Today I will be discussing the use of Essential Oils and how it works in use with horses; we will examine some of their histories, how you might be misled by some information about their safe use, and how they work.
Essential oils themselves have been around for centuries and in today’s world more and more people are turning to their own uses for themselves and their animals and especially the horse.
The use of these various oils within the equine industry has a relatively short period of history as it began to be accepted a few years ago. It has been the acceptance of the use of essential oils that has allowed for much improvement within certain agreements made for equine. We have been using our Essential Oil Blends for more than three years and have provided us with a better understanding of what to look for and how to meet a specific need for your horse.
Going back to the essential oil industry; Each oil contains hundreds of compounds that have been found to be helpful in many different ways to help with specific problems. People have asked, “What will some essential oil do?”; Well, the right question should be “What do you want Essential Oil to do?”. The fact of the matter is that Essential Oil can and does react differently to the individual or animal introduced to it. It is at this point that you have to learn to trust your body, or your pet’s reaction to the fat delivered. An important point to note is that each individual oil is a compound of compounds and the same oil has never been a single natural compound. Remember, there is an old saying “The nose knows”.
So now that we have covered how people and animals react to the use of these oils, let’s look at how they actually work. As we now know, Essential Oils are composed of many different chemicals in one flour and our bodies, as well as our animals, have comparable chemicals that allow them to combine with seven major organ systems, such as; lymphatic system, nervous system, digestive system, and so on. Going back to this is to analyze the root of the problem and to see what can be done to improve it; and do not focus on the problem itself. If you focus on caring for just one symptom you will not be able to address the root of the problem; results you will only get for additional symptoms. Essential oils are known to be able to treat both the body and the emotional side of any problem that arises.
We always emphasize that when working with horses and appreciating the use of Essential Oils it always needs to be done using “Aromatherapy” rather than the other way around. We follow this procedure because there are other Essential Oils that should not be digested and it is always best to be extra careful and you can cause a problem. A second reason for emphasizing this approach is that many oils with their full potential can damage a horse’s skin because their skin is more sensitive than human skin. For horses, the safe use of the Essential Oils requires that only 2.5% of the oil or oil mixture be purified; that is, the “carrier” oil needs to be 97.5%. The Proprietary Essential Oil Blends we use are diluted at a rate of 2.5% and are safe to use topically and aromatherapy.
Another important point to be made is that there is no protein in any of Essential Oil, so there can be no allergies to any of these oils. Proteins in various substances form an excessive reaction to that substance.
In that case you might wonder how all of this comes together and how it works together; it is accomplished by using one very small area of the brain. In fact, the area I am talking about is about the size and shape of almonds. That part of the brain is called the “Amygdala” which is most sensitive to the emotions of your horse. The emotion referred to here, in reference to the horse’s brain, is based on fear and anger; this feeling does not make you feel sad, proud, or any of the points we face. It is very much in the natural and natural environment of the family and responds that way.
The Amygdala is part of the brain’s “limbic system” that contains this ancient site. It is this brain system that leads to many of your horse’s unresolved problems and where they are usually found. All things that have touched them in the past, those that they did not understand or relate to are kept here and brought forward from time to time. The reason I bring this point forward is that this is one of the main and controlling areas for pressure production and is the most affected area using Essential Oils since this area is directly affected by nasal passages. Stress produces fear and panic produces a flight response, so being able to communicate with a real problem helps both understand the root of the problem and gives us a way to follow it that will allow for problem solving.
Knowing all of this let’s look at the future and the role Essential Oils can play across the Equine Industry over the next few years. I believe that the use of Essential Oils and the knowledge needed to use them properly will greatly increase. The use of these oils in the entire horse community will be widely accepted and I support the fact that with the fact that people are beginning to understand that most of the oil has been used and used in many of the products they receive.
Let’s take a look at one simple product that has been sold for decades, the “Bengay” cream that has been used for years as a negotiating cream for pain relief and pain. The main active ingredient is Methyl salicylate and the active ingredient in Wintergreen Essential Oil is methyl salicylate; The only difference is that Bengay contains 30% methyl salicylate and Wintergreen Essential Oil contains 99% methyl salicylate. This type of information has opened the door for people to realize that they have been using oil-rich facilities for years without even knowing it. It has also shown that the power of these oils is visible and accepted, not just plain.
I have seen the real acceptance of the use of essential oils by horses, if not the owners in most cases. I’ve found that horses don’t lie, they’ll work or they won’t work, that’s easy. That is what I am predicting for the future growth of the use of these oils in the horse community, of course, there will be opposition, but opposition can be overcome with education and dedication. We will continue to work with the entire horse community to increase the use of Essential Oils and other alternative processes; just because we understand them and we know they work.