Thursday, December 3, 2015

Can Horses get Sensitized to oils too?

         Essential oils are wonderful for people and horses. But, I am passionate when it comes to safety issues. When using oils on horses, please ask yourself …What is the Purpose?  Why am I putting it on the skin?  If you are hoping to get it into the bloodstream fast, think again.  Inhalation (even with horses) has been proven to get into the blood stream fastest with little chance of sensitization. And remember horses have VERY acute senses of smell and just a little bit goes a long ways.  Oils are VERY powerful and should be diluted into a carrier before using 98% of the time.
          I have a daughter who is now sensitized to oils on her skin from years of undiluted oil use.  I feel bad that I didn’t know better 20 years ago.  So, now I feel it my duty to warn others.  I also have a horse who is sensitized to Citronella (and possibly other oils) from just using it in a fly spray.   So, PLEASE, PLEASE educate yourself and DO NOT apply oils without dilution to at least 10% or under for massage. Blends for emotional work can easily be diluted down to 5-15% and still be amazingly potent.
          You may think that horses skin is not as sensitive as a human's.  If that's truly the case, then WHY are you putting oils directly on the skin?  Why not take precautions and use less oil?
          The only times I use undiluted oils on a horse are for extreme first aid and/or serious bacterial or fungal infections in the hoof (such as thrush).  Helichrysm for bruises and Oregano, Thyme, Tea Tree and Rosewood for thrush.       Most recently I have used Peppermint for the swelling of laminitis in an "emergency" but it seemed to cause redness on the sensitive light skin of my white legged horse. I repented and applied coconut oil first subsequently. I also have applied oils to abscesses in the same manner.  I found that the oils of German Chamomile, Hyssop and Copaiba were effective for this.  I added oils to a base of Grandma Tuckfield's salve and painted it on the hoof with good results.
          There are no sure fire ways to ensure we do not become sensitized  but we can reduce the odds by proper dilution, reducing the frequency of use, reducing the area of application, and avoiding dermal application of those oils that are known sensitizers.

       If you want to do Raindrop (dripping oils on the spine) on your horse for whatever reason, PLEASE dilute down to 2% to 10% with coconut or other carrier oil.  The oils are powerful and will do their job.  AND you will save yourself some money by not using so much.

For some photos of what can happen to horses after "raindrop" therapy, take a look at this blog:

For more information see the page on "Sensitization".

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Inspired by "Spurrs", a popular Hoof, Wound and skin treatment for horses.  Used to condition hooves, treat fungus,   heal and disinfect wounds and treat skin conditions such as rain rot, hair loss, dandruff.  Said to aid in hair regrowth and help brittle wall, thrush and White line disease.  I have personally used it on our horses and it cleared up a nasty skin condition of losing hair and dandruff. (that we had been battling for 2 years with other remedies.)
I reduced the iodine and alcohol from the commercial version and added a few "special" ingredients.

Mix essential oils with glycerin in the bottom of a quart jar.
1/3 c. glycerin
4 ML Tea Tree
2 ML White Thyme
2 ML Corn Mint (or Peppermint)
1 ML Patchouli
10 drops Eucalyptus
Then add:
8 ML Iodine tincture
3/4 C. Witch Hazel
1 cup colloidal silver
1/2 C. Lavender hydrosol
Fill the rest of the jar with Solar Water (water that has been in the sun in a blue bottle for at least 1 hour).  Shake well before each use.

Glycerin is a humectant, alcohol based and helps the oils to dissolve.  It is NOT petroleum based and is slightly antiseptic.
Iodine:  antiseptic and disinfectant effective on bacteria, fungus, protozoa and viruses.
Witch hazel:  astringent used for itching, inflammation, bruises, skin irritations. Said to help repair broken skin, reduce swelling and fight bacteria.
Colloidal silver:  antiseptic effective against most bacteria and possibly viruses.
White Thyme is powerful antiseptic used for bruises, cuts, insect bites, edema, sprains.  Especially potent against staph and viruses.
Tea Tree is another powerful antiseptic especially used for fungus, bites and stings, cuts, rashes, blisters and viruses.
Corn Mint is a type of mint  that is also antiseptic and antibacterial, high in menthol.
Patchouli is also a very healing antiseptic oil used for cracked and chapped skin, fungal infections, allergies, insect bites.  It is soothing, anti-inflammatory, antiviral,  and a tissue regenerator.
Eucalyptus is also an antiseptic used for wounds, burns, allergies, ulcers.
Lavender Hydrosol  possesses different qualities than the oil.  It helps to balance the skin, is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory.  Good wound cleanser and has calming properties. This particular hydrosol I produced myself from organic lavender grown on my property.

I do offer some for sale, 16 oz spray bottle for $18 plus shipping.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Distilling Tansy

I often distill my own oils.  I have distilled Tansy, Chocolate Mint, Peppermint, Melissa, Santolina, Sagebrush and Lavender.

Here is Fresh Fernleaf Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare var. crispin)One batch produced about 3 ml of oil and some hydrosol. This one is POWERFUL and needs major diluting for any purpose. I use it as an insecticide with the horses and on other plants.

This oil apparently has up to 40% camphor and it surely smells like it. Another use is like "moth balls" in cedar chests.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Rain Cove

Especially created for diffusing and help for respiratory problems and colds.  Also can be used on the feet and toes for “refreshment”. (Dilute for this purpose.) Has been known to assist in dissolving bone spurs.  

Wonderful combination of 4 kinds of eucalyptus, spruce, marjoram, cajeput, cypress, peppermint, pine, lemon tea tree, myrtle, spearmint

10 ml=$14, undiluted only

Outback Blue

Unique blend of oils from Australia.  Mainly for physical healing.  Anti-septic, anti-bacterial, intended for diffusing, inhalation and air cleansing, especially during winter months.  Use for fatigue, throat infections, general respiratory relief, insect repellent, skin rash and irritations, shingles, cold sores, insect bites. Dilute with appropriate carrier oil before using on skin.

 Contains:  Blue cypress, Kunzea, Australian Sandalwood, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Tea Tree, Eucalyptus dives, Rosalina, Nerolina

10 ml= $9, $16


North Coyote Buttes Cairn to the Wave

Provides a protective and cleansing barrier against skin challenges. Formulated for cuts, scrapes, bruises.   Also for cleansing the air through diffusion. A fabulous source of oils high in antiseptic action.  If using directly on the skin, dilute with appropriate carrier oil.  Do not apply directly to broken skin.

 Contains:  Rosewood, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Rosemary, clove, Thyme, Linalol, Lemon Tea Tree

10ML=$8, $15

High Rain

Created especially for head and neck imbalances and pain.  The name rhymes with Migraine. Has a myriad of physical benefits including: Muscle spasms, Insect bites, muscular aches, bronchitis, colds, coughs. It is anti-spasmodic, restorative (for nerves and adrenal cortex)and contains oils extremely high in antimicrobial activity.   Has a myriad of emotional benefits including help with: Mental fatigue. Great for diffusing.  Dilute well before massage.  Use on feet and toes, back or wrists.

Contains: Basil, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lavender, Roman chamomile, Wild Orange, Lemon, Rosemary, Helichrysum, Rose

10 ml=$12, $22

Eucalyptus Grove

 Fly to warmer and more tropical climates.  Venture into a fragrant, eucalyptus grove, but with a diversity of healing woods, leaves, and herbs.  Especially good for diffusing with a focus on respiratory problems. Many components for antiseptic properties and healing. May be used on the skin, but dilute with appropriate carrier oil and limit to feet and spine.

Contains:   4 kinds of eucalyptus, ravensara, Fennel, lemon, birch, coriander, petitgrain, yarrow, cardamom, Clary sage, blue tansy, Rosemary, marjoram, cypress, juniper, rosewood, sandalwood

10 ml=$10, $18


This one is a detoxifier, helping with fluid retention and lymphatic congestion. Dilute well and use for massage in areas of congestion, especially good for the feet and legs. Do not use on skin that will be exposed to sunlight.

 Contains:  Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Basil

10ml=$7, $12 

Dark Horse

A dark horse is a little-known or unlikely person or thing that emerges to prominence.      This blend seems unlikely, but  seems to offer strength and energetic protection to those who need it.  Helps those who are feeling vulnerable and insecure or who have lost their purpose. Designed to support releasing addictions or dissolving anger barriers. Use for emotional stability, courage, acceptance, confidence and persistence.  Use on a diffuser pendant.
 Dilute well and use sparingly on feet or spine. Use for anointing Earth or Ether Toes.   
Contains: geranium, roman chamomile, carrot seed, clary sage, rosemary, fennel, blue tansy, German chamomile

10 ml=$11, $20

Companion Stones:  Black Jasper, Dark Horse Agate, Onyx, Flint, Black Tourmaline