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.