Today I will talk about the use of essential oils and how it applies to use with horses; We will explore some of their stories, how they may have been misled by some information about their safe use, and even how they work.
Essential Oils have been around for hundreds of years and in today’s world more and more people are turning to their use for use on them and on their animals and specifically on the horse.
The use of these various oils within the equine industry has a somewhat limited historical framework, since it has only begun to be accepted in recent years. The acceptance of the use of essential oils has allowed many new advances within specific equine-based protocols. We have been using our own proprietary essential oil blends for over three years and have given us a better understanding of what to look for and how to relate to your horse’s specific need.
Going back to the bottom of essential oils; Each oil contains hundreds of compounds that have been found useful in many different ways to help with specific problems. People have asked: “What will a certain essential oil do?”; Well, the right question should be “What do you want essential oil to do?” The truth of the matter is that an Essential Oil can and often reacts differently for every individual or animal that comes its way. It is at this point that you must learn to trust the reaction of your body or that of your animal to the oil that appears. The important point to keep in mind is that each individual oil is a mixture of compounds and that the oil itself is never a single organic compound. Remember, there is an old saying “The nose knows”.
So now that we have covered how people and animals respond to the use of these oils, let’s see how they really work. As we now know, essential oils are compiled from many different compounds in a single oil, and our bodies, as well as our animals, have comparative compounds that allow them to interact with the seven major organ systems, such as; the lymphatic system, the nervous system, the digestive system, etc. This re-analyzes the root of the problem and see what can be done to correct it; and not focus on the symptom of the problem itself. If you are going to focus on caring for only one symptom, you will never address the root of the problem; The only results you will receive are additional symptoms. Essential oils are known to treat both the physical and emotional sides of any problem that arises.
We continually emphasize that when working with horses and presented with the use of Essential Oils, it should always be done using “Aromatherapy” rather than any other method. We follow this path due to the fact that there are some essential oils that should not be digested and it is always better to be too cautious and not create a problem. The second reason we emphasize this method is that many oils in full force can harm a horse’s skin, as its skin is more sensitive than human skin. Horses, to safely use a Topically Applied Essential Oil, need the oil to be diluted to just a factor of 2.5% to contain the actual oil or oil blend; that is, that a “carrier” oil must be 97.5%. The proprietary essential oil blends we use are diluted to a 2.5% ration and are safe to use topically as well as through the use of aromatherapy.
In fact, we have a video that shows how we introduce all the horses we work with to our proprietary essential oil blends located at https://youtu.be/7s__Gikr7KM. This video verbally explains and visually shows the process we go through to introduce oils to the horses we work with.
Another important point to note is that there are no proteins in any essential oil, so there can be no allergic reaction to any of these oils. It is the proteins in various items that create an allergic reaction to that specific item.
In case you’re wondering how all of this comes together and interacts; It is basically accomplished through a very small area of the brain. In fact, the area I am referring to is the size and shape of an almond. That part of the brain is called “Amygdala”, which is more or less involved with the emotion of your horse. The emotion referred to here, when looking at the horse’s brain, based on fear and anger; This emotion is not feeling sad, being proud or any other point that we experience. It is much more in the area of being primitive as well as instinctive and reacting that way.
The amygdala is part of the brain’s “limbic system” consisting of this same primitive area. It is this brain system that leads to many of your horse’s unsolved problems and where they tend to be located. All the factors that have affected them in the past, the ones they couldn’t understand or relate to, are stored here and presented from time to time. The reason why I present this point is that this is one of the main areas of stress production control and it is the area that can be most affected by the use of essential oils, since this area is directly affected through from the nostrils. . Stress produces fear and fear produces an escape response, so being able to relate to the real problem helps both to understand the root of the problem and to give us a path to follow that will allow us to correct the problem.
Knowing all this, let’s take a look at the future and the role that Essential Oils can play throughout the Equine Industry in the coming years. I believe that the use of essential oils and the knowledge necessary to use them correctly will expand enormously. There will also be a greater acceptance of the use of these oils throughout the equine community and I base that on the fact that people are beginning to understand that many of these oils are used and have been used in many products they purchase.
Let’s look at a simple product that has been marketed for decades, the “Bengay” cream that has been used for years as a topical cream to relieve aches and pains. 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 understand that they have been using the properties of many oils for years and without knowing it. It has also shown that the capabilities of these oils are proven and accepted, but not openly.
I have seen real acceptance of the use of essential oils by horses, if not by owners in many cases. I have found that horses don’t lie, it will work or not, it’s that simple. On that I base my prediction of the future growth of the use of these oils within the equine community, of course there will be opposition, but the opposition can be overcome with education and dedication. We will continue to work with the entire equine community to expand the use of essential oils and other alternative protocols; simply because we understand them and know that they work.
My work with horses and owners is dedicated to the thousands of horses that I have had the distinct pleasure to meet. learn from and allowed into their lives. That acceptance has given me the insight that is necessary for the understanding of their world and how I had to alter my thoughts and actions to become the same as theirs. These horses started out as my clients, became my friends, then my teachers and finally my mentors. For that, I am forever grateful. Learn more about Bob and subscribe to his blog at http://www.NewWaveTherapy.com
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