Lavender, just let the name sink in a moment. What images come to your mind? For me, I picture tranquility. Beautiful purple flowers with a pleasant scent.
Are you looking for ways to improve your horse’s health and calmness in a natural way? You might want to look into the use of lavender oil. Lavender essential oil is well-known for its relaxation benefits.
Today we will be discussing using lavender oil for horses.
What is Lavender Essential Oil?
Lavender essential oil is just as it sounds, it comes straight from the lavender plant. Its health benefits were discovered well over 2,500 years ago. While you may think this oil is weak, it is actually very potent and can provide exceptional benefits for our beloved equine friends.
One of the first countries to use lavender essential oil was that of ancient Egypt. According to Dr. Axe, this oil was used for mummification, aromatherapy, and even for its antibacterial properties. The ancient Egyptians knew the power present in this plant, and we are just discovering how to use these benefits today.
This essential oil was used by the ancient Romans for purification, cooking, and even bathing. There are so many benefits present in this oil, it is no wonder it was a favorite of the Romans in early history.
Aromatherapy is an excellent treatment for stressed equines. Lavender essential oil has long been noted for its soothing abilities.
Just like with people, horses can become overworked and anxious. Stressed horses can be provided with lavender essential oil. Many horses will feel instant relaxation breathing in the calming scent of lavender.
One of the best ways to use lavender oil is the “sniff test”. Just like with people, not all horses like the same thing. One of the best ways to tell is by allowing the horse to sniff the oil. If the horse likes the oil he will tip his ears forward and want to inhale more deeply.
Many people see an instant change in their horse after using lavender oil for aromatherapy. The horse will often lower their head, lick their lips, and look less agitated.
As horse lovers, we want the best for our horses. I am always looking for ways to improve their lives, and the lavender essential oil is a great resource to have around the barn
Natural Wound Care
You bring your horse in from the pasture and notice a cut on their body. You will now have to clean and treat the wound. We have all been there, in fact, it is a fairly common occurrence in life around the barn.
Instead of reaching for the antibiotic ointment, you may want to try lavender oil. Lavender oil has been proven to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This is a great wound treatment for minor cuts, scrapes, and scratches.
One of the best ways to apply lavender essential oil is to a clean wound. According to Dr. Axe, studies have shown that is can significantly improve the speed of healing on wounds.
Lavender essential oil can also be mixed with other oils. Some of the most common essential oils for wound care include tea tree oil, cinnamon essential oil, and clove essential oil.
If you plan on using lavender essential oil for wound care, please make sure it is diluted and mixed with a carrier oil. The more the essential oil is diluted it lessens the risk of irritation.
Some of the best carrier oils include coconut oil, sweet almost oil, and even olive oil.
One of the best formulas to follow for essential oil dilution is one drop of essential oil per teaspoon. To learn more about the proper dilution you can read How To Use Essential Oils For Horses.
Natural Pain Relief
Goodbye bute, hello lavender essential oil. Lavender essential oil has very good pain-relieving properties. It is not as strong as bute, but it can still provide gentle pain relief under certain circumstances.
One of the best uses of lavender oil is for massage. If your horse has sore muscles, when mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil it can work to relieve sore muscles quickly.
It is also an excellent choice for the arthritic horse. While there are many good supplements for arthritis, we always want to make our horses feel as comfortable as possible. Using lavender oil on arthritic knees and stiff areas can help ease the pain.
Studies are showing that not only can lavender essential oil reduces pain, but it can also reduce inflammation. Inflammation reduction is extremely helpful for our senior equines. Natural treatments can pack a powerful punch when they are applied correctly.
According to Dr. Axe, studies have shown that lavender essential oil can lessen pain from dialysis needles, as well as neck and back pain. This is an excellent treatment to try for horses suffering from minor pain.
At Natural Equestrians, we believe in the power of holistic medicine. Sometimes, traditional medicine is needed for our equine friends, and finding an integrative approach can prove a terrific solution.
Lavender Oil Saves The Day
Lavender essential oil has so many benefits that I believe it is a stable must-have. It has so many properties that can enhance the quality of life for our equine friends.
Whether you are looking to help your horse overcome anxiety and nervousness, treat wounds, or even reduce pain lavender essential can be an excellent addition to your horse routine.
As with anything horse health-related, if you have any questions it is important to ask your veterinarian. While we don’t love paying the vet bill, they can be an excellent advocate for horsey health!
Have you used essential oils for your horse? Why do you like lavender essential oil?
We would love to hear from you in the comments below! At Natural Equestrians we are advocates for horses and humans!
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