Doterra essential oil for horses with colic

Signs of colic in horses is a very stressful time for many horse owners including ourselves, but is there a simple and effective solution?

Signs of colic in horsesThis article comes from personal experience of treating gas colic with our horses over the last 40 years, so please don’t see this as veterinarian advice.

Furthermore, we are discussing gas colic and not a colic caused by a blockage which will need a vet straight away.

Colic in horses is just one of the many realities of having a horse, of course some horses are suffering less than others but keeping your horses diet simple and hay clean of mold and toxins as well as plenty of excises are some of the methods of reducing the problem.

In addition to the preventive methods, one method we have found that works well is essential oils, however I would like to add that the essential oils need to be therapeutic grade essential oils and not the cheap ones, because the cheaper oils are made to be used in diffusers and not for consumption, especially for animals like horses that tend to have sensitive stomachs.

The first signs of colic in horses

The first suggestion that your horse has gas colic is that they will look or kick their stomach. A further stage will be when they are in distress or they are laying on the ground. If you walk into your stable and your horse does not raise to greet you, there is a big problem, so first thing is to attempt to make the horse stand. Once the horse is standing listen to its stomach, if you can hear a clanging sound like coins being dropped into a metal bucket your horse has probably got gas colic. If it is silent, it is a blockage and you should call the vet straight away.

What now…..

  1. The first tried and tested method is that you need to move your horse (if possible up and down a hill)
  2. Ask a friend or someone in the stable to prepare the recipe below or alternatively ask someone to walk your horse while you prepare the recipe (it will take 10 – 15 minutes)
  3. Offer your horse the recipe and continue walking

Doterra oils for horses colic recipe

This method works very well on the digestive system and helps reduce gas.

Firstly try to encourage your horse to drink, if your horse refuses try warm water and molasses.


Doterra oils for horsesDoterra Peppermint oil or Fennel oil – 5 – 10 drops

Linseed flour – 2 dl


Mix the Linseed flour with water and leave until it becomes jelly

Add Doterra Peppermint oil or Fennel oil

Offer the mixture to your horse, it may not accept it the first time, but keep trying until it does. Once your horse has taken the mixture start walking your horse for as long as it takes. This goes without saying that if this method does see results within a few hours and your horse become worse call the vet.

When do I know that the essential oil for horses has worked?

While you are walking your horse, periodically listen to its stomach for the clanging sound. If the sound continues, then continue walking, if you hear normal stomach sounds continue walking for 10 minutes more and allow your horse to rest, however check the stomach sounds for the next few hours. If you wish after two or three hours offer a lighter dose of the Doterra oils for horses colic recipe to be sure the stomach is moving, but no feed for the next 24 hours, apart from a handful of dry hay at feeding time.

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Doterra essential oils for horses uses and benefits

Horse owners all over the world are beginning to understand the health benefits of Doterra essential oils for horses

Doterra essential oils for horsesAromatherapy has been used on humans for many, many years as a complimentary therapy for a large range of ailments. Horses too can also reap the benefits. Here are some common ailments that have been seen to benefit from complimentary aromatherapy. Below I have presented a few Doterra Essential Oil Remedies that has work for us.

Doterra remedies from top to tail

Behavioral troubles

Fear, crib biting, spookiness and worry are all common behavioral problems that can be soothed the by Doterra essential oils for horses.

Different scents can be used for different causes/effects. Each horse is different so it is advised that you trail and error approach in order to see which oil works with the behavioral problems your horse has. However lavender has always been seen as a safe, natural and relaxing oil, so this would be a good oil to start with.

Doterra oils for horses recipe for hot legs

There is a commonly used mix that can be made in large quantities, making it very useful on competition yards or when eventing in teams. This is very versatile mixture.

Heat in the legs recipe

  • 4 parts peppermint oil
  • 2 parts juniper berry oil
  • 1 part yarrow oil

Doterra remediesThis Doterra essential oils for horses mixture can be added to a base gel to make a cooling preparation for application to legs etc. It can also be added to water to dilute and soak bandages or leg wrap in. When these are then applied to the horses legs they will provide cooling properties to tired legs. This is very rewarding and therapeutic after a long days exercise. The amount of oil to dilution depends on the quantity you have made etc. An hour applied to the legs in this way will be just what the horses legs need after a strenuous days competing.

Personally we have found that 5 drops of Doterra peppermint oil mixed with coconut oil works really well for the individual horse owner. Just put the oils together in the palm of your hand and rub straight onto the horses leg to reduce swelling.

Muscle Aches

  • 2 parts peppermint oil
  • 1 part rosemary oil
  • 1 part marjoram oil
  • 1 part ginger oil
  • 1 part yarrow oil
  • 1 part lavender oil

These ingredients should be blended with a base gel .

This mixture when applied is a wonderfully soothing and beneficial topical application when massaged in after a tiring and heavy workout with your horse.

  • Do not apply this to broken skin.

Treatment of mud fever

As most of us will be aware there are many products out there that can be used in the treatment of mud fever. These, whilst proven and often effective still use chemicals in one form or another that are usually man-made. Doterra oils for horses offers a way of treating mud fever with solely natural Doterra remedies ingredients.

Mud fever recipe

  • 2 parts tea tree oil
  • 1 part lavender oil
  • 1 part  yarrow oil
  • Half part garlic

Apply the oils with aloe vera or seaweed base gel. This can be applied twice a day for two weeks.

Uses of Doterra oils for horses

There are so many more uses of Doterra remedies with essential oils for treating and supporting ailments. It is important to mention that essential oils should not be used as a replacement for any treatments suggested by your veterinarian.

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