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.

Ingredients

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

Linseed flour – 2 dl

Instructions

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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Alternative natural remedies for horses

Doterra oils for horses is just one of the alternatives to traditional veterinary and one that sure be much considered

Doterra oils for horsesTraditional veterinary medicine, much like in the human world, is often based on treating symptoms rather than the cause, or the underlying problem. Alternative natural remedies for horses, on the other hand, are ancient forms of treatment that take a holistic veterinary care approach to the whole body, mind, and spirit of the horse, to treat the underlying causes of problems manifesting in the body, and promote an overall sense of well being.

There are many types of alternative natural remedies for horses used to treat a large range of problems that your horse may be experiencing. It is recommended that alternative treatments be used regularly as a preventative treatment such as Doterra oils, rather than having to use them as a treatment after damage has been done such as horse liniment a widely used product. Below are some of the most commonly practiced alternative therapies for equine treatment, and well being.

A list of natural remedies for horses

Acupuncture

Acupuncture, as an alternative therapy, which uses tiny needles inserted into meridians, or certain parts of the horse’s body, to maintain the horses balance, as well as promote good overall health. The examination and treatment requires close observation of the horse to identify the points of the body that need the treatment.

Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic treatments also need close observation of the horse, after a close observation the horse’s body is then manipulated to improve the flexibility of the horses spine, and joints. Horse chiropractic therapy is much the same as human chiropractic therapy and can increase the performance of a horse by moving joints into place to assist with overall performance.

Body Work

Bodywork is the term for another natural remedy that uses massage therapy, which treats soreness in the horse’s muscles. Unlike chiropractic therapy; bodywork concentrates on the horses muscles, rather than joints. This therapy is used to promote efficient movement by taking away the soreness in the horse’s muscles.

Homeopathy

Using naturally occurring substances diluted down to minute particles are the basics of homeopathy medicine. This therapy is used for treating diseases in a horse’s body. Homeopathy is an ancient Chinese form of medicine, which has been used successfully with horses and humans alike to treat a large range of diseases, and illnesses. Homeopathy is usually used along with other alternative therapies, such as chiropractic, bodywork, and acupuncture.

Essential oils and horses

Essential oils and horsesAromatherapy for horses such as calming essential oils for horses, assist in healing, and promote a sense of wellness. Aromatherapy is often used alongside herbs in a horse’s diet, to reduce irritation of the digestive tract, for better overall health, and well being. It is great how well essential oils  works with such oils like peppermint for joint pains or swelling legs. From our experience the best oil for horses is Doterra oils for horses because the therapeutic properties are worth paying a little more.

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Other Physical Therapies

There are many physical therapies being introduced to treat pain in horse’s tissues, and bones. Some of these therapies are known as magnetic therapy, laser therapies, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound, and are often used by veterinarians.

In most cases, the horse body can heal itself without medicines, synthetic, or alternative. But when natural therapies are used, they provide quicker healing times, and a feeling of overall well being, which will put the horses body into the healing mode faster, and possibly reduce healing times considerably.

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