Essential Oil Recipes for Horses
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  • Only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

  • Know your horse’s health status and the medications and supplements they are currently taking.

  • DO NOT use oils in eyes, ears, or nose of your horse.

  • Use Caution with topical application of “hot” oils such as Oregano, Thyme, Clove, Cassia, and Cinnamon – dilution may be needed for these oils.

  • DO NOT use water to dilute an essential oil that you’ve already applied. Rather, dilute with a carrier oil, like vegetable oil or fractionated coconut oil.

  • DO NOT apply oils after bathing while the horse is still wet.

  • DO NOT use essential oils at the same time as another topical medication, including dermal patches.

  • DO NOT apply oils to the saddle area prior to riding.

  • Caution should be used around animals that are pregnant, nursing, young, or on certain medications.

  • Oils to avoid during pregnancy: Arborvitae, Basil, Birch, Cassia, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Thyme, Wintergreen.

  • Observe your horse’s behavior when using or applying essential oils.

  • In the event of an adverse reaction, dilute with a carrier oil – skin irritation is the most common, and most reactions are resolved within 24–48 hours after oil exposure.