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Do you feel like you have lost the horse you once knew?

I have been there and understand that feeling. I can’t believe that is was 6 years ago my vet recommended that I euthanize my mare. All the time and money spent on endless tests and supplements got me nowhere.

What will make you cringe, is the reality that…  Horses get put down every day with solvable problems. I didn’t believe it until I experienced this for myself.

We all have that horse we will never forget...

Fast forward to now, Pokey is healthy and thriving. It pains me to think what could have been had I listened and not found her solution.

Although, it is great that I found a way to help my mare come back to health… looking back there were tell tale signs that I missed that might have prevented her suffering!

Not all horses are at this point, but they are trying to communicate that dangerous digestive problems are present that could lead to major concerns. These signs are being shrugged off by vets and equine professionals…

That is why I designed 10 Telltale Signs That Your Horse is Suffering from Dangerous Digestive Problems, this is a free guide to help ensure you hear, what your horse might be trying to tell you.

Click here or the image below to download the guide today.

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Essential Oils vs Extract for Equine Wellness

Understanding the Difference between Essential Oils and Extracts

We here at Equine Essential Wellness want to help you, the horse owner, understand natural ways to promote the health and wellness of your horse. Essential oils is an option we like to focus on. These amazing powerhouses are great to utilize for promoting equine wellness! But in an unregulated market, it is important that you the consumer are educated on what to be on the look out for. The substitution of plant extract in your essential oils is one of the common concerns you need to be aware of.

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How does an Extract Compare to Essential Oils?

Although both may be used in aromatherapy, it is the essential oils which carry the therapeutic qualities and are best to be used when a therapeutic result is desired. Extracts are mainly used in perfumes or even in cooking.

The process of obtaining a plant extract varies from cold compressing or being soaked in a liquid such as an alcohol, in order to isolate a certain quality (aroma or flavor) from the plant. For essential oils steam distillation is the most popular method of extraction. This method, when done properly, will preserve the terpenes, esters, ketones, alcohols, and phenols of the plant itself. This is why many people describe essential oils as the life blood of the plant.

So why would companies substitute? One reason is takes a large amount of plant material to make a small amount of essential oil, so it can be a way to cut corners, plump, and fill their essential oil products with extracts and synthetics. That said there are times when cold pressed or absolute methods of extraction is a necessary process, like with citrus oils and some plants that the material is too delicate to steam distill.

When it comes to equine wellness and trying to promote health we recommend checking your ingredient list and being aware of what your essential oil single or blends contain. Although extracts might not necessarily be unhealthy for your horse, it is a cheap filler and a waste of your money if you are desiring health promoting benefits.

To be successful in improving your horse's health it is crucial to have a strong foundation of health established. You can get started on supporting your horse to vibrant health right now, by downloading your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this guide sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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The Principles of Safe Essential Oil Use for Your Horse

Essential Oil Danger Zone!

Early interest in my horse therapy career, led me to learning about essential oils. Always believing in their benefits, my mother must have instilled a natural curiosity in me. Turned out, my mentor at the time was not excited about essential oils. She was quick to school me on the “dangers” and potential “hazards” of using them for therapy on horses. Being young and naive, I quickly accepted that what she shared must be truth and I simply put the curiosity at the back of my mind as a terrible, uneducated idea to never bring up again.

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Experiencing the Health Promoting Benefits of Essential Oils

Fast forward years later when my mare Pokey was struggling with some neurological issues. None of the alternative therapies I was educated in or had access to was effectively helping. The only recommendation veterinary medicine had to offer was euthanasia.

Heartbroken and frustrated my journey for Pokey's solution began… My mom with her belief still strong in essential oils suggested I give them a shot. I reluctantly tried these what I was told were “dangerous” essential oils on my horse. Shockingly, I began to see progress in my mare I had not seen in anything else I had utilized.

Needless to say my curiosity was awakened as I saw the results of my mare. Since then, I have studied and used essential oils for myself, family, horses, and pets with great success. The health and wellness promoting properties of essential oils is something I hope to help others come to understand like I do now.

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The Vast Sea of Essential Oils

The confusion people have of essential oils, left me unsure about adding  to the core of my equine business. Why might you ask? Try a simple Google search of essential oils and find the fire storm that surrounds them. In the US it is an unregulated market which is great for manufacturers and producers. It requires an educated consumer to ensure they get safe, quality, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Synthetic vs “Real” 

The term essential oil can be used to describe oils that were distilled or pressed from the plant itself, as well as those that are completely derived in a lab to match the chemical makeup of that of the plant. These products can even be labeled pure and natural!

Still believe essential oils are all the same? Here is the simple analogy I would like you to walk through. Imagine someone giving you a beautiful bouquet of roses. Now picture and feel what it is like as you bring these roses up to your nose. Feel them touching your skin. Get ready to inhale their fragrance… oh I forgot to mention they are synthetic roses. That doesn't change what you where imagining though right? Wait it does?!? Well saying that synthetic flowers are the same as real flowers is what you are saying when you say all essential oils are the same.

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There are uses for synthetic essential oils, but not when you are wanting a therapeutic result! It can be a challenge to find and trust a company to purchase your essential oils from. Here at Equine Essential Wellness we truly care about the health and wellness of your horse. We want to be clear that not all oils are created equal. I hope the simple analogy of fake flowers vs real ones gives you a vivid image of what a synthetic adulterated essential oil is vs a therapeutic grade essential oil. Understand that synthetics can be toxic to your horse. The poor quality essential oils on the market are responsible for a major of the lack of results people get. Combined with any negative burning or reactionary side effects as well.

Grade & Quality is the Key to Safety and Results with Essential Oil Use with Horses!

Most of our posts about essential oils will stress for therapeutic grade essential oils only! It is the responsibility of the horse owner to determine the quality of the essential oils. When I hear of negative reactions, the first thing I ask the horse owner is the brand or company of the oil. The second being if the owner used the essential oils as directed.

Essential oils played a key role in my success with the health transformation of my mare when she began direly ill! But to be successful in improving your horse's health it is crucial that their is a strong foundation of health established. You can get started on supporting your horse to vibrant health right now, by downloading your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this guide sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

I hope you found value in this post. Please share via your favorite social media page to help us on our mission to promote horse health and wellness. You will find share buttons at the bottom of the post.

The Journey To Your Horse's Health Begins Here & Now!