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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!

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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.

Roses Analogy

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!

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Breaking Through Emotional Patterns

Equine Emotions

It doesn't have to been known to be recognized and heard

Just like every person has a story… so does every horse.

It may be that you raised your horse from a foal, or at least know most of their story. Or maybe for some of the horses' in your life or herd their story remains unknown, but that doesn't mean you don't experience the past or see signs of what it might have been like.

Most of my equine career has been spent with rehab horses and rescues, many of them I didn't know the before story and it was my goal to bring a new hope and “after” story for them.

My current herd is about half and half… 2 horses I know a lot about their history and 2 not so much.

For this post I would like to introduce you to my mustang Lonan. He was rounded up from the Jackson Mountains in Neveda, in early July of 2012 according to his papers. Believed to be born in 2011, adopted by his first adopters in late 2016 with not much (positive) human interaction before being transferred to me a year later.

Although he may not have spent much time in the wild, his instincts and innate behavior still ring very true at heart. I recently saw footage of a round up that happened just prior to Lonan's round up and it broke my heart. I knew he had likely be through a lot but to be honest the video really shocked me! You can click here to watch it, but fair warning it is hard to see…

Much of his behavior upon his arrival to my home, told me there were things in his past that skewed his view on people and really life in general. He was aggressive to me, my other horses, and managed to take down multiple fences. To see the side of him that is emerging now, I could not be more humbled and relieved. As I feared that the hope of him accepting and adapting to domestic life might not be possible…

Spotting Emotional Patterns

Maybe your horse didn't have a traumatic past… or maybe you don't know their history at all, but if you find your horse having undesirable behaviors over and over again it's possible they are rooted in an emotional pattern or cycle.

Essential oils and body work in combination are my favorite way to pattern interrupt and clear both physical and emotional memory, allowing breakthrough for your horse to get back to the calm, connected, and collected horse they desire to be. My favorite essential oil options for negative emotion barriers are Trauma Life essential oil blend and Inner Child essential oil blend.

You can check out the video below and see more updates like this in our private Equine Wellness Facebook – click here to join now. It might not look like much… but if you could see where he came from, you would know that Lonan experiences a completely different world than he did when he first arrived. He is like a brand new horse.

The essential oil blends I mentioned and 60 days of ForeCalm Powder to help break his fear cycle and he is ready to move forward being a willing, engaged, ready to learn, equine partner.

Don't Unknowingly Let Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

A common question I receive in relation to the topic of emotional patterns, is “how do I know if the behavior is linked to emotions or to physical concerns?”

That is a very important question that needs to be explored, because often times it can be both… and each needs addressed for the possiblity of the horse to return to being their true vibrant, exuberant self! I want to share with you the top 10 signs I have seen over my years working with horses that often get overlooked.

In fact, my mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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If You Aren’t Using Juniper Essential Oil For Your Horse You’re Missing Out!!

Horses Juniper Essential Oil

It's got some health promoting chemistry…

Although it can be said of any therapeutic grade essential oil, Juniper has got it going on in the chemical component department!

The main chemical components of juniper oil are a-pinene, b-pinene, camphene, sabinene, y-terpinene, a-phellandrene, myrcene, a-terpinene, 1,4-cineole, b-phellandrene, terpinen-4-ol, p-cymene, cayophyllene and bornyl acetate. To add to that… it also has trace amounts of camphor, limonene, nerol, linalool, borneol and linalyl acetate.

Hiding in that nerdy, science lingo… is the secret to how Juniper essential oil can support the body with reducing free radicals that cause oxidative stress… the leading cause to many health problems. It also helps increase circulation, helping the body cleanse not just the blood, but also the urinary tract as well.

It is also a great choice for skin concerns, stimulates sweating, relieves digestive discomfort caused by gas, promotes urination, aides in detoxing the body of impurities, and is known to speed healing.

Although essential oils should not be used to treat or cure health conditions, the chemical composition and historical uses of Juniper essential oil have shown that it is beneficial to utilize in times of edema, sepsis, arthritis, cramping (muscle, digestive, reproductive, etc.), gas colic, chronic gas or bloating concerns, in times of high uric acid levels, heavy metals, and chemicals within the body, anhidrosis, water retention, wound care, skin conditions, and more.

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Application Options of Juniper Essential Oil For Your Horse

When a therapeutic grade Juniper essential oil is being utilized it is safe for use topically, aromatically, and as a dietary supplement. As with any remedy moderation should be considered and observation of the horse during use is crucial to adjusting to the horse's needs. In my experience with this oil, I have not yet found a horse that was topically sensitive and I prefer to use the essential oil NEAT. But many resources and other professionals recommend dilution with a clean carrier oil like coconut, grapeseed, etc.

I just recently used this essential oil topically during an acupressure session with my mare Pokey, click here to see more on that. You can also check out a 4 week blog series on using essential oils with your horse, to fill in where you need more info

The resources are at your finger tips, so get out there and start supporting your horse's health with Juniper essential oil now!

Because when combined with the appropriate lifestyle and diet, essential oils are an affordable and effective option to promoting health. When horse owners struggle to see the results they desire it's most often because the laws and principles of naturopathy (nature's design for health) are being unknowingly broken and the consequence for the horse is health problems that never end and return again, again…

Discover The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this guide sent to your inbox today! Take action to ensure your horse is on the path to vitality and that there aren't hidden health risking routines or practices in your horse's lifestyle right now.

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How Even A Beginner Can Balance The Water Element

Does your horse's health concern fit the following…

  • The horse's symptoms progressed or became present with old age
  • Increased or became stronger in the cold, winter months
  • Deep aching or concern with skeletal and bone health
  • The horse's fear has increased with the current health issue
  • The horse's health concerns include their ears and/or genital areas
  • The horse is conserving their energy more and more in conjunction with additional factors from the list above

If you horse is experiencing some of these issues, it's possible that their Water Element is off balance and could benefit from additional support.

My mare Pokey has had a long health journey and is responsible for most of what I have learned in the horse health field up to this point…

Helping her recover after having multiple vets recommend euthanasia back in 2011, is what led me to Equine Naturopathy, use of essential oils, and now my latest journey – Equine Acupressure.

Pokey aligns with 5 of the factors shared in that list, and at a recent clinic I attended I consulted with Dr. Madalyn Ward about her thoughts on what I could do to further Pokey's health and vitality. Her suggestion was to balance her Water Element.

What the beginner needs to know to get results.

Now to be clear I am in the beginning stages of working through an Equine Acupressure Practitioner Course… and yet with a simple app on my phone and my favorite reference guide (you can easily order and utilize too)… I went to work opening the possibilities of health and balance for my horse.

This post is not about getting into the details of the Five Element Theory or Traditional Chinese Medicine…

My goal is to share with you the fact that any horse owner can bring benefit to their horse with the use of some reference tools, essential oils, and the willingness to get uncomfortable or feel slightly incompetent for awhile 🙂

Your horse's Water Element is governed by their Kidney Meridian and their Bladder Meridian. For Pokey's first acupressure session with me, I chose to focus on the Kidney Meridian while utilizing the benefits of Juniper Essential Oil.

Check out the video below to see how Pokey and I explore the Kidney Meridian together, we ran out of light before I got to address her Bladder Meridian (at least with acupressure), but she had great releases during our session and I saw noticeable effects in her mood, stools, and posture the next day and positively maintained a few days after that before I went out of town…

Reveal More About What The Kidney Meridian Can Do For Your Horse…

Are you ready to unlock the health potential of your horse? If so I've got you covered! To empower you in how to utilize “The Root of Life”, I have designed a free PDF Guide to get you started on the right track to supporting your horse's wellness and vitality. Click Here or the image below to grab you copy now!

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