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.
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.
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.
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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