Muscle, joint, bone and ligament problems in horses, just like people, can be relieved with the use of essential oils and herbs. Spasms, muscle soreness and joint inflammation are all ailments that are aided the same way for horses or humans, so if you want to do some research of your own, you can easily look up the information available for yourself and treat your horse with it.
This is one treatment that is very easy to administer at home. Horses respond well to it, and you can either apply the remedy directly or use an ointment and mix it in.
As usual, oils each have their own specific properties. Read on for more information on which type is best for which lameness.
Natural Muscle Relaxer or Pain Reliever: these oils will relax the muscles – therefore helping with cramping – and reduce pain
• Basil • Marjoram • Lavender • Peppermint • Cypress
Sore Muscles or Over Tired Horse Muscles: for pain relief and to help tired muscles recover
• Balsam Fir • Wintergreen • Helichrysum • Clove • Peppermint • Copal • Lemon • Vetiver • Palo Santo • Eucalyptus • Lavender
• Peppermint • Vetiver • Red Thyme • Wintergreen • Elemi • Oregano • Lemongrass • Eucalyptus
Sore or Torn Ligaments or Tendons: to help reduce the healing time, use these oils.
• Lemongrass • Marjoram • Basil • Lavender
Bone Injuries or Fractures:
• Wintergreen • Cypress • Helichrysum • Peppermint • Clove
• Lavender • Eucalyptus globulus • Eucalyptus radiata • Eucalyptus citriodora • Myrtle • Pine • Marjoram • Cypress • Peppermint
• Wintergreen • Cypress • Rosemary • Palo Santo • Peppermint • Marjoram • Vetiver • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) • Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)
Just remember that mixing is permitted. The more you mix together, the better the results. Furthermore, if your horse has more than one ailment or lameness at a time, you can definitely make one mix for all its problems at the same time by using oils that are meant for different needs.
And keep some for yourself, too! You may need it at times!
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