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Essential Oils for Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments
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Essential Oils for Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments

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

Bone Spur:

• 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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  1. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Voted. Another great list! I use milled Flax seed as an Omega 3 & anti-inflammatory. I use the milled because it's more stabilized & less work. lol
    1. naturegirl
      I didn't know milled is more stabilized, though. Good to know!
  2. Chestnut Mare
    Chestnut Mare
    Glad to see you got to TPs with this one, I think I was just too late to vote for it! I have a new one out, Please No Horses For Courses. Come and cast your vote, cheers!!! :-D

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