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Naturopathic Care, part I
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Naturopathic Care, part I

With natural care on the rise for the general population, some people are on the lookout for the very same thing for their pets. Although finding a naturopathic practitioner for animals – especially horses – is like looking for a needle in a haystack, this does not mean that we have to give up on using this sort of treatment if our horses need it. There are several things that we can do to alleviate ailments, lameness and discomforts that sneak up on all of our beloved four-legged friends.

Yes, you read that last paragraph right: all pets can benefit from this sort of care in the very same manner. The rule is simple: the very same alternative treatment that is used for humans can be used for animals, especially when it comes to essential oils and herbs for healing and prevention. The reason for this is simple – herbs and essential oils only harm if you are using the synthetic version or an extremely high dose, or give them oil that cannot be used during pregnancy, for example. Your chances of causing harm are small. Just read the directions carefully – which are often extremely simple.

Now, there may be a slight difference in dosage for some forms of remedies to achieve maximum results, and this may be the only thing you would need to learn yourself. Otherwise, read on to get to know some of the facts related to using this form of care at home (the actual remedies will be reviewed later).

First, if you intend to purchase essential oils, make sure you are buying the real, purely and 100% natural format. Otherwise, you are either wasting your time or you may cause harm because some synthetic forms cannot be ingested. Shop at your local natural store to find them and ask if you are not sure you are getting the right kind. Ensure you are receiving the type that humans can eat safely. Opt for the higher quality ones, too, as this will ensure you get the best care. The best ones are the therapeutic quality ones.

Next, you can stock up on fresh herbs or grow some in your garden. If you are already using them for your cooking, then your body is receiving all the health benefits they offer, so you may not have to use them much for health care. In that case, you can add some to your horse’s feed (just a bit every day since you want to avoid colic) or keep them for emergencies. However, due to the delicate nature of this product, if you don’t use it on a daily basis, it could go to waste. In that case, I recommend sticking to the basic oil remedies.

Remember that this type of alternative medicine is non-toxic, which means that by switching to them, you will actually not only heal the targeted illness or lameness, you will also help reduce the risk of acquiring more in the future. Thyroid, bowel, kidney and liver issues are often due to synthetic and chemical products and giving your horse’s system the boost that natural medicine also gives humans will be a definite advantage.

Once you learn the basics, these types of remedies become easy to use and you will reach for them barely without even thinking. Furthermore, you will share a medicine cabinet with all the living creatures of the household, including all human ones, so you may even cut expenses in the long-term. Any animal can inhale the oil or can have it fed to it by hand or through their food and water.

Most of these can be used for more than one illness or lameness. You can mix and match them depending on the case, reducing your need to keep one medicine for each type of ailment. Also, if you don’t always feel comfortable knowing exactly what to give your horse, find a vet who is open to this type of care and ask before administering anything. This could also complement any treatment your vet needs to give your horse to maximize healing.

The oils don’t just heal diseases per se. Many can be used for relaxation or uplifting. Several help with focus, others are great muscle relaxants, and others yet can reduce emotional baggage.

Of course, there are cases when these oils are not recommended, such as pregnancy. Go to your local library and read on the topic, ask a vet or find a naturopathic care practitioner for more information.



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  1. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Love this. I am actually using Milled Flax seed in Cookies food for the Omega 3 & anti-inflammatory properties. One just has to learn the amounts which can be tricky with some items, but checking with your Vet or an Equine nutritionist will help. :) Voted!
    1. HorseDiva
      And I use flax seeds for the same purposes. Goes to show - it's for humans, too! I voted, too.

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