Horse colic is surely one of the most uncomfortable conditions for both the owner and the animal. However, as per several other ailments, this can be relieved with the use of essential oils. These animals (and you as well!) will benefit first from the calming effects of a bit of Orange or Mandarin oils to relax before beginning the treatment or calling the vet if you feel it is needed.
If the colic is only light and still at the first stages, you may not even need a veterinary’s help. Furthermore, to ensure your horse’s digestive health is maintained, the regular and ongoing use of these oils can help prevent any further colic from happening.
If you notice that your horse is starting to get lethargic, paws at the ground without looking up, seems to prefer lying down or even might want to bite and nip at its own stomach, and is starting to perspire, it may be going through that harsh discomfort. Even before starting the treatment with the oils, the best things to do are to encourage the horse to stand and walk around to encourage movement. Then, you can start administering some oils through aromatherapy and by adding some in their food. You can even make a mixture of oil by adding some to an almond oil base or aloe vera gel, then rubbing it on their stomachs.
As per humans, the best types of oil to help with digestion – by using them orally – are peppermint, ginger and tarragon. If you have these ingredients fresh in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets, you can simply chop some up and put it directly in your horse’s food (and yours!) as well. They are excellent at calming stomach upset and will give all of you incredibly fresh breath!
Another type of typical stomach upset is when the horse has worms. In this case, lemongrass, tarragon, fennel and thyme are the best choices. Once again, if you have this in original format at home (stay away from any powdered spice that has additives – sticking to fresh is the best way to go), then add it to their food.
Also, if your horse seems dehydrated – or you simply want to prevent it from becoming dehydrated – citrus, lemon and peppermint are your best bet. As per with humans, these help balance the body’s natural electrolytes and encourage Vitamin C absorption. Although most horses will have a clear preference for the peppermint oil, adding any of them to their water is the best way to use them.
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