Aromatherapy utilizes the physical and emotional therapeutic properties of essential oils, which are extracted from nature and concentrated in a “carrier oil” such as walnut or almond oil. An aromatherapist or kinesiologist can help you determine which oils your horse might need or crave. However, the best judge of this will most often be the horse himself. Let him choose the oils you administer. Some aromatherapy oils and their uses are:
Rose: For hormonal imbalances in mares, both in and out of season.
Neroli: For a depressed horse, used proactively to prevent distress or depression from uncomfortable situations.
Arnica, Witch Hazel: Used after hard work to prevent bruising and inflammation. Also used as a substitute for bute.
Lavender, Rosemary: Used to ease stiff muscles after exercise and as an aid to the symptoms of arthritis. Lavender is popular for calming a horse before travel or shows as well.
Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Vervain: Used to treat wounds.
After an initial diagnosis by a professional aromatherapist or kinesiologist, you can offer aromatherapy to your horse. These therapies come in bottles and are either inhaled or rubbed into his skin, his muzzle, or forehead. Offer your horse her favorite oils for as long as she likes and responds to them. Her needs will probably change once the oils have done their job.