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Essential Oils for horses

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Essential Oils of the Highest Quality

All of the essential oils used in the W&H products are extracted from plants that are certified organic, grown organically, ethically wild-crafted (or pesticide free), and they are certified by the British Oil Association to meet all of the criteria established by the Organic Trade Association.

Purity & Quality

Ingredients used in aromatherapy for horses and riderBecause of the high quality, the guaranteed purity and innate efficacy of every essential oil, you don't need more than a drop or two to get all of the benefits of the oils.

Our essential oil blends are the best we can produce for you and your horse, priced competitively, and one 1 oz. bottle will last for three months or more.

It is important to note that while the essential oil blends developed for the rider are at a dilution level safe for human skin, the essential oil blend developed uniquely for the horse is of a dilution level much higher than is safe for humans.

And as a universal safety precaution, it is always best to consult your doctor or your veterinarian before using essential oils of any kind.

Beautiful Packaging

The essential oil products are presented in cobalt blue glass 1 or 2 ounce bottles with dropper, packaged in soft purple velvet drawstring pouches with instructions and ingredients card tucked inside.

Our label, featuring artwork by artist Lucia Fox, is in luscious seasonal shades of purples, greens, oranges, blues and yellows surrounding a loving woman and her horses.

Suggested Uses

Warning For Pregnant Mares: The InBalance Horse essential oil blend is not recommended for use on pregnant mares.

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS WITH YOUR HORSE
"The Focused Horse" DVD is a "How To" educational video for The InBalance Horse essential oil blend application.

Aromatherapy for Horses: To use essential oils with your horse, start by wiping and cleaning out your horse's nostrils with a damp cloth. Put a few drops of The InBalance Horse essential oil blend into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and rub them in and around the horse's clean nostrils. Rub the corners of the horse's lips with the heel of your hand while your fingers are inside the horse's nostrils to release endorphins.

Massage for Horses: The InBalance Horse essential oil blend may be lightly used with massage too. When I find a slightly swollen or hot lesion on the horse I massage it and then place a dot of the essential oil blend on the affected area to complete the healing. I also use it after clearing a horse of negative forces by placing a few tiny dots of essential oil down the mane line and spine. You may also gently massage your oily hands around the horse's face and ears but be careful and avoid the eye area.

Insect Repellent: There are natural insect repellents in our essential oil blends, so rub the oils around the ears, muzzle, cheek and throat latch areas to ward off pests around the face.

Reminder: It is always important to check with your doctor or vet before using essential oils of any kind. If you are pregnant or have skin sensitivities, please confer with your doctor and test the oil with a tiny drop before using liberally.

FAQs about Essential Oils

Where did aromatherapy originate?
The 5,000 year old science of extracting essential oils is one of the earliest forms of medicine. The Egyptians used Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rose, Calendula and many other plant extracts in their day-to-day practices of medicine and worship. We have learned through recorded history that Frankincense is one of the essential oils used to treat anxiety and grief. Chamomile is used for its soothing skin properties, Lavender is a relaxant, while Rosemary is a stimulant.

What are essential oils?
Pure essential oils are components of a plant's immune system. They are most often extracted by steam distillation. The aromatic liquids that result contain between 500 and 2,000 compounds and vary slightly from crop to crop depending on growing conditions.

How do aromas affect the body?
We all know that animals are very receptive to smell. Smell is the most powerful and the most instinctual of all our senses. Scientists say that our sense of smell is inborn, rather than acquired because new born infants, even before they have tasted food, screw up their faces at unpleasant food odors. There are approximately 30 million smell (olfactory) receptors in each of our nostrils. These receptors send messages to the brain's olfactory bulb where the smell is analyzed. From here the message travels to the limbic system of the brain, the area of the brain that is responsible for arousal, motivation, emotions and memory.

What other ways do essential oils affect the body?
The skin is the largest organ of the body. Its purpose is to protect the body from unwanted toxins. With the ability to absorb and expel, it makes sense to use natural products. Some essential oils are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, or anti-spasmodic. Essential oils may help to repair tissue, rejuvenate the skin, improve circulation, balance hormones and break down mucous in the respiratory system.

Do manufacturers and industry use pure essential oils?
Yes and no. Essential oils are used extensively in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and perfume industry. However, aromas or scents commonly used in commercial products and by industries are termed Fragrances. They are often artificially altered, extended and sometimes adulterated. These practices are used to create consistency and to extend the volume of an essential oil.

Why use pure essential oils rather than artificially stabilized fragrances?
Pure essential oils in their natural state are more suited to achieving specific effects-somewhat like herbology. The key to aromatherapy is that our bodies respond to the differences among the natural variances in order to avoid immunity.

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