horse-wellness-oilsSpecific Conditional Remedies

Here are some specific conditions and essential oils which can help to remedy them.  Please note: if multiple essential oils are listed it does not always mean you need to have all of those oils for the application.  Some remedies will require all of them, however, some have properties in the oil that can be of assistance.  Others for instance will enhance the effects of the others with penetration eg. Peppermint.  If your horse does not respond to one or respond through inhalation then you can try one of the others.

** Important Note: Use safely.  For remedy specifics please ask if you require assistance.  Dilute, dilute, dilute.  More is not always better!

Remedies Listed: Abscesses, Anxiety, Appetite, Colic, Cool Down/Shock, Cribbing, Cuts/Scrapes, Decontaminant, Depression, Diarrhea, Digestion, Focus, Hair Regrowth, Heat in Body Part, Heaves, Heat Stroke, Hoof Rot, Hormone Imbalance (Mare Cycles), Infections, Immune System, Inflammation, Insert Bits, Insect Repellent, Joint Issues, Laminitis, Mare Cycles, Massaging, Mud Fever, Muscle Spasms, Nervousness, Pain, Rain Rot, Respiratory, Sarcoids, Scars, Scratches, Sheath Cleaning, Sore Muscles, Sores, Stress, Swelling, Thrush, Upset Stomach, Warts, Wound Cleaning, Wound Healing


  • Essential Oils – Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Oregano, On Guard, Lavender.  If only have a choice of one or two … use Oregano and Lavender
  • Make a foot soak using selected oils, Epsom salt and warm water.  1.  Put two drops of oil direct on your Epsom salt. This provides an avenue for the oil to bind to something so when warm water is added it easily mixes
  • Soak for at least 20 minutes to encourage the abscess to open and drain
  • If abscess appears within leg and leg has a lot of heat within in – spray the leg with Oregano and water – 5 drops for 24 oz


  • Essential Oils – Spikenard, Balance, Frankincense, Lemon or Lavender.  If only have a choice of one start with Lavender as it has so many remedy options, but if need constant level – use Balance
  • Balance is a great remedy for just grounding your horse so they are at a constant level
  • You can place these on the halter or rub on their chest so they can inhale


  • Essential Oils – Cardamom
  • Aids with stimulating appetite


  • Essential Oils – Digestzen (ZenGEST – Canadian name)
  • Put two drops on the bottom of their lip. This is fastest way into their bloodstream
  • Also dilute and rub on flank and stomach area when they are showing simple colic.  This will help aid until a veterinary is there.  Digestzen (ZenGEST – Canadian name) will not aid with twisted gut

Cool Down/Shock:

  • Essential Oils – Peppermint
  • To cool an overheated horse after a workout or especially muggy weather
  • Hose the horse down well, then apply 5-8 drops on a damp sponge and wipe the horse down completely
  • Or add to Epsom salts and rub down
  • Hint for yourself – Spray onto a scarf around your neck to cool down for heat exhaustion


  • Essential Oils – Lavender, Serenity, Wild Orange, Balance, Bergamot, DigestZen (ZenGEST – Canadian name), Peppermint
  • Many horses crib because they are bored and they need stimulation or there can be a digestive issue
  • Check their anxiety and try to level it down to a more balanced area. Are they cribbing as a vice?
  • Are there digestive issues? See Digestion


  • Essential Oils: Correct-X
  • Correct-X is an essential ointment.   A great addition to your first aid kit
  • Apply directly to the cut/scrape etc. area
  • An all-natural topical ointment to assist in soothing various skin irritations
  • Blend of essential oils within Frankincense, Helichrysum, Cedarwood, Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Lavender


  • See Wound Cleaning


  • Essential Oil – Wild Orange, Bergamot
  • Horses have emotions just like us.  You remove them from their natural environment and depression can be an emotion they will experience


  • Essential Oils – Digestzen (ZenGEST – Canadian name), Peppermint
  • Promotes healthy digestion, soothes occasional stomach discomfort, promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract, helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion
  • Aids stomach ulcers and gastric distress
  • Place one or two drops inside their lip of DigestZen (ZenGEST – Canadian name)
  • Peppermint – place a drop or two on feed, or a treat, or just off the top of your hand


  • Essential Oils – Peppermint
  • When working with a horse that you need to promote focus and clarity
  • Place a drop on their bridle close to their jaw area

Hair Regrowth:

  • Essential Oils – Cedarwood


  • Essential Oils – Breathe (Easy Air – Canadian name), Frankincense, Oregano, Peppermint, Lavender
  • These essential oils all deal with what is going on with the horse at different levels
  • You need to first look at: the weight of the horse, the environment
  • Heaves are related to an allergy (usually from hay or something in environment)
  • Once a horse obtains heaves extremely difficult to ever cure per se, but you can aid in the symptoms
  • For the respiratory – Breathe (Easy Air – Canadian name) can be applied directly to their chest as a rub to aid in the breathing process
  • Frankincense – the gold of essential oils this will help with their cells
  • Lavender – to help as a de-stressor
  • Oregano – if there are any contaminants

Heat Stroke:

  • see Cool Down

Hoof Rot:

  • Essential Oils: Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Oregano, Roman Chamomile

Hormone Imbalance (Mare issues):

  • Essential Oils – Clary Sage, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Clary Calm


  • Essential Oils – Frankincense


  • Essential Oils – Frankincense, Lavender

Immune System:

  • Essential Oils – Cinnamon, Lemon, Wild Orange
  • These help support metabolic function and maintain a healthy immune system

Insect Bites:

  • Essential Oils – Frankincense, Basil

Insect Repellent:

  • Essential Oils – TerraShield, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Thyme, Basil, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Peppermint
  • These can be mixed as a combination in a spray bottle of water.  Remember 6-8 (total) drops in 24 oz bottle until you see how the insects respond in your location

Joint Issues:

  • Essential Oils – Lemongrass, Black Pepper, Wintergreen


  • Essential Oils – AromaTouch
  • AromaTouch, doTERRA’s proprietary massage blend, combines the unique benefits of oils known to provide relaxing and comforting effects. AromaTouch combines our essential oils of Cypress, Peppermint, Marjoram, Basil, Grapefruit, and Lavender
  • Add 3 drops to Epsom salts then add to bucket of warm water
  • Rub your horse down
  • Removes the lactic acid from their muscles
  • Aids with cool down and respiratory as Peppermint in blend

Mud Fever:

  • Essential Oils – Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Lemongrass, Frankincense, Lavender

Muscle Spasms:

  • Essential Oils – Basil, Black Pepper, Lavender, Marjoram, Cypress


  • Essential Oils – Spikenard and Lavender
  • Apply to their chest and neck area for inhalation

Rain Rot:

  • Essential Oils – Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Lemongrass, Geranium, Rosemary


  • Essential Oils – Breathe (Easy Air – Canadian name), Cardamom, Peppermint


  • Essential Oils – On Guard, Frankincense, Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Oregano


  • Essential Oils – Frankincense


  • Essential Oils – Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Lemongrass, Lavender

Sheath Cleaning:

  • Essential Oils – On Guard, Myrrh, and Rosemary
  • Add a few drops of OnGuard oil to KY jelly or a mild cleanser
  • Then add 1/2 gallon of water to clean the inside of the sheath
  • To clean the outer part of the sheath, add about 5 drops of On Guard, Myrrh and Rosemary oil to pure-grade vegetable oil or fractionated coconut oil (please do not use anything else as your carrier oil)


  • Essential Oils – Cedarwood

Sore Muscles:

  • Essential Oils – Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Whitegreen, Lavender, Clary Sage


  • Essential Oils – Wild Orange, Bergamot, Balance, Lavender, Serenity, Roman Chamomile


  • Essential Oils – Oregano
  • Spray area Oregano and water – 5 drops to 24 oz


  • Essential Oils – On Guard, Oregano, Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Thyme.  If only have access to one oil – Oregano
  • You can place undiluted oils directly on the frog for severe cases, or soak cotton balls and tape them on or put on a hoof boot for 24 hours

Upset Stomach:

  • See Digestion


  • Essential Oils: Frankincense

Wound Cleaning:

  • Essential Oils – Oregano, Helichrysum, Frankincense
  • When using Oregano:
    • Aids with bacteria.  It is a decontaminant
    • This is a strong what they call “hot” oil.  It will burn if not diluted properly
    • Spray Bottle with distilled water.  5 drops to 24 oz spray bottle

Wound Healing:

  • Essential Oil Blend – Immortelle, Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea Tree – Canadian name), Frankincense
  • Immortelle
    • Known as the powerhouse of wound healing oils
    • Take a bottle of blended Immortelle – split it in half.  Add 1/2 the volume again to each portion of the mixtures divided in half.  Put in a roller ball or spray bottle to apply to wounds


Important Note: Always consult your veterinarian if your horse has a serious condition. Essential oils are not meant to be a substitute for responsible veterinary care.

Horse Remedies