Aromatherapy for horses, just like humans, uses essential oils to promote relaxation and well-being.
Just because naturally occurring herbs and plants are used does not mean that aromatherapy oils can be applied without thought or understanding.
Human reaction to oils can be the complete opposite in animals.
If you do wish to practice aromatherapy, then our recommended reading is an excellent place to start. We have also set out some courses below, including onloine for those unable to travel
Essential Oils for Horses ~ By Carole Faith.
Carole gives complete detail of thirty essential oils for therapeutic use on horses, including application, storage and, most importantly, full handling and safety guidelines.
This book has been described by a delighted buyer as “the Holy Grail of books on this subject”.
Aromatherapy for Horses
Aromatherapy oils must be mixed with a base or carrier before application.
Again to stress that using the wrong oils, carriers or incorrect application can have adverse effects.
An experienced aromatherapist will “test” which oils the horse finds attractive. Natural self-selection and medication is a powerful technique.
You can see the reaction of Raz, in the video below, of how powerful the impact of certain oils can be when Bryony offers a fennel inhalation.
The preparation is massaged directly onto the horse, taking care not to apply the oils to broken skin or wounds. Oils can also cause issues if the horse is left in direct sunlight.
Caroline Ingraham founded the first school of animal aromatherapy in 1995. She is the author of Aromatherapy for Horses.
Nayana Morag became interested in aromatherapy after travelling the world, on her return to the UK, she became a student of Caroline Ingraham. www.essentialanimals.com
Courses and Training in Using Essential Oils for Animals
Until recent years aromatherapy for animals did not exist.
Practitioners who had trained as human therapists started developing their techniques in aromatherapy for animals and horses.
Now, like many professions, there is more than one governing body, including IFPA and NAHA in USA. However, at the time of writing, it appears that the Guild of Essential Oil Therapists for Animals, a UK body specific to animal aromatherapy, has ceased to exists.
It should be noted that all therapists must work witin current veterineray legislation
There are relatively few online courses aimed specifically at animals
Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT, is a past president of NAHA and has worked in aromatherapy for over 25 years.
Kelly offers a comprehensive, three stage, animal aromatherapy course that can be complete on line