Aromatherapy for horses has been developed by aromatherapists over the last twenty years. The traditional use of essential oils to promote and maintain balance in all systems of the body, dates back to Egyptian times when oils were used in medicine, embalming and perfumery.

Just like humans, using essential oils to promote relaxation and well-being in horse can be very effective. However, just because naturally occurring herbs and plants are used does not mean that the application of aromatherapy oils can be applied without thought or understanding. Also it should be noted that oils that promote one reaction in humans can have the reverse effect in animals.

There are products available specifically for conditions that we have reviewed here. If you do wish to practice aromatherapy, then our recommended reading is a good place to start

Recommended Reading

Essential Oils for Horses ~ By Carole Faith. 

Carole gives full detail of thirty essential oils for therapeutic use on horses, including application, storage and. most importantly, full handling and safety guidelines. A source book for owners and practitioners. 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. A skilled aromatherapist will “test” which oils the horse is attracted to – 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.


CThe preparation is then massaged directly onto the horse, taking care not to apply the oils to broken skin or wounds. Preparations can also cause issues if the horse is left in direct sunlight

Interesting Animal Aromatherapist Sites

Nayana Morag became interested in Aromatherapy after travelling the world, on her return to the UK, she became a student of Caroline Ingraham.

Paulha is a fully qualified Essential Oil Therapist for Animals (Animal Aromatherapist), trained by the Guild of Essential Oil Therapists for Animals (GEOTA). Pauhla is based on an organic farm near the city of Gloucester.

Animal Aromatherapy is based at

Caroline Ingraham founded the first school of animal aromatherapy in 1995 and is author of Aromatherapy for Horses

Karen Eastham works with clients teaching them how to incorporate the use of essential oils into their daily routine, to feel more relaxed and balanced. Karen teaches the Horse owner / Rider how to use oils to help their relationship with their horse. Phone: 0781 1254175

Training in Using Essential Oils for Animals

Until recent years aromatherapy courses for animals did not exist. Aromatherapists who had trained as therapists for humans started developing their techniques in aromatherapy for animals and horses.

Diploma in Essential Oil Therapy for Animals

This course is available to all animal owners/carers, vets and vet nurses and animal related industries.

A distance learning course with 2 onsite modules held at Healthy Beast, Horsehay Farm, Duns Tew Road, Middle Barton, Oxfordshire, OX7 7DQ

For further information contact Karen Bourdon at Healthy Beast by Phone: 01869 349955 or go to: