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post #1 of 3 Old 05-19-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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sweet itch help???

My pony has just started with sweet itch and I read about Benzyl Benzoate... I have ordered some off the internet and it is 99.9% pure... Has anyone ever used this before and diluted it or not....I do not want to use it until i know how to apply.. I also have a fly rug on order but am more concerned about controlling this diagnosis, I know there are sprays and lotions available for sweet itch and most contain Benzyl Benzoate and Switch from the vets does and is very good... but I have purchased this now and would like to know if anyone has used this and could offer any advice please
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-19-2012, 06:52 PM
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Sorry to disagree but there is a product called Neem Oil which is far more effective than ever Benzyl or any chemical fly deterrent.

Neem is brilliant stuff for keeping all biting insects away.

Get some from the Internet - I get it from The Neem Team - mix 5 ml of Neem with 3 ml of shampoo and add 1 litre of hot water and wash the horse all over with that. (You will need more than 1 L - any left over pour over your garden to stop greenfly and slugs and snails or bathe the dog in it to stop fleas and ticks.
This will hold better than any fly spray.

As you are in the UK start feeding either NAF D-tox or D-itch this will adjust his immune system to cope better with the allergy.
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For a holistic treatment, maybe try a combination of lavender and peppermint oil. Peppermint helps sooth the itch and lavender calms the skin and treats the flaky skin. I use 100% pure aromatherapy oils. You only need to add a few drops once a day. I use this treatment on my own skin for my eczema, and it works! Lavender is awesome for sunburn too!
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