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post #1 of 4 Old 01-08-2018, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Essential Oils to Relieve Muscle Stress?

I talked to Tessa's horse masseuse today. Tessa used to have lots of tight muscles but we've worked hard to overcome it. Through preventive exercises and lots of Dressage work, Tessa has carried herself properly and hasn't had nearly as many muscle issues as when I got her. However, her masseuse said today that her loin area isn't tight per say, but tired (but that everything else looks good yay!). Likely because she's been engaging her stifle a lot. She said that sometimes essential oils were used to help relieve stress on that muscle and help relax it. I was wondering if anyone had experience with it? I feel like essential oils have been all the rave lately, but I'm sure there's some truth to them helping. I assume you'd just apply the oil topically on the area and gently massage it.

I found this website with lots of different oils. Does anyone have a favorite oil or a method to apply?
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You want a carrier oil or cream so I use whatever arnica cream I have on hand. I'll use aveda active composition to add the essential oils in then mix that into the cream. I like Elemi, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sweet Basil, Roman Chamomile, Clove, Helichrysum and Wintergreen. I'll mix a few drops of two or three of the above into the Activ (except wintergreen which is already in there) and then mix that into the cream. I normally always use lavender in any combination and the other two just depend on what is on hand. I usually have a small tub mixed for us and have been doing this since my early 20's when I was close friends to an olympic class rower. I started using it on the horses when I ran out of linament and found it worked.
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I have been using oils for my horse since before they were cool... :)


This is what I like to use.


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Its nice to be able to post about essential oils without being flamed! (at another horse forum).
I recently used one for digestion to help my horse recover from a very mild, possibly colic (I DID notify my vet and he came out but my horse was normal).

While I have a full complement of oils for myself, I have only used lemon/citronella with water for insect repellant. If I were to use an oil for my horse, for muscle tension, I'm thinking Peace and Calm, possiby because he holds tension while riding in certain situation like the indoor we have.
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