EQUINE BOTANICAL THERAPIES

 

There is a deep connection between our sense of smell and our mood.  Our unique Flower Aromatic™ blends aim to balance physical and emotional well-being while creating an inspiring atmosphere for horse and rider to enjoy!

 

Equine Aromatherapy or Equine Aromatics

Equine Aromatherapy is the use of pure therapeutic grade essential oils and in some cases, equine bodywork or Equine Raindrop Technique, to promote optimal emotional well-being, improve the horse’s skin, coat, hooves and aid recovery from injury, surgery, disease or the temporary relief of pain. 

Equine Aromatherapy has proved beneficial to some common equine ailments such as skin allergies, respiratory problems, muscular and joint aches and pains and hoof hygiene.

 

Although Equine Aromatherapy should not be considered a miracle cure for serious emotional issues, the use of pure therapeutic essential oils may assist, with particular emotional issues and improve emotional balance.

 

The proper use of these oils may enhance a horses’ emotional outlook and provide support and emotional balance, during stressful and challenging times.

 

The use of essential oils for emotional well-being is what is often first thought of when referring to the term - Equine Aromatherapy.


Essential oils

Essential oils are one of nature’s best-kept secrets.  Essential oils are volatile plant molecules, produced as part of the plant's natural survival mechanism.

These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds, can be found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of some plants.

 

Essential oils have long been used for health-care practices from as early as 3000 B.C. and are still being used (by Aromatherapists and Naturopaths) for the oils ability to promote mental, emotional and physical healing and balance.

 

Horses and humans can benefit from the healing properties of essential oils through direct application to the skin, inhalation (smell or breathing) and indigestion. (Never use essential oils for your horse or yourself without the referral of a qualified Aromatherapist)

When an essential oil molecule is inhaled through the nose or mouth, the airborne molecules can interact immediately with the olfactory (organ part) system and the limbic (emotion part) system of the brain.

 

Understanding this can help explain why smell often triggers emotions and how essential oils have a profound physiological and psychological effect on the human and equine species.

 

Bach Flower Essences and Australian Bush Flower Essences

Flower Essences are produced from specially selected wildflowers, trees and bushes.  Flower Essences are mainly used in treating humans and animals, suffering from a distinct negative state of mind - for example anxiety, aggression, despair, uncertainty, oversensitivity or insufficient interest in the present. 

 

The practice of Bach Flower Essences has shown that horses often respond to the positive impulses of these gentle Essences to return to a state of psychological balance and in the process, eliminate the physical symptoms that result in total equilibrium, within a short space of time.

 

There is a very close connection between physical and phycological imbalance in horses. Sometimes supporting the mental imbalance of the horse can help with the recovery and natural healing process of the physical body.

 

Flower Aromatics™ blends

Each unique Flower Aromatics™ blend was carefully developed, with the aim to improve a horses’ mental, emotional and physical balance.  Only the highest quality herbal extracts and infused oils, together with a synergistic combination of pure essential oils were used to form each one of these holistic blends. 

 

Each ingredient was chosen for its specific biochemical compounds; together these compounds contribute to the healing and protective properties of these formulations. 

 

Flower Aromatics™ aimed to revitalize your horses’ senses and promote mental, emotional and physical balance.

 

 

Botanical-Remedy™ blends

Our Botanical-Remedy™ blends were formulated by Equidae Botanical Horse Care’s Founder and an Australian Bio-chemist; they used a combination of natural, organic and plant-based ingredients to form each one of these unique blends.

 

The ingredients used in these blends was carefully chosen for its remedial and protective biochemical action.  Botanical-Remedy™ blends aim to promote and revitalize the equine body’s natural healing process.

 

Equine Medical Herbalism

Herbal medicine, or in some countries called - botanical medicine, refers to the use of plant seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal and remedial purposes.

 

 In the last couple of years, intensive clinical research confirms the value of Herbal medicine, in the treatment and prevention of Equine diseases and therefore is becoming more and more acceptable to modern horse owners.

 

Equine Medicinal Herbalism’s main aim is to treat the whole horse.  The “whole horse” is better defined as the individual's body, mind and spirit.  

 

This holistic approach, in the prevention and treatment of equine health, can ensure a balanced homeostasis.

 

Equine Clean Nutrition

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!”  Hippocrates, father of medicine

 

Horses are not grazers, but rather foragers.  In the wild horses would travel over great distances to obtain food and water.  Wild grasses are low in nutrition and sugar and therefore the equine species evolved to graze for approximately 18-20 hours per day. The horse's relatively small stomach and large gut are ideally suited for this way of eating.

 

The majority of food digestion takes place in the large intestine and are supported by, gastrointestinal microbiota or gut flora. The gut flora continually reproduces and are kept at appropriate levels by the movement of the gut contents. There are different types of bacteria needed for processing different food substances. Therefore sudden changes or large sugar intake can cause a disturbance in the gut flora levels of a horse.

 

The most appropriate diet to feed to a horse is grass or grass hay on a free choice basis. However, due to current cattle farming practices, which aim to increase the nutritional value of pasture grasses, many paddock grasses are now too rich or too high in sugar levels, for safe equine grazing.

 

Equine Clean Nutrition consists of a combination of whole, raw and natural food and nutrition.  These foods include; dry or fresh herbs (for nutritional or medicinal benefit), healthy oils (in the form of seeds), earth minerals (in its natural form), appropriate fiber and good quality hay for roughage or energy. 

These raw foods can be easily absorbed and contain bio-active vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Fatty acids, enzymes and other naturally occurring substances, all essential to the equine body functions. 

 

A natural clean equine diet aims to promote a healthy body and mind, which contain sufficient energy for the individual horse's performance or lifestyle and needs.