My adventure into the world of essential oils
The title may make it sound icky, but it really isn't. Today I want to share about my journey into the world of essential oils. And of course, it started with a horse. How else? I will not go into the details too much here, because Dorée deserves a lot more attention than a quick reference for my journey with essential oils. And in a few weeks, I will share our story and how she changed my entire life. Because she is just so much more than "just" a horse; she is "the" horse.
But first... Essential oils! YAY!
To keep it simple : an essential oil is the pure essence of a plant, flower, tree, etc. Often it is gathered by destillation of plant material, cold pressing or absolute extraction. The word 'oil' is very confusing, because it's not oily at all. Essential oils are absorbed by the skin in mere seconds without leaving that distinct greasy feeling.
I simply LOVE using essential oils in my job because they give massage treatments that little extra. They amplify the effect of certain techniques, making the effects of the massage work deeper into the body and last longer. Horses are very sensitive to the smell as they will make it very clear which oils you should be using and which you'd better avoid. Picky bitches.
Essential oils work for ALL aspects : physical such as sore muscles, tension headaches, stomach cramps; but have great influence on the mental and emotional state as well. Some essential oils have an uplifting smell that will brighten your mood, or will have a calming effect. Lavender oil is one of the most well known essential oils that is used for its relaxing properties. The most beautiful part is that it works the same for humans and animals alike. So you can imagine how I smell at the end of a work day!
My own journey with essential oils started when one of my horses – Dorée – had completely shut down on the emotional aspect. With my acupressure I could help her recover from surgery, but I felt that I lacked experience and skill in helping her process what she had gone through mentally and emotionally. I could barely touch her, brush her, let alone put my foot in that stirrup and ride.
She had completely closed the door on me and it wasn't until I started using essential oils on her that she started to come back a little; open that door to communicate with me, even if it was just a crack at that time. From there on, we've been on a tremendous road together - two years and counting – and even if she won't ever be the same horse that I loaded onto the trailer when I picked her up from the previous owners, I feel that we're on the right track again. We are communicating, we are riding and she's almost back to the diva she used to be – even if she still likes mudbaths a little too much, but she says that's just MY opinion. Eyeroll.
I'm so grateful to have discovered essential oils and have included them in my sessions, because I've been able to help other horses in many other ways that I couldn't have done by only using my massaging techniques.
So if any of you are massage therapists, or having your horse treated by a massage therapist on a regular base, let them know there's a lot to be gained by learning about including essential oils in their treatments. Or if you wish to learn more yourself about the use of essential oils, whether it be for yourself, or your horse, don't hesitate to contact me! I promise you, it's worth your time to learn and your horse will be grateful to you.
Questions & comments are greatly appreciated – as always!