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Soothe your horse's muscles with essential oils

Horses can feel the strain of a good workout just like people do. Help soothe your horse's muscles before and after a training session with essential oils. 

Today we're going to look specifically at how doTERRA's Deep Blue blend can support your horse. It's definitely a staple in our barns and saddle bags, both for us and our horses. Keep reading to find out how it can support your horse too!

Let's look at how Deep Blue can support your horse



The Science

Oils in the blend
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens, Leaf Oil)
  • Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora, Bark Oil)
  • Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata Flower Oil)
  • Helichrysum (Helichrysum Italicum Flower Oil)
  • Blue Tansy (Tanacetum Annuum Flower Oil)
  • German Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil)
  • Tea/Sweet/Fragrant Olive (Osmanthus Frangrans Flower Oil)

Aromatic description
Minty, cooling, athletic

The chemical constituents
When essential oils are blended, many more chemicals work together synergistically, increasing the overall effect. One of the big players in Deep Blue is methyl salicylate, a monoterpene ester, which has generally calming, relaxing and soothing properties when applied topically. 

Over 99% of the chemical makeup of wintergreen is methyl salicylate, which gives it "cortisone-like properties”. Menthol is also found in high quantities in good quality peppermint essential oil such as dōTERRA’s, which provides antioxidant properties and supports a restful sleep and a healthy cardiovascular system. Menthol’s monoterpene backbone with an alcohol functional group also contributes to its energizing, cooling and cleansing properties .

Where in the world
Wintergreen - Nepal
Peppermint - Peppermint is found all over the world, but in order to attain the chemical constituents in the proportions dōTERRA is looking for, their peppermint is sourced from the Pacific Northwest, Europe and Asia. Rich soil and consistent high rainfall contributes to its quality including the high menthol content 
Helichrysum - Corsica, France and Albania 
Blue Tansy - Morocco 
Ylang Ylang - Madagascar 

Here's a short but interesting sourcing video on Ylang Ylang. Click the button below it to access the YouTube video.



How it is made
  • Wintergreen - Wild harvested by rural villagers and distilled in community owned facilities
  • Peppermint - The entire plant is steam distilled
  • Ylang Ylang - The oil is steam distilled from the star shaped flowers 
  • Helichrysum - The small flowers of the mountain wildflower Helichrysum are steam distilled
  • Blue Tansy - Steam distilled from the flowers, leaves and stems of the plant
  • German Chamomile - Steam distillation of the flowers. 


The research
We can either look at studies on the individual oils found in the blend or we can look at far fewer studies of the blend itself. We can also use Deep Blue within the recommended applications and see the results for ourselves. 

Click the button below to read a study on DeepBlue as published on the doTERRA website.  




Benefits of Deep Blue

Physical
  • Has both cooling and soothing properties which can bring great comfort before and after exercise. 
  • Can add to the relaxing benefits of a massage, especially over an area of concern. Dilute the oil blend with coconut oil to allow the product to go further and stay longer. 
  • Great to rub into tendons and ligaments of the legs before and after training hard or when coming back from an injury. 
  • Great for sore backs (your horse and yours). 

Everyone (human and horse) can benefit from this blend. It is absolute magic when it comes to easing aches and pains


Emotional
  • Helps us to learn from pain and accept healing. 
  • Can turn panicked, fearful, wounded or unhealed emotions into acceptance, healing and serenity
  • Aids in the feeling of being strengthened 
  • Helps to embrace the lessons life brings our way 


Suggestions for using Deep Blue 

Primarily for topical use. Not for internal use and aromatic use is limited. 

  • Use the Deep Blue essential oil blend NEAT (full strength) on specific areas of concern by simply rubbing it into that area (legs, back, shoulders, etc). 
  • Alternatively you can use the Deep Blue Rub which comes in a convenient squeeze tube.
  • Make a massage oil using the Deep Blue essential oil blend and coconut oil. Combine these either into a spray bottle or squeeze bottle. Apply as needed over the body and rub it in. This allows you to cover a larger area of your horse's body without using unnecessary amounts of product. 
  • Combine with other oils to target specific concerns. For example, you can combine Deep Blue with copaiba. See a suggested recipe below. 

Cautions
Do not spray on the back of your horse then saddle and ride, the heat from the Deep Blue will be magnified by the horse's own body, saddle and exercise to possibly the point of discomfort. 

Do not apply hot packs after or immediately before using Deep Blue. 

You can however, apply the oil then blanket or wrap with great success for prolonging and keeping the effects without overdoing it. 


Suggested recipe: 'Muscle Support' blend


While Deep Blue is already a very effective blend on its own, you can supercharge its therapeutic qualities by adding frankincense and copaiba. 

20 drops Deep Blue blend
10 drops Copaiba
5 drops Frankincense

Add to a 4 oz spray or squeeze bottle. Top with carrier oil (i.e. fractionated coconut oil). Shake well before use and apply topically as part of a massage or as needed to support muscles and ligaments. 

We love when we can use the same high quality and effective products on both our horses and ourselves. After a hard ride, our horses get a rub down and so do we. It makes all of us enjoy our downtime after the ride and look forward to our next adventure. 

Give Deep Blue a try and experience its amazing benefits. Click the button below to place your order or contact us if you need help on selecting the perfect oils for your horse's specific needs. We know horses and we know oils!



With love,
Amanda and Daniela
United in love. Supported by oils. 


References:
The Essential Life, 5th Edition
Emotions and Essential Oils, 7th Edition
Modern Essentials 6th Edition
doTERRA Oil Specialist Course


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