How Essential Oils Saved My Horse With Strangles

Essential Oils Provided A Quick Recovery For My Horse With Strangles And Here Is How I Did It!

If you have ever had a horse come down with stangles you know it can really cause fear in the heart of a horse owner.

Helping people to get over the fear of losing their horse and having a huge vet bill is why I am posting this information.

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I was able to get my horse over strangles and completely healed in 10 days or less. Here is my story.

I received a text from the farm where my horse was boarding saying my horse was shivering and did I want him to be blanketed.  Right then I knew something was wrong.  This horse lives in Florida and has a long coat.  I have never seen him shiver.

When I arrived at the farm I immediately knew he had contracted something serious.

I left and went to get my young living essential oils.  By the time I returned, which was only 45 minutes later, he was on the ground and having a hard time breathing.

When we opened the container of essential oils his eyes brightened.  It was as though he wanted them.  His reaction was intentional and immediate.

Needless to say, we applied the oils.  We gave him what we call a “Rain Drop” treatment.  This is when a number of essential oils are applied to the spine of the horse. We then blanketed him and left for the night.

essential oils stranglesWhen we arrived early the next morning, he was standing at the gate and happy to see us.  We were pleased to see his fever was gone and more alert than the night before.  Another “rain drop” treatment was applied along with other oils that were put on a cloth and tied around his throat.

We visited him twice a day and applied various amounts and types of essential oils to help him fight the infection that was in his body.

Although his swollen throat made him uncomfortable, he never lost his appetite and never lost any weight.  He was given a hot mash of alfalfa cubes twice daily.  The video shows him eagerly eating.  I believe the oils helped with both his comfort level as well as his appetite.

essential oils strangles horses7It was incredible to see that after 24 hours his fever was gone and he had renewed interest in life and more energy.

A vet that was on the farm checked his temperature (this is why I know he didn’t have one).  I told the vet that I was not paying any vet bills and that I did not want him to receive any antibiotics or treatment. We would be caring for him.   The vet rolled his eyes, but couldn’t argue with what we had accomplished in a short 24 hrs.

The vet also told me that the normal protocol for strangles was antibiotics. I will let you do your own research on the effectiveness and uses of antibiotics, but I can assure you that there is not a consensus on the subject.

My horse was the last one on the farm to get strangles and the first one to leave without any signs or symptoms. I have pictures and a video to show this.

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As I stated in the video “Essential Oils = Quick Recovery = My Experience”.  I am just telling you my story.

My horse also had a puss filled sac under his throat that drained and healed quickly.drainage of strangles

We applied a young living essential oil called “Thieves” under his throat and added some drops in his food.  We used the oils that were good for boosting his immune system and fighting infection .

I believe that this horse left the property 10 days later “Completely Healed”.

You might be saying to yourself “How does she know this”.  Well, we brought our horse back to our farm where other horse are kept.  You can be sure that they were given some oils to boost their immune systems before our previously infected horse was brought home.  They were given Exodus II and Melrose as a prevention.

None of the other horses at the farm contracted strangles. Is it possible that he is a carrier?

There is some opinion that “strangles” can be isolated to the gutteral pouches, even after recovery, leaving the horse a carrier.

I suppose the verdict is still out on that, but horses that have come in contact with mine have not shown any symptoms.

recovered from strangles using essential oilsThe picture below shows you how shiny he was approximately one week after receiving treatment with essential oils.

Without these essential oils I would have had a huge vet bill.

My horse came down with strangles just before Christmas and was home before New Years.  While other horses continued to be treated with antibiotics, mine was home and happy.

After seeing what Young living essential oils did for our horse, we became believers in the product.  We now incorporate them into our daily lives.

If you are looking for an answer to your strangles issue, I would be happy to talk to you.  Here is a link where you can order the same life saving essential oils that I used. 

I hope this has been helpful and I would love to hear your experience with strangles and with essential oils.  Please leave a comment below and we can all learn from one another.

If you haven’t seen the video that shows my experience with using essential oils to heal my gelding of strangles, click here.

Micheline Clawson

Micheline Clawson

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  1. Chaney

    August 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    My horse had salmonella and essential oils and the raindrop treatment saved his life!!! I highly believe in them!!!

  2. barbara smith

    May 4, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I believe my horse has strangles. I have acess to essential oils from local sources. What I need is a list of what oils you used for this problem. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • admin

      June 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Sorry Barbara, I just saw this message. Was out of town etc.. Hoping your horse is doing okay. You can call me at 352-299-7419 if you need some info. Thanks