When Life Gives you Lemons- Use Lemon Oil On Your Horse

I am a huge fan of using essential oils with my horses.  From skin and hoof funk, to shooing away pesky buggers, essential oils are my go-to both in the barn and in the house.  Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be highlighting my favorite oils and how I use them on the farm.

Disclaimer:  Please note that although I have found amazing success with these little bottles of miracle juice, they are not a replacement for proper care/ medical treatment.  If you are concerned about the health of your horse, goat, dog, cat, kid, etc.  be sure to seek out the opinion of your doctor or vet… not some random blogger.  Also, do your homework before using oils with your family or animals.  Some oils that claim to be pure actually contain synthetic chemicals that can be toxic.  I only use Young Living oils.  With their Seed to Seal Promise, I know that the oils I use won’t contain any harmful synthetic chemicals and will have the therapeutic properties I am looking for.  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…

Let’s Talk Lemons!

Lemon essential oil has nothing to do with lemon juice but is made by cold pressing the rind.  Containing 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant, lemon is one of my favorite oils!

According to The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals by Melissa Shelton, DVM, “Lemon oil is widely used in all species, and in many routes.  It has a very wide safety margin.  Lemon is particularly used in animals for anti-humoral properties, immune stimulation, to increase white blood cells, for obesity and lipomas (fatty tumors), for gentle cleansing and detoxification, for urinary tract infections, hypertension, digestive issues, and anxiety.”

Lemon For Your Horse:

Internally: Add a few drops to your horse’s feed or water to encourage drinking as well as support the detoxification process and immune system.  Always provide a second water source when adding essential oils to water so your horse can choose.

Topically: Start off by diluting lemon essential oil with a carrier oil (coconut oil works well) and use on any signs of skin or hoof funk.

Body Wash: Can be added to epsom salt body wash to eliminate product residue or any skin discomfort.

Hoof Care: Use on any type of hoof funk that causes discomfort or smells!

Lemon For Yourself:

Allergies: Diffuse with drop of peppermint and lavender!

Heartburn: Add 3 drops to a glass of water to help reduce occasional heartburn.

Dishcloths: Soak cloths overnight in a bowl of water with 1 drop of lemon to help disinfect

Dishwasher: Add a few drops to dishwasher to help remove hard water spots.

Cloth Diapers: Add a few drops to your wash to help brighten and disinfect.

Gum, Grease & Crayons: Use to remove gum, grease and crayons from most surfaces.

Encourage Hydration: Put a drop of lemon in your water bottle before going to the barn. Even if your water gets warm, it’ll still taste lemony good!



Shelton, M. The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals. (2012).


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