Essential Oils - Legal or Illegal?

Calling all fellow essential oil lovers! I know how much we all love using essential oils and natural products on ourselves and our 4-legged friends. It is wonderful to get away from using harsh chemicals on ourselves and our horses, but are you aware of what is in your horse’s products? Did you know USEF does have some herbal and natural products on the prohibited substance list? Including some that are frequently used in our horses natural products. Which means after reading this you may want to double check your labels.

Below is the prohibited herbal and natural substances. Please make sure you check your labels for ANY of the listed substances below!

  • Valerian

  • Kava Kava

  • Passion Flower

  • Skullcap

  • Chamomile

  • Vervain

  • Leopards Bane

  • Nightshade

  • Capsaicin

  • Comfrey

  • Devils Claw

  • Hops

  • Laurel

  • LAVENDER

  • Red Poppy

  • Rauwolfia

  • Winter Green is not banned HOWEVER is turns into Aspirin WHICH IS banned meaning you should stay away from it

  • Peppermint IS NOT on the prohibited substance list anymore and is safe to use

Lavender is one that greatly sticks out to me. I see it in so many products and oil blends that many people use on themselves and their horses. If you are using any sort of calming or “stress away” oil blends please refrain from using them on your equine friends. They contain lavender and/or chamomile which are prohibited. Wherever you are buying your oils, oil blends or products from please be sure to triple check there are no prohibited substances in them. If you use any sort of oils, oil blends, and products on yourself be sure you checked what is in it before choosing to use it on your horse. Essential oils are a wonderful thing, however we must be sure we are complying with USEF rules!

Until Next Time,

J