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Re: [RC] [RC] HELP!: home made bug spray - Maryanne Gabbani

We use all of the oils on our horses here in Egypt. We've had good effects with Geranium, Tea Tree, and Lavender mixed with water and vinegar. We wipe it on or spray it. Citronella can be very drying. We have found that the Eucalyptus seems to work better with the donkeys  than the horses. For some reason, maybe a combination between the smell of donkeys and the herbs, adding lemon eucalyptus is good for humans and donkeys.

In terms of oils, we've found that almond oil is good on horses and seems to bother the bugs on it's own, though it is a bit expensive. I've used olive oil on the horses with no ill effects, and we are currently making our own (not essential) lavender oil by running lavender plants through the blender with sunflower oil and then sitting it in the sun for a couple of months. I have about 6 litres brewing on the barbecue right now.


Maryanne Stroud Gabbani

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On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 7:51 PM, Jen Simons <jksimons@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Hoping for some help here!
I was wanting to make some home-made bug spray for horses.  I have made a version for myself and it worked great!  But I'm not sure if all the Essential Oils are safe for use on horses.  Do you know if any of the following EO's are NOT safe for horses???
* Tea Tree
* Citronella
* Lemongrass
* Eucalyptus
* Rosemary
* Lavender
I was planning to mix with an oil (harder to wash it off their legs when going through wet grass).  I have heard that olive oil is not good for dog's skin, is it the same for horses?  I will probably use either sunflower or soybean oil (lighter in feel than canola).
Anyone see any problems with these ingredients?
Thanks for your help!


[RC] HELP!: home made bug spray, Jen Simons