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HappyHorse™ Joint/Muscle/Ligament/Tendon Repair
Oil & Gel Consists Of Our Proprietary Formulation Of Genuine, Authentic, Pure,
Organic Essential Oils
Ingredients In HappyHorse™ Organic Joint, Muscle, Ligament & Tendon Repair/Relief
The list of ingredients in this formulation is short and simple and does not contain preservatives or other ingredients of any kind. The gel is stored in dark amber glass jars and the oil is stored in amber glass bottles.
Arnica (photo above) in the pure form as Arnica Montana (flower extract) is emulsified in Organic Sunflower Oil. This Arnica is exceptionally potent and the emulsification is done to standardize the active compounds. Arnica Montana is well known throughout the world for its excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and we always keep this amazing extract on hand – in our house and at the barn!
Blue German Chamomile is an essential oil that possesses somewhat of a “deep water” – a cooling/soothing feeling…. It is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory essential oils. The cooling, balancing effects of German Chamomile makes it a top choice for nervous tension, migraines and many kinds of stress-related disturbances. This herb has a long-standing human medicinal tradition, particularly in Europe. We chose this incredible essential oil primarily for its anti-inflammatory properties and excellent results, in addition to the other equally wonderful benefits for the nervous system, particularly during times of physical/mental stress that can result from various forms of trauma for a horse or human. As has been said, Blue German Chamomile is like “liquid gold”…
Frankincense is distilled from the resin that is named the “liquid pearls of life”… The CO2 supercritical distillation means the resin was never boiled at high temperatures to extract the oil – it was simply immersed in liquid carbon dioxide, which then evaporates when the process is complete. Most importantly, the CO2 process results in a more chemically-complex oil. Many of the larger molecular constituents present in the resin are highly regarded for their significant therapeutic properties throughout the world and are found in the CO2-distilled oils; however, not so much in steam-distilled Frankincense.
Ginger is referenced as a ‘total’ extract since the CO2 method used yields a greater number of aromatic compounds from Ginger versus other ways of distillation. This pale yellow liquid from the plant’s root has a fresh, woody-spicy aroma. The scent of Ginger oil is gently stimulating, which encourages physical energy.
Ginger has a long history of healing for its warming, digestion-stimulating properties. In Chinese medicine, Ginger is a ‘warming’ herb that yields positive results for the lungs and the intestines. In Ayurvedic cooking, Ginger is added to dishes to not only enhance the flavor, also and significant, to aid in a meal’s digestibility. Quite interesting is that organic, CO2 Ginger essential oil have been noted to complement other essential oils in reaching their target organs. We’ve added Ginger into this formulation for its super warming, stimulating properties, which enhance the benefits of the other essential oils chosen and as it stands on its own as an effective, therapeutic component.
Helichrysum Italicum, also known as the “Everlasting” Essential Oil or “Immortelle,” has been studied in Europe for the regeneration of nerves, improving skin conditions, reducing inflammation, relieving pain and speeding the healing process. There are many species of Helichrysum, though it is only the “Italicum” species that is the true “Immortelle” or “Everlasting” with the regenerative actions that are attributed to this amazing oil. The Corsican variety is considered a sub-species and is referred to as Helichrysum Italicum Spp. Sertinum. The Island of Corsica is the only source known for producing oils with consistently high levels of Neryl Acetate, which adds a floral note to the oil. Both species are used for therapeutic applications. The source of Helichrysum used in this formulation is Corsican due to its higher quality and efficacy for the goal we’re trying to achieve. The rarity of the Corsican Helichrysum, our preferred oil attributes to its high cost.
The unique, natural molecular components of Helichrysum Italicum oils includes anti-inflammatory, alpha, beta and gamma-curcumins (think about curcumin, which is the anti-inflammatory extract from Turmeric). It also contains high amounts of regenerative diketones. Our understanding is that these diketones are not found in any other essential oil. They are thought to be potent aids in the stimulation of tissue regeneration. This is most likely the reason why Helichrysum is found in scar-reducing and wound-healing formulas. Helichrysum is significantly more expensive than many other pure, genuine, unadulterated, organic essential oils.
Organic Argan Nut Oil, by comparison is a more recent specialty carrier oil than many others, and is considered quite remarkable for the care of more mature skin (and hair). The oil utilized in our formulation is produced by women’s co-operatives in Morocco (FairTrade). This cold-pressed organic, unrefined oil is over 80% unsaturated fatty acids with a very large percentage of essential fats. At the same time, the oil is highly resistant to oxidation (also a pertinent reason for using in this formulation). Organic Argan Nut Oil contains high amounts of natural Vitamin E.
Organic Rosehip Seed Oil is a luxurious oil used for the treatment of wrinkles, scars and inflamed skin. It’s super smooth with a lovely feel. It is a light blush wine colored oil that comes from the ripened fruit of the famed Rosehip, also known as “Rosa Mosquita.” Rosehip Seed Oil has been extensively studied for its skin regenerative properties in cases of sun damage, scarring and other skin problems. This is an unrefined, organic cold-pressed oil.
Wild Rosemary Oil is steam-distilled and comes from the whole Rosemary herb, which derives its name from the Latin term, “Ros Marinus” or “Dew of the Sea.” This wild-crafted Rosemary has a wonderful depth of aroma and is not sharp or medicinal in aroma – rather bright, uplifting and almost sweet. It is pleasant to use in any aromatherapy formula, particularly where aroma is of a primary concern, in addition to Rosemary’s significant therapeutic action.
Rosemary’s long history includes use by grave-robbing thieves during the Plague of the 1400’s. These thieves allegedly doused themselves in “Four Thieves Vinegar” (a/k/a Four Thieves Essential Oil blend), which is a mixture that included Rosemary leaf, Clove, Lemon and Cinnamon used to protect themselves from infection while carrying out their alleged thieving ways.
The aroma of Rosemary oil is warm and stimulating and is used to strengthen mental awareness. Its warming qualities can help some with arthritic joints and Rheumatism and is used in compresses, baths and massage blends. It has a long reputation for helping memory, not only by stimulating the mind but by increasing blood flow. For centuries, Rosemary oil has been used for troubled skin and improving hair growth, perhaps due to its possible skin regenerative properties. It can also be an excellent antiseptic and anti-microbial agent. On a side note, I use Organic Rosemary Extract every day because there is strong support that it helps to rid the body of some types of cancer. Only time will tell; however, there are far too many well documented experiences regarding the use of this organic extract – and not only for improving memory…
Below is a short video narrated by the well-known Dr. Axe. We are not affiliated with Dr. Axe; however, in this video he does a credible job of explaining in more depth the significant benefits of Helicrysum.
Video Courtesy of Dr. Axe. All Rights Reserved.
Essential Oils… So What Are They?
Essential oils are concentrated volatile aromatic compounds produced by plants. Volatile comes from the Latin root Volare, which means to fly – natural substances extracted or distilled from tiny molecular sacs of each botanical. They are part of the plant’s immune system yet a separate substance created from the plant.
Pure essential oils are highly concentrated extracts – 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs! As an example, it takes between 40 and 60 roses to make a single drop of rose oil. One drop of chamomile is equivalent to the concentration of about 30 tea bags of chamomile tea. They are very potent and powerful, and should be used with caution and knowledge regarding their potency and efficacy.
Essential oils are distilled/extracted from various parts of the plant or tree; wood or trunk; leaves; grass; needles; cones; flowers; flower buds; twigs; seeds; seed pod; roots; rhizomes or resin / gum. Essential oils are definitely an amazing way to bring healing every day of our lives.
Methods of Extraction of Essential Oils
Essential oils are extracted using a variety of methods. Below are various methods of distillation and extraction used for oils:
Steam Distillation – Steam distillation is the most common method of essential oil production, which involves the flow of steam into a chamber that holds the raw plant material. The steam causes the small sacs containing essential oil to burst. The oil is then carried by the steam out of the chamber and into a chilled condenser where the steam once again becomes water. (Hydro-distillation is a similar process where the plant material is boiled, with the resultant steam being captured and condensed). The oil and water are then separated. The remaining water referred to as a ‘hydrosol’ can be retained as it will retain some of the plant essence.
Co2 Extraction (Carbon Dioxide and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction) – Both of these methods involve the use of carbon dioxide as the ‘solvent’ that carries the essential oil away from the raw plant material. The lower pressure CO2 extraction requires chilling the carbon dioxide to between 35 and 55 degrees F, then pumping it through the plant material at about 1,000 pounds per square inch (PSI). The carbon dioxide is then condensed to a liquid.
Supercritical CO2 extraction (SCO2) – is carbon dioxide that is heated to about 87 degrees F then pumped through the plant material at around 8,000 PSI. With this process, the carbon dioxide is similar to a ‘dense fog’ or vapor. With release of the pressure in either process, the carbon dioxide escapes in its gaseous form, leaving only the essential oil behind.
Cold-Pressed – Cold pressing is used to extract the essential oils from citrus fruit such as lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot and others. This method involves the simple method of pressing the rind at about 120 degrees F in order to extract the oil. Little, if any alteration from the oil’s original state occurs. Cold-pressed citrus oils retain their bright, fresh, uplifting aromas comparable to that of smelling a perfectly ripened fruit. Cold-pressed essential oils have a relatively short shelf life and are phototoxic.
GC/MS…What and Why – GC/MS stands for Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry, methods that combine the features of gas-liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample. Gas chromatography (GC) is a common type of chromatography used in analytic chemistry for separating and analyzing compounds that are in a given sample. Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique that is used for determining the elemental composition of a sample or molecule informing us of the chemical components.
While GC/MS testing and reports do not indicate the aroma or the energy of the oil, the report can establish if an oil is adulterated. It will also list each of the chemical components present, thereby assisting when blending oils for a particular purpose. Please keep in mind that the chemistry of an essential oil can vary from distillation to distillation. The particular chemical composition of an essential oil depends upon various conditions, such as geographic location, weather and environmental conditions, as well as difference practices of harvesting. And unfortunate as it is, there are some who will try and succeed in reporting inaccurate results – all the more important to continually work with ethical, knowledgeable and reliable sources.
Essential Oils – It is important to remember that pure essential oils are highly concentrated extracts – about 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs. While essential oils are ‘natural’ products, it is still necessary to follow certain precautions when using them since they are so powerful!
General Safety & Guidelines
Use Of Essential Oils During Pregnancy – There are many essential oils that can be dangerous to use during pregnancy. Some authorities are of the belief that essential oils do not have any known safety concerns can be used at 1% during pregnancy and externally. There are others who suggest essential oils should be completely avoided during the first trimester. So better to err on the side of caution and keep use to a bare minimum during this period or not at all – this is obviously a personal decision. Pregnancy is certainly a very delicate time for both mother and baby-to-be and should only be used under the guidance of a Certified/Clinical Aromatherapist your doctor or other qualified health care professional.
Epilepsy/Seizures – Certain essential oils should not be used with anyone suspected of being vulnerable to epileptic seizures. The essential oils listed below is definitely not a complete list, so again you must do your homework before using these or any other essential oil:
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Hyssop (Hyssop officinalis)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia)
White Sage (Salvia apiana)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
True Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Spike Lavender (Lavendula latifolia)
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
Mugwort (Artemisia herba alba)
Wild Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
High Blood Pressure – Some essential oils are stimulating and may increase circulation as they are intended. Some of the essential oils that may fall in this category are Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora), Hyssop (Hyssop officinalis), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Spike Lavender (Lavendula latifolia).
Phototoxicity – This is a toxic reaction caused by light. The following essential oils can cause a phototoxic reaction on the skin; therefore, exposure to natural sunlight or tanning beds must be avoided for at least 12 hours after application. The following essential oils applied at any dilution will likely increase the chance of severe burns from ultraviolet light:
All cold-pressed citruses
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon) (with the exception of Sweet or Blood Orange (Citrus sinesis)
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Angelica Root (Archangel angelica)
Lemon Verbena (Lippia citriodora)
Tagetes (Tagetus minuta)
Possibly Oppopnax (Commiphora guidotti)
Note: Steamed-distilled citruses do not cause phototoxic reaction.
Internal Use – Essential oils should only be taken internally after receiving a detailed consultation and prescription from a trained and qualified practitioner. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children; they can be poisonous if swallowed.
Babies/Young Children – It is probably the safest choice to avoid using essential oils on babies and children under 5 years of age. If you use essential oils and/or aromatherapy on children older than 5 years, proceed with caution.
Animals – Essential Oils (certain ones and certain dilutions) are very successfully used on horses, dogs and cats. With this said, not every essential oil is safe for animals and as is the case for humans, these essential oils must be properly diluted.
Eyes and Mucous Membranes – For safety sake, keep essential oils away from your eyes and mucous membranes and any other orifice of your body.
Allergies and Sensitivity – People who have allergies to perfumes should proceed with caution when using essential oils.
We do not purchase essential oils included in our formulations from Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) vendors, such as Young Living, DoTERRA and several others, primarily because we do not share the same marketing philosophy nor are we confident of the level of their skill and expertise, as well as the overall quality of these products. We are not bashing any of these vendors by any means and some of these MLMs have been in existence for years with a loyal following that cannot be disputed. However, it is simply personal preference to purchase from smaller, independent vendors where we feel the quality, purity and therapeutic value of the essential oils fits our particular needs and where we believe no potential conflict-of-interest may exist.
FDA Disclaimer: The FDA has not evaluated the statements in this document or this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this oil, gel or any other products. The information presented here is for educational purposes and some of the traditional uses only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products.