Saddle up, Skin Care: Introducing Horse Fat into a Routine

Written by Anabel De La Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation

Horses adjust their body temperatures by secreting sweat, similar to the way a human does. The structure of a horse’s skin and fatty acid are amazing compared to those of mankind. Horse fat is a good moisturizer for all skin types because it is not sticky.

Horse fat is an unsaturated fatty acid containing plenty of linoleic acid (omega-6) – which can be very effective for treating: skin conditions, such as wrinkles, acne pimples, dark spots, or pustules; hair issues, like nutrition, alopecia, itchy scalp, or growth problems; or even conditions like wounds, burns, edema, hemorrhoids, insect bites, ringworms, neuralgia, shoulder pains, hay fever, sinusitis, snoring, cystitis, or foot blisters. Horse oil is used to heal scars caused by acne pimples and pustules, leaving no traces.

Additionally, horse fat can help to form a thin membrane on the skin that protects the skin from the external environment. It can also be used at night, after washing one’s face. It should be massaged until it is totally absorbed, as this will provide the skin with plenty of moisture and hydration and encourage skin elasticity overnight.

To treat alopecia and encourage hair nutrition, horse oil can be massaged over the scalp and left to dry for 20 minutes. It should then be rinsed off with warm water. This treatment can be repeated every day for a month to achieve healthy hair and avoid an itchy scalp.

For first and second degree burns, horse oil can be applied, followed by bandaging the burns for two hours. The oil will penetrate, hydrate, and moisturize the dead skin, leaving no scars.

A bath with horse oil, for at least one hour, can also help with the swelling and pain that is caused by hemorrhoids.

With a variety of uses for treating skin, horse fat is an unusual, yet effective, tool to keep on hand.


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