"A" is for Autumn

“We all change colours and lose our leaves… then we bloom again.”

(Maria Lago). 

Autumn is often associated with death and renewal by many cultures. For me, it is welcoming crisp mornings and admiring the beautiful golden colours which highlight nature’s season of letting go, detoxification and transformation – the annual shedding of summer coats and lost leaves ahead of winter’s period of rest and rejuvenation. Without this release of what is no longer required, there would be no harvest to nourish us nor space to store and replenish the resources required to support spring’s rebirth and growth. 

At White Horse Remedies, we believe in offering holistic support to our animals and ourselves during the process of letting go and cleansing that occurs on emotional, energetic, mental, physical and spiritual levels. 

You may choose to offer your horse a physical boost from Ron Field’s Remount tonic which 

  • Supports normal liver function
  • Supports normal lymphatic function
  • Assists with elimination of toxins
  • Assists recovery from illness or allergies
  • Helps with inflammation
  • Maintains a good metabolism
  • Supports a good appetite
  • Helps good digestion
  • Helps the immune system
  • Improves health and vitality

Providing herbs from nature’s bountiful harvest can not only improve your animal’s wellbeing, but is also a means of encouraging bonding when offered by hand through self selection. Red clover, nettle leaves, burdock root and rosehip shells are usually particular favourites, especially at this time of the year, as they may help support the detoxification process. Why not try our Amazing Autumn starter pack and see which is your animal’s favourite? One of my horses always selects burdock root first if given a choice, whilst the other enjoys his red clover

When toxins are released from one area, for example physically, we often find that there is an associated cleansing on other levels, such as emotional or mental. Supporting the acceptance, release and processing of change, grief or loss can cleanse, clear and also create space for our growth and healing. Have you noticed that when you mentally let go of unhelpful thoughts, doing so often leads to a lighter mood as well as body? How the endorphins released through physically exerting yourself also improve your overall spirit and sense of wellbeing? 

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” (Tao Te Ching). 

Essential oils can also be a useful aid to assist animals and humans in transforming and letting go. The most often chosen autumnal essential oils are those which, not surprisingly, are made from the leaves or needles of plants who seasonally let go (for example conifers shedding their cones and seasonal needle drop) and help us take it all in but let it go. They aid in facilitating both inner and outer change by allowing us to unearth and face into any fear that may be holding us back. 

Cypress essential oil is particularly helpful at a time of transition as it can provide calm comfort and acceptance for those undergoing emotional trauma, shock or stress whilst uplifting spirits and stimulating increased energy levels. 

It can be used aromatically as well as topically. Cypress essential oil should not be used with small children and should be avoided if pregnant. A small skin patch test is recommended before topical use and you should dilute it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba, before applying.

Cypress is also said to provide these physical benefits :

– Cypress oil may act as an antispasmodic, reducing muscle cramp and spasms, improving blood circulation, easing chronic pain and helping calm the respiratory system. Its diuretic qualities may help reduce inflammation, whilst the body flushing out toxins may also be beneficial for the liver.

– The hemostatic and astringent properties of cypress oil may help heal both external and internal wounds by reducing bleeding and promoting clotting. The antiseptic nature may also prevent infections by inhibiting the growth of bacteria (including respiratory infections). 

You may wish to try this topical joint/ligament, post-workout spray on your horse (it also deters insects):
In a bottle, combine  100 ml of a carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, etc) with the following essential oils:

20 drops cypress
10 drops fir balsam
10 drops frankincense 
5 drops lemongrass 
Shake to mix and spray on your or your horse’s sore joints (taking care to avoid the eyes). 

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” (L.M. Montgomery). 

We hope that you and your loved ones make the most of all the abundance that autumn offers and truly take in and let go. 

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