How to Use Horse Balms

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How to Use Horse Balms
Reward a weary body with horse balm. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Horse balm is classified under the name "collinsonia canadensis" and grows aromatic flowers that smell like lemon on a thick, woody stalk. When it is used in a balm, the benefits are both odoriferous and relieving. Used for centuries as a healing balm for hard-working horses, it works wonders for what ails your tired muscles as well.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open the jar of your favourite horse balm and, using your fingertips, scoop out a small amount. Remember that a little goes a long way, so begin liberally.

  2. 2

    Massage the horse balm into your achy muscles, tendons or joints. This can be done after a workout as a pain reliever; or before activity, as it stimulates blood flow and mimics the "warm-up" process.

  3. 3

    Wipe your hands with a clean, dry towel and make sure not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth or any other sensitive areas, as horse balm can cause irritation in places where skin is thin and mucous membranes are exposed.

Tips and warnings

  • Some brands of horse balm are only approved in Germany for human use, with the FDA holding back on human use in the United States. Make sure you're using one that is approved for use in the United States.

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