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5 Reasons, Why NOT to use Vaseline on Horses' Lips

By Saskia Ostermeier July 21, 2019

Why Not Vaseline on my horses’ lips?

It’s cheap and effective……. right? It doesn’t smell, and it seems to work well for softening skin… what’s the problem with that?

What is Petroleum Jelly (PJ)?

PJ is well known for being a by-product of the oil refining process. It has been refined for use in the beauty industry. Harmful components are removed before use in beauty or personal care products. Vaseline is highly-refined, triple-purified and regarded as non-carcinogenic. That sounds great! But is it right for your horse?

SO How Does it Work?

PJ is used in all kinds of lotions and baby products for its ability to create a protective barrier on skin and seal in moisture. It’s also called Mineral oil, Liquid paraffin, or Paraffin oil and there is a multitude of uses for it.  

1.It’s a water-repellent, meaning it merely provides a barrier so that moisture doesn’t escape.


2.Because it’s a mineral oil, it doesn't actually moisturize. It looks like it’s hydrating and moisturizing, but there is nothing in petroleum jelly that actually nourishes the skin. Protect yes, nourish NO.


3.It’s greasy and difficult to clean off. It essentially seals in dirt and bacteria. It’s important that the area you use it on is really clean. It makes your horses bit mucky.


4.Crucially, (for horses) it locks in heat caused by friction. This isn’t what your horse needs on his lips. We want lubrication for the bit, but without the heat.


5.And finally – Vaseline is recommended for external use only, there is a rare, but scary potential problem if the petroleum jelly moves into the respiratory system. If petroleum jelly gets into the lungs, it can cause *Lipoid pneumonia.

              *Lipoid pneumonia is a severe inflammatory reaction to the presence of oil in the lungs, which is usually fatal when it occurs in horses. For further information see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3113859

              Thankfully, there are great alternatives to Vaseline that do help increase lubrication and moisture on the skin, provide nourishment and healing. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you are using something on your horse that you wouldn't mind putting into your own skin?

              Opt for a more natural alternative.  Our bit balm is made from some great natural ingredients including Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter. Blended with some really beneficial oils, it makes the perfect combination for Bit Balm.

              • Beeswax – A great substitute for the waterproof and protective properties of petroleum jelly. Beeswax is blended with beauty products all around the world. It’s especially good in balms and creams. (And on horse lips)
              • Shea Butter – Absorbs rapidly into the skin, and has good water-binding properties. Its reported to have anti-inflammatory, emollient, and humectant
              • Coconut Oil – is a good oil for general moisturising and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in the skin. It’s gentle enough to be suitable for inflamed or irritated skin. Its fantastic at lubricating without the heat from friction of the bit that Vaseline causes.
              • Sunflower Oil - is high in vitamins A, B, D & E, minerals, lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids. It is deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and is highly recommended for treating dry, weathered, aged and damaged skin.
              • Grape Seed Oil - is rich in linoleic acid. It is obtained from the seeds of the grapes which contain around 12% of a drying oil which has excellent spread ability on the skin and penetrates quickly, leaving no oily residue.
              • Castor oil - is a very thick and sticky oil which takes a long time to absorb into the skin.  It acts as a barrier and protects against harsh conditions. It is very soothing and moisturising and is used when it's important that the product isn't absorbed too quickly.
              Natural Ingredients;

              Healing bit balm for horsesNatural NZ Honey has hydrating benefits with enzymes, antioxidants, and minerals, all working in synergy to moisturize your horses lips.

              Soften corners of horses lipsThe Mango butter is an emollient and is wonderful for horses with dry lips. Mango butter is known for its soothing, moisturizing and protective properties so it’s an ideal ingredient for bit balm. 

              Bit butter for equinesMango butter also has healing qualities and is used on inflamed skin, and fissures of the skin, its deeply moisturising, and stays on to soften and protect your horses lips, and help to heal any cracks.

              heal horses cracked corners of mouth No prohibited substances in this Bit Balm of AllinHealth, all Natural Ingredients.

              This Bit Balm helps with;

              soften horses mouthHealing rubbed and cracked skin, which helps the horse to accept the bit.

              heal horses cracked lipsLubrication and moisturising.

               Bit Balm, honey and mango butter, for faster healing

              If you are looking for a Natural Bit Balm which lubricates and has some healing properties, then this Bit Balm is the one.

               

              Heal cracked lips on horsesThis Natural Bit Balm is an excellent emollient that penetrates the skin easily. It helps to slow moisture loss by forming a barrier on the skins surface, to keep the mouth lubricated where applied.

              How to heal a horse's cracked lipsNo prohibited substances in this Bit Balm of AllinHealth, all Natural Ingredients.

              This Bit Balm helps with;

              Bit balm for horses mouth and horses cracked lipsKeeping the lips and corners of the mouth supple and soft, to provide the horse with a happier mouth which prevent contact issues.

              prevent chaffing on horses lips with bit balm for horses lipsPreventing irritation like chaffing, which could be painful.

              Heals rubbed and cracked skin, which helps the horse to accept the bit.

              Natural Ingredients;

              horse accepting bit with help of bit balm for equineCoconut Oil is an excellent emollient that penetrates the skin easily. It helps to slow moisture loss by forming a barrier on the skins surface.

              Grease for equines mouth, lubricate mouth of horseThe Grapeseed oil helps soften and protect the lips. Grapeseed oil is renowned for its moisturizing properties, and is high in Omega 6, the Shea butter is a naturally occurring butter from the Shea nut. It has great moisturizing properties. Combined, these ingredients make a wonderful lubricating bit balm.

              Mouth and Bit Balm, for superb lubrication

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