Many ranchers and farmers swear topical horse liniments are superior to human balms for the relief of common aches and pains. This claim is so well accepted you can even find horse liniments marketed for both animal and human use. Chapman's Premium horse liniment advertises its products are made "for man or beast." The "if it's good enough for my horse, it's good enough for me" theory may not always be true, however. Equine products do not undergo FDA testing and may contain ingredients not safe for humans. Before you melt away your pain with your favorite horse product, read the label and get approval from your doctor.
Choose a horse liniment designated safe for human use and be sure to read the ingredients on the label. Look for products that contain natural herbs and essential oils. Steer clear of products that contain DMSO. DMSO is an ingredient found in some horse liniments that is not approved by the FDA for human use and may be dangerous.
After selecting a people-friendly liniment, wash skin with regular soap and water and pat dry with a towel.
Massage the horse liniment into your skin over the affected areas (sore muscles and joints). Avoid contact with your eyes, nose or mouth.
Reapply the horse liniment to your skin two to three times a day, or according to the manufacturer's directions.
The manufacturers of Absorbine horse liniment make a human version of the horse product called Absorbine Jr. Absorbine started manufacturing the human liniment after noticing that farmers used the horse liniment to soothe their own aches.
Always get your doctor's approval before using horse liniment. If your aches and pains continue more than a few days, see your doctor. Joint soreness and aching muscles can be caused by arthritis, muscle tears and other more serious conditions.
Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.