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  • Listerine as Liniment

    I just bought some Listerine because my horse has been rubbing her tail.

    I have heard you can use it as a liniment as well. Has anyone done this? For me, for a liniment to be worth its salt it has to do one or more of the following things:

    -Reduce swelling/tighten legs (usually via counterirritant)
    -Relieve soreness/loosen up muscles
    -Draw heat (usually via alcohol)

    Does the Listerine do any of these things?

    My biggest question is WHY does Listerine work as a liniment?

  • #2
    Not my favorite, but I grew up hearing how Mom used when she worked on the standardbred tracks.

    Listerine, or any mouthwash, has many of the same ingredients of many commercial liniments: alcohol, wintergreen, spearmint.

    The cheap mouthwashes work better than the more expensive, alcohol free ones.
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    • #3
      It does have a cooling effect, I have diluted it with water. It kiss germs by the millions on contact so it can be helpul in killing off the little cruddies that make them itchy.

      It can also be drying so be careful if using it on itchy spots. I know of several people that will mix it with baby oil and use it on tails that are itchy.
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      • #4
        I used Listerine in a homemade liniment recipe that was an EPIC FAIL. My horse hated it and it dried out my hands horribly. I'm not sure if it was the Listerine or the other ingredients that did this though.


        • #5
          Not sure I believe any liniment does the things you listed. Wintergreen alcohol from the dollar store is a better idea in my opinion.
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          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
            Not sure I believe any liniment does the things you listed. Wintergreen alcohol from the dollar store is a better idea in my opinion.
            In my experience, some liniments do. Bigeloil has Capsicum, which stimulates circulation and creates a heating effect. My horse's legs are much tighter when I use this versus alcohol or even Vetrolin. I have seen SNM relieve soreness on my horse. And Mineral Ice, as it is mostly menthol, an alcohol, will draw heat as it evaporates.

            But I agree, a lot of liniments have purely superficial effects.


            • #7
              Listerine works fairly well as a knat and mosquito repellent because of the eucalyptus extract in it. IMO, a lot of horses rub their tails becuase of knats biting them in the groin area, hense, using it the tail area does often reduce tail rubbing because of lessened knat bites. Spray the groin for better results.

              Use Sore No More liniment if you want a linimnet that does more than make the skin tingle. The Arnica in it really does reduce edema and inflamation.