Essential Oils And Our Pets


Essential Oils And Our Pets

Before we talk about using the​ essential oils,​ we first should define what is​ an​ essential oil in​ the​ first place.

An essential oil is​ a​ bioavailable nutritive liquid. This liquid is​ derived from flowers,​ plants,​ trees,​ etc.,​ through a​ special distillation process. Essential oils (when left in​ their purest,​ non-diluted state with no synthetics added) have a​ 100% kill factor on​ harmful viruses,​ bacteria,​ funguses,​ mold and tumors.*

The key to​ using an​ essential oil in​ the​ ways I will describe here though is​ to​ make sure you​ 1) know your source 2) because you'll want the​ oils derived from certified organic plants not grown with pesticides in​ order to​ have the​ full effect of​ the​ oil.

Ocean flowersAromatherapy is​ often a​ word you'll find associated with the​ essential oils. the​ phrase was first "coined" by French chemist Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse,​ Ph.D.,​ in​ 1920. One day while he was working in​ his laboratory he had an​ accident that caused a​ third-degree thermal burn to​ his arm and hand. His immediate reaction was to​ plunge his arm into what he thought was a​ vat of​ water but rather it​ was a​ vat of​ lavender oil. So,​ he continued to​ use the​ lavender oil to​ treat his burn which eventually healed completely and left absolutely no scar!

Now please keep in​ mind that most of​ the​ essential oils on​ the​ market today have synthetics added to​ them as​ they're basically made for the​ cosmetic industry and are not nutritional. However,​ there are some excellent therapeutic grade oils on​ the​ market that are pure,​ unadulterated oils that can be used internally,​ topically and inhaled as​ powerful immune system builders.

While these essential oils for the​ most part have been created with humans in​ mind,​ many people are using these essential oils in​ their pet care successfully,​ and I'm one of​ them.

The essential oils work synergistically with the​ body to​ maintain,​ help,​ repair,​ and renew it​ right down to​ our DNA. the​ "oil" from the​ plants is​ similar to​ our blood and immune system so they work very harmoniously within our bodies. They go in​ and oxygenate and detoxify our blood simulatenously and create an​ environment where pathogens cannot live! Even more exciting is​ when the​ oils are either directly inhaled or​ diffused (using a​ cold air diffuser) they will cross the​ blood-brain barrier and clean out the​ petrochemicals. Due to​ their adaptagenic qualities they go into our blood streams,​ cells,​ etc.,​ and seek out where they are needed like little therapeutic agents.

You might be thinking,​ well but I don't have any petrochemicals in​ my brain or​ blood and even if​ I do,​ my pets don't. Think again. Dr. David Stewart,​ PhD,​ wrote in​ his article Essential Oils for Things That Bug you​ Around the​ House the​ following "Among the​ many chemicals in​ our industrial environment that get into our systems and make us sick are the​ pesticides we use in​ our homes. We use them because we they are toxic to​ the​ creatures that bug us,​ but they are also toxic to​ us. Sometimes the​ toxicity is​ immediately apparent: we get a​ headache,​ get sick or​ feel nausea from the​ fumes or​ other contact.

Sometimes the​ toxicity is​ subtle and can accumulate resulting in​ chronic complaints and disorder (including allergies,​ cancer and miscarriages) that can be serious and even deadly over time. Sometimes we even put poisons on​ our pets to​ deal with ticks and fleas,​ not realizing that these substances are not healthy for us nor our animals."

Pesticides normally include some kind of​ petrochemical. Meaning if​ we don't take responsibilty for our health and the​ health of​ our pets,​ we can become sicker and sicker through the​ use of​ all these pesticides,​ herbacides,​ and chemical cleaning products in​ our homes. What affects us can affect our pets even faster and more readily because they are lying on​ our chemically cleaned floors and in​ our chemically treated and fertilized yards.

There is​ hope though! By using therapeutic grade essential oils,​ we can eliminate much (if not all) of​ the​ poisons from our homes and in​ our bodies -and that includes our pets too! While I can't go into depth in​ one single article I can leave you​ with some links to​ follow up on​ and a​ few of​ the​ essential oils you​ may want to​ get immediately to​ start implementing the​ change in​ your lives and the​ lives in​ your pets.

When using therapeutic grade oils,​ you​ can use them "neat" (undiluted) on​ skin,​ inhaled,​ or​ even internally with some oils. to​ apply any to​ your pets,​ you​ may choose to​ diffuse them in​ a​ diffuser until your pets become more used to​ the​ oils. With cats it​ is​ always a​ good idea to​ err on​ the​ side of​ caution and either diffuse them or​ apply diluted to​ their hind feet (using more mixing oil than essential oil) or​ tips of​ their ears. I only use one brand of​ oil and do not use any others. I know my source and these oils and trust them. Do your homework before embarking on​ the​ oils for your pets,​ especially your cats.

Red Rose Lavender oil has so many uses benefits including the​ one at​ the​ beginning of​ this article: for burns,​ cuts,​ scrapes,​ sunburns it​ is​ an​ all-purpose oil. Add to​ that the​ calming effect and wonderful smell,​ you​ can't go wrong with this oil. it​ can be used on​ bee stings and insect bites also and is​ a​ good oil (when diluted with a​ organic mixing oil such as​ olive or​ almond) for cleaning your dog and cats ears (VERY diluted on​ a​ cat!). When you​ use any of​ the​ oils (neat or​ straight undiluted) the​ oils act an​ insect repellant. When you​ mix them with water they act as​ a​ natural pesticide. This oil is​ a​ good repellant to​ chiggers,​ fleas,​ flies,​ mosquitoes,​ and ticks!

Peppermint oil: this oil is​ great for relieving doggy flatulence (and human!),​ diarrhea,​ indigestion,​ as​ an​ anti-inflammatory,​ and can reduce fevers. you​ can also use it​ before or​ during a​ workout to​ boost your mood and reduce fatigue -I do daily! Oh and the​ best part -it can curb your appetite! This oil is​ also good at​ getting rid of​ the​ following bugs: Ants,​ aphids,​ beetles,​ catepillars,​ fleas,​ flies,​ lice,​ moths,​ plant lice,​ and spiders.

There are many many more oils to​ help you​ for nearly every single medical protocol for you​ and your pets. Here are some articles you​ can read along with Dr. Stewart's above on​ a​ Dog's View (see resource box):
Aromatherapy Research and Education: What is​ AFNOR?
How Do Essential Oils Work?
The Healing Power of​ a​ Rose
Important Facts Regarding Toxins in​ our Environment

*All information presented here is​ intended for educational purposes only. it​ is​ not provided in​ order to​ diagnose,​ prescribe or​ treat any disease,​ illness or​ injured condition of​ the​ body or​ pets and the​ author,​ publisher,​ and contributors accept no responsibility for such use. Anyone suffering or​ their pets from any disease,​ illness or​ injury should consult with their physician or​ veterinarian.

Originally published for the​ Holistic Pet Care topic on​ Suite101.com






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