Friday, December 29, 2017

Animals & Essential Oils 101

For most pet parents, our animals are like our children and depend on us for everything . . . . food and water, grooming, shelter, and healthcare. That is why there is nothing worse than seeing them under the weather or in pain. Just as with any stressful situation, it is important not to panic and to stay as calm as possible. Animals sense our emotions, often through smell, therefore the best way to keep them calm is to make sure you are calm.

One of the biggest challenges a pet parent or animal caregiver can face in a moment of crisis or stress is trying to communicate with their animal. It is far easier to read an animal when that animal trusts you. You know your animal(s) better than anyone, therefore using common sense and your natural instincts can be very helpful. 

When used properly and when keeping key facts in mind, essential oils are very effective in providing our animals with natural / holistic care that works!  I personally keep several essential oils on hand that are perfect for animal first aid. Knowing what you have on hand, which oils are most effective for any given situation, and what amount and frequency is appropriate for each animal in your care is crucial. 

* I will preface this next section by stating that the ONLY essential oils I use and recommend are Young Living Essential Oils, as they are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade and have been proven to be safe and effective time and time again. As a holistic consultant, energy healer, animal Reiki practitioner and lifelong pet parent, I only trust Young Living for my clients and my own animals, as well as for myself!

Guidelines For Proper Usage:

~ The key to using essential oils with animals is to always go very slowly! Do not rush and do not force them on your animals. Most animals will respond much better to essential oils if they are comfortable with you and with the various scents of essential oils. Also, introducing them slowly will avoid creating any negative experiences or promoting any adverse reactions to the oils. Animals are highly sensitive to odors and may find a new smell too intense in the beginning. 

~ An aversion to essential oils may be a simple dislike to the oil (or oils). This usually occurs when an oil has been aggressively introduced or improperly used. For example, an animal's face, nose or feet are highly sensitive areas, therefore any new smells must be introduced slowly and carefully. Aversions can arise very quickly and may take a long time to overcome, so the more time and patience you use introducing the oils, the better. 

~ Start with very small amounts of whichever oil is needed for the situation you are addressing. Keep in mind that when using 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from Young Living, one drop is usually plenty when you are just beginning. Until you are able to read your animals and see their reactions, make sure they are comfortable and do not exceed recommended amounts

~ Avoid using hot or irritating oils on your pets. If you are in doubt about comfortably using a particular oil on your animal(s), it is always best to err on the side of caution and find a suitable alternative using common sense and good judgment.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick and Easy How-To

If you love using Young Living products in your home, you’ve probably wondered how you can share their amazing benefits with your animals. Which oils are safe to use? How much can I apply? Should I diffuse or apply topically? 
If you’ve ever had questions like these, we’re here to help! Check out this quick-and-easy how-to guide for using essential oils with animals.* Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, here are a few things to keep in mind: 
Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.
  • ~ Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
  • ~ Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
  • ~ Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
  • ~ Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
  • ~ Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.

Young Living Essential Oils for dogs

Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.
  • ~ For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a diluting agent, such as V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex).
  • ~ For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
  • ~ For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.

Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.
  • ~ Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
  • ~ If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.

essential oils for pets

Once they’re used to essential oils, animals can respond well to topical application.
  • ~ For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
  • ~ For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.
  • ~ Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
  • ~ For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or water in a spray bottle for easier application.
  • Animal Scents Ointment can be used to seal and protect areas where essential oils have been applied topically.

Essential oils can be administered internally.
  • ~ Some essential oils can be mixed with your animal’s food.
  • ~ For large animals, you can pull out the bottom lip and drop oils directly into the mouth.

Young Living offers a full line of animal-specific products.

AnimalScents Oils - Young Living Essential Oils

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* The information included on this website is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for veterinary or professional medical advice. None of the opinions expressed here are meant to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. You should always consult your veterinarian or health care provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan involving your animal(s) or yourself.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Essential Oils for Holistic Animal Care

Essential oils have been used very successfully on many different kinds of animals from kittens to 2,000-pound draft horses. Animals generally respond to essential oils in much the same way as humans.

What Kind of Essential Oils Are Best?

When using essential oils for your animals, and even for yourself, you want 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, not the perfume-grade, adulterated oils you get at the health food store or online. The ONLY brand I use for my animals and myself is Young Living Essential Oils.  Young Living is proud to set the standard for essential oil purity and authenticity by carefully monitoring the production of our oils through our unique Seed to Seal® process. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, we apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended.

How Much Should I Use?

Most animals are more sensitive to the effects of essential oils than humans. They often seem to have a natural affinity to the healing influence of the oils. 

Adjust dosage proportionately, based on the animal's body weight. If the protocol for a human being at about 160 lbs. calls for 3-5 drops, then a horse at 1,600 lbs. or more could use as much as 10 times that amount while a dog at 16 lbs. would need as little as one-tenth that amount. 

Generally speaking, if you have never put oils on an animal before, you should start carefully, applying them only to the feet, paws, or hooves (on the frog and coronet band) at first.

In the case of cats and small dogs, essential oils should ALWAYS be diluted before applying, because they are actually MORE sensitive to the biochemicals in the oils than humans. Be careful to avoid high phenol oils, such as oregano and thyme, on cats because they can be extremely sensitive to these stronger oils. They should only be used in high rates of dilution (90%). 

General Guidelines

~ For small animals (cats and small dogs): Apply 3-5 drops of diluted (80-90%) oil mixture per application.

~ For larger animals (large dogs): Apply 3-5 drops neat (dilute if using oils high in phenol) per application.

~ For large animals (cattle and horses): Apply 20-30 drops neat (dilute if using oils high in phenol) per application.

How to Administer Essential Oils Internally

For ingestion, the essential oils can be put into a capsule and mixed with the animal's food. A few drops could be added to gravy on food when administering to dogs or cats.

On large animals, the animal's bottom lip can be pulled out and (for example, in the case of the horse) 10 or 15 drops of oil put in. The animal will feel the effect quickly because capillaries in the lip will carry the oil into the bloodstream immediately. For a large dog, 1 to 3 drops is sufficient. 

When treating animals with essential oils internally, make certain the oils used are pure and free of chemicals, solvents, and adulterants, which is why I only recommend using Young Living 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Other Helpful Tips

~ When treating large animals for viral or bacterial infection, arthritis, or bone injury, generally use the same oils and protocol recommended for humans.

~ For applying to large, open wounds or hard-to-reach areas, it helps to put the oils in a spray bottle, dilute the oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, other high-quality vegetable oil, or olive oil, and spray the mixture directly on the location.

~ After applying oil to an open wound, cover the wound with Animal Scents Ointment to seal and protect it from further infection. The ointment will also prevent the essential oils from evaporating. 

~ There is no right or wrong way to apply essential oils. Every animal is a little different. Use common sense and good judgment as you experiment with different methods, however, be sure to carefully observe how the animal responds to the treatment.

~ Take special care not to get essential oils in the animal's eyes.

~ Make sure the animal is drinking pure water. Chlorinated water will suppress thyroid and immune function in animals even quicker than in humans. When that happens, you will suppress the healing process of that animal, whether it is a dog, horse, or cat.

~ Quality protein is vitally important to promote healing, which makes the use of organic feed essential. Unfortunately, many commercial feeds contain bovine byproducts that have high risk for BSE disease and make them unfit for animal care. Avoid these at all costs. Enzymes are also essential to maximize digestion and protein assimilation.

Where to Apply Essential Oils on Animals

For animals without hooves, such as dogs or cats, oils (neat or diluted) can be applied to paws for faster absorption. 

For hooved animals, sprinkle a few drops on the spine or flanks and massage them into the skin. You may also apply the oils on the gums, tongue, frog, coronet bands of hooves, or underneath the top lip. Oils can also be applied to the auricular points of the ears.

Applying Essential Oils on a Jittery and Resistant Animal

If you have a high-spirited, jittery animal that will not be still to receive the application, apply Peace & Calming and/or Valor on yourself first. As you approach the animal, it should react calmer as it smells the aroma.

Kneel down or squat beside the animal and remain still for several minutes so that it can become accustomed to the smell. As the animal breathes in the fragrances, it will become calmer and easier to manage. 

Use Special Caution with Cats

Cats metabolize things very differently from dogs and other animals. Certain oils are potentially toxic to cats and could result in injury or even death if applied incorrectly.

For example, cats generally have adverse reactions to citrus products, and citrus oils are sometimes used to deter cats from frequenting an area. Also, cats are very sensitive to strong odors, so go slowly and use caution and common sense when applying oils to cats, and be sure to monitor how they respond to the oils. Always allow your cat(s) to sniff an oil first, then give them the option of leaving the area should they not care for the aroma.  

Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly, as I am happy to help give you further guidance from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, or from The Animal Desk Reference. Also, feel free to scroll through previous posts to learn more about how Young Living Essential Oils can benefit your animals, and you!

*Source ~ Essential Oils Desk Reference ~ Fifth Edition

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Essential Oils & Animals ~ Infections and the Immune System

Our family pets are exposed to the same infectious agents we are, so the health of their immune system is important. Their immune system must be able to resist the onslaught of exposure to resistant bacteria and viruses in the environment. Since many animals are closer to the ground than people, they are often exposed to many more parasites and fungal elements. Being able to fight disease is needed to prevent illness and stop the passing of harmful agents to the animal's owners. When infectious agents are present in the body, the agents take over and cause overwhelming life-threatening illness. The body is stressed, increased weakness develops to further infection, and the end result can be high morbidity or mortality. We also now know the world is full of infectious agents that are no longer sensitive to many conventional antibiotics. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics has lead to a problem of an inability to treat people and pets. 

Essential oils are nature's answer to this problem. Research has shown that essential oils kill infectious agents better than conventional therapy. This includes bacteria, viruses, fungus, and parasites both internal and external. Although popular years ago before the advent of antibiotics and other seemingly convenient treatments, the uses of essential oils for infections of various types have all but been forgotten. But recently the essential oils are being revisited with positive results. 

The family pet can use the essential oils much the same way as humans do. One of the first ways the oils benefit the pet is by building the immune system. Often animals are missing key elements to maintain health, with the immune system lacking strength and resistance. In short, the pet is not healthy. Supplements with essential oils are an easy option to help boost immunity and provide a strong resistance. Although a lot of the supplements are made for people as far as dosage, some simple modifications of the amounts make it possible for the same products to be used for the whole family, including the pets. This makes using supplements convenient and easy for the pet owner. 

Young Living Supplements to Improve Your Pet's Immunity

* ImmuPro

* Inner Defense

For pets, the dose used is based on the animals size. Figuring the dosage is usually not difficult, even for the smallest pet. By using something like agave as a sweetener or NingXia Red (and administered with a measuring spoon or small child's dosing syringe), the proper amount can be attained. The supplement range is usually wide enough so small increases or decreases need not cause alarm. Dilution of the essential oils is both patient dependent and oil dependent. If an essential oil is diluted for the pet's owner, then the oil is diluted for the pet as well. Again, dilution is based on size and species of pet. The only dilution form used is pure carrier oil such as V-6, FCO (fractionated coconut oil), or another light oil like jojoba or almond oil. Never dilute with water as this will drive the oil into the animal's tissue and can cause irritation. Always dilute with a carrier oil!

By using Young Living Essential Oils, we have another avenue to effectively treat infection, sickness, and bolster the immune system, but use should be discriminate. The oil should be chosen due to its unique qualities for eliminating the infectious agent. Just as antibiotics are chosen for the agent's sensitivity to the particular kind of medication, so should the oil. Luckily the essential oil varieties are endless considering the abundance of plant life. New oils are discovered and the special properties they possess that deal with a variety of problems seem unrestricted. 

Common Essential Oils for Pets

Animal Scents™ Care Collection:

* PuriClean™: 15ml  ~ Cleanses and refreshes the skin.
* Infect Away™: 15ml ~ Supports a healthy skin barrier.
* Mendwell™: 15ml ~ Supports healthy skin repair.
* ParaGize™: 15ml ~ Helps promote healthy digestion.
* RepelAroma™: 15ml ~ Helps animals enjoy the outdoors without annoyance.
* T-Away™: 15ml ~ Helps animals cope with emotional blocks and supports a new level of emotional freedom and joy.

Other oils include, but are not limited to:

* Lavender
* Thieves
* Frankincense
* Immupower
* Eucalyptus (all varieties)
* Melrose
* Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree ~ all varieties)
* Purification
* Copaiba
* DiGize
* Raven
* R.C.

For more information on how essential oils can help your animals, please contact me directly! I am happy to guide you on how to heal your pets naturally and keep them healthy.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Weather Winter

With frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, the first few months of the year can be tough for your dog, making it easy for him to catch the winter blues. Here are five winter tips to show your dog a little extra love and keep him healthy and happy this season!

1. Play Dress Up with Your Pup:

Just because your dog has a built-in fur coat doesn’t mean he won’t get cold ~ his breed, size, and even his age affect his internal thermostat. If he doesn’t have a heavy fur coat, a sweater or dog coat can keep your pup cozy during the winter season. Pay attention to the material and the fit when choosing a coat or sweater for your furry friend’s comfort. It never hurts to have several on hand to ensure your dog has a dry sweater or coat whenever he heads outdoors.

2. Change Grooming Habits for Winter:

In the drying winter season, less is more. If possible, minimize baths during the colder months to help your dog maintain naturally occurring oils so his skin won’t dry out as much. When you do bathe him, pamper your pup by using Animal Scents™ Shampoo to clean and condition your pet’s coat. Make sure your dog is completely dry before going out after a bath.

3. Prevent Cabin Fever:

If you live somewhere cold, your dog may stay inside more during this time of year. After being cooped up all day, it’s easy for your furry friend to catch cabin fever. Combat the boredom by creating indoor activities and stocking up on plenty of toys. Playing with interactive toys ~ or any toys for that matter ~ can stimulate your pet’s brain. If you live near an indoor dog park or agility park, an hour a day could be a great physical outlet for him.

4. Help Your Pet Stay Hydrated:

Cold temperatures can cause dehydration, so help your pup stay hydrated by giving him plenty of fresh water and choosing high-quality food for good nutrition and health.

5. Provide a Warm, Clean Bed and Plenty of Blankets:

Who doesn’t like to snuggle up to fresh, warm blankets on a snowy day? Freshen up your dog’s bedding by laundering it regularly so he has a hygienic place to stay toasty warm.

Keep your pets happy and healthy year-round with 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and the Animal Scents collection of products formulated specifically for your pets!

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Essential Oils ~ Alternative Therapies for Animals

Here's a great short video highlighting Thomas Pfafman DVM, CAC, who has been using alternative therapy to treat animals for decades. From fleas and ticks, to bumps and bruises, essential oils allow Dr. Tom to get to the source of the problem and heal long-term. 

I use these oils on my pets, as well as on my Animal Reiki clients and in my holistic spiritual healing business.  I always recommend that pet parents learn the proper usage of essential oils prior to treating their own pets, so please ask for help when seeking out alternative therapies!

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Integrative Vet Medicine Video

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Why I ONLY Use Young Living Essential Oils . . . .

You might be wondering what the difference is between Young Living Essential Oils and the oils found in your local health food stores, or online. I want to be very clear that whenever I discuss using essential oils, or oil-infused products, I am ONLY talking about Young Living Essential Oils. Many of the oils available for purchase in stores or online contain chemicals, or include synthetic additives. You also never know where the plant material comes from with those oils. I never want someone to hear me say that Lavender can help with irritated skin, then go buy a low-quality bottle of Lavender at the store, put it on their skin and end up with their skin being even more irritated due to the chemicals and / or adulteration. This can happen (and has happened), and that is why I only use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade Young Living Essential Oils!

If an oil bottle label says “Topical or External Use Only” or “Do Not Ingest” then there’s your red flag that it’s probably adulterated. Expiration dates are also a red flag. Young Living oils are a different grade if essential oils, as they are therapeutic-grade, NOT perfume grade or synthetic.

Just like with food, when it comes to what we put in or on our bodies, we want to be certain that is is clean, pure and of the best quality and we feel the same way about essential oils.

1. Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils ~ which means they can be used for therapeutic use, not just for fragrance. Oils bought in the store or online are “perfume grade” or "floral waters" and can only be used for pretty smells, however be aware that they are adulterated. I did the research, which is why I only use Young Living Essential Oils for my own health and wellness, as well as for that of my pets. Young Living Essential Oils can also replace many of the toxic products you use in your home, such as personal care products, beauty products, air fresheners and household cleaners.

2. Young Living carefully monitors every step of the production of their oils from Seed to Seal ~ from the time the first seed is planted to the time the bottle is sealed.

3. Young Living is the ONLY Essential Oil company that owns their own organic farms to grow the plants that are used to make the oils.

4. Young Living has been in business for over 20 years. It uses its own internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that international purity and potency standards are met and surpassed. Young Living completes 8 different tests on EVERY BATCH OF OIL that is made!

5. Young Living oils are distilled at low temperature and pressure in stainless steel chambers to maintain the delicate therapeutic compounds of the essential oils. The key to producing therapeutic-grade essential oils is to preserve as many of the delicate therapeutic compounds within the EO as possible. These fragile constituents are easily destroyed by high temperature and pressure, as well as any contact with chemically reactive metals such as copper or aluminum. YL oils are steam-distilled in stainless steel chambers at low pressure and low temperature. YL only uses plant material free of agrichemicals and steam distillation to end up with a pure oil. Cheap adulterated oils will have leftover chemical solvents from distillations in them. Many store-bought oil companies use plant materials with pesticides (and the residue often ends up in the essential oil), they may distill their oils with chemical solvents like hexane, or use chemically reactive metals like aluminum in the distillation chambers which can also affect the oils.

Should you wish to get started with your own oils and products, we recommend that you enroll as a wholesale member in Young Living by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, which gives you the Everyday Oils, a bonus oil called Citrus Fresh, a Home Diffuser, as well as NingXia Red and EO samples to try or share. This is an excellent investment in your health, as well as the health of your animals.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Use Essential Oils For Cats Safely

The use of essential oils for cats is probably the most controversial area in the world of aromatherapy. There are people who are adamant that essential oils cannot be used safely for cats, however I personally use essential oils on my pets, including my cats, who happen to gravitate toward most of the oils . . . . whether in the diffuser or to me, since I use many of the oils topically. There are a few oils that they are not fond of, however, they are always given the option to leave the room and not be near the oils they do not care for, however there are not many that I can think of.

Cats are unique. One might even wonder if they come from another planet! Because they are different, their liver enzymes do not metabolize things the same way as a dog or a human. Oils high in eugenol or phenol compounds can stress their liver. This is highly problematic and can even be fatal with the use of poor quality, non-therapeutic grade (medical grade) oils. When a pure, medical-grade essential oil is collected in its entirety, the trace amounts of chemicals, which would normally be missed by the fragrance industry, act as a buffering agent to the rest of the compounds. Basically, if you do not collect the entire oil structure from a plant, you change its chemical makeup, thus decreasing the medical benefits and missing out on some very important properties.

Oils that are high in eugenols and phenols are often referred to as "hot" oils. These are oils that would likely cause irritation if they came in contact with your face, or other sensitive areas of your body. Common oils to use caution with are Basil, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Mountain Savory, Oregano, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Thyme, and Wintergreen.

Also, oil blends containing "hot" oils should be used with caution . . . . not that we cannot use these oils . . . . we just need to be cognizant of possible reactions such as redness, heat, irritation, as well as discomfort or smell aversions. The best rule of thumb is to dilute, dilute, dilute!

Another important aspect of using essential oils for cats (and other animals) is to support their systems nutritionally. Giving NingXia Red to animals while they are on oils can supply antioxidants and nutrients vital to liver function. NingXia Red can help any health condition by supporting the body.
Should you wish to get started with your own oils and products, we recommend that you enroll as a wholesale member in Young Living by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, which gives you the Everyday Oils, a bonus oil called Citrus Fresh, a Home Diffuser, as well as NingXia Red and EO samples to try or share. This is an excellent investment in your health, as well as the health of your animals.

*Source ~ The Animal Desk Reference & Essential Oils for Natural Pet Care by Melissa Shelton, DVM