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.