How to Heal Your Pets with Essential Oils Posted on 30 Nov 09:30
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday! We sit down with the most special people in our lives - our friends, family, and other loved ones to share a delicious meal and make memories. However, this time of year can also become a source of stress. Creating a warm, peaceful, and calm home during the winter holiday season can be quite a task.
All too often during the holidays our four-legged family members can get neglected. Still, they sit loyally at our feet and hope for table scraps - if you’re so kind as to share. But animals (especially dogs) are intuitive - they can often pick up on our excitement, stress, anxiety, and absent mindedness.
Keeping your pets’ behavior under control can be an important piece of the holiday puzzle. Have you considered how best to manage an unruly dog? A depressed cat? A stressed-out bird? Well… we did!
ESSENTIAL OILS CAN HELP PET BEHAVIOR
Essential oils are powerful healers. Of course, by now we all know that they have been used for thousands of years to ease aches, pains, and other ailments of humans, but did you know that we’ve also been using them to help out some of our furry friends for centuries, too?
The sheer aromatic benefits of these 5 oils are known to alleviate common problems you may come across with your cat, dog, or other pet this holiday season. Use these oils to help alleviate pet anxiety, stress, insomnia, aggressiveness, and even upset stomach!
German Chamomile: This herb is known to help reduce nervousness, mental tension, and anxiety in humans as well as dogs, cats, and even birds! Due to its carminative properties, German Chamomile is also a great digestive aid; so if your pets are suffering from tummy troubles, it may help bring them some relief there, too!
Clary Sage: The essential oils of this herb have been used for centuries for their nerve-calming effects. The active chemical compounds found in Clary Sage essential oil work wonders on dogs and cats alike to help calm the nervous system and sedate fussy pets. This particular oil may also help with behavioral problems of companion birds.
Lavender: This sweet & herbaceously-scented essential oil is a must-have for cat and dog owners! Because of the yummy smell it’s ideal for use in doghouses and kennels, and it has the ability to soothe irritated nerves of pets and people alike. Also a useful oil for reducing car ride anxiety and easing car sickness.
Spearmint: If you want to keep the fragrance of the season traditional, try Spearmint. It’s scent is similar to that of a candy cane, and it’s very helpful for colic, diarrhea, and other common gastrointestinal distresses. The calming, warming, and uplifting aromatic qualities make it great for perking up the spirits too!
Valerian: Known for its ability to calm the nerves and help people sleep, it’s also been used to treat anxiety in cats and dogs. Especially useful for helping to alleviate those feelings caused by separation or too much noise.
All of these essential oils also feature powerful antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that make them ideal for use with your pets. Keep any one of them (or all of them) handy this holiday season for calm and happy cats & dogs!
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR PETS’ BEST HEALTH & HAPPINESS
There are many different ways you can use essential oils to help your pet. Ease the stress of car rides or separation anxiety by simply adding a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil and rubbing it between your hands, then allowing your pet to inhale the oils directly. Or add essential oils to a diffuser to release the calming fragrances into the air and improve the environment for your pet.
IMPORTANT: ESSENTIAL OILS NOT TO USE
The active chemical compounds found in some essential oils can actually be toxic to some animals. These are the most common categories of toxic essential oil compounds. Make sure not to let your four-legged friends inhale any of these directly.
Phenols - Oils containing Phenols include, but are not limited to: Anise, Basil, Birch, Calamus, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Cove, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Tarragon, Tea Tree, Thyme, Marjoram, Mountain Savory, Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Wintergreen, and Ylang Ylang.
Ketones - Oils containing Ketones include, but are not limited to: Davana, Dill, Hyssop, Marigold, Peppermint, Sage, Spearmint, Thuja, and Western Red Cedar.
D-Limonene - Oils containing D-Limonene include, but are not limited to: Angelica, Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Blue Tansy, Celery Seed, Citronella, Dill, Grapefruit, Orange, Mandarin, Neroli, Nutmeg, and Tangerine.
Alpha-Pinene - Oils containing Alpha-pinene include, but are not limited to: Angelica, Cistus, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Dill, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Pine, Rosemary Verbenon, Silver Fir, and Spruce.
LET’S TALK SAFETY
When you’re using an essential oil as medicine for yourself or for your pets, you need to know that you’re getting a product designed for therapeutic use. We are dedicated to our commitment of helping you achieve your best health and happiness, and we know that using the highest-quality essential oils can help you get there. All Healing Solutions Essential Oils are tested and verified therapeutic grade - 100% pure and unadulterated.