Dear Pet Lovers & Healers!
This is an amazing compilation of natural cures for your pets health! My deepest gratitude to Sheila Birdsall and Mother Nature for these insights & gifts!
Peace & Calming - This blend works wonders with dogs and horses, though not so much with cats - as explained by Nancy Sanderson (in (5), below), cats don't do well with citrus oils, and Peace & Calming contains citrus. For a large dog, I've applied 1-2 drops directly on the fur of the back of the neck, or one drop in the palm of my hands, rubbed all over the back, neck, face and chest. Works well to calm hyper dogs and puppies! (Just as it does with human kids.)
Lavender - I use Lavender just as I would Peace & Calming - you can intuit which to use under what circumstances. Whatever you have at hand will usually help. Go with your first instinct - you're usually right. Lavender is good for the skin and will ease itching and some kinds of neurotic behaviour.
Melrose - This is in my "animal first aid" kit not only for the animals - but for me! Melrose is my oil-of-choice for dealing with cuts, scratches, scrapes of any size and description, and I pick them up aplenty when I'm trimming a cat's nails or training a dog not to jump up. I also use it to treat any signs of irritation or scrapes my pets might pick up. The helichrysum in Melrose helps wounds to clot and knit faster, which makes it handy to have around when trimming nails in case of cut quicks (which I've treated with a combination of Melrose and Pan Away to stop the bleeding - takes a while but it eventually did stop). Melrose keeps wounds clean and, in my experience, prevents the kind of swelling and infection common from cat scratches.
Purification - Purification may be the only Young Living blend to contain citronella. It is my favourite oil (sometimes in combination with peppermint) for repelling insects and for dabbing onto insect bites, if they do occur. Purification is also great for neutralizing odors. People in my dog training class kept asking me what I did that kept Edgar smelling so darn good :) (There's also an Animal Scents Shampoo from Young Living, but I haven't tried it yet.)
Thieves - Laboratory tested to kill 99.98% of selected airborne bacteria, Thieves is the first oil I go to when I'm feeling under the weather. I don't tend to use it directly on my pets when they're sick, but I keep Young Living's Thieves Cleaner at hand, mixed with water (about 1 capful of Thieves Cleaner to 500 mL water) in a spray bottle to clean up muddy floors and any pet-related messes. In my experience, it works like a charm (even breaks through dried messes outside the litter box) for everything except broadloom. This cleaner sanitizes and cleans like nothing else I've come across. Thieves oil blend is also great to diffuse to neutralize odours.
Di-Gize - Di-Gize is a blend of anise, fennel, peppermint, and other oils to support the digestive system. It's invaluable for pets with digestive issues or parasites. I've applied this on my dog's feet and directly on his belly. It's helpful if pets are have irregular stools or vomit, to soothe and stabilize the digestive tract.
Pan Away - This blend of peppermint, helichrysum, clove and wintergreen eases aches and pains, and helps heal damage to muscles, ligaments, bones, nerves, tendons and more. The first essential oil I used on myself, Pan Away is often used on show horses and working dogs with sore muscles or injuries.
Inspiration - Inspiration is recommended for human bladder problems, and it can be just as helpful for kitty bladder infections and incontinence. Even when pets' avoidance of the litter box seems to be behavioural rather than physical, this oil blend can make a difference. Because cats are so sensitive to the fragrance of essential oils, I usually apply the oil to my hands and then do the best I can to sneak up on them and pet them with it - especially on the lower back and bladder area.
Frankincense - Frankincense is one of the most multi-purpose oils; it's very hard to go wrong with this one. Frankincense and my pets: one of my cats was sick last summer, with runny eyes and a stuffed nose that wouldn't go away. I had been using lavender and occasional other oils on her (as described above for Inspiration) but although she stopped sneezing for a few days and her cold seemed to go away, it returned and two weeks later didn't seem to be improving. I am very cautious about using oils internally with cats - party due to size and partly keeping in mind their sensitivity - but I finally mixed up a capsule with 4 drops of frankincense, 2 of lemon, and 1 of oregano and shoved it down unsuspecting Amber's throat. Needless to say, she was furious; but within a day, her cold had cleared and did not return.
Garlic Pills - Flea treatments from pet stores or vetrinary offices contain poisons that kill fleas - and sometimes make pets very sick. Looking for an easy, non-toxic way to avoid fleas? Give your pets garlic - NOT fresh garlic, since raw garlic can be poisonous to dogs, but garlic tablets or capsules. These are sold in most health food stores; I use Nature's Sunshine high potency odorless garlic, and mash the tablets up in my dog and cats' food. I haven't had any trouble with fleas or other bugs when my pets were on garlic. I've even used the same garlic tablets myself to repel biting insects. Even "odorless" garlic smells strongly enough that most kinds of small, biting bugs won't come near you (no guarantees that it'll work on mosquitos, however).
Digestive Enzymes - Essentialzyme - There are several problems with commercial pet food. One of these is the amount of preservatives and poor quality ingredients. Yet even quality, "natural" dry pet foods have the heck cooked out of them and lack the enzymes that our animals need to digest food properly. I add Young Living's Essentialzyme to my dog's food daily. The amount will vary depending on the breed, type of dog food, and your dog's individual needs. 1/2 to 1 tablet daily is usually enough for a healthy dog. Older dogs may need more.
Inner Defense and Life 5 - I've kept these two on hand since Young Living released them this past fall, and I've been glad of it more than once for both myself and my pets. Inner Defense is a softgel containing oregano, thyme, and Thieves blend - meant to be taken internally to help fight off cold, flu, bacteria, etc. Life 5 is a high potency probiotic supplement. The two go hand-in-hand to deal with flu, stomach infections, or just feeling under the weather. They are both a little too large to give to cats, except in extreme situations, but for medium to large dogs they are an ideal supplement to have at hand.
Parafree - The name, in some ways, speaks for iself. Parafree is a formulation of essential oils to fight intestinal parasites. Most animals - and people - are going to pick up some parasites at some time in their lives, and many of them can cross over species, so it's a good idea for all of us to do a parasite cleanse every few years. If you got a new pet at an animal shelter, then you can almost guarantee that it has parasites (that a vet will usually be able to detect). I start my new animals on Parafree as soon as their digestive systems can handle it - I don't want to pick up any new parasites from them.
How Should I Use the Oils on My Animals?
Most animals are more sensitive to the effects of essential oil. They often seem to have a natural affinity to the healing influence of the oils.
Adjust the proportionately, based on body weight. If the protocol for a human being (at about 160 lbs) calls for 3-5 drops, then a horse (at 1600 lbs or more) could use as much as 10 times that amount, while a dog (at 16 lbs) would use 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 cornet bands at first.)
In case of cats and small dogs, essential oils should ALWAYS be diluted before applying, because they are actually MORE sensitive to the biochemical's 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%) and the diluted oils should only be applied to the paws.
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. A safe alternative, when in doubt, would be to mist them lightly with floral water. Consulting with a veterinarian is a good policy before applying oils to cats for the first time.
For small animals: (cats and small dogs) Apply 3-5 drops DILUTED (80-90%) oil mixture per application.
For Larger animals: (large dogs) Apply 3-5 drops NEAT per application.
For large Animals: (cattle and horses) Apply 20-30 droops NEAT per application.
How to Administer EOs Internally:
For internal use (ingestion), essential oils can be put into a capsule and mixed with the feed.
On large animals, the animal's bottom lip can be pulled out and (for example, in case of a horse) 10-15 drops of oils 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 1-3 drops is sufficient.
When treating animals with essential oils internally, make certain the oils used are PURE and Free of chemicals, solvents, and adulterants. Always seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before allowing the animals to ingest essential oils.
Other Helpful Tips:
When treating large animals for viral or bacterial infections, arthritis, or bone injure, 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 and spray them directly on location.
After an oil application to an open wound, cover the wound with Animal Scents Ointment to seal it and protect it from further infections. The ointment will also prevent the essential oils from evaporating into the air.
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. Observe carefully how the animal responds to the treatment. Take special care not to get essential oils in the animals eyes.
Make sure the animal is drinking pure water. Chlorinated water will suppress thyroid and immune function in animals even quicker than in humans, and when that happens, you will suppress the healing process of that animal whether it is a dog, a horse or a cat.
Quality protein is vitally important to promote healing, which makes the use of organic feed essential. Unfortunately many commercial feed contain bovine byproducts that have high risk for BSE disease and make them unfit or animal care. Avoid these at all costs. Enzymes are also essential to maximize digestion and protein assimilation.
Where to Apply Essential Oils to Animals:
For non-ungulate animals (not having hooves) such as dogs and cats, oils (neat or diluted) can be applied to paws for faster absorption.
For hoofed animals, sprinkle a few drops on the spine or flanks and massage then in, also apply on the gums, tongue or underneath the the lip; also apply on the frog and cornet bands of hooves. These are for oils to be applied to cows, horses, etc., all animals with hooves. Oils can also be applied to auricular points of the ears.
When the Animal is Jittery and Resists:
If you have a high-spirited, jittery animal that won't be still to receive the application, applyPeace & Calming and / or Valor on yourself first. As you approach the animal, it will react as it perceives 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.
Essential Oils First Aid Kit for Animals:
Animal Scents Ointment it is designed to cover and seal infected wounds and seal in essential oils. Exodus II for infection, inflammation; to promote tissue regeneration. Helichrysum as a topical anesthetic.
Idaho Tansy is one of the most versatile oils for animals. It is purifying, cleansing, tissue-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, and anesthetic, and is used for bruised bones, cuts, wounds, and coli. It repels flies. Laurel for bruising and soreness. Lavender for tissue regeneration, desensitizing wound. Lavender for tissue regeneration, desensitizing wound. Melrose for disinfecting and cleaning wounds. Mountain Savory for reducing inflammation. Myrrh for infection, inflammation; to promote tissue regeneration. Ortho Ease to dilute essential oils with and act as a pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory.
PanAway If the pain originates from a broken bone rather than an open wound, use PanAway to kill pain in points where there is no open, raw tissue. NOTE: Do not apply PanAway to open wounds be-cause it will sting and traumatize the animal. Instead use helichrysum and balsam fir to reduce bleeding and pain.
Purification is more effective than using iodine or hydrogen peroxide for washing and cleansing wounds. It repels ticks and mites. Roman Chamomile for tissue regeneration, desensitizing wound.
Thieves for inflammation, infection and bacteria; for proudflesh (where new tissue continues to rebuild itself causing excessive granulation) to promote tissue regeneration.
Valerian can be used internally and externally for controlling pain. Vetiver can be used internally and externally for controlling pain. 1/2 and 1/2 of each valerian and vetiver. Good Luck with your animals.
TREATING TICK BITES with Essential Oils: Testimonial
About 5 or 6 years ago, I had a life and death experience that is ever engraved in my mind. I'm not going to go into details about the episode that led into my experience, so to shorten it, I had been bitten by a tick and had gotten blood poisoning, which led to becoming Septic.....which in most cases results in death. I was a very sick puppy for about 2 weeks. I had a wonderful allergist which gave me excellent directions on how to combat it along with an allopathic prescription and herbs. He informed me that if I didn't get better within 24 hours, he was putting me into the hospital
Needless to say, with a fever, a swollen foot and leg, (where tick bite was) and awful red streaks shooting throughout my entire body, and along those streaks, open sores, I looked pretty bad.
Well, guess what? It happened again to me last week!!! How could such a person be so lucky? But there was now a difference. I HAVE OILS!!!!
I just about freaked my husband out, when he came home and I showed him my body full of red streaks shooting from yet another tick bite. I told him ... "I'm in trouble again." He wanted to rush me to the hospital. I told him, "No way, let me handle it for at least 2 days and if I cannot stop this, then I'll go".
I had oregano, thyme, and purification to put on the tick bite and rub out through the streaks. I also had Rehemogen. (I look to it as a blood purifier.) I dosed myself every 2 hours while awake. And if I woke up during the night, I dosed myself then also. I do not know if you can print this sentence, but here goes...the streaks were so bad on my body, that when they ran into my breast nipple, it was solid black. (couldn't look at myself, made me feel queasy)
This was all on a Monday. By Thursday, I was streak FREE!!! Praise HaShem for Young Living Oils! My husband said to me, "I guess you know what your doing"
BIRDS AND OILS: Testimonial by Aida Hercules-Dodaro
I have a parrot at home named Madison. To keep his cage and skin clean, I put about four drops of Purification® on the newspaper at the bottom of his cage every morning and night. The cage smells clean and Madison gets all the benefits of essential oils. After I started doing this, I took Madison to his doctor, and he thought I must have used some type of chemical to keep him so clean and healthy. It has now been six years, and Madison has been problem free this whole time. I also use lavender on Madison's cage to calm him down when he gets too excited. I hope these tips help bird owners. Birds have a very sensitive respiratory system and fumes from solvents and cleaners commonly used at home can cause them major harm.
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