Animals And Aromatherapy by Marlene M. Mitchell

Aromatherapy is a natural solution for many health and behavior problems. Aromatherapy for animals is the art and science of using plant essential oils to support every aspect of the animal. It takes into consideration the whole animal, so you are not just treating one specific symptom. The oils work to support the animal's whole being in an effort to get rid of the disease. Essential oils have a positive effect on an animal, and leaves no toxic residue in the way synthetic drugs do. The oils work to support the animal's whole being in an effort to get rid of the disease.

Pets can suffer from ailments in the same way as humans. If problems such as abscesses, coughs, and cuts do not improve after several days, veterinary advice will be necessary.

The amount for small animals like dogs are: 3 - 4 drops each time applied. For larger animals like large dogs apply 6- 8 drops. For horses, apply 12 - 16 drops.

1. Apply on their paws where the absorption is very fast.

2. On cloven hoof animals apply on the auricular points of the ears and/or spine or both.

3. Underneath the top lip on the gums and on the tongue.

4. Sprinkle a few drops on the spine and then massage into skin, just like with humans.

The French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse wrote the first book on Aromatherapy and did all of his initial testing of the essential oils on dogs and horses. Since then, there has been much scientific testing done on the antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils, as well as their calming effects on the body.

I normally recommend you use only one or drops on your pet (or dilute in a little bit of carrier oil). Then try this on your animal and see how they react to them.

Aromatherapy has been used effectively as a natural health alternative for horses, dogs, cats, lamas, cows, sheep, chickens you name it! It has been helpful in many common problems such as COPD and other respiratory diseases, arthritis, allergies, sweet itch, mud fever, eczema, warts, sarcoids and other skin disorders, Cushing's syndrome, laminitis, arthritis, allergies and respiratory, viral infections, vices and behavioral problems. The right to choose. Animals are very sensitive intuitive creatures and given adequate choice they will select the plant medicines that are needed. Their nose can smell and identify thousands of different molecules, which are transferred into messages that are sent to various parts of the brain where mood and bodily function can be affected. Inhalation alone can cause hormonal, physical and behavioral responses.

When treating a very stressed animal the aroma alone can sometimes cause them to relax and even fall to sleep within minutes of inhalation, however other animals may take it orally. The animals choose their oils, their application and the duration of their treatment.

Once the areas of imbalance have been corrected then the animal will turn away from the aromas that were once enjoyed. The effects of these odor molecules are determined by their unique structure, therefore when the aroma is inhaled, the animals' brain is easily able to define and select the correct remedy.

The same thing applies to every living thing, from humans to hens, we all know what is good for us and how much healing we can take on at any one time without provoking a crisis, we must respect this.

The term aromatherapy can be confusing as it often implies an external treatment in a method that would be applied for humans. Animal Aromatics works with the principles of giving back to animals the medicinal non-food remedies that they would seek in the wild.

The nose is the only part where the central nervous system communicates with the outside world and is one of the fastest nerve pathways into the body. When an animal flares it nostrils it is directing the flow an inspired scent to the olfactory receptors, these impulses are conducted to both the cortex and the limbic regions of the brain. The cortex is all about conscious processing and recognition, which may influence instinctive behavior and memory and the limbic system, works with primitive responses, where smell goes deeper than conscious thought or memory.

We hear of mammals in captivity poisoning themselves, yet mammals in the wild very rarely poison themselves.

At one time the land provided almost every pharmacological substance needed to self medicate these animals; now much of the land has been cultivated with remedies lost. This together with the fact than many animals are kept in captivity in urban cities or put to graze on fertilized fields is a very good reason to offer plant oils and extracts that offer constituents that they no longer have access to.

Many veterinarians are starting to introduce natural therapies in their practice, including osteopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, flower essences and more recently aromatherapy. It's just been a few years since aromatherapists and vets have begun to recognize how animals can benefit from this wonderful natural therapy.

For humans and animals alike, essential oils are powerfully antiseptic, detoxifying and revitalizing, thus increasing resistance to disease while strengthening the immune system.

But aromatherapy offers more than just fragrance. Their remarkable actions upon animals --most notably, dogs, cats and horses--are instant, profound and long-lasting, positively affecting their overall health and emotional well being.

Aromatic blessings,
Marlene Mitchell
Principal of
International Certified Aromatherapy Institute

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