Animals are special because they live in the present and exude an air of happiness, innocence and unconditional love to their people. Our pets love us just as much as we love them. However, ever once in a while, a "crazy" one enters our lives! But we still love them so much!
For example, the pup with attachment issues who destroys your home when you're at work. Or, how about the cat who hides for ever when a friend comes to visit. Or, what about the dog who won't go potty if it's raining outside? Have you heard these stories before?
My cat's, Sammie and Max, love to hang out on our screened-in patio. But whenever the garbage truck comes rolling in, they flee for their lives!It might sound crazy to us, but whatever your animal's fears or wacky behaviors may be, they are completely legitimate in their minds.
Using essential oils on our animal friends can really help to lessen their stress, in a major way! Animals respond very well to the application of essential oils, due to their heightened senses. Wild animals know to eat and rub up against certain plants to ease their ailments. But, in our homes they don't have access to these healing plants. By applying essential oils to your animals, you give them the gift of greater health.
Here are the 3 best essential oils to calm your animal friends:
Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Peace & Calming
These 3 essential oils can be used to help your pet with; separation issues, anxiety, hyperactivity, abuse, trauma, sadness, trips to the vet's office, loss of another pet and any other circumstance that causes your pet distress.
Please know that less is more when applying essential oils to animals. Animals are very sensitive.
You should also dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil, such as organic olive oil, found in most grocery stores. The dilution ratio for dogs and horses is 1 part essential oil with 1 part carrier oil. For cats the dilution ratio is 1 part essential oil to 10 parts carrier oil.
Use caution with cats! Any of the essential oils listed in this article are safe for dogs and horses, however; cats are a different story! Cats are extremely sensitive to essential oils containing phenols, such as oregano and thyme. Cats can not effectively metabolize phenols because they lack an enzyme in their liver to digest the phenols. Avoid Peace & Calming essential oil blend on your cat, as it does contain phenols. Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils ARE safe for cats.
How to apply essential oils on dogs, horses and cats:
To help calm your dog: Mix 1 drop of lavender, Roman chamomile or Peace & Calming essential oil with 1 drop of an organic olive oil. Then, rub this mixture into your dog's pads, ears or through the fur anytime he/she is having anxiety.
To calm your horse: Mix together 1 drop of lavender, peace & calming or Roman chamomile essential oil with one drop of organic olive oil. Rub this onto your horse's cornet bands, tips of the ears or on their muzzle. Apply at any time that your horse is in distress.
To calm your cat: Mix together 1 drop of lavender, peace & calming or Roman chamomile essential oil with TEN drops of organic olive oil. Rub this onto your cat's pads, tips of the ears or comb through their fur. Apply at any time that your cat is in distress.
All of the essential oils listed in this article are excellent for human use, as well! Simply apply a drop or two (undiluted) to your wrists, behind your ears or on your shoulders.
The next time you open a bottle of lavender essential oil, try sharing some with your animal friends! They'll love it!