Animals and Essential Oils

I have been working with Michelle Chavez of Young Living Essential Oils who swears to the benefits of using  essential oils for animals. With her help, I will be providing some ongoing tips on how you can implement essential oils as part of your care for your animals. You may request a personal consultation with Michelle at 478-213-9009 or send her an email at michellechavez@yahoo.com.

The animals in our care depend on us for everything; food and water, grooming and general health. That’s why there is nothing worse than seeing them in pain. Just as with any emergency, it is important to stay calm, keep panic to a minimum, and have a response plan. This can make all the difference. Animals sense your emotions, often through smell, and the best way to keep them calm is to calm yourself.

One of the biggest challenges a pet owner/caregiver faces in a moment of crisis is communicating with their animal. When an animal trusts you, it can help you “read” them. Your natural instincts can be very helpful. After all, you know your pet better than anyone else, and you know when something isn’t right.

When used with a few key points in mind, essential oils are very effective in providing animals with immediate attention. In fact, keeping several key essential oils on hand is perfect for animal first aid. Always know what you have on hand, which oils are most effective for a situation, and what amount and frequency is most appropriate for any animal in your care.

Today I am going to talk about Lavender and Thieves. Lavender is known to have a calming effect. You can use it for allergic reactions, to calm the animal after being struck by a car or having a confrontation with another animal. Tap 2-6 drops on your palms, rub palms together and gently pet the animal on the spine, neck, and stomach.

Thieves helps with inflammation, ear mites and infections, and ticks. Spray once about 4-6 inches away from the affected areadog-itching.