Hello guys! So what furry friend do you have at home?
I grew up with golden sausage dog. Loved her so much. She had to live at my grandparents farm, cause my parents didn’t allow pets in the house.
We did sneak in a hamster now and then, but all our cats and our dog stayed at the farm. I’m sure it was more fun for them too, as it was huge house with plenty of animals.
Now we have little birdie, Blue (the birdie holding it is David). When we brought Blue Home year ago, I immediately went on google and start reading up about essential oils and bird. Why?
Because I know how amazing and powerful our oil are, and I know we have to be careful and responsible when using them in our homes. Because I am the adult and I am responsible for all the living beings in our home and I want the best for them.
Cats are different. They are special. And because they are special, they process oils differently.
Well, it’s actually because they are mainly carnivores, which means they don’t know how to process plants. And essential oils are plants. Their liver enzymes don’t metabolize the same way humans do. Or dogs.
Oils high in eugenol or phenol compounds can stress their liver. This is highly problematic and can even be fatal with the use of poor quality, non-therapeutic grade (medical grade) oils. YES, here I go again. Quality matters!!! Do not buy essential oils off Amazon or EBay, you have no idea what’s inside! And you cannot trust them. I personally only trust Young Living Essential oils. Not only I trust them, I love them. And as the only company in the world, they offer Seed to Seal Guarantee. Means they guarantee you that their oils are pure, therapeutic and food grade oils. They are the best!!!
Oils that are high in eugenols and phenols are often referred to as “hot” oils. These are oils that would likely cause irritation if they came in contact with your face, or other sensitive areas of your body. Common oils to use caution with are Basil, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Mountain Savory, Oregano, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Thyme, and Wintergreen. We also need to be careful with blends containing these “hot” oils. Not that you cannot use them. You have to be careful and use common sense when using them.
Other oils you should use with caution around cats are Citrus oils and Tea Tree. So Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Orange.
Another important aspect of using essential oils for cats (and other animals) is to support their systems nutritionally. Giving NingXia Red to animals while they are on oils can supply antioxidants and nutrients vital to liver function. NingXia Red can help any health condition by supporting the body. Your fur baby doesn’t need 30 ml dose like you. Just few drops is enough for them and they will absolutely love it!
So what are the basic rules when using EO around cats??
1. Go slow. When diffusing in your home and you have a cat, dilute your oil properly. 1 drop is enough for 25 ml of water.
2. Make sure the cat has the option to leave the room if she doesn’t like the oil. Do not diffuse in a closed room!
3. Do not pet your cat after you put EO on your hands. Do not forget that cats lick their fur. Wash your hands first.
4. Keep your oils where your cat cannot get to them
5. Do not use those oils that are not safe for cats to clean anything that the cat can lick.
6. Use higher dilution when diffusing than you normally would.
7. Buy proper cat friendly shampoo. I will talk about good animal line of products in a separate post.
Here are the top 5 essential oils for cats that are very safe for cat use. There is many more and I will post image for that too.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
If you cat is stressed, use either Cedarwood and Lavender oil or a combination of the two. You could also make a spray mist with water and gently spray around your cat.
If your cat is scared to go to Vet, use Valor for courage and Peace & Calming blend for calming and fear! And don’t forget the Animal Scents Shampoo!
Young living has The Animal Collection Kit. Easy and has oils for emotional and physical wellbeing.
Essential oils can offer a multitude of benefits for humans, but can they help our pets – and especially man’s best friend – too?
Dogs have highly developed sense of smell. Scientists say it’s anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute. Dogs can detect some odors in parts per trillion, which means while we can usually detect if our morning coffee has had a teaspoon of sugar added to it, a dog could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water, or two Olympic-sized pools worth. Our pets use their sense of smell to gain all sorts of complex information from the environment and that information is used to calculate and predict what states of energy and response they should adopt.
Aromatherapy is wonderful to use on animals but we have to know how to use the oils properly so our pets don’t get harmed. Essential oils are ingested, absorbed by skin or by inhalation and they enter the bloodstream very quickly. Even small amounts have very powerful effects. For example tiny amounts of Lavender can be used to calm your pet and make it sleepy, if you need to travel with your pet etc.
So the first rule again is quality. Choose only therapeutic grade oils. Those of you who know me, you know that I only recommend Young Living Essential oils (my YL number is 3364058). Why? Simply because they are best oils in the world and as the only company offer Seed to Seal Guarantee. Pm me if you want to learn more about this.
So now that you have the best oils in the world – Young Living oils, it’s important to know that some oils are not safe to use around your dog.
Which are the oils not good for your dog?
Tea Tree, Oregano, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Wintergreen, Pine and Ylang Ylang.
Symptoms of essential oil poisoning for dogs have included:
Difficulty in walking
Low body temperature
Excessive pawing at mouth or face
Which oils are safe to use?
Cedarwood – great oil to be used as pest repellent. It also aids in respiratory issues and helps with stiffness that comes with age. It also helps with fur and has overall calming effects. Great for dogs with anxiety or separation issues.
Lavender oil – very calming oil, great to use for transportation times, it creates peace and harmony. So if your dog hates trip to vet, use Lavender to calm him down.
Lemongrass – great as a insect repellent. Add 2-3 drops to a sprayer bottle, fill up with water and spray your dogs fur with it. Then massage it in. It will keep ticks away and also improve your dogs skin.
Citronella- another great oil for insect repellent. You can use it together with Lemongrass and add it to the sprayer bottle.
Frankincense- it can really help with your dogs anxiety and many other issues and aid in stronger immunity.
Spearmint – great oil if your dog is overweight or has digestive issues.
Thyme – must have for all dog owners. It helps relieving pain and excellent for skin issues
Chamomile – very gentle and safe to use. Great for calming properties and skin irritations.
Purification – great blend for to keep bugs away! Spray on your dogs skin (few drops in bottle of water).
There is more, such as Peace&Calming, DiGize, Thieves, Panaways, Valor, Peppermint, Lemon, RC and Melrose
Young Living also has entire Animal Line.
If you have any questions and want to buy any of these oils and get them for wholesale price, send me a message.
Before applying any oil on your dog, test it first. Simply hold the bottle in your hand and come close to your dog. Don’t let him smell it just yet. The scent will travel to the dog and you will see if he is ok with it or not. If he is ok, let him smell it. If your dog is ok with that smell, you can start diffusing it in the room. Again, make sure your dog can freely leave the room at any point.
If your dog shows no signs of irritation and you want to use that oil topically, you can start by diluting 1 drop of EO in 50 drops of carrier oil at first.
Make sure your dog has plenty of water to drink.
Paws are also great place to topically apply essential oils on. You can gently massage it in. Your dog will surely enjoy the little massage.
We have cute little bird and love him to bits. I also love my oils. So when we brought Blue home, I checked what I have to avoid and what guidelines to follow.
Use essential oils for birds so that you can boost their immunity, improve their health and keep them happy. Essential oils can also be used for cage cleaning, air freshening and more.
Here are the Top 10 oils to use
2. Roman Chamomile
5. Clary Sage
Never use Tea Tree around your bird.
Diffusing essential oils can help calm your birds, reduce anxiety, decrease stress levels and help a new bird get used to the new environment. Diffusion can also help destroy harmful bacteria, fungi and mold from lurking in the air.
Never diffuse more than 3 – 4 drops of essential oil at a time. Never diffuse essential oils in a closed, non aerated room. Always diffuse oils in large, well-aerated room with windows and ventilators. Do not diffuse essential oils for more than 1 hour at a time.
If you want to use EO internally for your bird, never mix it with water. Instead, just swirl toothpick in the oil and then in the food.
For birds, essential oils can only be applied on the feet, where there are no feathers. Essential oils, being so potent, have to be diluted before being applied on to birds’ feet. To dilute, mix 1 drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. When you apply diluted essential oils to feathers it is dangerous because it can make the feathers oily, heavy and cause your bird distress. You can use Cedarwood, Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Frankincense when you need to calm your bird, for example when you need to groom your bird. Lavender can be also used if your bird has some wound.
You can also create a listing spray to freshen up the room. It is much better than using toxic store bought air fresheners. Spray around the room but avoid coming close to your bird and especially avoid your birds eyes.
You can also use Lavender to help clean your birds cage. Create your own cage Cleaner – Mix white vinegar, Castile soap, water and few drops of Lavender and pour it into sprayer bottle and use that to clean the cage.
Young Living has entire line of Animal Products. They are excellent and deserve their own post. So follow my blog to read more about it
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