I get often asked if I use essential oils for my animals. I have three cats, that I show sometimes. The answer is cautious yes. I share about it more on my vlog. I have written also a blog about it earlier. A lot of people use essential oils also for their dogs and horses.
I wrote an article yesterday about how to take care of a head ache with essential oils. I gave tips on different kinds of head aches (caused by muscle pain, stress or congestion). In the vlog I go through natural ways of taking care of head ache. In the vlog I mention a recipe for DIY bath soap that you can make to reduce stress. Happy New Year 2018!
One of the first things that I tried essential oils for last spring was head ache. My job is pretty physical and I carry around my heavy toddler quite a lot. Jammed muscles in my neck and shoulders cause head ache sometimes. Sometimes tired eyes cause it. I use to take anti-inflammatory drugs sometimes, but now I rarely use them. For me it helps almost immediately to put a drop of peppermint oil to my temples and neck (mixed together with coconut oil).
Here are some essential oils that help with different kinds of head ache. Put two drops to massage oil/ lotion and rub it to your shoulders, neck, feet or toes. You can also mix essential oils to your bath soap (or make your own bath soap) or put it into diffuser.
For a head ache that is caused by stress: Lavender, marjoram and chamomile. Rub two drops of lavender to your neck, close to the skull and to your temples and back or your ears.
For a head ache caused by congestion: Eucalyptus, peppermint and ravensara. Put two drops of marjoram, lavender or peppermint to a tissue and inhale three times deep (not for people with asthma).
Allergens may cause problems with the skin. Inflammation on the skin that is caused by allergens is called eczema. There are different kinds of eczema. The cause of the eczema is not always found, but often it can be helped. Aromatherapy can help different kinds of eczemas.
Essential oils that help with eczema
Roman chamomile helps with infections on the skin. Geranium and lavender oil speeds up the renewal of the skin cells. Lavender and sandal wood oils help also to soften the skin. Teatree and juniper berry oils are also antiseptic.
Soothing cold press:
Add to cold water:
2 drops of roman chamomile oil
2 drops of lavender oil
1 drop of geranium oil
You can also add those oils to coconut/ olive oil or to unsented lotion.
Dry skin with inflammation:
Add 5 tea-spoon to cold pressed vegetable oil:
1 drop of sandalwood oil
4 drops of lavender oil
4 drops of geranium oil
1 drop of juniper berry oil
4 drops of sandalwood oil
4 drops of chamomile oil
4 drops of teatree oil
Add them to six table-spoon of jojoba oil. Add two table spoons to your bath water.
Animals react as well to essential oils as humans. Essential oils have an effect on emotions and stress.We all know how smells influence straight away on our emotions. If we smell something gross or something wonderful. If we smell something uplifting or something delicious. Are memory of all the smells is extremely large and those memories makes us feel things. People who compete in dressage will use calming essential oils like chamomile or lavender just before the contest with their horses (DoTerra also has an oil blend called Serenity).
You can also use aromatherapy for your animals just as well as for yourself when treating cuts, calming them when travelling or other stressful situations and taking care of their skin. Just make sure that your animal doesn’t need immediate care from your vet.
Treating cuts and taking care of your animal’s skin and your own
Good oil for treating cuts is Melaleuca. It cleans the wound and reduces the infection. It’s good one to try at first, when the wound is fresh. If the cut is longer you can take two drops of essential oil and dilute it to some carrier oil. Lavender works great also to skin irritation. It calms irritated, burnt or damaged skin. If you want more antiseptic care, frankincense is your oil. Helichrysum doesn’t let your wound become septic.
Calming an animal in stressful situation
Lavender calms addition to adults and children also your stressful pet. Valeriana and vetiver are calming too. They mimic the naturally calming GABA transmitter. You can put your essential oil to the steamer or put a drop to your own fingers and let your animal smell it. If it’s a larger animal, you can rub a drop on top of their nose.
Nothing is as easy as sleeping or falling a sleep when you are tired, or is it? Nothing is as terrible as staying awake, when you are super tired and you just can’t fall a sleep. People have different routines and tricks with falling a sleep, but what if you run out of tricks and nothing works? Have you tried essential oils? Could plants be a solution for better sleep for you and your family?
Back with the basics
Make sure first that you are doing things right with the basics. The most important things are healthy foods and exercise. We were made to eat healthy, exercise and sleep. Regardless of our age. Exercise helps you keep your blood pressure down and control your weight. It also helps you sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to your bed time. If you get hungry before going to bed, eat nuts. They have protein and fats in them that release energy and digest slowly. Many people are convinced that routines in a day are important for the kids, but they are important also for the adults, especially if you have trouble falling a sleep. Try to come up with great bed time routine and stick to it for 2-3 weeks and after that you don’t have to keep reminding your self of them.
Say NO to stimulating drinks and electronics before going to bed.
For some people drinking caffeine drinks before going to bed disrupts their sleeping and falling a sleep right away. If you want to drink coffee or tea in the evening, stick with the non caffeine ones, like rooibos and calming herbal tea (like chamomile) without green and black tea. There is some caffeine in white tea also. Same with the nicotine. You need to leave it out few hours before going to bed.
You should empty your bed room of all the electronics. If you want to read before falling a sleep, you should stick to books and magazines. I read newspapers late at night and if I’m not sleepy yet I switch to a book. Make sure also that it’s cool and quiet enough in your bed room. Some people are surprisingly sensitive to any noises from the next room and small amount of light. Trying asleep mask can be a good option.
Calming essential oils
Calming oils are bergamot and lavender. They have linalool in them, which is known to be relaxing. You can also use your steamer in your bedroom (or the kid’s bedroom) by putting two drops in the water. You can use Do Terra’s oils internally to calm your central nerves system or rub it to your temples, wrists or hairline. You can put a couple of drops to your water or tea.