Pets & Aromatherapy
Classic Amy Aroma Rant #4526 so please consider yourself kindly warned. I've been asked a lot especially lately about safety concerns re cats, dogs, and essential oils. NO BLANKET STATEMENTS...
Saying Tea Tree is toxic for pets is like saying Clary Sage is toxic for women during pregnancy. If I'm wearing a drop of a diluted blend of essential oils that came from a bottle of 50ml Jojoba oil with 1 drop Clary Sage, 5 drops Neroli, 8 Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera), and 12 drops Bergamot, a pregnant woman around me and her beloved baby are not in danger. This is extremely different than this pregnant woman having regular massages with a blend of 10% Clary Sage! Generalized statements just don't apply when it comes to essential oils.
ASK AN EXPERT:
It is very important that we consult with someone who is educated about essential oils and their biochemical make-up before using them on ANYONE including and especially pets, during pregnancy, with uncontrolled high or low blood pressure, with epilepsy, with babies, children, anyone who's sick or the elderly. It comes down to what oils or blends of oils are being used, in what dilution or application.
5 or so drops of Tea Tree in a diffuser, in an average size room with an exit for our furry friends, to leave if they find it too powerful or a bit overwhelming is just fine. Another consideration is just what essential oils we're using- Eucalyptus radiata, for example, is much more gentle than Eucalyptus globulous. All essential oils are to be used as directed by a Registered Aromatherapist and we're here to answer any questions. Instead of asking my Doctor about therapeutic herbs, I go to an Herbalist and it's the same thing about essential oils.
A VET, A SMALL ANIMAL MASSAGE PRACTITIONER & AN AROMATHERAPIST WALK into A BAR...
I had the honour of teaming up with a Veterinarian and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner to put our uniquely educated minds together to co-create 12 essential oil blends specifically for our cats and dogs. In these two 6-Packs, now available at The Blending Bar, are a combination of diffuser blends and topical blends that are mega-diluted to be used safely and effectively on our beloved fur-babies.
OXIDIZED ESSENTIAL OILS
The shelf life of essential oils is critical to how therapeutic or harmful- yes harmful- they may be. Tea Tree oil has one of the shortest shelf lives: approx. 1 year if stored in a cool dark place (and was stored in such a place where it was purchased, not under hot lights for who knows how long, after coming from a warehouse after who knows how long). At The Blending Bar, we store our oils in a fridge to keep them fresh. We used to be told that old oils, once oxidized, are good for cleaning however new research shows that once oxidized, we would just be spreading germs and bacteria all over the surfaces we clean.
KNOW WHERE TO SOURCE YOUR OILS
Talk to a Registered Aromatherapist (who is required to obtain Continuing Education every year) about dilutions and applications (instead of beloved google, entertaining Pinterest, and well-meaning sales reps) and source oils from a cool, dark place then store them in the fridge. Remember, less is more!
I hope this rant answers your questions. Keep 'em coming.
- Amy Reedman