Cats, Dogs + Aromatherapy
Saying Tea Tree is toxic for pets is like saying Clary Sage is unsafe for women during pregnancy. If I'm wearing a body oil that contains 1 drop Clary Sage, 5 drops Neroli, 8 Frankincense, and 12 drops Bergamot in 50 ml jojoba oil, a pregnant woman around me and her beloved baby are not in danger. This is extremely different than this pregnant woman having a full body massage with a blend of 5% Clary Sage! Generalized statements just don't apply when it comes to essential oils.
ASK AN EXPERT
It is best to consult with a certified aromatherapist who has been trained in essential oils and their biochemical make-up before using them. This is as important when it comes to aromatherapy around pets as it is during pregnancy, with uncontrolled high or low blood pressure, with epilepsy, with babies, children, anyone who's unwell or the elderly. It comes down to what oils or blends of oils are being used, the application, dilution, and at what frequency.
3-5 drops of Tea Tree in a diffuser for 30 minutes, 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 Certified 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.
I collaborated with a Veterinarian and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner to create 12 aromatherapy blends specifically for cats and dogs. Learn more about our Pet Line here and feel free to contact us if you have any questions of concerns.
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 Certified Aromatherapist 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 answers your questions and helps clarify. Keep 'em coming.
- Amy Reedman