Aromatherapy is the use of plant extracts and essential oils to enhance the mind and body. Many people use this modality to heal emotional and physical symptoms.
Now, we are learning that it's scientifically proven to have the same effect on your four-legged loved ones.
Using aromatherapy on animals has been a growing trend in Hollywood and amongst the holistic and natural health communities. But now, more and more people are learning about how this fairly inexpensive and low-risk treatment can improve your pet's most common complaints.
Issues such as anxiety, skin allergies, yeast infections, digestive problems, and respiratory problems can be vastly improved with essential oils when applied correctly.
Not to mention, most of the oils will emit a pleasant smell that you will appreciate yourself.
Applying essential oils always includes diluting them with a carrier oil (coconut oil works great). They can be applied topically to most areas or irritations but remember to avoid your pet's eyes, nose, anal and genital areas.
Certain oils can be ingested and mixed in with your animal's food. Remember to avoid using wintergreen, thyme, clove, cassia, camphor, oregano, or high doses of melaleuca. These oils can be super harmful to your pet.
Facebook group, The Essential Dog Oiler, posts recipes for common ailments and issues.
Cesar Millan, aka "The Dog Whisperer," is a big fan of aromatherapy. He uses doTerra essential oils on the dogs he trains as well as his own pups. The oils have fast acting effects that are beneficial for both humans and animals.
In this case, Lavender, will help calm the dog and the handler simultaneously.