Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts of plants. They are highly volatile, releasing their aroma as soon as they are exposed to the air. The very small molecules pass very easily through the olfactory system and to the brain and the blood, affecting the body physically and emotionally. Inhaling the oil is the most effective way of bringing about emotional changes, which then filters down to the physical – all physical problems are a result of emotional imbalances. The sense of smell is so powerful and the scent goes very quickly to the hypothalamus, which controls the automatic processes and the moods of the body. This produces instructions to the rest of the body via the endocrine system to balance the body and mind and promote healing.
Essential oils help animals with releasing past traumas and abuses; with fears and phobias and gaining confidence; lack of trust in themselves, in a situation or in humans; grief or loss of companion; adjusting to a new home; depression; hyperactivity; anxieties; and animals who have shut down. By clearing the emotional issues the physical issues will melt away. The oils bring improvements on many levels. I have volunteered at a horse rescue yard offering oils helping many of their horses, ponies and donkeys to release their fears and previous traumas and abuses and give them confidence to interact with humans again, restoring their trust in humans and in life.
With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.
~ Catherine de Hueck Doherty ~
I believe in allowing the animals the choice, listening to them, empowering them in their own healing and so I utilise essential oil self-selection (zoopharmacognosy) where they choose which oil they want to use and for how long and at what distance and they can walk away when they have had enough or do not want the oil. Here, Obi the cat is processing the oil from his chosen distance, when he had finished he got up and walked away. Allowing the animal to choose whether to engage with the oil or not is a form of listening, and this combined with the benefits of the chosen oils specifically for your animal and the mindful time you spend together offering them, all combine to build the trust which gives you a solid foundation to work from and grow together in addition to the transformation the oils bring.
My special needs dog, Rufus, brought me to self-selection essential oils and I was so inspired by the process and by Nayana Morag of Essential Animals, that I completed her practitioner course in 2013. Please contact me to find how your animal can benefit from essential oils.
I intuitively choose essential oils for your animal based on information you give me and by tuning in to your animal via a photograph. The oils are diluted to the correct ratio for your animal in a carrier oil and posted out to you with instructions on how to offer the oils and what reactions to look out for. I also use aromatic waters/hydrosols if appropriate and helpful for your animal, especially with cats.
I work remotely, from home, so you can be anywhere in the country to benefit from this service, which you can buy here. If you are within a reasonable distance of my home, on the borders of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, I can come out with my box of oils and offer them to your animal myself, buy this service here.
Essential oils are safe for cats if they are allowed the option of whether they want to interact or not and given the choice to walk completely away from the oil or water, out of the room.