Aromatherapy for our Best Friends… Dogs!

January was a rough month. When the vet told me it was time to put my 13 year old Lab down, I was devastated. She was a member of our family. She was always there, walking behind me as I mowed the lawn, always happy to see me, and gentle and patient all of the years of her life. The bond between humans and dogs is undeniably strong.

We dote on our dogs and treat them as our own children. In return they give us love, affection, and loyalty. We take them on walks, buy them treats, and make sure they are happy. Are you aware that there is something else you can do to strengthen the bond between you and your dog? Aromatherapy for dogs not only strengthens the human-canine bond, but can also improve the health of your dog.

Kristen Leigh Bell, the author of Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals states “aromatherapy is one of the most precious gifts that can be bestowed upon a dog”. Why is aromatherapy so effective with dogs? A dog’s keen sense of smell makes the use of essential oils perfect for them. There are multiple ways to use aromatherapy with your dog to not only strengthen your bond, but help with problems, and improve their health.

Many professionals and dog owners have expressed countless positive experiences with their use of aromatherapy and dogs. For example, many veterinarians diffuse Lavender in the waiting room or exam rooms in their office to help relax dogs who are anxious about being examined. Kennels use Lavender as well to help dogs relax who are frightened and anxious about being boarded.

Placing a few drops of oil on a towel and then placing that towel inside of the dog’s cage has been found to really calm an anxious dog. I was amazed at how many Essential Oil blend recipes there are for dogs! From blends that will help your dog with itchy skin, to ear cleaning, fresh breath, and fleas/ticks to so many great shampoo recipes!

Puppy shampoo, flea repelling shampoo, spicy deodorizing shampoo and so much more! The best part is that you can make your own all-natural shampoo ready for use with your dog. Kristen Leigh Bell’s book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals will give you the recipes and all of the information you need. To receive more information and to order Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals please call Life Science Publishing at 800-336-6308 or visit us online at www.lifesciencepublishers.com.

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EDR – The Powerful Influence of Aromas on Both Mind and Body

Close your eyes and think of your favorite memory as a child… perhaps it is a holiday dinner with all your family sitting around the table, enjoying a great meal to which everyone had contributed, exchanging stories and sharing laughter.   Your memory might tell a simpler story, one of coming home after school and smelling fresh baked cookies or bread that your mother had made that day.  So many of our favorite memories are associated with, and are triggered by, smell.  The bread, the turkey… you may find that when you smell them again as an adult, that smell has the power to take you back to when you were young and repaints that picture in your mind.  And all of this comes from an innocent smell as you walk by a neighborhood bakery.

The power of smell is very real.  Of all our senses, it is the one most powerfully triggers memories with incredible details all in an instant.  Whether in a doctor’s office or a grocery store, the smells you encounter from the moment you walk in the door can affect your entire experience there.

So how does it work? When a fragrance is inhaled, the odor molecules travel up the nose where they are trapped by olfactory membranes.  Each odor molecule fits like a little puzzle piece into specific receptor sites that line a membrane known as the “olfactory epithelium.”  When stimulated by odor molecules, these nerve cells trigger electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the bran, which them transmits the impulses to two main areas – the first which controls the sense of taste (the gustory) and the second area which stores emotional memories (the amygdale), as well as other areas of the limbic system.  Because these are all connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, Essential Oils can have a very profound impact on every aspect of your life.

For example, in studies at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers found that “sesquiterpenes”, found in essential oils such as vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood, sandalwood, and frankincense, can increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28% percent.  High levels of sesquiterpenes also occur in Melissa, myrrh, and clove oil.  Such an increase can lead to heightened hympathalamus activity as well as within the limbic system, which can have dramatic effects on emotions, learning and attitude, but also on immune functionality, hormone balance and energy levels.

For more information on how something as simple as an aromatic Essential Oil can have a positive effect on your health and wellness, contact Your Life Wisdom at 800.336.6308 or visit us online at www.ylwisdom.com.  Look for the Essential Oil Desk Reference or, for your convenience, try the Pocket Size Desk Reference.

EDR – Science & Application

Have you ever wondered exactly WHY Essential Oils are so powerful when working in harmony with your body to help alleviate stress and maintain a natural balance in your body, all the while promoting good health and well-being?  It’s all in the science!   You already possess a substance in your body that has amazing similarities with Essential Oils – your blood.  Your blood is about 7-8% of your total body mass; the average adult has about 10 pints of blood running through his body at any given moment.  This great life force that is running through so much of your body, connecting everything, is part of why your body can accept Essential Oils and, in essence, put them to work for you.

Essential Oils and human blood share several common properties:  they fight infection; they contain hormone-like compounds, and initiate regeneration.  Oils possess potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.  They also ward off attacks by insects and animals.  The ability of some essential oils to work as hormones helps them bring balance to many physiological systems of the human body.  For example, oils like clary sage and sage that contain schlerol have an estrogenic action.  Essential oils also play a part in the way a plant regenerates cells, much like blood does in the body.

Essential Oils also have a chemical structure that is similar to that found in human cells and tissues.  This makes Essential Oils compatible with human protein and allows them to be easily identified and then accepted by the body.  Essential Oils also have a unique ability to be readily absorbed by cell membranes and then diffuse throughout the blood and tissues.  When applied topically to the feet or elsewhere, Essential Oils can travel through the body in a matter of minutes.  Clove, for example, has the ability to decrease the thickness of your blood and can also increase circulation and immune functions; adequate circulation is vital to good health and affects the function of every cell and organ, including your brain.

Essential Oils are very versatile because they are composites of hundreds of different chemicals.  The same clove oil can be simultaneously antiseptic and anesthetic when applied topically.  Lavender oil has been used for burns, insect bites, headaches, PMS, insomnia, stress and hair growth.  Essential Oils can do all this and still not disturb the body’s natural balance; if one component exerts too strong an effect, another component may block or counteract it.  In contrast, synthetic chemicals usually have only one action and often disrupt the body’s natural balance.  To learn more about how Essential Oils work naturally with your body, contact Your Life Wisdom at 800.336.6308 or visit www.ylwisdom.com and search for the Essential Oil Desk Reference.   Find yourself traveling? Ask about the convenient Pocket Reference book!