Personal Note: I have to tell you I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with animals. They constantly amaze me, teach me and inspire me. They have been given a strong intuition and sense of knowing what they need. It is fascinating to watch the positive changes that take place in an animals life when they are allowed a choice in their health. I have watched this girl go from extreme fear aggressive to learning to trust. When I first started working with her she would have nothing to do with essential oils. After our third session (she chose her oil) she now is curious to see and smell the bottles, almost a knowing they are for her. She looks at me with such love, gratitude and trust, and that is so heartwarming. She sits patiently waiting for the bottles to be opened now. There is a beautiful soul beneath the fear and it is slowly appearing. I am blessed and thankful everyday for the gift of Animal Aromatherapy and the improvement it makes in the lives of animals.
Week 3: Introducing Essential oils for the dog to select: Based on the assessment and history of the dog I selected 5 single essential oils to introduce. These oils were put on the floor 2" apart with lids on. Patience is the key here as the animal watches and takes in the process. After several minutes she began smelling the bottles, some she passed over completely. Out of the 5 single oils in front of her she strongly gravitated to the single oil of Angelica Root. I wanted to make sure this was her primary choice so I removed the cap and placed it about 1/4" down between 2 fingers. I then held the cap out allowing her to move into my hand. She moved closer and inhaled the oil for roughly 1-2 minutes, licked her lips and walked away. Later that afternoon I wanted to see if she still needed the Angelica so I repeated the process with the 5 singles. Again she went only for the Angelica Root and again I allowed her to inhale the oil. She continued to gravitate to the Angelica for 3 days, on the 4th day she showed no interest in the oil. Now that training has begun to help her overcome some of her fear issues, we will select 4-5 single essential oils and repeat the process above in week 4.
Angelica Root: It is fascinating to see an animal tell you which essential oils, herbs, flower essences or hydrosols it needs. From the benefits below we can see why this pup chose Angelica Root. They have amazing intuition if we will only learn to listen.
Angelica Root helps with:
Fear from early life trauma - birth on
nerves from hysteria -helps strengthen
digestive disorders from stress
liver dysfunction (anger is held in the liver)
Week 4: I introduced 5 new oils, sitting each on the floor roughly 2" apart. Two oils were chosen by this beautiful soul. She has really warmed up to essential oils. She takes her time and smells each bottle. During the week and before her next lesson with the trainer, she was allowed to enjoy the oils she indicated. I am so impressed with the ability of this animal and the outcome thus far. As she was lead around people she was actually wagging her tail. This was not possible 3 weeks ago, she was so fearful of everyone and everything and would show extreme fear aggression/possessiveness growling at strangers. During her training session the trainer was actually able to offer her treats which she took with tail wagging. The trainer was very pleased with the training session and surprised at how in a short period of time, her attitude had improved. We both believe that there is a gentle soul beneath the defensive attitude, and it is only a matter of time before we see this girl turn around. She still has an issues with other dogs, but we will continue to introduce oils as she needs them. Currently she is still enjoying the oils introduced the beginning of the week.
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Spring is such a wonderful time of year. A time for renewal, plants blooming, buds on trees, eliminating the old to receive the new and yes those pesky little critters. It is a time for cleansing, not only our homes but ourselves as well - body, mind and spirit. Spring reminds me of a time we feel energized, excited and ready to be outside. Aroma from plants plays a huge role for most of us, the smell of newly mowed grass may remind us of our childhood in the country, rose that has bloomed may remind us of our grandmother. The aroma of lemon and lemongrass uplift our spirits and make us smile.
It is for this reason I wanted to make an all purpose, multipurpose spring spray. I did not want to have 3 or 4 different products I had to reach for. A multipurpose spray for me should be one that is: safe around my home, chemical free, has many uses, safe with pets and children around. I also wanted a spray that made me smile, was uplifting and yet worked on many levels. This is a spray that is simple to make and easy to use. Here are some ways I use my Multipurpose Spring Spray. I find I reach for this spray for just about everything.
Household Cleaning:: I use this spray to clean my tile and wood floors, counter tops, shower and tub, add 1 oz to your washing machine, trash cans, cutting boards, stainless steel and so much more.
Insect Repellent: I spray this around my doors and windows, on the gravel outside my home to reduce ants etc. On screens to keep the flies away. Cracks and cervices around the stucco of my home. You can also spray any areas where wasps or bees want to try and make a home.
Pets: I have 2 wonderful dogs but both are somewhat food aggressive. The little older dog was kind enough to teach the larger younger dog how to be this way. So when we BBQ outdoors there are times when the juice drips on the concrete around the BBQ grill. To prevent either dog from thinking "there must be food somewhere" and preventing a possible fight, I will spray the concrete to eliminate the odor. Works like a charm. Using the spray around the grill will also help to eliminate ants or flies from hanging around. I will also spray the dog beds to prevent fleas. It can be sprayed in stables or stalls to reduce flies, spray around the dirt to prevent Ferrel cats from making your place a litter box, s[ray to eliminate the scent of other animals.
Essential Oils Used and Why:
Lemongrass - Cymbopogan citratus
antidepressant, deodorant, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, insecticidal, cleansing, refreshing, balancing, calms, aids concentration and is uplifting to name a few.
Lemon - Citrus limon
antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, tonic, insecticidal, nervine, immune system aid, detoxifying, clears head, promotes positive attitude, confidence, renewal, concentration, awareness, focus, energizing and dispels fears.
Lavender - Lavendula angustifolia
restorative, lessons fatigue, antiseptic, antidepressant, anitviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic, deodorant, decongestant, nervous tension, restorative, insect repellent, emotional for worry, stress, negativity, vitality and balance.
Recipe: You will need a 32 oz. Spray Bottle and glass measuring cups.
1/4 cup Sunshine Concentrate/natural liquid soap
1/2 cup white vinegar
30 drops Lemongrass
20 drops Lemon
10 drops Lavender
Process: Measure the Sunshine Concentrate into a measuring cup, add essential oils and blend well. Pour into spray bottle. Now measure the vinegar and add to the soap/essential oils mixture. Fill the remaining bottle with water. Shake to mix well.
You are now ready to clean with a positive uplifting attitude while eliminating odors.
Disclaimer: Information provided by Sacred Earth Aromatics is for EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY and is in NO WAY intended to replace proper medical care and advice. IT IS NOT intended to diagnose, prescribe, cure or treat any condition, illness or disease. Information is not to replace proper medical care from a Medical Doctor. We offer educational information on the Safe Use of Essential Oils as suggested by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapist.