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Essential Oils Help You and Your Pets Relax

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 | 22 comments

Did you know that your pets are extremely sensitive and aware of your mood and emotions? I know many pet owners who have experienced times of sadness or anxiousness, and then suddenly their beloved cat or dog comes to them as if to help ease their woes. So what do you do when your furry friends are upset, anxious, or jittery? Consider using Young Living essential oils to help.

As suggested in the Essential Oils Desk Reference, “If you have a high-spirited, jittery animal, apply Peace & Calming® and/or Valor® on yourself first. As you approach the animal, it will react as it perceives the aroma. Kneel down or squat beside the animal and remain still for several minutes so that it can become accustomed to the smell. As the animal breathes in the fragrances, it will become calmer and easier to manage.”

For this post I wanted to share a portion of a protocol Gary Young demonstrated on a young horse at the Young Living farm in St. Maries, Idaho.

Gary showed us how essential oils assisted in calming a young stallion as it prepared for a training session. First, Gary applied a few drops of Valor on his hands; he then put one hand on the base of the horse’s tail and the other on its withers.

Gary explained that relaxation is the first step to healing. He suggested applying Trauma Life™, Surrender™, or Peace & Calming™ on your hands and then briefly holding your hands up to the animal’s muzzle or nostrils. As the animal relaxes, Gary explained, work your hand around the side of its jaw and up along the neckline to its ears, and then rub its ears and top of its head.

As the horse relaxed even more deeply, Gary added more oils to the palm of his hand, and the horse inhaled the oils very willingly. Gary continued rubbing the horse’s ears, head, and neck.

I have been working with essential oils and humans for more than 12 years now, but I was truly blown away when I saw how this horse completely transformed from being jumpy and edgy into becoming soft and relaxed!

If you have an anxious pet—or if you are feeling anxious yourself—I suggest using Valor, Peace & Calming, RutaVaLa™, or lavender on yourself. Then gently pet your dog or cat, and see if you both start feeling more relaxed and happy.

Namaste,

Tracy Griffiths

22 thoughts on “Essential Oils Help You and Your Pets Relax

  1. cheryl says:

    I have a boykin that has a fungus on her tail and feet. This make her hair come. the vet gave a shampoo to wash her in but I can’t wash her every day.Does anyone know which oils might be beneficial to her?

  2. Carol Kanfield says:

    What can I use on our Cocker Spaniel for dry skin caused by putting her in our swimming pool? Hair is removed in places. :( Thank You.

  3. Sherry Okamoto says:

    I have a Dog with the Very begining stages of prostate (sp) Cancer, He is currently on Transfer factor and Buchu, and Saw Palmetto. do you have any other ideas. I am a beginner in oils and can’ find anything on this.
    He is doing really great as of know

  4. Sandi Anne says:

    I am new to Young Living Essential Oils. Are there any oils that help take away ear mites in dogs? Thank you.

  5. Rosa Hunter says:

    What oil can I use on my beagle dog to get rid of a tumor on her back? What oils can I use for an allergic reaction on me from new sheets. I’m using lavender. It stops the itching but the redness is still on my right side of the chest and arm.

    • My beagle type rescue dog, Rocky, got a very hard knot inside his skin on the back of his ear that I noticed before Christmas this year. I read that Frankincense would help, so I started putting it behind that ear. Today is January 26, 2013, and the rock-like thing that was as big as a large green pea is GONE! As an added benefit, his eyes stopped running! I was constantly having to wipe his eyes to keep his face dry! The left eye got better than the right eye, I suppose because I was putting Frankincense behind his left ear. Now, I put a drop of Frankincense behind both ears twice a day, and his eyes are dry! It’s a miracle!

  6. Stacy says:

    We rescued a dog last year after I witnessed his owner dumping him at a local park. He is a very high strung little dog (Jack Russell mix). I have valor and never have used it. Peace and Calming is my favorite blend which I diffuse on stressful days. I am so trying this technique when we come home tomorrow after being away because that is when he is most agitated and upset. Thank you!

  7. Linette says:

    I have been using the Young Living oils on animals for almost 12 years and have seen remarkable results with eliminating pain,easing agressive behavior,getting animals with trauma experiences to relax and become more confident. The Raindrop Massage works to cover every challange. I love working with the oils and could tell of many stories of animals helped when nothing else seemed to. Love sharing and educating people how using these powerful oils can be their first to aid kit.

    • Zunie says:

      Hi Linette, considering your experience with using the oils on animals, what would you recommend for a dog diagnosed with bone cancer which has spread to the brain? Am asking on behalf of somone and really appreciate any advice given. Thanks in advance.

    • Kiki says:

      Can you please tell me how to apply this to our dogs – new to EO’s and want to try on our Yorkie who has become aggressive/very territorial to our other dog – her sibling. Can you recommend any books for EO’s for pets? Thank you very much.

  8. Suzette Compton says:

    Can you tell me if there will be sessions / presentations at the Salt Lake Conference in June on animals and oils? Two years ago there were a few, which were very educational and helpful. It was said then that they would try to have more animal related sessions at future conferences.

    Thank you!

  9. Barbara Ellen Held says:

    Tracy,
    Thank you for your blogs, comments and insights. I am thrilled you are coming back to Yoga on High in Columbus this fall. You helped me so much with the introductory aromatherapy class last December. I have had much success in using the oils on myself, family including pets and Reiki clients. I continue to search for more GOOD information on oil usage. I have the desk reference as well as The Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide. I also purchased the Oily Vet Book.

    Do you have any suggestions for my severe allergies? I continue to suffer and am close to asthmatic according to my allergist. I have tried Breathe Again Dorado Azul, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata and a host of other different YL oils at one time or another. I have had limited success with all of them. Today I have puffy red eyes that actually hurt, swollen sinuses and a throbbing head. I have resorted to using the eye and nasal steriods again today. I do see an allergist but I know if I could just find the right combination of oils they would really help me. Thanks so much for anything you can offer.

    • susan reuter says:

      You say you have tried many of the oils but I am wondering if you have tried straight lavender? It has worked with many fellow sufferers by simply inhaling deeply and also applying to face and neck and behind your ears. Good luck.

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