Essential Oils and Cats

CatsA few times a week I’m approached with questions about essential oil use and cats.   As aromatherapists, we have studied the interaction between humans and essential oils pretty thoroughly, but there is still quite a lot of speculation and controversy regarding efficacy and safe use for cats.

In my opinion, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  I’m always on the side of caution, because I have seen the effects of misuse of essential oils first hand too often.   Because animals can’t communicate directly the issues they may experience, it is even more important that as their guardians, we are extra careful.

Here are the practices that I follow personally, as I’ve been blessed with many kitties in my home.  I do not advocate applying essential oils neat (undiluted) ever to cats, and really to any animal without the guidance of a veternarian or a clinical aromatherapist.  Cats do not have the liver enzymes that humans possess to metabolize many essential oils, which is the entire point of using aromatherapy therapeutically.  If they are unable to uptake it, we shouldn’t be applying it to their skin, as it won’t do them any good and could quite possibly harm them.  I would never suggest giving a cat essential oils to ingest, either. If you apply essential oils to your skin, let them soak in before holding your cat so that it doesn’t transfer to them through snuggling and kitty kisses.

Diffusing in a home with cats can be safely done, with a few precautions.  Remember, diffusing essential oils can be toxic to humans if it is overdone.  You’d usually notice headache or fatigue as first symptoms of overuse, cats can’t let you know that.  The key to keeping things safe is low level, intermittent diffusion.  Make sure you are diffusing in small amounts, for limited periods of time and offer your cat a way out of the room, should they need some fresh air.  They are smart and will leave if something is bothersome to them.

There are a few books that I recommend to check out if you’re interested in more information.  Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell and Veterinary Aromatherapy by Nelly Grosjean.  They have both worked extensively with animals and aromatherapy and are great resource books.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  I’m always happy to help in any way that I can.

twig leaf flower is an organic vegan aromatherapy and herbal collections lovingly handcrafted in Dallas, PA.  I’m passionate about aromatherapy and herbalism and can’t wait for you to see the amazing difference truly natural products will make in your life. I offer a variety of holistic items including lotions, bath soaks, lip balms and diffusion blends, along with collections devoted to children and pets.  I’m always adding new blends and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me personally  rebecca@twigleafflower.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottle of mint essential oil on wooden background with selective focus.

Did you know that essential oils can offer natural relief from allergy symptoms? They  help reduce inflammation, which is the cause of most of the severe allergic responses, they can help bolster your immune system making your body less vulnerable to allergy triggers and they can block the allergens from entering your home and your body in the first place. What more can you ask for?

Here are a few essential oils I rely on during allergy season:

Lemon Essential Oil helps with lymphatic drainage and helps soothe respiratory conditions.

Peppermint Essential Oil works as a relaxant and will help clear your sinuses.

Lavender Essential Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and also a natural antihistamine.  So it can strengthen your body against allergens and reduce many of the painful symptoms of your allergies.  A drop of Lavender oil applied to the skin can also help treat rashes and hives that can appear from skin allergies.

Try a diffusion blend or a blended roll on remedy and see the amazing difference nature can do for you before you run to the pharmacy for a pill.

If you’d like more information or to purchase an organic aromatherapy Allergy Relief Blend, please visit the link below.

 

 

 

Using Essential Oils at Home

essential oil bottles

Did you know you can use your Essential Oil Diffusion Blends for more than diffusing?  Here are a few additional ways I suggest incorporating them in your life.

Bath: Dilute 8 drops of your essential oils into a half ounce of carrier oil and stir into a warm bath.  The carrier oil will help to disperse the essential oils more evenly in the water.

Massage:  Mix 3 to 6 drops of your essential oils in 1/2 ounce of a carrier oil like jojoba oil, for adults.  For kids under 10 years old, pregnant and nursing mamas or the elderly, just blend 2 to 3 drops in 1/2 ounce of a carrier oil.  Before using, make sure the oils are safe to use topically.

Foot Bath: Mix 4 to 5 drops of essential oils with a teaspoon of a carrier oil.  Add into the warm foot bath and soak for 20 minutes.

Car: If you don’t have a car diffuser, just add a few drops to a cotton ball to take your favorite blend with you.

Looking for a new blend?  Check out my selection of organic aromatherapy blends here.

If you’d like to try your hand at blending your own, check out my new book for ideas and recipes here.

twig leaf flower is an organic vegan aromatherapy company founded in Dallas, PA.  I’m passionate about aromatherapy and herbalism and can’t wait for you to see the amazing difference truly natural products will make in your life. I offer a variety of holistic items including lotions, bath soaks, lip balms and diffusion blends, along with collections devoted to children and pets.  I’m always adding new blends and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me personally  rebecca@twigleafflower.com