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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How do I clean my diffuser?

Diffusers are an awesome way to add the magic of aromatherapy to your home and office.  Sometimes, they start to smell funky or your essential oils are diffusing as well as they once did.  That’s a sign that it’s time for some maintenance. Luckily, it’s super easy to clean!  Just follow a few quick steps, and you’ll soon be back to enjoying all the benefits that essential oils bring to your life.

Unplug and Empty Your Diffuser

First, unplug your diffuser.  There will be steps that you’ll need to plug it back in, but be sure to start with it unplugged.  Try to clean your diffuser once it’s naturally run out of oil, so that as little oil as possible goes to waste.

Fill Your Diffuser With Clean Water

Try to use filtered water for this step, tap water will work fine in a pinch. Be careful not to fill your diffuser past the fill line, as doing so can affect your diffuser’s ability to cycle the liquid properly.

Add White Vinegar to the Water

Next, add ten drops of white vinegar to the water in your diffuser.  The vinegar is necessary to get rid of any lingering oil and deposits that are stuck to the walls.

Plug in Your Diffuser and Let It Run For Five Minutes

The cleaning solution you just made needs to be run through your diffuser.  Once the five minutes are up, empty your diffuser out into your sink.

Scrub or Cotton Swab Tight Spots

If your diffuser came with a cleaning brush, get it ready.  If not, a cotton swab works super well.  Either way, dip your cleaning tool in vinegar and clean the crevices and corners thoroughly.  Dry your diffuser completely before moving on to the next step.

Just Another Step…

You’re almost finished! Fill your diffuser with clean water again and let the diffuser run for three minutes.  Empty it and dry it completely.  You may need to use cotton swabs to get in the nooks and crannies.  Allow your diffuser to air dry before diffusing your favorite oils.  That’s all!  I clean my diffuser once a week to make sure I get the most benefits from my essential oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Use the longest sunshiny day to get outside and celebrate! #summersolstice #sunshine #aromatherapy #twigleafflower #gardening

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

2017 Bloomers Tour of Back Mountain Gardens

 

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I’m excited to be a sponsor and a presenter at this wonderful event, The 2017 Tour of Back Mountain Gardens!  Stop by and see me in Garden #3 at Harveys Lake.  All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, which includes the Back Mountain Trail.  You’ll get an inside peek at unique local gardens, DIY displays and design exhibits.  I’ll have my Essential Art of Aromatherapy Book and a selection of twig leaf flower goodies for purchase.  Rain or shine, this Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. I look forward to seeing you!

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

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Using Essential Oils at Home

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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

 

Importance of Purity in Essential Oils

One of the biggest issues we face as adulterationAromatherapists and consumers is obtaining pure, organic essential oils. True essential oils are distilled from plants, which is laborious and often an expensive process.  With the popularity of aromatherapy, there are many companies that are bottling essential oils, but are adding synthetics and fillers to the oils to dilute them.  Unfortunately, these adulterated oils will not be beneficial for aromatherapeutic use, as the body recognizes the chemical components as toxic and disposes of them.   As a long time aromatherapist and herbalist, quality organic oils are paramount to me.  I harness the power of the oils for the healing effect they have on the mind, body and spirit, not just for the fragrance they emit.  You can rest assured that twig leaf flower’s products are all made with the finest organic essential oils, offering maximum holistic benefits.   Please visit twig leaf flower for more information.

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

 

5 Tips for Holistic Allergy Relief

Pollen-Allergy-ReliefWhen the sneezes and itchy eyes are making you crazy, there are a few holistic things you can do without having to turn to medication.  I’ve incorporated all of the suggestions below into my own life with huge success!  I hope they help you too.
1. One of the best things you can do to ease allergy symptoms is to stay hydrated.  The recommendation is to drink one half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water a day.  (ex. If you’re 200 lbs, you should drink 100 fluid ounces of water a day)
2. Use a neti pot to flush out the sinuses of irritations and allergens.  I can’t recommend this enough!  A neti pot will last years and you can easily make your saline solution by dissolving 1 teaspoon of himalayan or sea salt in a quart of boiled water.  Let the mixture cool completely before putting it in your neti pot.  Then you tilt your head to the side and pour the water though one side of your nose and let it drain out the other.  Repeat the process on the other side.  You may need a few trys to get the hang of it, but it’s definitely worth it!  Always make sure to add the salt to the water or it you’ll experience a burning sensation.  Neti pots have been used for centuries, but if you’d like less fuss there are a bunch of saline rinses on the market now.  Just make sure there aren’t any nasty chemicals added to the rinse.
3.  Enjoy some local honey every day!  The idea is that consuming local honey with help your body adapt to the allergens in your environment.  Make sure the hives stay in your area all year long to experience the maximum benefits.  Just a teaspoon a day of unprocessed honey will do the trick.  If you are experiencing lots of allergy symptoms, do it a few times a day.  It’s great to do year round, but definitely start a minimum of 6 weeks before allergy season kicks in.
4.  There are essential oils that really help to ease symptoms.  Lavender Essential Oil works wonders with both respiratory and skin allergies as it’s a natural antihistamine.  Peppermint Essential Oil is cooling, anti inflammatory and analgesic, which soothes and calms.  Lemon Essential Oil is amazing by itself as it increases blood circulation which helps to clear respiratory tract and prevents congestion.  It really shines in combination with Lavender and Peppermint Oils to hit all the major allergen issues full force.  Keep a blend of the oils with you to inhale when you’re feeling poorly or try any of the items from my custom blended Allergy Relief Collection.
5.  Sometimes the bottom line to help with allergies is to change your diet.  Dairy is a huge culprit for a lot of people suffering from terrible allergies.  So is wheat.  If all else fails, try and elimination diet to see if your issues might be food related.  The most common food allergies are:

  • Milk and dairy products.
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Shellfish (shrimp, lobster & crab)
  • Peanuts and other legumes

There are lots of books related to this topic plus tons of information online.  My recommendation would be to start with eliminating dairy products.  Substitute regular cow’s milk with almond milk, butter with Earth Balance or another soy and dairy free item and regular cheese with the many amazing vegan versions available now and you will probably see a huge improvement.  It’s not easy at first, but from my own experience I felt so much better when I broke up with dairy.

I hope one or more of these tips help you on your journey to be allergy symptom free!  Please send me an email if you’d like more information or to let me know how it worked for you.

Love and Sunshine~

Rebecca

rebecca@twigleafflower.com

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

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How does your garden grow?

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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