|Essential oils for humans and animals
by Shireen Calucin
Essential Oils and why you choose the oils you do
Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to a particular essential oil and its scent? There are two schools of thought that run here. The scent you are drawn to is because it can potentially guide and support you at this point in your life or the scent of the oil you do not like is simply because it may represent feelings, emotions and associations you are not facing up to.
Aromatic oils and herbs were integrated into the spiritual and social lives of ancient civilizations and gradually a body of plant knowledge was complied together with the medicinal and folkloric use of plants, herbs and flowers.
Here are some examples:
Bergamot: the leaves of the orange bergamot were slipped into wallets to attract money.
Ginger: for good health and money.
Rosemary: Shakespeare says is for “remembrance” to increase memory and lasting bonds.
Sandalwood: used in all forms of meditation, divination and trance work.
Thyme: for courage and ambition.
Violet leaf: as a funeral herb when a young child passes away.
What is Aromatics for Animals?
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts to which dogs and horses in particular respond very well. It is important to respect essential oils and not to fear them. Allowing the animal to guide you in the choice of oil is key to using aromatic essences on animals. As we domesticate our pets in an urban landscape we deny them of the plants and herbs that animals in the wild seek out when ill.
Animals know instinctively what is right for them as they have an affinity with nature. They depend on plants chemistry for food and energy but also for the aromatic secondary, non-nutritional compounds of the plants (essential oils) for medicinal purposes.
Aromatics for Pets workshops are designed to give back to people the responsibility of helping their animals by offering them plant extracts they would otherwise select in the wild. In these workshops you will learn which essential oils to use for common skin problems, joint inflammation/stiff joints, trauma/fear and other common aliments plus essential oil safety. House calls are also available.
Shireen is an internationally qualified holistic aromatherapist and tutor specializing in prescriptive blending for skincare, natural perfumery and animal care and offers her services at I-Detox. Please contact us for more information.