Essential oils are able to produce the desired result quicker than herbs. A drop of peppermint oil is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea. Essential oils have multi-effects where many drugs have usually have only one medical property plus negative side effects.
Applying essential oils to their paws is not recommended by some health care professionals. Pets lick their feet and this could cause possible irritation as saliva is similar to water. Essential oils enter the skin quickly. Compounds like fertilizer, antifreeze and other toxicants could be absorbed more quickly when essential oils are applied to their paws.
I have taken advice from Dr. Nancy Brandt, DVM and used the knowledge in my dog breeding business. She is a holistic vet located in Las Vegas, NV and uses Young Living essential oils in her practice. Most essential oils should be diluted with a base or carrier oil before applying to your pet. For dogs, the recommendation is 1 drop essential oil to 10 drops base/carrier oil and for cats, rabbits and ferrets, 1 drop essential oil to 25 drops of base/carrier oil. You may listen to Dr. Brandt 1/29/2009 lecture on the internet addressing 16 Young Living essential oils that a pet owner should have on hand.
In my opinion the best base or carrier oil is organic cold magnolia pressed olive oil, grapeseed oil or fractionated coconut oil. Avoid nut oils if your pet is allergic to nuts. I recommend using V-6 enhanced vegetable oil complex by Young Living as base/carrier oil. The ingredients of V-6 are Fractionated Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, and Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil. Cold pressed olive oil and grapeseed oil are other options to use as a base/carrier oil.
Oil and water do not mix; water causes the oil to irritate your pet’s skin. If you pet has sensitivity to any essential oil, dilute the oil with base/carrier oil or add more base/carrier oil to where you applied the essential oil. If any essential oil gets into your pet’s eyes rinse with base/carrier oil, never water.
I chose essential oils made by Young Living. They are therapeutic grade and processed correctly. They’re organic and do not contain toxicants, like pesticides. Not all essential oils can be taken internally. Young Living essential oils are one of the few essential oils that can be taken safety internally. There are 42 species of frankincense but Young Living chooses the 2 species with the most therapeutic benefits not the cheapest to make and process. The oils are processed with low heat by steamed distillation or cold pressing. This makes more of the natural properties available. Some of the essential oil brands process their products with a higher heat and as a result their essential oils do not have all the properties plus may contain toxicants. They do cost less and are not as effective.
The essential oil Balsam fir (Idaho) is anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant (stops blood from clotting) and acts like cortisone. It is used for respiratory issues and pain. For breathing issues rub on the chest. For pain issues, rub on the source. I diffuse it in my kennel if I see or hear any signs of colds or coughing. You can combine 2-3 essential oils together and diffuse to get the desired results.
Eucalyptus Radiata can be used as a smelling salt and aids in opening up the lungs when an upper respiratory infection is present. Its medical properties are antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant and anti-inflammatory. As a smelling salt the bottle is held briefly under the nose. For breathing issues, rub on the chest. I use eucalyptus on my dogs’ cloth collars and it works like a bug repellant. I spray eucalyptus on my base ball cap while fishing and the bugs leave me alone.