Diffusing Essential Oils For Pets
Diffusion of essential oils into the air of an enclosed space (such as a house, kennel or aviary) is popularly called aromatherapy.
This is because the highly aromatic, sweet-smelling molecules of the essential oils are literally breathed into the body, at which point they trigger numerous immune boosting, healing, relaxation or stimulation responses depending upon the specific oils being inhaled and their unique electrical (vibrational) frequencies. (1)
The sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center. This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses, taste, sight, touch and hearing; are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have unbelievable physiological and psychological effects as they are diffused and inhaled.
When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain. Of course, inhalation of essential oils also are able to enter the bloodstream via the lungs, (The lungs govern the immune system).
Dr. Valnet points out that whether applied directly, or inhaled, essentials oils have virtually the same therapeutic impact on the body. Dr. Gary Young points out that the body’s response time to inhalation of essential oils can be as quick as one to three seconds! This is why, for many people and their companion animals, inhalation is the preferred method of use of the essential oils.
In studies performed at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers discovered that sesquiterpenes, a natural compound found in essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Frankincense, actually increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent (Nasel, 1992).
Aroma’s effect on the brain
The Japanese have a long tradition of using aroma, and they have much respect for it. In 1985 Dr Shizuo Torii who, by measuring brain waves, showed that some aromas can have a stimulating effect and some can have a relaxing effect started research into the mind-altering effects of essential oils in Japan.
Japan’s third largest construction company, the Shimizu Corporate, has specialist engineers who incorporate aroma systems into the new ‘intelligent’ building which uses aroma to improve efficiency and relieve stress. In one bank, designed by the company, lavender or rosemary are diffused into the customer areas, while lemon or eucalyptus are used to keep workers alert at their VDUs. Commercial diffuser systems are capable of pumping different aromas into the atmosphere at different times of the day, to relax or stimulate as required.
Another Japanese construction company, Kajima Corporation, blend appropriate fragrances which are diffused into different areas of the building, taking into consideration the time of day and the male-female ratio of any one department. While lavender and rose combination created a calming, stress-relieving and blood-pressure reducing effect for general purposes, the after- lunch drowsiness is combated by fragrance of lemon and jasmine, which have a refreshing and reviving effect.
Moreover, when oils are diffused in a home, kennel or aviary, they naturally purify the air itself by removing toxins, metallic particles and other harmful microscopic debris. They increase the atmospheric oxygen of the air, and boost levels of beneficial ozone and negative ions which, dramatically inhibit the growth and reproduction of airborne pathogens.
Essential oils can be diffused into the air in a number of ways.
During summer months when you have a fan or air conditioner running, one of the simplest ways to diffuse is to put a few drops of your favorite oil onto a tissue and secure the tissue next to the air vent or the fan cage so that the air blows across it. The blowing air then circulates the aromatic molecules of the essential oil throughout your house or kennel, and your pets (and yourself) breathe them in as you go about your normal daily activities.
Some find a favorite method of diffusing, (if only because of its simplicity and being inexpensive) is to take a 4 oz. or 6 oz. “mister” or spray bottle such as you’d use to mist house plants. Fill the mister with distilled or spring water, add 15 or 20 drops of essential oil, shake well, and then walk through your home and/or kennel briefly “misting” each room or area with the solution as you go.
Cold Air Diffusion
Perhaps the most popular and effective method of diffusing essential oils is to buy a product called a Cold Air Diffuser, which sprays an ultra-fine mist of the essential oil of your choice into the air. The millions of misted particles dispersed from a diffuser are so fine that they can hang in the air of your space (room, home, etc.) literally for hours, spreading from room to room via the normal air circulation that occurs as you walk through your house and/or kennel.
* NOTE: Always use cold diffusion.
NEVER HEAT ESSENTIAL OILS.
Heat will alter the chemistry, rendering them therapeutically useless.
When essential oils are diffused, the molecules are broken up into micro-fine mist particles. These mist particles stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. These micro-mist particles benefit all those who inhale them.
Diffused oils don’t just mask odors; they actually alter the structure of the molecules that create odors – rendering them harmless! They also increase the available oxygen in the room and produce negative ions.
With the threat of super bugs growing ever more resistant to vaccines and antibiotics, our pets are becoming infected as well as we humans are, diffusing essential oils makes more and more sense. It simply is the ultimate home wellness defense against life-threatening organisms when used in conjunction with the laws of health. Species specific nutrition, exercise, pure, clean water, proper rest, etc.
While diffusing essential oils will not stop an animal or even a person from being infected outside of the home, it will/and does create negative ions and raises the vibratioinal frequencies within the home that support and promote a healthy immune system.
Diffusing oils into a room with a sick pet or human family member can actually cut their downtime by half or more! According to some experts, recovery can be accelerated by as much as 70%!
Calming essential oils, can be diffused, just before bedtime if you suffer from insomnia or have a restless or anxious dog that does not want to “wind down”.
Many combinations of aroma are possible and the effects are beneficial for our pets and ourselves!
Different essential oils can be diffused for different effects. For example, frankincense and lavender can soothe and calm. The Young Living blend called ‘Peace & Calming’ can help settle down an excited puppy or bird with anxiety. The blend Joy, along with Peace & Calming, or Lavender are often used for their calming and emotionally balancing effects. Purification, Lemon or Thieves neutralize (not just mask or cover them up) odors such as mildew, cigarette smoke, synthetic fragrances and more!
(1) The law of nature states that everything has a vibration. If you’ve taken a chemistry class you probably remember learning about atoms, and that everything is made up of atoms. These atoms are in a constant state of motion or vibration, and depending on the speed of these atoms, things are appear as a solid, liquid, or gas.
Everything in nature vibrates at different frequencies. Scientific research has shown that different body parts and different organs of the body have their own vibrational/frequency signature. In other words the frequency which of the cells of the heart vibrate at are different from the vibrational frequency of the cells of the Lungs.
When parts of the body and/or mind become stressed or weakened, they are no longer vibrating at the correct frequency of wellness; in other words they are not vibrating at their prime (optimal) resonant frequency.
Dr. Royal R. Rife, a brilliant physician and scientist in the 1920’s, found that every health disorder has a frequency, and that certain high frequencies can can prevent further development of these disorders, by raising the body’s frequencies back into harmony/balance.
When the immune system and the organs that house it are weak and/or compromised, it is going to have a lower energy/vibrational frequency than a strong, vital immune system vibrates at. When disease and illness are present, they may manifest as chemical imbalances. But underlying this is an electromagnetic imbalance that has altered the specific vibrational frequencies of the very molecules, cells, tissues and organs within the body.
A substance with a higher frequency such as essential oils can raise a lower unbalanced frequency due to the principle of “entrainment”, the tendency for two oscillating bodies to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony. This principle is key to understanding the effect essential oils can have on the electromagnetic frequency and balancing the immune system.
Clinical research shows that essential oils have the highest electrical/energetic frequency of any natural substance known to man and when used in conjunction with the laws of health/nature, they have the ability to create an environment in which dis-ease, cannot thrive.
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Cats are known to be deficient in their ability to eliminate compounds through hepatic glucuronidation (they lack enzyme glucuronyl tranferases). Glucuronidation is an important detoxification mechanism present in most animals except cats. Lack of this important detoxification mechanism in cats may result in slower elimination and thus build up of the toxic metabolites in the body causing toxicity problems.
When diffusing oils specifically for your cat, try not to use excessive amounts of essential oil, and choose oils which have lower volatility’s as far as possible. In addition, ensure good air circulation especially during the diffusion process, so that local concentrations of essential oil vapour are not built up in non-airchanged areas inhabited by the cat. Make sure cat can get to ‘undiffused’ air at any time if possible, and only diffuse in an individual room if cat does not have access i.e. make it a multi-room location. Toxicology studies show that the feline liver usually needs 48 hours to process and excrete ‘terpenes’, thus allow 48 hours between end of last diffusion and starting another to avoid repeated exposure by inhalation.
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