May 21, 2006


Stress-Relieving Holistic Blends for Dogs



Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, love — emotions play a pivotal role in our lives. But are these types of feelings an integral part of an animal’s world as well?

In the past, scientists questioned whether emotions affected the lives of animals. These days, however, emotional and spiritual health-consciousness has moved from being exclusively for humans and has advanced into the animal world. Now more than ever, veterinarians realize that aromatherapy offers more than just fragrance and provides immediate, profound and long-lasting results that may positively affect an animal’s overall health and emotional well-being. Today, veterinarians are turning to osteopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, flower essences and most recently aromatherapy, as holistic solutions to common ailments in animals.

Stress is one of the most common causes of physical illness in animals. While animals are sensitive to their physical and emotional environment, their reactions manifest in ways that must be interpreted correctly by humans in order to be properly diagnosed. For instance, leaving an animal alone for a long period of time, lack of sufficient affection, unhealthy food, an insufficient amount of exercise, the stress of owners, and abandonment are the most common causes of stress in animals and may lead to particular health problems such as fatigue, excessive itching or shedding, panting and even aggression.

Dogs specifically are a bit more emotionally dependent on their owners and require more attention than do cats or other animals. They are in tune with our moods, and seem to show more difficulty in coping with emotional stress and loneliness. Hyperactivity, fatigue and other physical ailments can be interpreted as stress-related symptoms in dogs.

The following recipes are easy stress-reducing aromalchemy blends for dogs. As faithful friends, dogs bring affection, pure joy and loyalty into our lives. Most breeds thrive in the outdoors, running and playing in the freedom of nature. Historically, dogs have been able naturally purge their system of illness in the wilderness, by carefully choosing specific plants their systems need, such as blackberries, raw carrots, etc. Now a domestic animal, most dogs have lost this natural instinct, and are becoming less resistant to illness, yet still face the daily causes of stress.

**We do hope that these recipes help alleviate some of the common stress-related symptoms your loving pet may be experiencing. Beyond these aromatherapy blends, flower essences have been found to be helpful holistic remedies for animals as well. Be sure to consult your veterinarian if stress-related symptoms persist in your pet.

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Blend to Relieve Emotional Stress
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Pour the following essential oils into a 10-ml bottle and fill with vegetable oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, etc.). Pour a small amount of the blend into your hand. Anoint the spine and head lightly. Repeat as necessary.

-6 drops of Lavender
-1 drop of Neroli
-4 drops of Marjoram

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Blend to Relieve Anxiety & Loneliness
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Pour the following essential oils into a 10-ml bottle and fill with vegetable oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, etc.). Pour a small amount of the blend into your hand. Anoint the spine and head lightly. Repeat as necessary.

-1 drop of Rose otto
-5 drops of Cypress
-5 drops of Marjoram

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Blend to Reduce Nervousness & Hyperactivity
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Pour the following essential oils into a 10-ml bottle and fill with vegetable oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, etc.). Pour a small amount of the blend into your hand. Anoint the spine and head lightly. Repeat as necessary.

-6 drops of Lavender
-2 drops of Roman Chamomile
-4 drops of Petitgrain

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Learn more about the essential oils used in these blends:
===>http://www.aromalchemy.com/aromatherapy/ouroils.html

Or purchase our starter’s kit, Aromatherapy for Animals, here:
===>http://www.aromalchemy.com/aromatherapy/starterskits.html
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Stay tuned for these upcoming articles in this series, “Aromatherapy For Animals:”

In Good Health,
Francoise Rapp
http://www.aromalchemy.com

(c) Francoise Rapp, 2002. Internationally renowned aromatherapist and alchemist, Francoise Rapp, shares her expertise in using essential oils to heal and revitalize body and mind at http://www.aromalchemy.com. Highlights include aromatherapy classes, pure & organic essential oils, recipes and aromatic treatments for health and wellness, and a free weekly newsletter. Discover the power of aromatherapy today at http://www.aromalchemy.com!

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Internationally renowned aromatherapist and alchemist Franoise Rapp shares her expertise each week in her free ezine, the Arom’Alchemy Newsletter. To subscribe, visit http://www.aromalchemy.com/education.

Francoise Rapp

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