Are essential oils good for pets?

Essential oils have earned their place among those who enjoy and benefit from aromatherapy. From easing nausea to decreasing anxiety, these natural, plant-derived products have been central in the lives of many generations, and today they have become part of the natural cure-all trend.

While seemingly safe and advantageous for people, essential oils and pets may be a terrible combination.

Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds derived from plant roots, stems, flowers, leaves and seeds. In addition to applying them as holistic treatments, essential oils can be used in various personal, household and cleaning products.

Essential oils offer numerous healing benefits to people, and although they are natural they may not be safe for your pet. They can present risks to your pet if inhaled, ingested or absorbed into the skin. Just as there are many plants that are considered toxic, irritating, or known to trigger allergic reactions in some animals, essential oils and pets do not safely mix.

The combination of essential oils and pets can be particularly worrisome because there are so many possible ways pets can be exposed to them. Believe it or not, essential oil diffusers, liquid potpourri products, room sprays, air fresheners and more can place your furry companions at risk. Just like humans, animals that have breathing problems, such as asthma, can exhibit labored breathing, excessive panting, or wheezing when exposed to essential oils.

Oils mixed with water molecules and diffused into the air can land on the fur or skin of household pets. They may not only cause irritation to the surface area but if licked and ingested, the following serious symptoms can occur:

  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Squinting
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Stumbling or disorientation
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Low heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Trouble getting comfortable

Cats are more sensitive than dogs when it comes to essential oils because they lack a specific enzyme needed to protect the liver from noxious fumes. They may suffer gastrointestinal upset, depression of the central nervous system, and liver damage if overexposed to essential oils.

Additionally, other small animals, birds, and those with compromised immunity deserve an added layer of protection from various essential oils that include:

  • Peppermint or wintergreen
  • Pine
  • Tea tree
  • Citrus
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pennyroyal
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Birch
  • Anise
  • Juniper
  • Yarrow
  • Thyme

The bottom line with essential oils and pets is to simply keep them apart. If you must use them, be sure your pet is not in the same room. Keep all products out of their reach. If you use them topically, do not allow your pet to lick your skin. Know the signs of toxicity and seek help right away.While there are commercial products available that are advertised at pet-safe or even pet-healthy, we encourage you to discuss your pet’s health with your veterinarian prior to making any changes.

It’s best to err on the safer side.

Essential Oils and the common cold

Did you remember to buy Oregano to help combat the cold & flu this year?

If you did, we can offer a few ways to use the oil to help you feel better. 1. Steam Inhalation:
Add two drops of oregano oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and breathe in the powerful vapors for five to ten minutes. The moist steam helps to loosen and drain mucus in the nasal passages and the antibacterial properties of the oil help to fight infections and relieve cold symptoms.

2. Use in a diffuser:
I love my diffuser, in fact there is one in almost every room. I add several drops of oregano oil to your diffuser (I like to use ten or twelve) and breathe in the medicinal vapors. It’s great for cold and flu season.

3. Inhale directly:
Feeling stuffy at work? A deep sniff of oregano oil directly from the bottle is a great pick-me-up and can help open up the airways.

4. Sore throat:
Add a few drops of oregano oil to a glass of warm water and gargle with the blend. The antibacterial properties of the oil will help to ward off bacteria and the anti-inflammatory properties will help to soothe an aching throat. Make certain not to swallow the oil mixture. Oregano essential oil is extremely potent and therefore should always be diluted before applying directly to the skin. Do not use internally is not considered safe for women to use during pregnancy, however consuming fresh oregano in leaf form, or as a dried spice while cooking, is okay.
Make a Healing rub: Add five to eight drops of oregano oil to one or two teaspoons of coconut oil (which is solid at room temperature) and rub on the chest as a soothing balm for respiratory tract infections and coughs. You can also rub this balm on the soles of the feet for added benefit.

Not only can oregano help with colds and flu, it can also help with wart removal.It’s best to apply oregano oil with a carrier oil topically: Mix three to four drops of oregano essential oil with one teaspoon of a carrier oil. Apply the blend with a clean cotton swab four to five times a day and make sure to use a clean swab if you are treating more than one wart so you don’t spread the infection. After treatment cover the wart with a tape or bandage so it is not fueled by oxygen. Within a week or two you should be able to notice a sizeable difference in the size of the wart.

I am an entrepreneur.⠀

For some, hearing this word sparks many different thoughts, feelings or emotions.
As an entrepreneur, we endure quite a few things. Some good, many not so good.

All we ask is that you be nice to entrepreneurs. We are out there creating and building something for our families. Not all of us are money-hungry ogres. Use your judgment. We’re working hard, love what we do and are sharing it with others.⠀Just like any other career choice, entrepreneurship requires us to do the work, put in the effort and show up. Most times more work and effort than other positions.⠀

This is a very EMOTIONAL field. How? Well, We will deal with many types of people who will do their best to derail our success. Sometimes unintentional, yet often intentional. People will be rude, disrespectful of our time, and can be unsupportive.⠀

We are required to put in hours at various times of the day. We go to bed in the wee hours of the morning and wake up a few hours later. We often work during holidays, sacrifice family functions, vacations, outings and milestones. Most of the time, we realize the sacrifices are temporary and must be made to achieve our long-term goals.⠀

We are continually tested. We have many days we want to quit and go back to what seems like the “norm”, but we soldier on.⠀

This path isn’t for everyone. Many  quit even before they start. You have to ask yourself if the time, effort, sacrifice is really worth it? For many, the answer is no. For the select few, the answer every time is YES!!!⠀

At the end of the day, you have a choice – build your future or work for someone else and help them build theirs.⠀

The choice is ours.

Do you suffer from dry scalp?

Dry scalp is a great nuisance but it does not have to be dandruff. As the below bulletin describes, there are many causes of dry scalp, they mainly are caused by scalp infections.

There are a plethora of natural remedies for dry scalp. One of the most effective is the addition of tea tree oil to your shampooing regime. Combinations of other essential oils to the tea tree can also add to the effectiveness.

There are other natural ingredients that can be homogenized to be effective treatments as well. You may find most of them obscure, messier and more complicated than the essential oil treatment.

To prevent the occurrence of dry scalp before it happens, there are dietary alternatives that include more leafy green vegetables; fruits, eggs, and whole grains will help bolster the protein in your hair and scalp. Omega-3 is also helpful as are foods that are rich in vitamin A, B, C, zinc, and iron.

Always check the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner to make sure they do not contain sulfates and parabens. Stay hydrated and use a hair dryer as little as possible. Massage your scalp with natural oils a few times a week.

Finally, try using a shampoo that contains tea tree oil and other nutrients that protect your hair and scalp to keep them healthy. 

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ESSENTIAL OILS AND SMOKING CESSATION

BULLETIN: Trying to quit smoking is difficult. This isn’t a stocking statement (particularly to those who are smokers). If you are a smoker, who finds it counterintuitive to use nicotine therapy to accomplish the task of being smoke/tobacco free, I have some alternative suggestions.

Your diet can influence your success in quitting smoking. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can not only aid in keeping off the weight which often accompanies smoking cessation, it also triggers brain endorphins to improve attitudes of “grumpiness” that can result from quitting the habit.

Another way to produce those endorphins is through exercise, and it helps with keep the potential weight gain at bay. Often, meditation can help with the multiple symptoms that a cessation regime can produce. Upping your consumption of water and herbal teas has also shown some positive results.

Essential Oils are another tool in the quitting smoking arsenal in fact, the attached article explains several combinations of certain essential oils that work to reduce cravings. They can be inhaled from the bottle or sniffed from a tissue or cotton square or diffused into your environment. Some of the essential oils that have proven successful are clove; clary sage; basil; and marjoram. But the list doesn’t stop there: rose; bergamot; lavender; ylang-ylang; patchouli and a wide variety of citrus oils (think lime; grapefruit; orange and lemon) have also shown success at stimulating, relaxing, relieving lethargy and irritability and agitation.

If you find the side effects and disclaimers that are attached to the nicotine based remedies, unacceptable, you may want to consider some of these alternatives to break your physical and psychological addiction to tobacco and tobacco products.

Of course, the quality and freshness of the essential oils make a big difference in their efficacy. I am associated with a company that manufactures some of the purest (and most affordable) essential oils available. The benefits of being successful in your quest to quit can add years and years to your life. Is it worth it?