AROMATHERAPY: JUST NICE SMELLING OILS?Aromatherapy, specifically in this case for pets, refers to the therapeutic use of 100% pure essential oils and hydrosols for holistic treatments of physical and behavioral problems.
Aromatherapy is not limited to the use of grooming products that contain essential oils. It means more than that – it refers to the use of a pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil, or several oils combined for a certain healing purpose – either to treat a particular health problem, or to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of your pet.
You may have noticed that I use the words, “pure” and “therapeutic-grade” many times on this website. This is intentional because I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using 100% pure essential oils when treating your pet. Do not try to save money and buy cheap “essential oils” that contain synthetic substances. They will not have the therapeutic effects and even worse, the synthetic substances and chemicals may do harm to your pet.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS AND HYDROSOLS?An essential oil is a volatile substance contained in the glandular hairs, sac, or veins of different parts of a plant, such as the leaves, flowers, bark, roots, seeds or fruit. They are the "essence" of that particular plant form and are responsible for giving that plant its unique scent.
There are several ways to extract essential oils: steam distillation, solvent extraction, carbon dioxide extraction, or manual expression.
Contrary to what most people think, essential oils are non-oily. They are highly concentrated and should always be diluted before use. Each oil has its own individual properties, such as scent, color, chemical properties, and healing effects. On a physical level, many essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying. On an emotional level, some essential oils can be sedative or stimulating.
Hydrosol is a water-based substance which is a by-product obtained during the steam distillation process of an essential oil. A hydrosol contains water-soluble parts of a plant as well as a very small amount of some essential oil components. Since hydrosols are not highly concentrated like essential oils, they can be used undiluted as is, or essential oils can be added to a hydrosol for synergistic effects.
Essential Oils: A Brief History
Officials in the industry suggest that the ancient Egyptians were the first to use essential oils. They may have developed distillation techniques and pioneered the discovery of medical and other uses of essential oils, as well as herbs.
At that same time, the Indians and Chinese were also developing the use of plants/herbs in healing. Knowledge of oils were passed on to the Greeks, and it is believed that, perhaps, the famous doctor, Hippocrates pioneered holistic therapies. We believe The Romans continued this process. When the Roman Empire fell, a Persian physician named, Avicenna (approximately 1,000 A.D.) had been know to have perfected the distillation process.
During the Dark Ages of Europe, bathing was frowned upon and people used essential oils and herbs on the skin to cover bad odors, as well as for their antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Church monks possibly became very well educated herbalists, and possibly used essential oils during this time period, and monasteries may have been the “keepers” of healing information. During the Renaissance, the famous physician, Paracelcus revived holistic therapies and used natural means as a cure for leprosy.
Modern essential oil usage dates to a French chemist and perfumer named, Rene Maurice Gattefosse, who is known for his accidental discovery of lavender oil’s ability to assist in the healing of burns. During the Second World War, another pioneer named, Jean Valet used oils in the treatment of wounded soldiers. As research went forth, many properties of essential oils and plants were categorized and isolated. This process continues today with the pharmaceutical research of essential oils, and new research is coming out regularly. Recently, at the University of South Dakota, a student received her doctoral degree for pioneering work in “ethnobotany”, which examined veterinary essential oil use. The use of essential oils has been researched and tested in some French hospitals and found to speed healing!
American veterinary practitioners are working to better perfect the use of EOs in animals. They have also helped contribute, in a large way, with how we choose quality oils, blend them, dilute them, and apply them when dealing with all kinds of animals as we make our therapeutic blends.
Essential oils also have side “benefits” (as opposed to “side effects”) and have been know to aid in things such as reducing anxiety, and in battling toxins and fighting infections caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses (see our “Allergy” blend and “Ear” blend!). EOs can also be used to improve cognitive function and memory, and control anxiety, as in our “Anti-Anxiety” blend. Many physicians and veterinarians are looking for agents and new modalities that will assist in management of resistant infections and cancer (see our “Tumor Blend”). These natural products may well hold the key to several major advancements. What is great about EOs is that our pets’ bodies do not create a “resistance” to them as with medications such as steroids and antibiotics! Nor do they do any damage, or have harmful side effects, as pharmaceuticals will.
This is one of the reasons Endless Mt. Oils Blends for Pets was created. We found that may people get a “little” information about EOs and begin to think they can ‘play doctor’ (or Veterinarian, in this case) with themselves and their animals. Many of us who have been students of essential oils have studied and mastered the complexity of how to use these oils safely, especially when it comes to pets. So we highly discourage DIY recipes give by MLM company reps (Multi-level marketing distributors). We encourage using blends that have research behind them, with the help of veterinarians and holistic practitioners– like our formulas.
Because we do not expect everyone to take two years and earn a Masters degree in Natural Medicine or Aromatherapy, we wanted to create products that have been formulated and tested by Holistic Veterinarians to ensure your pets safety, and to be sure your pet will also receive the maximum benefits from Aromatherapy and therapeutic EOs. These veterinarian formulators understand not only Aromatherapy, but also animal physiology and species-appropriate application. Now–let the RELIEF begin!!!