Last spring my beloved Schweenie, Dora, was diagnosed with arthritis. Initially given a lifelong sentence to prescribed pain killers, I quickly sought out alternative ways to deal with her pain. Enter in an amazing naturopathic vet and my introduction into the world of dog massage and aromatherapy.
When I came across book #4 of my 50 book challenge, I quickly added it to my ever-growing personal library. The author, Kristen Leigh Bell, holds a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things essential oils and how they can be safely applied to our furry companions. Her book, Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals, starts with the scientific history of essential oils and the different kinds of available on the market. Tips and tricks for uncovering “good” versus “bad” oils are offered as well as a comprehensive list of oils and hydrosols that can be used on dogs, cats, and other furry creatures.
What I most appreciated about this book was the care the author took in explaining the “do’s” and “do not do’s” of applying essential oils to dogs, cats, birds, small animals, and horses. With animals’ increased sense of smell (when compared to humans) it is vital to ensure THEY are the ones who chose the oil they feel best suits them and their needs. This can be a hard concept for humans to grasp but one that I certainly appreciate. Dogs and horses, in particular, will react positively or negatively to an oil simply based on how their body feels it will or will not be benefited by its application. I find this concept absolutely fascinating.
For cat owners, extreme caution should be employed when applying essential oils to feline friends. Hence, the importance of the information in this book grows exponentially when it comes to the kitty population.
I strongly recommend giving this book a good look through if you are planning on starting a regiment of aromatherapy with your pets (or even yourself!). The recipes are easy to follow and the benefits of each are clearly outlined and explained – a true user friendly guide.
Besides, who doesn’t love a peppermint scented dog?
Next up on the book shelf – Compost: How to make and use organic compost to transform your garden by Clare Foster