Aromatherapy can be very effective in helping our frightened dogs through Thunderstorms or other anxiety.
Aromatherapy is the art and practice of using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants and herbs to restore or enhance health and well-being. How does aromatherapy work? Well, it depends on the method of using essential oils, today I want to talk about the therapy of inhalation of diffused oils to ease stress and anxiety in thunder phobic or noise phobic dogs.
To read more about the art and benefits of diffusing essential oils be sure to read Diffusing Essential Oils For Pets
Before I get started I want to state here and now the importance of using ONLY medical/therapeutic grade essential oils. The very best, pure and tested essential oils that I are the only ones I will use or recommend are Young Living. These oils are so pure and effective that they can be taken safely and effectively – internally.
Aromatherapy’s effect on the brain
The Japanese have a long tradition of using aromatherapy, and they have much respect for it. In 1985 research into the mind-altering effects of essential oils was started in Japan by Dr Shizuo Torii who, by measuring brain waves, showed that some aromas can have a stimulating effect while others can have a relaxing effect.
The molecules of essential oils work when they are inhaled because, aromatic molecules interact with the surface of the nasal cavity. And by tiny olfactory nerves located in the roof of the inner nose, these aromatic molecules are transmitted to the part of the brain called the limbic system.
The limbic system interacts with the body to control the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress level and hormone balance. This is why essential oils have such a powerful effect on moods and general state of mind. 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 the treating of household pets, inhalation is the preferred method of use of the essential oils.
Specific Oils that are calming, grounding, sedating; and act on the central nervous system to ease stress and anxiety are:
• Valor Essential Oil Blend
• Peace & Calming Essential Oil blend
• Ruta Vala Essential Oil blend
• Gentle Baby Essential Oil blend
• Acceptance Essential Oil Blend
• Trauma Life Essential Oil Blend
• Lavender Essential Oil
• Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
• Valerian Essential Oil
• Vetiver Essential Oil
• Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
These individual oils as well as the professionally made blends have been found to gently relieve stress and calm anxious dogs (Humans too!) to safely get them through thunderstorms and other events that cause anxiety (even separation anxiety has been found to eased with the use of some essential oils being diffused). I recommend you choose one or two to work with and observe the results.
I have received several testimonies on how effective diffusing Peace and Calming blend had been dogs with Thunder and/or noise phobia so that might be a good oil to start out with.
DISCLAIMER: The only oils I ever use and refer to in ALL my posts, tips, articles and consultatioins is Young Living Essential Oils.
I DO NOT use any others and would not state what I do in my posts and/or articles about any other brands.