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Everything You Need to Know About the Essential Oil Phenomenon

The history of essential oils and aromatherapy goes back to ancient Egypt when the oils were use for emotional, spiritual and medical benefits. Doctors, pharmacists and healers prescribed aromatherapy and essential oils throughout the 1700 and 1800s for their patients and their pets.

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Essential oils occur naturally in plants and have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties. Benefits for senior dogs include:

  • May relieve stress, which is common in senior dogs with dementia
  • Helps to boost memory and awareness
  • May elevate mood
  • Has been used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain from achy joints
  • Can normalizing appetite
  • Helps dogs relax so they can maintain normal sleep patterns

Essential oils can be applied topically, or are inhaled or ingested (eating or licking).

Regardless of how you administer the oils they’re absorbed into the dog’s bloodstream and make their way throughout the body. Even a small amount can have a powerful biological effect on every system of the dog’s body. Essential oils are concentrated and should never be applied in their pure form. Dilute essential oils before using them.

These essential oils are generally considered safe for dogs:

  • Chamomile – Known to calm the body and mind
  • Lavender – May reduces anxiety and stress
  • Valerian – Treats restlessness and insomnia
  • Clary Sage – Can create a sense of well-being
  • Marjoram (Sweet) – Helps to elevates the spirit
  • Myrrh – Encourages a sense of tranquility
  • Copaiba – Supports joints, muscles and healthy circulation
  • Frankincense – Eases mental and emotional distress

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Some essential oils may be toxic to cats and pose a health risk to dogs. In light of the potential toxicity or other potentiality for harmful effects, essential oils are not safe for use except under the supervision of a practitioner licensed by law to administer them.

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