A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals
This is one of a series of articles that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.
Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
Cedarwood is a tall stately tree growing up to 40 feet high. It is called 'The house of God' in India as it does seem to connect heaven and earth when you look at it The fragrance of the oil is familiar and deeply calming.
The essential oil is strengthening on all levels and helps to connect us to the essential life force. Thus it is useful for feelings of lethargy, sluggishness, poor concentration and a general lack of interest in life. It has a strong affinity with the kidneys, being tonic, mildly diuretic and antiseptic. It is decongestant for the lymphatic system and the lungs, where it is used for chronic coughs and bronchial disorders. It is also great for scurfy skin problems and loss of hair. Finally it is a wonderful insect repellent.
On an emotional level it helps us to rise above stressful situations and boosts morale. For those who feel easily overwhelmed by challenges, it gives the strength to hold steady. It offers solidity and support to the conscious mind when emotions are destabilized by new situations and gives one the space to learn from apparently threatening situations rather than panic.
Physical uses: Genito-urinary and lung infections, dermatitis, eczema and other imbalances of the skin, hair loss, general tonic, arthritis. Emotional uses: Calms and strengthens nerves, new situations (shows etc), animals who find it all 'too much' and can't hold steady under pressure.
Cautions: Do not use in pregnancy or newborns. Check the Latin name when buying as there are different types of Cedarwood that are less safe to use.
A word on quality.... it is very important that you buy essential oils that are authentic and unadulterated. Companies that supply to professionals are a good bet. Order oils using their Latin names to avoid confusion. Through my website I supply essential oils in 5% dilution that are safe to use with animals.
Familiarity breeds intuition..... There are so many essential oils, many of which have similar actions, that I suggest you start with only a few and get to know them intimately, expanding your collection slowly as need or curiosity dictates. Be safe: essential oils are potent chemicals, albeit natural, and should never be used undiluted; be sure you read the caution for each oil.