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.
Here’s one essential oil that we have all heard of... although we may not have known that it was an essential oil! Since ancient times it has been considered precious and it is certainly one of my ‘must have’ oils. All of the ancient civilisations used it medicinally, spiritually and for beauty and to this day it is burned as incense by the major Western religions. It has a familiar and mysterious fragrance that animals respond to very strongly. It is steam extracted from the resin of a small tree which grows wild throughout north east Africa and like all the ‘tree’ oils it is grounding and comforting. It is said to ‘distance the mind from worries and fears’, is calming and centering, tranquillizing and uplifting. On a physical level Frankincense clears and releases congestion of the respiratory system, it slows and deepens breathing and calms upset stomachs, it is also anti-infectious and analgesic and very nourishing to dry, damaged or ageing skin. I use it a lot for claustrophobic horses (those who do not like being in a stable or trailer) and fear of known things (such as fireworks for dogs) and for those who have a hard time ‘holding it together’. It also helps to break ties with the past so that fears arising from a bad experience can be seen in a new light and allowed to fade. One other place it is useful is for easing the passage into death for both those who are leaving and those who are staying.
Physical uses: Asthma, respiratory infections, diarrhoea, scars and blemishes, dry skin, strengthens the immune system.
Psychological uses: nervous fear, worry and over-attachment, claustrophobia, attachment to past experiences (good and bad), passage into death.
Cautions: None known.
Nayana Morag is a qualified Essential Oil for Animals Therapist and a member of GEOTA. She has worked with horses all her life specialising in the ones no one else wanted! She has also developed her own method of teaching riding based on the martial arts and body-awareness techniques and is the author of the "Riding Raps" series of audio tapes. Nowadays she lives in the UK and concentrates on educating animal owners in the use of essential oils and our role in our animals' well-being. She also teaches on the GEOTA certification course and plans to come back to the USA to teach in 2003. For info on attending or hosting a workshop check out www.essentialanimals.com.