In Essence... 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.
Geranium Bourbon ( Pelargonium graveolens var Heretier )
Geranium is produced in several countries but that coming from the Reunion Islands is far superior in fragrance and complexity. The first fragrance note of Geranium is often overwhelmingly sweet, and people either love or hate it. Good quality geranium has a rich variety of undertones that range from green, to minty to musky river bottom. The strongest physical and energetic action of Geranium oil is to regulate. It has a powerful effect on the adrenal cortex which regulates hormones and other endocrine functions. It is one of the most feminine of the essential oils and helps us to re-connect with the feminine principle within ourselves, increasing sensitivity, spontaneity, and our ability to receive, encouraging a feeling of inner security. For this reason I use it a lot with animals who have moved home. It is one of the most 'yin' essential oils being cooling, moisturizing, and nourishing and is good for older females. It is also one of the best insecticidal oils, especially against lice.
Principal uses: Hormone problems; skin problems; insecure, moody types; new home; wounds; lice and mosquitoes; fungal infections of the skin; tonic for kidneys and liver; urinary tract infections; facial neuralgia.
Safety: Generally held to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing but dermatitis has been seen in some individuals especially with the Bourbon type.
Think 'Geranium' in these conditions: Nervous or depressed animals who lack self-confidence especially if their moods are cyclical or their skin is over dry, greasy or unbalanced. Older females, adolescent males. Pest infestations.
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.