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.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
Helichrysum is a strongly aromatic shrub, about 2 feet high with a multi-branched stem of silvery lanceolate leaves, native to the Mediterranean (especially the east). The small bright yellow, daisy-like flowers become dry as the plant matures but still retain their colour and fragrance, hence the name 'everlasting'. Traditionally used in a decoction for migraine, respiratory problems of a chronic nature, liver ailments and all types of skin conditions.
Helichrysum essential oil has many uses and is one of my ‘can't do without' oils. It is an anti-allergen and anti-haematoma, also anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic and has almost miraculous powers of healing. It can be used like the well-known homeopathic remedy arnica for bruises, with the advantage that it can be used on open skin; in fact it is antiseptic so is a perfect first aid solution. It is also useful for deeply bruised emotions and long-held resentment as it releases repressed emotion.
Physical applications: bruises, inflammations, allergic reactions, congested liver. Asthma, bacterial infections, nervous exhaustion.
Emotional applications: habitually negative behaviour, resentment, snappish bad-temper, despair and withdrawal.
Safety: Generally held to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.
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.