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.
Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
Elemi is a tall tropical tree native to the Philippine Islands and the Malaccas although it has been known and used in the Middle East for centuries, even being used by the Egyptians for embalming. "Elemi" is a derivative of an Arab phrase and means "as above so below" and this is one of Elemi's roles, harmonizing mind, body and spirit. It is useful for the lungs and is supportive of old or cracked skin. There is something very motherly and nurturing about this oil and it is at the same time calming and uplifting, a real tonic for the soul. It is antiseptic, expectorant, fortifying and regulatory and very safe to use being gentle on all levels. I use it with animals who are scatty and "all over the place", especially if they have ever had some shock or trauma that might have caused them to disconnect from their bodies. Also, I use it for those who "check out" once in a while. It can also be useful for claustrophobic horses and is a fragrance dogs enjoy as well.
Physical uses: dry old skin that is cracked, wrinkled or slow healing; itchy rashes (combines well with Chamomile Roman - see NHM Volume 4 Issue 2), unproductive coughs, catarrhal conditions, bronchial infections
Emotional uses: scattered, flighty animals; fear; claustrophobia; nervous exhaustion; for those that wind themselves up into hysteria over small things (either good or bad), for youngsters and oldsters and the emotionally vulnerable
Cautions: none known
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.
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 will be coming to the USA to teach in October and November 2002. For info on attending or hosting a workshop check out www.essentialanimals.com.