It's Your Life Summer 2016 - Page 21

SUMMER If you can help your pet become an emotionally balanced and happy animal, then most likely any behavioral problems will be greatly reduced or eliminated. And if the health issue is emotional related, the essences can diminish or resolve the issue. For example, Tabatha was the new cat in a family and would hide from the two indoor dogs. Besides just being afraid, Tabatha started to have diarrhea. Using muscle testing, a custom blend of Bach flower essences was created for her. The next day, the diarrhea cleared up and Tabatha started to interact with the dogs, like she was part of the family. Flower essences are easily offered to animals by placing the liquid directly in their mouth, on a small piece of food, in their water bowl, or even in a spray bottle. There are different brands of flower essences, but the Bach remedies are the most well known. You can purchase them in stores such as Whole Foods. Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is created when essential oils are extracted from the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, stems, seeds, or fruit of a plant. The use of aromatherapy dates back to Egypt, over 5,000 years ago. Documented veterinary remedies date back to the 18th century. Some holistic vets and animal massage practitioners use essential oils with their clients. Essential oils are considered antiseptic, antimicrobial, detoxifying, and rejuvenating. They can help your pet with emotional issues such as anxiety, nervousness, stress, and those that are hormone related. They are used to help resolve physical issues such as skin problems, joint conditions, digestive problems, respiratory conditions, and circulatory problems. Oils are commonly used in natural flea repellants and fly spray. Aromatherapy can be administered several ways. The oils are either inhaled from the bottle or your hands, diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed into your pet’s skin, or diluted in water and sprayed. When 21 your pet’s nose senses the oil, the molecules of the oil are sent as electrical impulses which are processed in the part of their brain where memories and emotions are stored. Because of this, your pet’s body releases chemicals such as serotonin, which has a calming effect, noradrenalin, which stimulates and rejuvenates, and endorphins, which help relieve pain. Because the oils are potent, is best not to use them directly on small animals or cats. However, you can dilute the oils with water in a spray bottle and spray it in a room your pet hangs out in, not just directly on them. An alternative to essential oils is hydrosols, a by-product of the oils, which many consider safe to use on any type of animal. The best way to determine what oil products, if any, are right for your pet is through muscle testing. Even though oils are considered natural, they are strong and some animals can have allergic reactions to their skin if applied topically. But because the oils are so powerful energetically, emotional conditions can improve simply by spraying the oil and water mixture near your pet. Oils should always be therapeutic grade. I hope you have enjoyed learning about the wonderful possibilities of holistic animal care. There are other methods you can consider such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), color therapy, homeopathy and more. When you take the time to connect with your animal’s body, mind, and spirit, you can help your pet live a happier, healthier, and longer life. And through this journey, you can profoundly YX[\ۈYKˈ\\H]H[\Y[HۜY\[[\[[X[X\ [X\[[\܈Z[H[X[ۈ’\X[[X[\Hۛ[H\˂\[[H[H[[X[[HݙHB[HB˕SY^KB MB][\Y[XY˘B