Have you ever wondered what you can give to your pup when they are not feeling well? Just like us, there is often a medication for this and for that, but do we really want to feed these to them? I know for my pup I want to stay away from anything "made" as much as possible. There are moments when I still believe the medications should be and need to be administered, but why not try something different first?
When I say "made", I imagine a powder of this, a fake something of that, a concoction that is not technically from nature. Often something that many of us cannot pronounce nor have ever heard of. It is so far removed from the original plant used that one cannot even begin to imagine where it originated from. CNN put an article out in December of 2010 going through the history of aspirin. Did you know that ancient Egyptians used willow bark, containing salicylic acid, for minor maladies? Did you then know that Hippocrates, in 460 to 377 B.C., then wrote about how powdered willow bark relieved pain and fevers? Many people do not know that synthetic drugs have a foundation in nature. Derived from plants, this is how things were done for thousands of years.
Wild animals learn what plants and/or animals they can and cannot eat. They observe and are taught that this or that is not good for them. You may still be able to glimpse some of these behaviors in your pup today. Probably not as he digs in the litterbox for a buried treasure, but you get the idea.
For non-life threatening, minor ailments, why not approach your pups health with a more natural basis? The world of essential oils have been around for many years, finding information from Egyptians and other areas of the world that support the usage in things from beauty to medicinal. I for one use it on myself, my family and now my pup. There are veterinarians that utilize this modality in their practices. The list of people and practitioners that have tried them and find value in them. Isn't it time that you at least take a look at what they can do for you and your four-legged family members?
Here are 5 common issues that your dog may encounter and ways to support healthy bodily systems using Essential Oils. Please remember that I am not a doctor, these are for reference only. This is not in replacement of a diagnosis, treatment nor professional opinion. Consult with your veterinarian before use.
Essential Oil Alternatives to Over the Counter Drugs
Allergies - Diffuse Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. Begin with a couple of drops each , diffusing for 15 minute increments in the room with your dog. You may also add a drop to your palms, rub together and stroke your pet. Please avoid eyes, nose, ears and mouth.
Minor aches and pains - Apply Copaiba directly onto affected area or add up to a couple drops in their food. You may also apply Helichrysum, Spruce, Basil, Rosemary or Aroma Siez. Sulfurzyme may be beneficial to add to the daily regimen.
Gas Discomfort - Apply a drop of Ginger, Peppermint or DiGize to the stomach area. They can also be given orally, Vitality Line. Remember to dilute as needed. Essentialzyme or Essentialzyme-4 aids in a healthy digestive tract.
Cough - Diffuse Thieves, Eucalyptus, R.C. or Purification in your dog's area several times a day. Try M-Grain, Aroma Siez, Inner Defense or Myrrh.
Diarrhea - Add DiGize to his food (Vitality) or try ComforTone supplement capsule.
Please note that these are just a few things that are available regarding minor issues. There is endless potential when it comes to Young Living's essential oils and supplements. Research and you will find the right fit. As each person/animal is different, remember that dilution may be required. These are just suggestions not prescriptions for any ailment. ENJOY!