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Everyday Life - Bath Time

 

My mail couldn't have been more perfectly timed. Today, my puppy went outside to play. He, being a larger dog with lots of fur, loves to be outside for long periods of time. As he spends a lot of time outside, he can get into mischief. This means that he loves to dig! Not one of my favorite puppy traits of his.... 

Today has been quite the rainy January day. It was warmer, wind blowing and downpours. Just an overall yuck kind of day. Mix this with a puppy that wants to be outside, it ended as a bad mix. Being wet from rain is no big deal. Towel him a bit and let him air dry. Combine rain and digging, you have yourself a whole mess of nastiness! He was so dirty, I am not even sure dirty is the correct word as it was so much worse than "dirty". 

Straight to the tub downstairs he went, not caring so much for being plopped into the tub, confined. He tried his escape several times, unsuccessfully! Stopped and forced to endure the bathtime procedure. Wet, lather, repeat, repeat and repeat! As an Old English Sheepdog, he has a ton of hair! His protective coat makes it hard to keep it moist enough to lather him up. I had to continually add water to him to keep spreading the shampoo. 

The last time I had to give him a bath, I had not received my Young Living Animal Scents Shampoo yet. I improvised and used my own, Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing shampoo. I have to say that he smelled so good afterwards..... Don't forget that I have also been spritzing him with my Cedarwood concoction which supports a healthy looking coat too!

My pup is not one for forced bathtime. He enjoys the water, don't get me wrong. He wants to have water play on his terms though and this can make bathtime a challenge. By the time that I put Animal Scents shampoo on him, almost all lathered up now, he began to relax and get used to the bath. You could tell that he would have rather been anywhere but there, but he wasn't pushing on me or trying to jump out. This great shampoo contains no harsh chemicals - good for my pup and the environment. It includes Citronella, Lavandin, Lemon, Geranium, Vetiver and Northern Lights Black Spruce. What a combination!

After all is said and done, I am happy to announce that my puppy is all clean, smelling good and sleeping peacefully! He is back to his old fuzzy self as I quietly dread letting him out again tonight, where it is still wet and there is mud everywhere. I keep in my thoughts that this is a very small price to pay for the love and devotion that he gives freely to us, as his family. We are happy to bathe him daily if need be. He is loved that much. ENJOY!! 

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Winter Skin ... No Problem!!

 

Oh the joys of winter weather! Besides the frigid temperatures, there is snow and slush. This combination does not always work well for pets or their people. i know personally, my skin is very dry during the cold months. Imagine what it's like for your furry family. There are several factors in your pet's dry skin. It could stem from a poor diet, allergies, fleas/ticks, sensitivities to chemicals in products being used, the cold dry weather, fungal/bacterial issues as well as bodily imbalances like hormonal. 

I have no brought my pup to the vet to have a diagnosis, but it just began once the weather started to change, so I am approaching it as cold/dry weather attributing to his itchiness. With this being said, I am using a combination of distilled water, a little witch hazel and about 15-20 drops of Cedarwood in a cobalt glass spray bottle. I spray him when he comes inside the house, after a bath and have spritzed him here and there when I notice more itching. 

Cedarwood helps to support healthy skin and coat. An added bonus is that it assists in maintaining a healthy circulatory system. If you have a pup like mine that is long haired, these attributes of Cedarwood would serve you well. More so than anything else, he doesn't mind the smell and that means he is okay with me putting it on him. 

Always avoid spraying into the face. Never put essential oils into eyes, ear canals or nose. Never force an oil onto your pet, let them decide what they do and do not like. This will help to foster a positive experience. 

I enjoy the way that Cedarwood smells so it will help to prolong bath time. Besides it helping to make my fuzzy puppy to smell good, it will help to support his emotional/nervous balance. After a long play session, spritzing him will promote healthy coat, skin and support his relaxation. As his loving human companion, I cannot help to be happy that this will benefit both of us and everyone else that comes into contact with him ie my kids. We could all make use of these benefits from Cedarwood. 

So, yet again, I have found another reason to own and use Young Living essential oils. It is a company that has 20+ years of growth and only gets better! More people are realizing the benefits of essential oils so why not go with a company that you can trust? One that wants you to be your healthiest and strives to be the best in the industry? Give Young Living an opportunity to prove to you that they are worth it and the benefits are limitless! ENJOY!!

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Vita-Flex Points for Pets - Part 2

Part 2 - Rear Left Paw

(As Shown: top of picture is inside and bottom of picture is outside of paw)

A recap from last week's blog:

The discussion is that animals become ill and have health issues similar to their human counterparts. No one wants someone we love to be sick, it makes us sad. This is why is it is necessary to make sure our pets' world is the best that it can be as well as maintaining healthy bodily systems.  

The old adage of "Feet First" pertain to many things, none more important than with essential oils! Vita Flex points are the perfect place to start using your essential oils, besides diffusing that is. There are points on the paws of our pets too. There are spots on the right and left paws that overlap but there are a couple that are paw specific. The right paw has only one area for the spine where as the left has two places. 

I will list a couple essential oils that support healthy systems related to the specific Vita-Flex point. Remember that dependant upon the size of your dog, dilution is highly recommended. This is not to diagnose, treat, cure any illnesses. Talk to your veterinarian for any and all concerns. Never force an essential oil onto your pet. Let them decide what they are willing to have put onto them. By letting them smell it first, they will let you know if they are okay with the oil or not.

Last week I posted the right rear paw, I am posting the left rear paw now. Remember that this is to help support your pet's health, add essential oils to his/her daily routine. Doing it together is even better! Before you put on your socks and shoes, add an essential oil or two to support your own health.

Eyes - Rub Lemongrass, Lavender or Frankincense to support vision

Sinuses - RC and Raven (any respiratory tract issues). Be mindful of what you put onto a cat. Eucalyptus can be used too. 

Ears - Helichrysum, Purification and Melrose can be used by rubbing the outside of the ear, never place in the ear canal. You may swab in the well of the ear.

Brain/Pituitary/Thyroid - Lavender, Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Frankincense or Myrrh applied to the inside line of the large pad

Intestines - Di-Gize, Clary Sage, Lavender, Peppermint and Lemongrass are good essential oils to start with. 

Spine -Valor! Relieve It, EndoFlex and PanAway applied to inside bottom of pad line. Endoflex and PanAway, not recommended for cats

Bronchi/Heart/Thymus - For lungs - RC, Thyme, Thieves, Cedarwood, Peppermint which are good to also diffuse. For heart - Thyme, Ylang Ylang and Aroma Life and for Thymus - Thieves. There are many overlapping.

Kidney/Adrenal/Stomach - For Kidney - Thyme, Rosemary, Lemongrass. For Adrenal - Rosemary, Thieves, Peppermint and Sage. Stomach - DiGize, Peppermint, Thyme, Basil and also Helichrysum. Diffusing assists too.

Remember that this is for support only and is species contingent. Discuss with your veterinarian any concerns. Never force an essential oil onto your pet. Much like you, they will have their favorites. Most importantly, love your pet! ENJOY!

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Vita-Flex Points for Pets - Part 1

 

Animals get ill, have issues, similar to people. They get stuffy noses, I am actually surprised they do not get them more often due to the proximity to the floor most pets are. Leaky gut, eye issues, gastrointestinal issues, the list goes on; just like with people. No one wants there pet to get sick. There isn't a pet owner that I have met that doesn't feel badly when their four-legged family (or two) don't feel good. 

There is the saying "Feet First" and it truly does apply to essential oils application. Vita-flex points have benefits for pups and people. Although they will be different when compared, there is fundamentally the same areas that are affected. For people, the spine area of the foot is along the arch. For pups, it is on the inside, lower portion of the larger pad. Remember, the picture is of the rear right paw. 

I will list a couple essential oils that support healthy systems related to the specific Vita-Flex point. Remember that dependant upon the size of your dog, dilution is highly recommended. This is not to diagnose, treat, cure any illnesses. Talk to your veterinarian for any and all concerns. Never force an essential oil onto your pet. Let them decide what they are willing to have put onto them. By letting them smell it first, they will let you know if they are okay with the oil or not.

Posting of the left paw will be for next week. There are many similar points but a couple different ones. Remember that this is to help support your pup's health, add essential oils to his/her daily routine. Doing it together is even better! Before you put on your socks and shoes, add an essential oil or two to support your own health.

Lungs - RC is a commonly used essential oil for both pets and people. Raven is also a good one, with the exception of using on cats

Eyes - Rub Lemongrass, Lavender or Frankincense to support vision

Sinuses - RC and Raven (any respiratory tract issues). Be mindful of what you put onto a cat. Eucalyptus can be used too. 

Brain/Pituitary/Thyroid - Lavender, Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Frankincense or Myrrh applied to the inside line of the large pad

Intestines - Di-Gize, Clary Sage, Lavender, Peppermint and Lemongrass are good essential oils to start with. 

Spine -Valor! Relieve It, EndoFlex and PanAway applied to inside bottom of pad line. Endoflex and PanAway, not recommended for cats

Liver/Colon - Helichrysum, German Camomile, Geranium, Di-Gize or Sage help to promote system functions. 

I will add for next week, the left back paw. Remember that this is for support only and is species contingent. Never force an essential oil onto your pet. Much like you, they will have their favorites. Most importantly, love your pet! ENJOY!

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Luxurious Hair without Harsh Chemicals

 

Boy am I jealous! Just being able to run my fingers through my pup's hair is awesome. His hair is long, soft and fun to touch. I am not sure what else there is to say but those words, that simple description. It is luxurious! As long as I care for it, it will always be awesomeness, just like he is. 

Don't get me wrong... his hair is higher in maintenance, but I try to look at it as bonding time. I sit down with him, grab ahold and brush brush brush. Some areas he does NOT like it, some areas he is completely indifferent. As a puppy, hair brushing is also a teaching moment for him. Not only in no biting, but in patience and learning commands; sit, stay, down, etc. 

As an Old English Sheepdog, his hair is only going to grow longer. This means finding a shampoo that I trust and like. One that makes his hair look and feel good. I hate when I use something on my own hair or that of my human family and I feel the buildup of yuck. Why would I do that to my most awesome pup?? Well, I won't. Plain and simple. I love him too much to be okay with him licking on his self and getting chemicals and who knows what else. 

I use Animal Scents Shampoo... not only do I trust the company, but I love the smell. It contains Lavandin, Lemon, Citronella and Geranium. Take Geranium for instance, it is a common essential oil for skin care. So it will not dry out his skin either. What about essential oils like Lemon and Citronella? Think of the plant or candles that are used to ward off pests.... again, it's just an added bonus that may be a byproduct of using the shampoo. You will never hear me complain about the many benefits of essential oils or the products made with them. The intended use may have added results, I find that to be terrific!! 

Using something that you trust, you feel secure in and is helpful is the main goal when taking care of your pup (any pet for that matter). My Gatsby has quickly become my family therefore I want to afford him the same luxuries that his human counterparts have. If I diffuse an essential oil, he benefits. If I clean with Thieves household cleaner, he benefits. If I wash his bedding in Thieves laundry soap, he benefits. I extend so little extra effort in helping him stay healthy, why not go all the way?!

Wouldn't you want to try something for your pet that you trust, enjoy and know that there are numerous benefits? Let's live a greener life without harsh chemicals, not only for the two-legged loved ones, but the four-legged as well!! You can have confidence in a good product from a good company. Besides, when you purchase your Animal Scents Shampoo and other Animal Scents products, a portion of all proceeds goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife. Now I find that to be a tremendous EXTRA benefit! ENJOY!!

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