Guest post by Madison Reamer
Statistics show the lifespan of Americans companion animals is now half what it was in 1950s.
For thousands of years, the world’s cats and dogs ate a consistently changing variety of fresh, whole foods. Cats hunted rodents, birds and other small pray while dogs went after larger game and developed a more omnivorous diet. As they became part of the human family, these animals excepted anything tossed their way. Depending on where they lived, that might include fish, seafood, milk, eggs, poultry, raw meaty bones and anything left over from their human companions’ food gathering, butchering, meal preparation and table scraps. Most of it was served raw, and all of it was produced locally and in season. When pets needed medical attention, which wasn’t often, they were treated with home remedies.
In the 20th century, everything changed. Convenience foods replaced traditional cooking, pets began eating grain-based foods from cans, bags and boxes. At the same time, home remedies gave way to modern Western medicine and veterinarians rather than owners decided when and how pets would be treated. Annual vaccinations, antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatories and other pharmaceutical drugs became as a routine as commercial pet food. Dogs, cats and other domestic animals received the best that modern medicine and scientific research had to offer. One would expect this trend to improve health and lengthen life and unfortunately, the opposite is true. 40 years ago, the average golden retriever lived to be 15 or 16, while house cats routinely lived into their 20s.
Today golden retrievers life expectancy is 7 years old. For centuries, dogs and cats were only reaching their peak at age 7 to 10; now they’re lucky to be alive. And what kind of life is it? Our pets are plagued by allergies, skin and coat problems, tooth and gum infections, Parasites, chemical sensitivities, behavioral problems, arthritis, hip dysplasia and heart disease. Cancer, unheard of in animals a century ago, is now a leading cause of death.
Taking a holistic approach to our pets health is going back to how it used to be and restoring their natural wellbeing. Essential oils are one way of having this holistic method.
How do you use these oils on your pets?
1. NATURAL OATMEAL SHAMPOO FOR DOGS
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup baking soda
7 drops essential oils (I used clary sage, but I also recommend bergamot or lavender)
3 tablespoons Castile soap
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup distilled water
Combine the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then, pour into an airtight container (try using leftover jam jars). Refrigerate the mixture until you’re ready to use it. When it’s bathtime, simply use your fingers to scoop a bit out and start scrubbing. I let it sit for a few minutes so that the soothing coconut oil absorbs.
2. AROMATIC GROOMING SPRAY RECIPE
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1/2 oz grain alcohol or vodka
1 teaspoon sulfated Castor oil
1 oz Aloe vera
10 drops grapefruit seed extract
6 oz distilled or spring water
Essential Oil blend recipe:
4 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
4 drops Rose essential oil
6 drops petitgrain, citrus essential oil
Add the essential oil blend to put the finishing touches on your spritz. Store in a dark or opaque and shake well before using, as essential oils and water do not mix.
3. FLEA FREE SPRITZ
Makes 8 oz. Store in a dark or opaque glass or plastic spritz bottle. Shake well before use.
1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin 1/2 Grain Alcohol or Vodka 1 teaspoon Sulfated Castor Oil 7 oz Distilled Water 4 drops Clary Sage essential oil 1 drops Citronella essential oil 7 drops Peppermint essential oil 3 drops Lemon essential oil
A spritz make it easy to apply the repellant to a large dog, and also convenient when you don’t want to get any product on your hands. Some dogs do not like to sound of the spritz bottle. In these situations, applying the formula with your hands is the most effective method.
4. HEALING SALVE
Makes 4 oz. Add to a mixing bowl.
1 oz Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz Hazelnut Oil
1 oz Sunflower Oil
1 oz Olive Oil
1/2 oz Beeswax
Gently heat base oils and beeswax over low heat (a double boiler setup is ideal) until the beeswax is throughly melted. Add 20 drops of vitamin E oil for a natural antioxidant persecutive. Let cool for 5 minutes.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease