Aromatherapy is the art and science of using scent to stimulate the mind and emotions. Many plants and herbs that are used in Aromatherapy also have medicinally value. Thousands of years ago, many “medicines” were comprised of these herbal remedies and their various combinations together. These treatments were not only used to treat human ailments but were also used in the early forms of veterinarian care. Today, many people have neglected the value of many herbal remedies when it comes to the care of their pets.
After the industrial revolution and as science and knowledge had become more prevalent, the door was opened to using prepared commercial products for treating ailments, for both animal and human alike. Today, pharmaceutical companies abound and when there is any ailment, one looks for a “prescription” as a cure for all. Unfortunately, many people and pets are suffering from an over use of “prescription” medications. The body isn’t allowed to build up its own defenses in fighting off many germs, bacteria, and viruses and becomes dependent upon antibiotics. Now, many strains are becoming antibiotic resistant and the result is disastrous. Prescription medication does have its place in health and healing, but it should be reserved for the last resort, not the first choice to combat illness.
Herbs still hold great value in treating various conditions today. Many herbs range in their inherent properties and are useful as antiseptics, germicides, for purifying the bloodstream, as sedatives, stimulants and a host of more wonderful and beneficial properties.
Pets also, can greatly benefit from many of the benefits found in natural herbs and plants.
In fact, many of the plants that are beneficial to humans provide the same results in animals. This wasn’t news to our grandparents and their grandparents however. What is now deemed as “old wives tales” or “folk remedies” at one time served as the only physician or medicine available.
Parasitic insects such as fleas and ticks cause many of the ailments that plague pets. It is very important to realize how devastating these creatures are to the health of your pet. Powders, sprays, shampoo and conditioners, and collars are all used in an attempt to destroy these pests. Sprays are used to kill them in your pets sleeping area, however using chemicals may actually pose a hazard to your pet. Studies continually show that many of the remedies are in fact harmful to your pet. You should choose any commercial product carefully, and make sure that you read the safety instructions thoroughly before applying any product to your pet.
Often times pets can develop skin conditions such as rashes, or fungal infections. The same herbs that are effective in treating these conditions are suitable for use in your pet. Some examples of herbs that are effective on the skin include Black Walnut, Garlic, Echinacea, Barberry, Juniper, Saw Palmetto, Myrrh, Thyme, Plantain, Rosemary, and Goldenseal.
A wonderful herb that you should always have on hand for your pets is Tea Tree. Tea Tree is an antiseptic, anti fungal, and is powerful in aiding healing in wounds, cuts, and prevents infection. Lemon Tea Tree is a natural insect repellant and may be applied directly to your pet without fear of any harm.