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Essential Oils and Your Animals

If you love using Young Living products in your home, you’ve probably wondered how you can share their amazing benefits with your animals. Which oils are safe to use? How much can I apply? Should I diffuse or apply topically?

If you’ve ever had questions like these, we’re here to help! Check out this quick-and-easy how-to guide for using essential oils with animals.* Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.

  • Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
  • Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
  • Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
  • Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.

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Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.

  • For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a diluting agent, such as V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex).
  • For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
  • For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.

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Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.

  • Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
  • If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.

 

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Once they’re used to essential oils, animals can respond well to topical application.

  • For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
  • For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.
  • Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
  • For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or water in a spray bottle for easier application.
  • Animal Scents Ointment can be used to seal and protect areas where essential oils have been applied topically.

 

Essential oils can be administered internally.

  • Some essential oils can be mixed with your animal’s food.
  • For large animals, you can pull out the bottom lip and drop oils directly into the mouth.

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Young Living offers a full line of animal-specific products.

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*If your pet or animal has a known health issue, please consult your veterinarian before administering essential oils

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Meet a couple new members to the farm

Meet Penny and Bolt

It’s been a while since I’ve done much of a post on here, but I wanted you to meet two of the newest members to the farm.  We got them back in October and they have settled in amazingly. We couldn’t be happier with our two new friends.

Penny

Penny is a Welsh Pony/Quarter Horse .  She is  Little M’s horse and they are such a cute pair.   She is a retired show horse, as my daughter always says.  Now she gets to run around the pasture and have little kids ride around on her.  She is such a sweetheart.  As soon as we met her, she stole our hearts.

 

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Bolt

 

Bolt was a rescue so we don’t know a lot about him.  He is a Quarter Horse/ something 😉 He is such a love bug and is always ready to snuggle up to you.  His name was Twister when we got him but with the white stripe on his nose and with a horse already named Penny, it seemed only fitting to call him Bolt.  If your a Disney fan you will understand.  This picture was about a week after bringing him home. They  had shaved his mane because it was rubbed off from trying to reach through the rails to get grass.  As well as, part of his tail was rubbed raw from being keep in a small stall with 3ft of poop and lack of care.  Breaks my heart. He looked so much better so fast and has come even further along now.  I can’t wait to see him in a year from now.  He continues to amaze me with how forgiving he is to people after all they have done to him.  Now he gets to live the good life with his buddy Penny and all our other critters.

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Here is a little video I put together of some of my favorite pictures of them over the last few month.