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Posted November 11, 2012
I think this book is very informative. The author has a deep understanding of essential oils and aromatherapy and the various aspects of the trade. The book is well researched and is full of recipes that are easy to make (and they work! – I love the first aid and calming recipes for our crazy wound up hunting dog!). I like that most of the dog recipes in the book can be made with about 20 essential oils and most of the cat recipes with 10 hydrosols. I have learned a lot from this book and find it to be a great reference and an invaluable tool when using EOs on my animals.
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The author spends the first chapters discussing what aromatherapy is, which oils that should be avoided in animal use (most of these oils should also be avoided in human use), things to take into account when looking for a good essential oil supplier, what hydrosols are, and carrier oils.
This book contains a great guide to essential oils and covers 52 essential oils telling what the oil is used for, the method of distillation, part of the plant used, where it is produced, color, scent, and the dominate chemical group. I find this area of the book very useful as a reference and I think it is neat that there is even a black and white picture of the plant. This chapter also discusses 10 hydrosols.
The book has a lot of recipes for using on dogs including: essential oil blends to go into a shampoo base (either homemade or purchased), EO blends to go in a soap base, grooming sprays, first aid recipes including boo boo wipes and boo boo healing salve, ear cleaning and treatment formulas, skin problems, tooth and mouth care, calming blends, flea and tick blends, boosting the immune system blends, joint rub, labor easing blend, motion sickness blend, and more
It is important to know and understand that essential oils are not to be used on cats!! Cats are very sensitive and only hydrosols should be used on cats! Their bodies simply to not metabolize things the same way as other animals – they do not have the necessary enzymes to break down certain substances and effectively excrete them which leads to buildup of toxins in their bodies.
This book has a lot of hydrosol recipes to use with cats such as tick and flea spray, calming blends, shampoo and conditioner blends, skin blends, cleaning blends, and healing salve.
Aromatherapy is not for birds, fish, amphibians and the author discusses why in chapter 6. Hydrosols can be used with small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters, ferrets, and gerbils but GREAT care must be taken because of the small size of the animal. Aromatherapy can be used on horses and other large animals and chapter 7 discusses this.
One of my favorite chapters in the book is chapter 8; it is a large list of reputable places to purchase essential oils and hydrosols and supplies. As well as a list of places to get an aromatherapy education.
About the Author: Kristen Bell has been an aromatherapist for years and has been using aromatherapy on animals for over 15 years. She started using essential oils on animals on her beloved golden retriever, Dublin. She studied aromatherapy with Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and has completed her Master’s Certification Project on Aromatherapy for Pets. She is the founder of Aromaleigh Aromatherapy.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. However this did not affect my opinions.
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Posted October 21, 2012
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