Essential oil myths

In the world of social media what's the right answer when using essential oils with or around your animals? Especially when it comes to cats. There can be some pretty scary information floating around the internet. The best source to ask is a Veterinarian who knows about essential oils. Many don't know anything about them and will always tell you to be cautious or not use them. Let's break some myths. There are no sound science or basis for claims that essential oils will kill your cat. Cats lack a liver enzyme that is important for metabolizing certain things. Dilution with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil is a good idea to add when using topically. You can diffuse in the room which is the best way to use essential oils around your pets. Make sure the animal has a way to get out of the room. They have olfactory receptors are in the millions! Topical use by placing the essential oil in your hand, rub your hands together, then pet the animal. Make sure to wash your hands after application. Please use caution with Melaleuca, birch, wintergreen, spearmint, peppermint and hot oils like Oregano or Thyme. However, do your homework! Many essential oils on the market today say they are "100% pure" on the label, but may contain substances that are actually quite toxic to animals and should be avoided. Many candles, wax melts, air fresheners, cleaning solutions and fabric refreshers can be very toxic as well. You want a Certified Pure Therapeutic grade and 3rd party tested to insure no toxic fillers. Essential oils have many benefits. Calming, digestion, emotions, muscles and overall wellness. When you first introduce essential oils start off slowly. Start with small amounts and observe their behavior. Click here for more in depth info from Dr. Janet Roark Veterinarian 

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