Inhalation with Aroma & Animals

Written by Joan Sorita

Hey Everyone, I wanted to write about a question I get asked a lot when using application methods using aromatherapy with animals and people. Well, the title of this blog kind of gives it away. As simple as it sounds, there is a complex science behind inhaling essential oils, hydrosols, or just aromas from species, cooking, candy, baking, or even when the season changes and fall arrives. The smell of pine, cinnamon, apple pie, and a turkey or tofu turkey baking in the oven capture or bring back memories. Inhalation also stimulates emotions.

 Fall aromas instill in your mind that fall is here and the holidays are upon you. All of a sudden you think of plans for Thanksgiving. For a person planning the dinner and holiday event, it can get stressful and for those attending, they look forward to partaking in the tasteful and aromatic dinner. Wow, pretty amazing what aromas can do. They can bring up memories good or bad, happy or sad. 

Inhalation of essential oils can have such a profound effect. Just by using the application method of inhalation triggers a pebble effect within the body. It finds a hair in your nose and attaches itself to the hair, from there it goes into the pour and travels to the limbic part of the brain. The brain identifies the action of the molecules and tells those little critters where to go in the body and the work it needs to accomplish. It is like taking aspirin for a headache. The brain knows what to do with the compounds in the aspirin.

A lot of animals love to inhale essential oils and hydrosols or even floral waters. I would highly recommend using the inhalation method with animals as your number one application. Applying essential oils to the skin of an animal is fine but not all essential oils are safe for the animal’s skin. This is where the door to learning more about aromas is suggested. When using essential oils topically you also want to dilute it to a 1 percent up to a 4 percent dilution rate. In half a teaspoon of carrier oil, you would then use 2 drops of essential oils. That would be around 1 percent.  There are many guides and books out there that can help you with the dilutions or you can look for charts. 

How I use inhalation with animals is more about letting them smell the bottle with or without the cap. I then take my macerated oils or carrier oils that I use for dilution and let the animals smell those as well. I like to let my animals choose their oils. 

Essential Oil Dilution Chart – Tisserand Institute

Did you know that essential oils and hydrosols can offer emotional healing as well? This is where inhalation really can have a profound effect. I do not use diffusers with animals

and if there is a diffuser on in the home, I make sure they have a way out of that room. Animals are very sensitive to aromas and can get overwhelmed at times.

I wanted to share with you that it has been my experience when working with animals that are exhausted, shut down, checked out, or in pain, aromas have been there every time to help open that animal up and change their mood. This is very important in the bodywork that I do. I have this thing about helping the body in steps of balance instead of bombarding it with pain. Some animals just do not want to be touched at first. This is where the oils come in to play in my work. Yes, there are many modalities and wonderful tools to use in a massage. I just happen to have a passion for aromatics because of the results I have witnessed. It does take patience when working on chronic cases but that does not mean that changes can’t happen right away. I have witnessed changes in one session as well. It depends on how much of a selection you carry with you so you can use those appropriate oils to be more accurate with your work.

An inhalation application is one of the most effective ways to use your aromas with animals. If you are interested in learning more check out my new course that is online at Northwest School of Animal Massage.

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One more thing, I love to hear about cases that people have been working on with essential oils or aromatics. I would like to share or pass on worthy information or case studies. There is not enough work documented with animals. Even though there are great people doing this animal aromatic work, we just need more people’s input with their experiences.

Blessings to you all and thank you for taking the time to read this.

Joan Sorita

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