Essential Oils and Healing Pets

On August 5, 2018

Essential oils with herbs holy basil flower, basil flower, rosemary, oregano, sage, parsley, thyme and mint.The use of essential oils for healing people has been around for centuries, but the benefits are not just limited to humans: healers Elizabeth Whiter and Carol Komitor, featured in my book The Pet Healer Project, each use them as part of the healing work they do with animals.

On Elizabeth’s website, she writes about an animal’s response to receiving essential oil treatments: “Some animals appear to love the attention of the session, as it can develop the bonds of love and trust between guardian and themselves. Sometimes the animals appear focused, grounded, and very present.”

Elizabeth created a line of oils she uses on animals, including chickweed (to support the immune and lymph systems), linseed oil (for improved energy and healthy circulation, skin, and coat), mint-infused sunflower oil (for calming the stomach, nourishing aches and sprains, and opening the airways), and rosehip (to support the immune system), among many others.

When interviewing healer Carol Komitor, I was fascinated by the results her patient, a dog named Tellie, had. Here is a passage from the book:

Mikki (the dog’s owner) contacted Carol and they began a series of six sessions. Carol’s treatment included the use of essential oils Copaiba and Frankincense, which Tellie would lick off of Mikki’s hand. Carol also suggested a brew of turmeric, garlic, and ginger cooked with bone marrow. By the end of three months, Tellie’s tumor had shrunk to one-fourth it’s previous size.”

Wow. I can’t think of a better testimonial for the potential power that essential oils can have on animals.

In the November/December 2012 issue of Healing Magazine, Carol shared her personal story of adopting a one-eyed cat named Patch, who had been hit by a car. She immediately saw right through the cat’s handicap and looked straight into her soul, where she saw Patch’s desire to connect deeply with humans and other animals.

“His spirit and willingness to connect to a human was remarkable,” she wrote. “I was not intimidated by the loss of his eye and could see through the sutures to find his sweet and engaging personality.”

Carol combined essential oils with her Healing Touch for Animals techniques daily until he healed. “Both provided him physical comfort from the pain at the surgical site and to his left shoulder and elbow, which were also injured by his accident.”

Carol used three of her 10 most-used oils to treat Patch: Copaiba to provide comfort from the pain; and Peace and Calming and Basil oils for his emotional comfort.

Elizabeth Whiter, the other healer in my book that incorporates essential oils into her healing work, talked about one of her patients, an 11-year old Jack Russell terrier named Tinkerbelle, in an article for Express (an online UK news publication).

Tinkerbelle’s owner, Sarah, brought Tinkerbelle to Elizabeth after suffering from colitis, a chronic digestive disease, for six months. Sarah watched her dog relax into Elizabeth’s treatment, and after an hour, Tinkerbelle signified that her treatment was over by getting up and walking to Sarah, her little body no longer hunched up.

Elizabeth let Tinkerbelle decide between two essential oils that she offered to her – rosehip, which is full of vitamin C, or calendula, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties. She chose calendula, and licked it off of Sarah’s finger.

She was back to her old self the next day.

I find these stories, along with the ones these two healers shared with me for The Pet Healer Project, fascinating. Animals are so similar to humans, and treating their ailments as we do humans just makes sense. Not every healer chooses to incorporate oils into their work, but to me, it seems to be a very good alternative  especially when animals are allowed to self-select. There is much to learn from them.

I am grateful to these healers and so many others who continually reinforce the bond between humans and animals through their healing work and compassion.

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