Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Aromatherapy for Dogs....

We subscribe to "The Whole Dog Journal" since upon occasion they have listed us as a source (and many of us are dog owners!) It is a wonderful reference for holistic care for your canine fur-kids.  The article below just hit my inbox, and since it shows a use for Lavender Essential Oil (and diffusers) that I had not thought of, thought it worth sharing.  

How to Calm an Aggressive Dog

There are a host of other things you can do to lower general stress in your dogs' environment.

If you've ever had a massage, you know how calming touch can be. Dogs aren't that different from us; you can calm and soothe your dog with physical touch, both through canine massage and TTouch. Combine your calming touch sessions with aromatherapy, by using a therapeutic-quality lavender essential oil in an electric nebulizing diffuser in the room while you massage your dog. Then you can build your dog's "ahhh" association with the lavender scent to help him be calm in more stressful environments, by putting a few drops of essential oil on a bandana that you tie around his neck or on the bedding in his crate.

For more details and advice on modifying dog aggression, purchase Whole Dog Journal's ebook, Approaches to Modifying Dog Aggression.

Not mentioned in the article...you may see a full range of different types of aromatherapy diffusers, both nebulizing and other types, on our accessories page.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Creating a Multi-Use Personal Shower Gel

By Christi Pugh for Nature’s Gift

I love finding new uses for our products! Recently, I made a germ killing hand soap for my bathroom using our Benchmark Thyme, Tea Tree, and Lavender Mailette. Marge suggested I try our unscented shower gel as a base rather than liquid castile this time to see how it would work as a hand soap. It lathers up much more than the castile soap and I’ve been happy with the results.

Now don’t ask me why, but I reached over from the tub one day and used it for shaving my legs. It was a great spur of the moment decision because two days later my legs still felt soft and smooth. Who knew?

If you were using it specifically for shaving, maybe some of the softening oils like one of the Chamomiles might be better suited. I was just using what I had made up. But I do like the idea of an antibacterial in it either way (like Tea Tree) in case of an accidental cut or something.

All you need is 4 oz of unscented shower gel, a blue cobalt massage bottle with treatment pump, and essential oils of your choice. Shake it gently before using to distribute the oils evenly throughout. A 3-5% dilution should be skin safe.

You could use any essential oils you like to make a scented shower gel from our unscented base. It is truly subjective.

Oh, and Marge reminded me that a client uses our Rose Shower Gel in the tub, pouring a little under the faucet while she is filling it and raves about how wonderful it is!