Aromatherapy is more than just making your dog smell good!
Using aromatherapy to tackle dog health problems is starting to gain recognition as a safe and effective alternative treatment. However, many people still have a lot of misconceptions about “aromatherapy” – some of them equate aromatherapy with scented candles or grooming products with synthetic oils. Aromatherapy is using 100% pure essential oils and hydrosols.
An essential oil is a volatile substance contained in the glandular hairs, sac, or veins of different parts of a plant, such as the leaves, flowers, bark, roots, seeds or fruit. They are the “essence” of that particular plant form and are responsible for giving that plant its unique scent.
On a physical level, many essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying. On an emotional level, some essential oils can be sedative or stimulating.
A hydrosol is a water-based substance which is a by-product obtained during the steam distillation process of an essential oil. A hydrosol contains water-soluble parts of a plant as well as very small amount of some essential oil components.
For extremely sensitive dogs, small dogs, and cats, hydrosols are good alternatives to the more potent essential oils. (Cats are especially sensitive to essential oils so it is better to use hydrosols on cats.)