Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to promote the health, balance and harmony of body, mind and spirit. My oils are of the highest quality and ordered from all over the world. Just like with people, I prepare an essential oil or blend of oils, which is inhaled by the animal. As your pet’s brain processes the aroma of the essential oils, his or her body releases chemicals that give a calming or invigorating effect. Essential oils can also be diffused and used in products like shampoo, or dabbed on areas that your pet is not able to lick. Aromatherapy can help treat anxiety, nausea, pain, inflammation and infections.
Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system. The olfactory system includes all physical organs or cells relating to, or contributing to, the sense of smell. When we inhale through the nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and, almost immediately, the brain.
During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.” The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this, we can hypothesize how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects!