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Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals Paperback – September 1, 2002
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I like how this book talks about how aromatherapy works with herbs, flower essences, homeopathy and other natural healing. After reading this book I have a real respect for aromatherapy as a way to care for my dog. This book is in my top ten, right up there with "Herbs for Pets" by Tilford and "Natural Health for Dogs and Cats" by Pitcairn.
Through a series of case studies, toxicology reports and veterinary research, Ms. Bell unravels the mystery of essential oil and hydrosol use with cats, presenting information that is both informative and engaging. After reading the cat section of this book, I felt fully capable of making informed and intelligent decisions about the use of aromatherapy with cats. I found Ms Bell's viewpoint refreshingly candid and well researched- allowing the reader the opportunity to form their own opinion on the topic or to explore it further through more detailed methods of toxicology and bloodwork. Safety is the key message here. I have Ms. Bell to thank for the livelihood of my cats. Before purchasing her book, I bought a Young Living video about using essential oils with animals. The video suggested putting essential oils undiluted on cat's paws, ear tips or stomach. Thank the Lord that I did not do this! I could have caused irreparable harm to my cats.
If you are owned by cats, and love aromatherapy, you must purchase this book- you won't be sorry, and your cats will thank you.
I expected this book to be user-friendly, comprehensive, and helpful -- but Kristen's work is a masterpiece. She makes important technical information easy to understand, helping aromatherapy newcomers understand how essential oils are made, how to judge their quality, and how identical sounding oils can have different chemical signatures and very different effects. With her constant emphasis on safety, Kristen's book does more to protect animals from the inappropriate use of aromatherapy products than any other publication. In addition, Kristen generously shares her formulas and recipes, something few manufacturers would consider doing.
The result is a well-organized reference, "how to" guide, and resource -- in short, an aromatherapy crash course devoted to companion animals.<BR Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell is the world's first major book on a subject that is rapidly gaining attention but is poorly understood. Thanks to Kristen Leigh Bell and Findhorn Press, caretakers, groomers, trainers, veterinarians, and pet lovers everywhere finally have an authoritative guide to help them make informed decisions about what aromatherapy products to make or buy and how to use them. The health of our dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and other animals can only improve as a result.
However, as my education in human aromatherapy progressed - and as soon as people find out you are a vet - many, many Essential Oil users would tell me of their stories of using oils for their animals. And these were success stories, not stories of toxicity. I began to question why this set of people were not "killing their cats", but everyone else was. I have a bit of an obsession with research and learning, so started to talk with other vets, research cases of toxicity reports, and of course watch my own cats' responses to our human aromatherapy usage (including checking their bloodwork and urine very often!) What I have found and actually documented with case studies and blood work - is that it is the QUALITY of the essential oil that matters most in the reports of toxicity. Yes, you can "detoxify" a patient more than what they feel comfortable with - but that can happen with many natural products. Even switching a pet to a new food must be done slowly - and "healing crisis" can be seen with homeopathy... As with any item - anything can be done in excess.Read more ›
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Very good information although the recipes contain many ingredients that most people wouldn't have.Published 18 days ago by Jodi Bennett
The only thing I didn't like was the fact that is full of comments. Other than that, it's a great guide to deal with house pets (cats, dogs, birds and horses).Published 20 days ago by Diany Moony
Detailed informations. Exactly what I needed to ensure my animals are safe with the use of insent and diffusers.:-)Published 22 days ago by nana-che
I haven't read through this book yet but it has been a reference book in a class I took. I think it will be a good reference book for me and my friends that want to use a holistic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Medley
A wonderful book that contains pretty much all you need to know to work with essential oils and applications/uses on animals. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Neil Hajba