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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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My unease with recommending this book for companion parrot owners comes from Bell's own wise counsel within the book. On page 22, she lists the essential oils that she recommends owners avoid using with animals. The list does not include Tea Tree; but Tea Tree oil is listed as dangerous to companion birds in section 6 of the book.
Bell also takes a recipe for creating a hydrosol spritz for felines, and shows on page 191 the modification for use with small mammals, rather than giving a recipe designed for a small pet. While that may be all that's available in aromatherapy circles for small pets at this time, I find myself uneasy with recommending the concept and state merely that the book provides the diluted recipe for small-animal pet owners. I wouldn't include the use of the modified example for companion birds because it calls for 1/2-ounce Witch Hazel hydrosol and 1 ounce of Vodka.
Bell has obviously done a good job of collecting information on the plants that give us oils and those from which we make synthetic oils, and she explains the differences clearly. The newcomer to aromatherapy may find this guide useful in walking him or her through basics of essential oil and hydrosol use for pets. I would be remiss if I didn't add that responsible bird anatomy and the sensitivity of bird air sacs and respiratory systems before they introduce any new scent or scent delivery system into a home or aviary.