Thursday, May 7, 2015

Essential Oils and Pets a Quick How To

you love using Young Living products in your home, you’ve probably wondered how you can share their amazing benefits with your animals. Which oils are safe to use? How much can I apply? Should I diffuse or apply topically?

 

If you’ve ever had questions like these, we’re here to help! Check out this quick-and-easy how-to guide for using essential oils with animals.* Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, here are a few things to keep in mind:

 

Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.

  • Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
  • Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
  • Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
  • Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.

Pets-Animals and Essential Oils - Young Living

Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.

  • For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a diluting agent, such as V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex).
  • For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
  • For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.

 

Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable. 

  • Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
  • If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.

Cattle

Once they’re used to essential oils, animals can respond well to topical application.

  • For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
  • For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.
  • Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
  • For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or water in a spray bottle for easier application.
  • Animal ScentsOintment can be used to seal and protect areas where essential oils have been applied topically.

 

Essential oils can be administered internally.

  • Some essential oils can be mixed with your animal’s food.
  • For large animals, you can pull out the bottom lip and drop oils directly into the mouth.

 

Young Living offers a full line of animal-specific products.

 

AnimalScents Oils - Young Living

*If your pet or animal has a known health issue, please consult your veterinarian before administering essential oils.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DIY Beach Ready Feet

The weather is warming up, and it’s almost time to trade in your snow boots for sandals. Get your feet smooth and summer-ready with three simple steps. It’s easy to add these steps to your weekly routine so your feet can stay fab from April through August!

 

Step One: Exfoliate

A sugar scrub will gently slough off old skin cells to reveal your soft and smooth feet. This DIY essential oil-infused scrub smells great and will transform your feet.

 

Sugar Scrub

  • ¾ cup raw sugar

 

In a small bowl, mix V-6 oil with essential oils. Add mixture to raw sugar in a larger bowl and combine thoroughly. Store in an airtight jar.

 

When applying in the bath, you may want to use a pumice stone to speed up the exfoliation process; however, avoid scrubbing your calluses raw or removing them altogether. Remember, they are there to protect your feet. Simply buff them smooth and avoid any cuts or lacerations that could invite infection.

 

          HINT: Use about a tablespoon for each foot. Be careful: The scrub can make your shower slippery! I find that washing and thoroughly rinsing one foot before the other helps me avoid slipping.

 

Step Two: Cuticle Care

After a shower or bath, gently push your cuticles back in preparation for a DIY cuticle treatment. You can use a pedicure tool or a towel.

 

Cuticle Push Back - Young LivingCuticle Treatment

 

Fill an empty 15-ml bottle about halfway with V-6. Add 20 drops of Tea Tree oil, and then continue to add more V-6 until the bottle is full. To use, add 1 drop to your cuticles and rub in until absorbed.

 

          HINT: Use an AromaGlide Roller Fitment on the top of your 15-ml bottle to make application of this treatment quick and easy.

 

Step Three: Moisturize

Foot Lotion - Young LivingYoung Living offers fantastic moisturizers, including GenesisLavenderSensation Hand & Body Lotion, and KidScents®lotions. If you do not have a favorite, purchase a couple of options in your next order and start finding your new favorite.

 

          HINT: Before going to bed, generously massage your favorite Young Living lotion all over your feet and legs, and then put on a pair of moisturizing socks.

 

Whether you make this DIY pedicure a part of your spring cleaning routine or decide to do it every day, these three simple steps are sure to keep your feet happy and ready for the sunshine!

 

Do you have your own pedicure routine? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Gloria Russo—International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care