The Many Benefits of Lavender
First published in March 2012 for Raw Instincts Magazine entitled 'Lavender Benefits'
all know how lovely Lavender smells, and for people it is wonderful in
aromatherapy oils, on your pillow to help relaxation and sleep, helps
with headaches and many more things.
Did you know it is also very good for dogs ?
most common way Lavender is used is as an essential oil, and is known
to be very good for hotspots and skin conditions, aswell as being good
for relieving any kind of stress in dogs and helping them relax. This
can be particularly helpful when the stress is causing other health
issues, such as constipation, which can then cause the animal to fuss
itself, creating sore areas and keeping the nerves high, sometimes
becoming a self-perpetuating cycle.
also supports, soothes and calms the adrenal glands where there can be
hormonal imbalance, and subsequent hair loss, and simply dabbing a
little onto the fur on their back daily can help with rebalancing and
oils must always be diluted in a carrier oil for use or they can cause
burns, however, Lavender is one of the few which can be applied neat,
and is useful for healing blemishes and scars, and for a stressed dog,
for an owner to have lavender oil on their hands and then massage their
dog is a wonderful way to help calm and relax them for any occasion
which they may need to go through but find stressful; like vet visits,
grooming, bathing, claw trimming etc. or for generally nervous and timid
with a carrier oil, Lavender oil can also be applied to your dogs
collar or a scarf that they might wear, in lotions and shampoos
have lavender scent in the air is pleasant for all, lifting mood and
again, relaxing and can be a particular help in stormy weather, or with
fireworks etc. which may upset or frighten our pets.
can also be used in a diffuser which means the oil molecules are kept
suspended in the air, penetrating carpets, fibres and furniture and
working as an indoor flea repellent very effectively.
very welcome way Lavender can be used with our dogs is as a spritz or
in a carrier oil to help them to bothsmell nice, and to also repel
insects, particularly ticks.