Aromatherapy for Animals

It seemed to me that the universe was guiding me to utilize such a treatment in my own practice. The very next morning, I woke up with a clear vision of how much this treatment would help horses and their riders. Since then I have developed a technique for animals, especially horses, and produced a video that explains clearly how to do the technique yourself. — Dr. Heather Mack, DVM

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils have been used very successfull on many different kinds of animals from kittens to 2,000 pound draft horses and they generally respond to the oils in much the same way as humans do.

November 1997 D. Gary Young, N.D., President Young Living Essential Oils

Equine Raindrop Technique"I have raised animals all my life and presently have several miniature horses as well as four teams of draft horses. I also have pygmy goats, Barbadoes sheep and llamas at my ranch where I reside. On my 1300 acre herb farm at Whispering Springs in Mona, Utah, I have an animal petting zoo with Bactrian camels, zeeboos from Africa (miniature Bramas), Watusi cows and bulls, Walleroos (miniature kangaroos), llamas, buffalo, miniature donkeys, as well as horses and goats. As you can see, we have a wide variety of animals.

We have used the oils extensively on many of the animals and are continually making discoveries. The animals respond extremely well and we feel they have benefited greatly.

In my experience, I have found that animals respond to essential oils much the same as humans. Animals are not as sensitive to the phenol and sesquiterpene constituents so they can be applied "neet" or full strength. One needs only to determine which oils are applicable to the situation and then apply a few drops 3-4 times daily.

The amount for small animals like cats and dogs is like the application for a child: 3-4 drops each time applied. For larger animals like large dogs apply 6-7 drops. For horses, apply 15-20 drops.

After applying the oils, I have found it beneficial to cover the open wound with Gentle Care Rose Ointment, which keeps the skin soft and helps promote the healing.

I have applied the oils in the following ways:

  1. Apply on their paws where the absorption is very fast.
  2. On cloven hoof animals apply on the auricular points of the ears and/or spine or both.
  3. Underneath the top lip on the gums and on the tongue.
  4. Sprinkle a few drops on the spine and then massage into skin, just like with humans.

For various problems I have experimented with the following oils:

Raindrop Technique® is a wonderful, holistic treatment for horses and dogs!

Nine powerful Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are dropped like "little raindrops" and massaged into the spine relieving muscular tension in the body. This procedure originates from an ancient Lakota Indian Healing Technique adapted by D. Gary Young. The Essential Oils enhance the systems of the body and deeply energizes and detoxifies the body as well as balances the electrical body. The therapeutic grade essential oils used support the immune and nervous system and are designed specifically for topical application. Raindrop Technique® was developed as a result of research indicating that many forms of spinal misalignments are caused by muscle spasms due to bacteria and viruses originating in the spine and the tissues along the spine. Very effective if your horse has been vaccinated and/or has toxins within the body, Raindrop will allow the systems to detoxify naturally.

Eliminate chemicals from your horses and pets' life by using therapeutic grade essential oils on a daily basis. Invest in the health of your animal as well as yourself ~ order your products today using my Distributor #534462.

Details on my Raindrop Technique services for animals and details on Raindrop Technique services for people.

Order Dr. Heather Mack's DVD on Equine Raindrop Technique!

Dr. Mack is a holistic veterinarian who has been specializing in performance horses for ten years. She competes in the jumper division and is available at most of the major west coast shows, including Spruce Meadows, to treat horses. It is her strong desire to create a holistic wellness and training center in Southern California where horses can come for a week or for months to recover from injuries, or just to have preventative holistic treatment while they stay in work, so they don't lose condition. She was one of the first women to graduate from Columbia University, and received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has dedicated her life to the conscious practice of holistic medicine on animals with her primary focus on sport horse medicine.

Equine Raindrop Therapy is a simple and powerful treatment for the horse. It can enhance the immune system, help alleviate pain along the spine, and generally invigorates the horse. This video offers a clear and concise explanation that empowers most horse owners to perform raindrop therapy. It also provides an introduction and understanding of essential oils and how they can be used therapeutically.

From The Equine Journal, Fall Issue #37:

Dr. Mack performs Vita Flex on Horse"Seven years ago, I watched a Native American medicine man perform a "Spinal Alignment" on a fellow holistic veterinarian in Minnesota. He used herbs, essential oils and hot water on the spine. Four years later, I got the opportunity to work closely with a Lakota Sioux medicine woman in Idaho, who did a similar healing on a woman with MS. I attended a doctors' conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in March of '99 and observed a woman receive raindrop therapy from Dr. Gary Young, a naturopath and leading authority in the science of essential oils. The patient was in her early fifties, had severe scoliosis and spinal pain. After this raindrop treatment, she grew over one inch, her deviation lessened over 50%, and she was pain free.

It seemed to me that the universe was guiding me to utilize such a treatment in my own practice. The very next morning, I woke up with a clear vision of how much this treatment would help horses and their riders. Since then I have developed a technique for animals, especially horses, and produced a video that explains clearly how to do the technique yourself.

This revolutionary therapy is easy to do for your horse. It is beneficial for the person applying the oils and for any animal close enough to smell the oils, as the scent triggers a response within the hypothalamus almost immediately. It is not a cure-all, but it is a wonderful way to keep horses healthy and comfortable in their bodies. It is also a powerful addition to antibiotics when fighting an infection because it assists in strengthening the immune system. It pulls viruses and toxins out of the system and balances the structural and electrical alignment of the horse." [Read more here...]

Essential Oils — Only the Best for Your Pet

Any pet owner knows that our furry friends are more than just pets. They truly are part of the family.

We're willing to do anything for them ~ especially when it comes to health care. But more and more pet owners are becoming dissatisfied with conventional therapies. As a result, there has been a growing interest in alternative treatments. To cater to this clientele, veterinarians are turning to Young Living.

One such veterinarian is Dr. Mary Hess of Madison, Wisconsin. According to Dr. Hess,

"I think more veterinarians are getting into alternative care because clients are demanding it. In order to have a more complete veterinary practice, veterinarians are exploring other avenues to satisfy those people."
Gary giving horse Raindrop Technique

Monica Goldberg and her fourteen-year-old yellow lab, Oats, called on Dr. Hess when it was discovered that Oats had five tumors, one of which was cancerous. The tumors were surgically removed and Oats was sent home bandaged at the midriff. Conventional painkillers weren't providing relief. In fact, Oats was so uncomfortable she couldn't even lie down to rest. Monica applied a specially formulated oil blend that Dr. Hess provided to help relieve Oats' discomfort. According to Monica, "In a matter of minutes, I turned away from Oats and when I glanced back she was lying down asleep."

After the surgery, Monica treated Oats' incisions with essential oils and Animal Scents Ointment, which helped seal in the oil. To her surprise, Oats' suffering was minimized and her recovery was quick.

According to Dr. Hess, essential oils can be used on animals just as they would on humans. However, she recommends following a veterinarian's care in diagnosing specific conditions.

Because many veterinarians have yet to incorporate all-natural products into their practice, Dr. Hess willingly consults with other doctors to help them guide clients in the use of essential oils on pets. There are critics who frown upon using essential oils on pets because of their fragile senses. But Dr. Hess stresses that essential oils can be diluted with Young Living's V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil complex until a tolerance is established. She says, "Like humans, you might notice a reaction to the oils, but once your body has been cleansed then your body tolerates them quite well. This is the same for animals."

That does not mean that there are no potential hazards when using all-natural products. Dr. Hess warns, "Many of the Young Living nutritional products can be used in animals and do have oils that are of value. However, the use of products with xylitol, a sweetener, must be avoided in animals. Unlike humans, in which it is safe, animals have an adverse reaction that includes low blood sugar and liver toxicity. The pet owner must carefully look at the label or call Young Living if there is concern about whether a product includes xylitol."

Our pets mean everything to us. Why not give them the best? Dr. Mary Hess recommends that every pet owner carry an essential oil emergency kit for pets. Based on her experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Hess suggests these ten Young Living essential oil blends to keep pets feeling their best:

  • Thieves® ~ Perfect for attending to minor skin issues, Thieves is also utilized for addressing dental concerns. This blend is safe for kittens and puppies.
  • Melrose™ ~ When used in conjunction with R.C. and Raven, Melrose provides respiratory support. It can also be used on minor skin issues if Thieves cannot be tolerated.
  • Di-Gize™ ~ The gastrointestinal system responds well to this blend. Nutmeg and ginger can be added for additional support.
  • Peace & Calming® ~ If stress, fear, anxiety or other similar conditions are present, Peace & Calming can be used to calm a pet. If the pet is injured, Peace & Calming can relax the animal enough to administer other treatments. This blend can also be used on cats who are resistant to other forms of treatment, for urinary problems or excessive grooming results from stress.
  • Purification® ~ This blend is useful for external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Relieve It™ ~ Especially beneficial for relieving discomfort, Relieve It can be alternated with PanAway® for a wider spectrum of relief.
  • Raven™ ~ Also utilized for respiratory and urinary tract support, Raven is more powerful than R.C. and features essential oils not found in the latter. Combined, the two oils are highly effective.
  • M-Grain™ ~ Provides relief from head discomfort resulting from sinus pressure.
  • R.C.™ ~ Ideal for respiratory and urinary tract support, R.C. is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, which does not respond to conventional therapy. (It can be paired with Raven for added support.)
  • PanAway® ~ With osteoarthritis common in older pets, PanAway is valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This oil blend can be used alone or in addition to other essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the oils.

*© 2008 Young Living Essential Oils™ and Essential Lifestyle®. Reprinted with permission of Young Living, Lehi, UT 84043 U.S.A."

"I find these Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to be the most effective, safe and reliable anti-flea, tick and mosquito products on the market." — Dr. Gerald M. Buchoff, DVM, Past President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Virginia Tech Researcher Examines Using Frankincense to Treat Malignant Melanoma in Horses

Malignant melanoma is a dangerous, aggressive form of cancer and approximately 54,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, according to the American Cancer Society (CeCO). Interestingly, there are many similarities between malignant melanoma in horses and malignant melanoma in people.

Recognizing the extraordinary opportunity for translational research that the disease represents, Dr. John L. Robertson, a professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and director of the Center for Comparative Oncology, has been looking at one experimental treatment.

During a presentation before a regional meeting of the American Cancer Society in Roanoke, Va., Robertson detailed some of the work he is doing with the use of Frankincense oil as a possible treatment for malignant melanoma in horses.

The risk factors for malignant melanoma in people and horses are very similar, according to Robertson. In people, risk factors include pale complexion and hair,exposure to excessive sunlight and sunburns and aging. Horses at risk also have a pale coat of grey to white and there seems to be a correlation to aging, which could be a result of chronic exposure to sunlight, he said. In each, the disease is an infiltrated pigmented malignancy that is difficult to manage. Conventional therapies include chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and surgery.

The disease often affects horses with the development of lesions on the lips, neck, and perineal area.

Robertson presented the story of Chili, a handsome, 11-year old Thoroughbred and champion jumper that was diagnosed with multi-centric malignant melanoma at the age of seven. Told by her local practitioner that there was not much that could be done for Chili and aware of Robertson's interest in evaluating an experimental therapy, Chili's owner asked if Robertson would work with Chili.

That experimental therapy involved the use of Frankincense oil, a compound known as a valuable treatment for wounds for more than 2,000 years.

Frankincense oil is a fragrant botanical oil distillate made from fermented plants, explains Robertson, who adds that it contains hundreds of constituents, including boswellic acid, a component that is known to have anti-neoplastic properties. Scientists have demonstrated that the oil has potent anti-inflammatory effects and anti-tumor properties when evaluated in tissue culture with tumors such as astrocytomas, melanomas, and fibrosarcomas. Furthermore, he said, it appears to have fairly selective anti-tumor activity and does not appear to disrupt normal cells. But much about how it affects actual cancer patients is unknown.

Chiliís experimental protocol involved daily injections of medicinal grade, sterile Frankincense oil directly into his tumors and the application of oil on topical tumors, while Chili's comfort and well-being was carefully maintained through pain and nutritional management, including copious amounts of his favorite peeled baby carrots and peppermints.

The lesions were observed, measured, photographed, and periodically biopsied, according to Robertson. Those tumor biopsies demonstrated that some small tumor cells were destroyed by the treatment and those treated topically were reduced in size. For the experiment, not all tumors were treated. Unfortunately, Chili passed away on October 18, 2005 as a result of the progressive and relentless growth of the non-treated tumors.

Chili's involvement with CeCO and the experimental protocol did result in some important achievements, according to Robertson.

"I think this research on Frankincense oil suggests that this ancient medicine may have significant modern uses for chemotherapy of non-resectable malignancies," said Robertson, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. "This research showed that equine melanomas respond to this therapy."

Information gleaned from this Phase I-II National Cancer Institute format clinical trial has supported the development of grant applications and helped in the treatment of five additional horses, Robertson said. A collaboration with the Clinical Research Program at Wake Forest University's Comprehensive Cancer Center is being discussed. For more information visit: ccr.cancer.gov/resources/cop.

Di-Gize To The Rescue!

When my husband Blaine and I went camping and we had nice horseback ride to get into where we were planning on staying. It was almost dark and Blaine took care of the horses and I started the fire so I could cook supper. Blaine came back and set up the tent as I cooked and when we finished with the meal Blaine went to check on the horses. He came back and said that my horse Snowball was not acting right she kept laying down and wanted me to come and see for myself. I went with him and she was down and then she got back up and laid down again. We both knew she was in trouble. A horse doesn't do that unless they are colicing. Blaine caught her and I got my oils as I don't go anywhere with out them.

I listened to her stomach and there was no sound at all. I got the Di-Gize and I saw that I only had about 5 drops left in the bottle. I gave that to Snowball inside the lower lip and rubbed Ortho Sport with peppermint in it, to help relax the muscles. Blaine was walking her around and around to keep her from laying down and rolling which could twist a gut. He stopped and I listened again and I heard movement once. So we knew that something was starting to work.

I knew if I just had more Di-Gize I could save her. I put peppermint on the frogs of the front feet and Blaine kept walking her. By now it was pitch dark and there was no way to get her out, she couldn't make it that far. When Blaine stopped again, I listened and there was a little more rumbling and she was passing gas. I got to thinking, man I wished I had checked the Di-Gize before we went on the trip, then it came to me. The oils have a frequency and that frequency is still in the bottle. So I added some water to the bottle and shook it up and said a prayer and when Blaine came by again I gave this to her insider her lip. As Blaine started walking her, she cut a big one. WOW, I thought. I did it again and this time she had a bowel movement. I knew then she would make it.

I gave her another bunch of Di-Gized water as well as the Ortho Sport and soon she had full activity going on in her stomach and she had another bowel movement. Blaine had been walking her around for 4 hours. We tied her up close to the tent so we could hear her if anything went wrong and went to bed.

I know beyond a doubt she would have died that night if I had not had my oils with me. She was fine the next morning and was hungry as a horse!

— Nancy Sanderson

Young Living's Feeling Collection of Essential OilsI also recommend using our Feelings Collection of essential oils as well as our beautiful aromatherapy blends for assisting in releasing and transforming emotional issues with animals. Trauma Life®, Release®, Present Time®, Peace & Calming® and Valor® are just a few examples.






Here I am facilitating an emotional release with a horse named Zeus (white horse). He was quite unsure of me in the beginning but loved the oils and would lick them off my hands. He also had quite a release through his nostrils; lots of green mucus was coming out. Towards the end of the session, he was so relaxed that his lower lip was just hanging there!

Eliminate chemicals from your horses and pets' life by using therapeutic grade essential oils on a daily basis. Invest in the health of your animal as well as yourself ~ order your products today using my Distributor #534462.

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I am available to teach classes locally in the Central Florida area and am a former Nationally Certified Massage Therapist with over 12 years of experience, trained in Aromatherapy Massage, Raindrop Technique and Emotional Release with Young Living Aromatherapy Essential Oils through C.A.R.E. as well as workshops with Gary Young and Cherie Ross. I work out of my home in Winter Park, FL and am available by appointment, so please call now: 407.399.8562.

I highly suggest educating yourself about the truth of essential oils by purchasing the Essential Oil Desk Reference book which contains a wealth of information on all of our products including details on each oil and what oils to use for specific situations.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils and supplements. Also each person is unique and different in chemistry and toxicity levels, as well as emotionally and spiritually, so an oil that is suggested for an issue may not work as well as another. If a change is not apparent within three minutes, try another oil.