What are Essential Oils
Essential oils are extracted from the plant primarily through steam distillation. Steam evaporates and the water is collected. The oils are then separated from the water. The water that remains is known as hydrosol, hydrolat or aromatic water and is also used in aromatherapy in its own right.
Essential oils are highly volatile, which means that they evaporate and disperse as soon as they are exposed to air. When we take the lid off the bottle, they enter into the olfactory (or smelling) system. Once the molecules are in the moist lining of the nose, they pass quickly into the blood and the brain via the nervous system.
In the brain essential oils appear to touch the proper receptors lightly and briefly, then go on their way. They do not lock on to receptors in the same way as manufactured chemicals (drugs). This is why essential oils are not medicine as we know them, but work gently and holistically to balance the entire system and fight disease.
Essential oils contain ingredients that animals would pick and choose freely to maintain health if they were living in a natural state but deprived of when domesticated. For example, if a horse felt he was lacking something for his coat or hooves, he would go looking for Queen Anne’s Lace which is very nourishing for coat and hooves. The essential oil distilled from Queen Anne’s Lace is carrotseed. The uniqueness and real beauty of using essential oils for your animal lies in the fact that the animal directs its own healing, showing us through its instinctive response to the smell how and if it wants the particular oil applied and how often.
Unintentionally we have harnessed our animal’s ability to self-medicate. Offering oils is a wonderful way of returning some autonomy to your pets’ life and a great way of building up trust between caregiver and animal. This aspect of the oils is especially useful in animals that have suffered trauma or been abused.
Deb Teubert uses only 100% therapeutic grade pure essential oils that are made from sustainable wild plants or naturally/organically farmed. All of the oils have been tested for phthalates, pesticides, herbicides, unwanted ethanol and chemicals.