It is difficult to understand how aromatherapy oils have such a strong impact on an animal's health. Considering that they are often viewed as solely aromatic, the secret becomes clear when we become aware that while essential oils strongest feature lies in their scent, it is their chemical compositions that harbor their true capabilities.

Plants produce essential oils for a variety of reasons; attracting insects, repelling pests and fighting off bacteria, mould, viruses and fungi. Aromatherapy works on various levels: physically, emotionally and holistically.

Animals have much larger nasal cavities than humans do, and as a result their sense of smell is 50; 100 times stronger than ours. For this reason when dogs are exposed to the various scents found in essential oils they experience an immediate reaction. For example, the components of Lavender (Lavendula Augustifolia) are widely known to be calming and soothing.

Aromatherapy treatments also work on a physical level with animals. Essential oils have varying effects on an animal's physiology. Many of the capabilities found within the chemical components of essential oils have been found to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-pruritic (anti-itching), sedative, stimulating and regenerative. Over the last 20 years these amazing properties have been proven in scientific studies.

Most of our products are applied topically as this gives the greatest benefit. The oils are applied directly to the area they are needed. Once applied aromatics chosen for the various physiological effects can begin to get to work. For example Earth Pets Arthritis blend gets absorbed directly into the sore muscle or stiff joint to which is has been applied, yielding immediate relief.

On an emotional level, the oils benefit both the animal and its owner. Most companion animals react to human touch in a positive way, especially dogs. The topical application of applying natural essential oils in appropriate dilutions can greatly strengthen the human/canine bond though touch and massage.

Although Aromatherapy will greatly benefit your pet on many different levels, it is not meant to take the place of conventional medical treatment. If an animal needs to be taken to a vet for more immediate care, then this should definitely be done.