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Aesthetic Scented Soy Candles


When you burn a candle, you’re more than likely looking for ambiance in a room, to cover up that wet dog smell, or bring the essence of Christmas or a fond memory to life. That’s why we scent our candles at the highest possible level. And because they are soy, you don’t get that burning paraffin smell, just pure aromatic goodness. Our Mission is to create, produce, and sell premium-quality 100% pure soy candles, no additives.  They are hand poured in Port Richey, Florida. Our candles are natural soy candles, organic soy candles and are the perfect choice for quality and cost conscious consumers. They will provide you the soothing and relaxing experience that candles are known for, but also provide you all these benefits in a much healthier way (without adversely affecting our environment.


Candle Safety


Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.


Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.


Organic Cleaning


products to decrease your families exposure to toxins.


Natural cleaning recipes are really quite simple. You have probably heard that baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar make the best cleaners and that is true!

My shopping list includes:

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. Essential Oils
  5. Castile Soap

Baking Soda Cleaning

Baking soda is great for most types of soap scum in the sink, tub or shower.  Just sprinkle and rub it all over with a loofah or scrubbing pad.

For cleaner clothes, baking soda can also be thrown in the washing machine for cleaner clothes, it alkalizes the water.


Simple Laundry Soap Powder

16 cups baking soda

12 cups borax

8 cups grated castile, glycerin or Ivory bar soap, grate to create flakes

3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil


Laundry PreTreat

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.


Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning

Hydrogen peroxide is a great disinfectant. Mix 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 2 cups of water, then add 4-10 drops of lemon, tea tree, or oregano oil and spray it anywhere that needs disinfecting.


Hydrogen peroxide is also a great toilet bowl cleaner and disinfectant. Be sure to flush a couple of times to avoid bubbling.


Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle — exposure to light kills its effectiveness — and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.


Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.


Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.


It is best to keep hydrogen peroxide in a dark bottle and out of light so that it will stay potent.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cleaning


Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed with water and essential oils as a surface cleaner and disinfectant. It is acidic so make sure and check if it is safe to use on your surface.

Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. Add essential oils of lemon, tea tree or oregano.


Vinegar Window Cleaner

For windows, you can also use white vinegar. Keep in mind that if you have been using a commercial cleaner, there will be a residue on the window.

3 cups water

1/3 cup white vinegar

Mix, spray and wipe.

 

 

Castile Soap Cleaning

 Castile soap is a great multi-purpose cleaner and it can be used in small dilutions. Add 1 TBS to 2 cups of water. Mix in some lemon, peppermint, or tea tree essential oil and spray anywhere as a mild cleaner. You can increase the concentration up to 1/2 soap and 1/2 water for stronger cleaning but it may need to be rinsed with water to avoid leaving a film. I like Dr. Bronner's organic castile soap for organic cleaning.


Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner

  Fill a spray bottle 3/4 full of water. Put a few squirts of mild dish washing liquid inside the bottle. Then add 3 to 5 drops of lavender essential oil. You can also replace the lavender essential oil with pine or lemon. Screw the top on the bottle and shake it well.    Use the cleanser for kitchen, bathroom and other household surfaces. Scrub and wipe with a water-soaked sponge after application.


Pine Floor Cleaner

 Mix 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar into a quart of water. Add 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Most people prefer to use pine, lemon or spruce.   Apply to the floor with a mop. Rinse with clean water after a few minutes of application. The essential oil will work to reduce the smell of the vinegar.


Lemon Vacuum Cleanser

 Soak a small tissue in 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Allow the vacuum to suck up the tissue. The smell of the oil will take away the dusty smell of the vacuum.  If the vacuum has a water reservoir, add 5 drops of lemon essential oil directly to the reservoir.\

Laundry Treatment

Add 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your laundry detergent when you want to clean sheets, bedding or pillows. Eucalyptus oil has been shown to kill dust mites.

Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to the laundry detergent when washing cloth diapers. This has been shown to have extra disinfectant qualities.

 Add 2 drops of lemon essential oil on a stain. Rub it into the fabric and allow it to sit on the stain for a few minutes before placing it inside a washing machine.

 Wet a clean washcloth with water and 10 drops of lemon, lavender, ylang ylang, clove, melaleuca, bergamot or another fragrant essential oil. Place it inside the dryer along with your other clothes. Your load of laundry will smell like the oil of your choice.

 

Essential Oil Window Cleaner

    Place 1 cup of distilled white vinegar inside a spray bottle. Pour in water until the bottle is 3/4 full. Shake the spray bottle to mix the vinegar and water.

    Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake again. Spray onto window surfaces and wipe off with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.


Dual Purpose Essential Oils,

therapeutic and at least one of these: antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, or fungicidal


Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Need to unwind? Lavender, shown to have a relaxing effect on the nervous system and to help with deeper, more restful sleep, would be great to use for some evening cleaning or after a particularly stressful day. Its antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, and fungicidal actions make it particularly effective for cleaning.

 

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Feeling a little down? Lemon essential oil is not only antiseptic, antimicrobial, and bactericidal, but has also been shown to actually improve people’s moods, so try using some lemon to see the brighter side of things. Lemon is also great at cutting through grease and grime. Creative, culinary green cleaning types might enjoy combining lemon with herbaceous essential oils such as basil or thyme, which also possess properties great for cleaning.


Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Need to perk up? Revitalizing and stimulating, peppermint is the way to go if you need to get some cleaning done or want to pull an all-nighter! Peppermint has been shown to increase alertness and even enhance work performance, respectively. Its cleaning power is due to its antiseptic properties.


Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Need a lift? Uplifting and refreshing, sweet orange essential oil, also simply called orange essential oil, is antiseptic and has been shown to exhibit antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also a great degreaser. A 2011 study in the Journal of Food Science showed how Valencia orange essential oil (Valenica is a type of sweet orange) inhibited E. Coli and Salmonella during the refrigeration process of beef. So, orange essential oil would definitely be good for cleaning cutting boards and countertops where raw meat has been. In aromatherapy, it is often used to help alleviate anxiety, depression, nervousness, and insomnia, so it is particularly potent when combined with lavender essential oil, which has similar properties.

 

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Want a powerful essential oil for cleaning? Then tea tree is your answer. Sometimes considered to be a strong smell on its own, it is often combined with other essential oils, such as lavender or orange in green cleaning recipes. As an antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericidal, and insecticidal, it is a hard one to skip over when it comes to cleaning the bathroom or kitchen. Scientific studies have been done showing its antibacterial actions and its promise in inhibiting certain flu viruses, combating Staph infections, and even treating the herpes simplex virus. In aromatherapy, tea tree is recommended for stimulating the immune system and in the treatment of respiratory conditions, such as asthma, coughing, sinusitis, and whooping cough. So if you feel like you’re coming down with something and must clean anyway, grab the tea tree!


Tidbits found on the internet, by

Robie Waterworth

Aesthetic Candles

Candle Maker


Chemical-Free Room Freshners


The fragrances that you find in products in stores may smell nice, BUT look closer, an average of 10 chemicals linked with allergic reactions such as headaches, wheezing, or asthma. The researchers found 12 different chemicals they describe as potentially hormone-disrupting, such as benzyl benzoate, diethyl phthalate, and tonalide.


Instead a Plug in Room Freshner


  1. Diffuse orange or rosemary into the air with a nebulizer or homemade reed diffuser.
  2. Put a couple of drops of peppermint, pine, cinnamon, or clove on the cardboard in your toilet paper roll and you will freshen up the bathroom for days.

Consider using unscented detergents, cleaners, shampoos, and conditioners, pump hand soaps, etc.


  1. Add a few drops of clary sage, cedar wood, lavender, or Roman Chamomile to an unscented hair product;
  2. rosemary, or tea tree to an unscented detergent;
  3. lemon to your window cleaner (good ol’ inexpensive vinegar and water);

Not only will the oils make the products smell wonderful, you will now be benefiting from the aroma therapeutic properties of the oils too.

A personal favorite Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Soap. It works well as a shampoo, body wash, and in my hand soap foamer. I simply divide the soap up for the various uses and then add my favorite essential oils.


Compiled by  Robie Waterworth

Aesthetic  Candles

Candles, why add color?


Over the counter candles are available in a seemingly endless palette of colors, from luminescent shades of ivory and pastels to deep tones.  Color conveys meanings in two primary ways: natural associations and psychological symbolism. The truth of the matter is that people are comfortable when colors remind them of similar things.


Although candle color is the second-most important factor (after fragrance) for influencing consumer purchasing decisions, color and fragrance are closely linked. In fact, research has shown that consumers expect the color of a scented candle to mirror their psychological perception of the fragrance. A cinnamon-scented candle, for example, is expected to fall somewhere in the red-brown range, while "mountain breeze" candle should be pale blue or green

As a reputable candle maker, I to combine the art and beauty of color with the art of candle making selecting both fragrances and color, to create pleasing candles that will burn properly and safely. People are drawn to color; it is one of the motivators when someone is looking at candles


Color and its meaning that matters! The color of a candle should complement the fragrance, or vice versa. As a candle maker, on occasion a color is mislabeled i.e., I was making Apple Sage Mint candles and wanted to make the candles red brown, I received black, mislabeled I have Apple Sage Mint Votive Candles are tart are a dark chocolate brown. In all likelihood, I will have to create a large batch, add a tiny bit of red, or now one will buy these. The color does not complement the fragrance. Granny Smith Apple candles have to be two tone, white and lime green, otherwise when you pick the candle up to smell, you will your mind to your eyes will be conflict.


What do colors mean to us psychologically?


Black: Is to protect and/or to ward off negativity. Burning black with any other color is said to dissolves all negative energies.

Blue: Represents wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace.

Blue (Dark): Promotes laughter and joy.

Blue (Light): Is used to increase peace, tranquility, patience, and calmness..
Blue (Royal): Mostly used to confer wisdom, protection, and good fortune..

Brown: This is an earthy, well-balanced color.

Green: Promotes prosperity, success, stimulates good luck.
Green (Dark): Color of ambition, greed, and jealousy.

Orange: Promotes mental agility, energy, success and stamina.


Peach: Promotes restoration and rejuvenation..

Pink: Represents emotions from the heart and raises energies.

Pink (Dark): Represents friends and family.

Pink (Light): Represents devotion, love, tenderness and faith. Feminine energy.

Purple: Represents power and success.


Red: Represents physical pleasures. It can stimulate lust, courage, passion, love, and/or respect..

Rose: a graceful color increases admiration, love, friendship, and calmness.


Turquoise: Is a color that can be used for healing, prosperity, peace, growth, creativity.


White: Is pure, innocent, clean


Yellow: Will help to stimulate mental clarity, knowledge and concentration.


I carefully blend colors into my candles, trying to match the color to the fragrance. I use Candle Color Dye Blocks they are oil-based and are specifically designed to be used in candles.


As a candle craftsmen vs a manufacturer or distributor, I do have the flexibility to create candles to match décor. I have created Carnation in Apple Red, Bay Rum in a Golden Brown.  And there is no up charge


Robie Waterworth, Owner and Candle Maker(Candlecraftsmen)

Aesthetic Candles

www.aesthetic-candles.com


What is your favorite color?


Did you know that color selection can tell us a lot about personalities?


•   Yellow - Stable, Provides security, Dependable, Efficient

•   Red - Fun-loving, Lively, Spontaneous, Flexible, Carefree, Hands-on.

•   Green - Tough-minded, Powerful, Efficient, Usually right, Possesses  deep knowledge

•   Blue - Warm, Compassionate, Romantic, Idealistic

Essential Oils and Gardening


Essential oils used in your garden can deter pests and pathogens from infecting your plants.


Strong and healthy plants resist disease which will produce higher yield and more fragrant crops.  Many plants have symbiotic relationships which you can utilize by either growing the plants next to each other or by adding the essential oil of the beneficial plant to water.


Mix 6 drops of essential oil to 2 gallons of warm water stir then let it cool. Fill your watering container half full with the essential oil water then top it off with cold water, stir again and water as usual.


Companion Plants and Essential oils

Vegetables


Asparagus – Basil

Green Beans – Lavender, Basil

Broccoli – Basil, Thyme

Cabbage – Peppermint, Sage, Thyme, Clary Sage

Carrots – Sage

Cauliflower – Sage

Cucumbers – Sage

Squash - Fennel , Sage

Peas – Geranium

Potatoes – Basil, Sage

Tomatoes – Basil


Fruit

Apples and Grapes – Lavender


Flowers

Roses – Basil, Hyssop


Treatments for Insects and Pesky Bugs


Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint

Aphids: Peppermint, Spearmint, Cedarwood, Hyssop

Beetles: Peppermint,  Thyme

Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme

Cutworm: Thyme

Flies: Basil, Clove, Lavender, Peppermint,, Rosemary, Citronella

Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass

Moths: Peppermint, Lavender, Hyssop

Plant Lice: Peppermint, Spearmint

Slugs: Cedarwood, Pine, Hyssop

Snails: Patchouli, Pine

Spiders: Peppermint

Spider Mites - Rosemary

Squash Bugs: basil, eucalyptus or peppermint

Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme, Sage

Weevils: Patchouli, Cedarwood

Wooly Aphids: Patchouli, Pine


Application Methods


Sprays: Use 4-8 drops of essential oil to 1 gallon of water for spraying on flowers fruit and vegetables. Sprays are best used as insect deterrents, dish detergent, to rid plants of mold and mildew and to encourage growth.


Hanging Strips of Cloth:  Place 1 drop of undiluted essential oil on a cloth strip and attach to a pole or hang from a branch. Use multiple strips of cloth to cover desired area. Caution: Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin, if you are handling cloth dipped in essential oils, rubber gloves are advised


Cotton Wool:  Bury small cartons, such as yogurt containers, in the ground keeping the top level with the soil. Add 4 drops of essential oils with strong odors such as Peppermint, Thyme or Eucalyptus and refresh as needed. The strong scent of these essential oils will help deter all ground moving insects i.e. slugs, snails, mice; as well as cats and dogs.


Compiled by Roberta Waterworth, Aesthetic Candles – [email protected]

Aromatherapy in the Workplace


Aromatherapy probably isn't the first tool you think of to help boost your productivity and grow your business, but maybe it should be. Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity

Essential oils not only help improve job performance but health, meaning employees are less likely to take sick time. "Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and using them in an environment where there are a lot of people can help to keep germs at bay


Five Ways to Be Healthier and More Productive Without Leaving Your Workspace


You can still get the benefits of aromatherapy in a shared workspace without offending others. Just place a drop or two of an essential oil on a cotton ball and take a whiff when you need an energy boost. If you have a private office, add 1-6 drops to an electric diffuser or create a mister by adding a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with distilled water.


Or, for a group benefit, put a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oils in the middle of the table at your next brainstorming session.


Here are six essential oils that can naturally boosting your productivity, mood and more at work:


1. Lemon. This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you're feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body's immune system and improving circulation.


2. Lavender. This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.


3. Jasmine. Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.


4. Rosemary. This is the perfect Monday morning pick-me-up. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. "It's excellent to use in the mornings when one needs a bit of help getting going," says Hawkins. Rosemary can also be used topically to relieve muscular aches and pains.


5. Cinnamon. The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus.


6. Peppermint. Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.


Compiled by

Robie Waterworth

Aesthetic  Candles


Aromatherapy Reduced Burnout And Stress


Do you feel worn down, your day-to-day grind is really wearing you down, physical, mental, emotional wipeout. A solution might be just a sniffs away.


Geranium - The balancing effect that geranium oil has on our emotions is often utilized in aromatherapy. Though geranium is distilled from leaves, its aroma and effects are comparable to such floral oils as rose and lavender. Most people are drawn to floral aromas because their pleasant scents can be uplifting and gently inspiring -- or evoke a sense of calm and tranquility.


Jasmine - nicknamed 'Queen of the Night' and 'Moonlight of the Grove'; for centuries, women have treasured it for its seductive, beautiful fragrance. Jasmine oil is uplifting and stimulating for times of hopelessness and nervous exhaustion. It helps reduce anxiety and apathy. This is one of the more costly essential oils.


Lavender - On the "Top 10 Essential Oil" Lavender is Number 1. Lavender Essential Oil is well known for its sedative properties and for its ability to help calm stress and anxiety and to help promote sleep.


Sandalwood: Sandalwood is native to Indonesia, Australia and India and is commonly used in spiritual practices and traditional Eastern medicine. Sandalwood oil is known for it numerous physical, mental and spiritual healing properties


Citrus scents: lemongrass, orange, lemon


Peppermint: Curb work-related burnout during your commute with peppermint scents: In a recent NASA-funded study, 25 participants in driving scenarios reported decreased feelings of anxiety, fatigue, and frustration.


Compiled by  Robie Waterworth

Aesthetic  Candles

Eco Flea and Tick Treatments for Dogs and Cats


Please read the safety instructions at the end. Important stuff, Cats are different from dogs and other mammals in that they metabolize and excrete certain substances in their bodies in a very special way. The key is the feline liver. Cats do not produce the necessary enzymes to break down certain substances and then flush them out of their bodies. Not all essential oils cause serious problems with cats. The two worst offenders are limonene and pinene. Sadly, these two essential oils are frequently found in natural flea and tick repellents, shampoos,

Natural Flea Treatment

Make your own spray

This method will not kill existing fleas or eggs but spraying it on your pet early in the year may help prevent fleas altogether. Fleas spend a lot of their time off their host, so this may help ensure they don't come back. Fleas are repelled by both lavender oil and citrus oil, both of which are natural and harmless to your dog. Lavender can be harmful for cats, however, so avoid using it on them. Lavender has a calming effect on dogs, so you may notice your dog is more relaxed.

Ingredients:

    6 lemons

    50 drops of lavender essential oil

    3 cups of water


Directions:

    Slice lemons into thin round slices with the skin intact. Add to a pot and fill with water. Bring water to a boil. Remove it from heat and let sit overnight.     Strain the liquid into a spray bottle and add lavender oil.

    Spray the mixture on your dog whenever he goes outside or after a bath. You can also spray or soak his collar in the mixture to make a flea collar of your own. The mixture can be sprayed on rugs, carpeting and furniture or even in your yard to prevent fleas from settling in from surrounding areas.


 

Other topical remedies

Rosemary(the herb)

Fleas also dislike rosemary. Make a bath by steeping rosemary in 2 cups of boiling water. Let cool and add up to a gallon more of warm water. Pour over your dog and let him/her dry naturally.


Essential oils


Other than lavender, essential oils like peppermint, lemongrass, cedarwood and pennyroyal can help fend off fleas. Mix a few drops of 100 percent essential oils into a teaspoon of carrier oil like olive oil and rub on the top of your dog's neck or base of the tail. Most essential oils can be dangerous to pets in large doses so they should always be diluted; also avoid putting them in areas dogs can easily lick. I do discourage the use of pennyroyal essential oil. Pennyroyal essential oil should never be taken internally because it is highly toxic; even in small doses, consumption of the oil can result in death.

Essential Oil Flea Treatment

Make a natural flea repellent by adding six or seven drops of the essential oils of rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and citronella to a cup of water and shaking well. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution to your dog's coat every other day. (Do not use this on cats―they are too sensitive to essential oils.)


Oils known to repel ticks and other insects are:  Lavender, lemongrass, citronella, Eucalyptus radiata, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, geranium, palmarosa, palo santo


How to remove the tick:

If you find a tick still attached to the skin, be very careful and make sure you remove it the right way. It is pretty easy to remove the tick with essential oils. Apply 1 drop neat thyme or oregano to make tick loosen from skin. These are hot oils but the main purpose is to remove the tick


Dog Shampoo

This pet shampoo base is very easy to make, does not contain unsafe chemicals, and is an effective cleanser.


1 ) Take a bowl and add one full cup of an all natural liquid dish soap. Seventh Generation is a favorite among dog owners, but Ecover, Dove, Ivory, or Dial would also work well. A dog's skin is just as sensitive as a human's, and you want to avoid anything that could irritate it.

2 ) Add one full cup of water and mix well.. Feel free to add more water if you need to dilute the chemicals further for particularly sensitive skin.

3 ) Add one full cup of apple cider vinegar and mix. This acts like a deodorant in your homemade dog shampoo. It works to give your pet's coat a lustrous shine, and will also work to keep fleas away. It also ensures that there is no soap residue left in the fur once you rinse everything away. The best part about the vinegar is that it helps prevent the wet dog smell that most people find so terrible.

To this amount of pet shampoo base, you can add up to 20 drops of essential oils to create a variety of synergistic blends from the book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals:


Itchy Skin and Allergies Blend:

2 drops Geranium

6 drops Rosewood

6 drops Lavender

1 drop Chamomile roman

2 drops Carrot Seed

1 tablespoon ground oatmeal

Calming Shampoo Blend:

3 drops Valerian

2 drops Vetiver

4 drops Petitgrain

3 drops Sweet Marjoram

2 drops Sweet Orange

Flea and Tick Repellant Blend:

4 drops Clary Sage

2 drops Citronella

8 drops Peppermint

4 drops Lemon

Tick Repellant Blend:

2 drops Geranium

2 drops Rosewood

3 drops Lavender

2 drops Myrhh

2 drops Opoponax

1 drop Bay Leaf

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Calming Blend

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, does not like going to the vet, and is upset or anxious for any reason, use one to six drops of this oil, depending on the size of your dog. Rub the drops onto your hand and hold your hand under your dog's nose. Do not force it. Usually the dog will respond well because the aromatherapy works. Store in a dark glass bottle.

½ ounce carrier oil like hazelnut or sweet almond

3 drops Lavender

3 drops Sweet Marjoram

3 drops Chamomile roman

3 drops Neroli

To summarize

There are many more ways you can use aromatherapy with your dog. Do adequate research, and fill out an essential oil profile page that you were introduced to earlier in this course. You must know everything about the oils you intend to use on yourself and on your pets. As always, when you prepare blends, keep very detailed notes about the ingredients you used, as well as the reaction of your dog when introduced to these aromatherapy preparations. Do as much research as possible, and remember that not everything you read on the Internet is fact-based. Make sure you verify anything you find on the Internet with another independent source.

Using essential oils to repel fleas and ticks helps eliminate the amount of chemicals you and your family are exposed to. Some botanical oils are suitable for direct skin contact, while others work best sprayed on clothing or under rugs and cushions. Exercise caution when using essential oils, especially around children and pregnant women. Keep in mind that federal agencies do not officially consider essential oils to last as long or provide as strong protection against insects as chemicals like DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide).


Lavender - A sweet-smelling, all-purpose insect repellent, lavender essential oil performed well in recent studies as both a tick deterrent and a method of preventing tick eggs from hatching. Additionally, Ohio State University recommends it for controlling fleas


Lemongrass - lemongrass essential oil as a natural flea and tick repellent.


Eucalyptus - Ohio State University suggests using eucalyptus oil as a flea repellent. Lemon - "Herb Companion" magazine's formula for natural bug control contains lemon essential oil.  Lemon essential oil contains the compound limolene, considered especially effective against the fleas which pester cats. Sprinkle the oil around the home, including in potpourri bowls, under cushions and under pet beds, but don't add directly to pet fur.


Remember: Cats are different from dogs and other mammals in that they metabolize and excrete certain substances in their bodies in a very special way. The key is the feline liver. Cats do not produce the necessary enzymes to break down certain substances and then flush them out of their bodies. Because of this, cats can experience a toxic buildup of substances. Essential oil usage around cats can lead to symptoms of  "mystery poisoning" that baffle many veterinarians

 

Cats and Aromatherapy When using aromatherapy around cats, it is best to use hydrosols. As you recall, hydrosols contain very small amounts of the essential oil components. As a result, they are very gentle substances that are well tolerated by cats. Flower essences work in a mild manner and can be used with cats who respond well to these. Hydrosols work on a gentle level, and a drop or two of a hydrosol can be used when you rub your cat's ears and head.


Safety considerations for dogs: Because of their very sensitive noses, dogs are especially vulnerable to the effects of essential oil usage. While humans and dogs share certain physiological similarities, dogs must be treated with highly diluted blends because of their powerful and acute sense of smell. In addition, dogs often are significantly smaller than humans. A tiny Yorkshire terrier can weigh just a few pounds, while a large Newfoundland can weigh in at 150 pounds.


Always dilute essential oils prior to use on your dog. A good rule of thumb to follow is about 25 percent of a human dose, or a dose that is good for a human toddler. This would equal about 30 drops in 8 ounces of shampoo or 10 drops in a half-ounce of a carrier oil.


Information collected by:

Robie Waterworth

Aesthetic Candles

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