I love Eucalyptus trees with their smooth, grey trunks and spreading branches, and that sharp, sweet smell on a hot day. The oil is the same, sharp and sweet, stimulating and calming. There are many chemotypes of Eucalyptus many of which are used in aromatherapy and each one has slightly different properties. Eucalyptus Globulus and Radiata are almost interchangeable in their actions but I prefer to us Radiata as it is milder and better suited to working with animals and children.
I can tell Late Summer is here by the state of my hat (sweat-stained and a bit battered!) and the outbreak of Damp Heat. I don't just mean we are hot and sweaty, I am referring to the Chinese internal climate of Damp Heat, which leads to fungal infections, digestive problems and some types of itchy skin.
Views from a week in Greece, learning Animal PsychAromatica and enjoying the Greek vibe!
It's May and I'm in England. The sun is shining brightly, the oak trees are out before the ash, which is hopeful (Oak before ash we're in for a splash, Ash before oak we're in for a soak), and the green fields here on my friend Pauhla's organic farm are full of healthy lambs. I am walking down the lane with Doug the Collie, who at 18 months old needs time out from his brother and sister and a little special attention to keep him on the track to being a good citizen.
Stress is a word so commonly used these days that we have lost sight of what it actually means. Many times clients are surprised when I explain that their horse is suffering from stress and that without relieving the stress I will not be able to heal it, just prop it up.
Essential oils can be helpful on three levels in the presence of viruses and bacteria:
1. Many oils are anti-viral and anti bactericidal, among them Manuka, Tea tree, Bergamot, Ravensara and Eucalyptus.n Eucalyptus globulus and Bergamot in particular kill airborne bacteria.
2. Essential oils are often immuno-stimulant so they can help the body fight off an infection and viruses have no place to make their home if the immune system is strong.
You can use essential oils (also known as aromatherapy) for horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs... in fact essential oils and other aromatic extracts, such as hydrosols, can be used for the health of any animal. These aromatic extracts are an effective and gentle answer to many of today's common health and behaviour problems, often bringing relief where conventional medicine holds no answer.