What a wonderful journey for sustainable health we’ve been on! We’ve focused on taking care of our children and infants with the safest, non-toxic, wellness-enhancing, oil-infused personal care products available. During this time, we have also received great benefits ourselves!
Now that our human needs have been met, we don’t want to forget about our beloved furry and non-human household inhabitants! This is for two very important reasons.
1. We Love Them!
To most people their pets are integral members of their families! In fact, the bonds formed between humans and animals can be intense and provide positive healing benefits for both species. (1,2,3,4,5,6)
In a 2009 article in Canadian Veterinary Journal, researchers reviewed the evidence for these close human-pet ties in relation to their influence on ethics in veterinary medicine. (We don’t want our vet to take advantage of our wallet as we are crying over Ruby’s broken wing!). The authors stated:
Small mammals are the most common type of household pet in North America. Their involvement in peoples’ lives has been shown to have great positive, even healing, influence and to teach children responsibility and empathy (10). In current society, a market for pet cemeteries exists, people leave their pets items in their wills, there is canine health insurance, pet organ transplants, and pet behavioral therapy (4).
A trend has recently been identified in the United States that indicates people are willing to spend more money on their pet’s health (11). When queried as to what was most important when choosing a companion animal veterinarian, price was not ranked first, but rather, reputation and a caring and empathetic attitude were among the most important factors (11).
When our four-legged, fuzzy, or non-human companions are not well, or if our relationship with them clashes, it can cause some negative consequences. Therefore, keeping our pets healthy, with natural and safe products also benefits us.
2. Chemicals Can Hurt Them!
Now that we know that certain chemicals are detrimental to our health, it’s important to realize that many of the toxicology studies were based on animal studies!!
Since Fido and Cuddles are the ones who are licking the polished floors and lying around the deodorized rugs, we want to make sure they aren’t being poisoned!
Veterinary and Human Toxicology states:
Household products include detergents, cleaners and polishes, bleaches, disinfectants and sterilizers, dust removers, antistatics and deodorizers, office materials, removers, and products for clothing. Many of these contain chemicals that present a risk to those who come into contact with them. This contact may be through inhalation or dermal exposure for human adults, or by ingestion for children. Pets are exposed through ingestion, dermal contact, and inhalation. An emerging class of household products is the fabric refreshers, which may pose a hazard to humans and pets. This review explores the major chemicals expected in typical fabric refreshers, “and their potential hazards to household pets.
A Solution Even Pets Can Sniff Out!
Essential Oils and Pets Made Easy!
I have a 2-part pet guide that e-subscribers can purchase with specific suggestions. I provide you with the option of using a whole product line of essential oils products formulated specifically for your four-legged family members. This 2-part guide provides an overview on safety and use for all pets and one specific for kitties. You can purchase it by contacting me or subscribing in the drop-down menu below.
I also have a 6 month-challenge to make your homes “pet and kid safe”, details are below.
I have used some human oils on my animals. A few months ago, I shared with you my own personal journey with my beloved Kiara Kitty and provided some general guidelines for “human oils” and cats.
Do you use oils with your pets?
I firmly believe in due to how it is supporting sustainability and chemical free living.
This is why I put together the challenge for “Cleaning up Your Home and Health in 6 Month.”
I urge you…
No, I’m begging you, for the sake of your health, your children’s’, your children’s children, and our planet, please use your votes wisely.
OWN THE 6-MONTH CHALLENGE
Please contact me or subscribe to the “Challenge” with the PayPal option to own this 6-month program that includes:
- One challenge a month with specific suggestions for using essential oils and essential oils products to guide you in swapping out the toxic chemicals and replacing them with safe, beneficial options.
- Additional references and resources to help educate you and make wiser choices as your navigating the world.
- Video and audio summaries to guide you along the way.
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)