Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils. It is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials (known as essential oils) and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a pet’s mind, mood, cognitive function or health.
Essential oils can assist animals with their healing using energetic vibration and the essence of the natural product. They can help bring balance and healing through their sense of smell which is the most receptive of the pet’s systems. The oil stimulates the olfactory system which in turn sends a signal to the brain regarding the specific oil. The brain then activates the pet’s natural ability to begin the healing process. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.
Other uses include pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching.