Author Terry Pratchett once said, “it’s still magic even when you know how it’s done”.
I’d change it a bit to say, “it’s still magic even when you know how it works”. This is especially applicable when it comes to essential oils. The potential benefits that can be gained by using essential oils are pure awesomeness!
Essential oils can be there for you no matter the situation. There are oils that can help you relax, oils that help with depression and insomnia and there are even oils that will help you with a common cold or sore and tired muscles. Don’t we get these so often? The bonus is that they also help when it comes to looking after our doggies the natural way. Let’s have a closer look at Vita Canis Ear Cleaner and Tick Off to see how they work.
Vita Canis Ear Cleaner
Our Ear Cleaner contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral ingredients. Aloe Vera, Geranium, Witch Hazel and Lavender hydrosols, also called flower waters, are found in it as well as two powerful essential oils namely niaouli and lemon.
Niaouli essential oil is a mild relative of the very popular Tea Tree oil. It’s gentle and well-tolerated and is a perfect oil for allergies manifesting themselves in the ear while having powerful anti-histaminic and anti-bacterial properties. Lemon essential oil is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well as being an immunostimulant, meaning it helps to strengthen the body’s immune system.
As you can see, the word anti-bacterial is mentioned a few times. The biggest difference between natural and synthetic anti-bacterial products is that bacteria can build up a resistance to synthetic products but not to natural ones. But why? The simplest way to explain it is that the synthetic product is always the same, each and every time, forever. What happens is this. When bacteria come into contact with a synthetic anti-bacterial product for the first time or the first few times, it gets killed, however, after continual contact, the bacteria eventually realises this and builds a shield to protect itself thereby becoming resistant. Kind of like it saying, “I see you, I know how you work and you aren’t going to fool me”.
On the other hand, natural products, like essential oils or flower waters, are slightly different every time. Essential oils are made up of different molecules. These molecules and their exact concentration in a particular oil are influenced by outside factors like sunlight, rain, temperature and altitude, etc. Because these factors are constantly changing, the concentration of molecules changes too. This is the reason why two batches of essential oils can never be exactly the same. They might be very, very similar, but not exactly the same. This, my friends, is why bacteria can’t build up resistance to essential oils. Each time the bacteria come into contact with the “same” essential oil or natural product there’s a teeny tiny difference to the last one. The bacteria, obviously, don’t see this coming and then… well there is it dead.
Ticks operate by mainly using their sense of smell. Ticks don’t jump or fall from trees. Instead, they do something called “questing.” That is, they climb to the top of a blade of grass or plant and stick their front legs up in the air, waiting for the scent of a victim walking by. If you find one on your head, it would have crawled there because ticks don’t jump. Their front pair of legs have what are called Haller’s organs, which detect smell, temperature, movement and carbon dioxide. This is how they know you’re coming. They love warmth and moisture. And are just waiting for a warm, moist environment to call home, such as your dog or even you. The great discovery is that, for some reason, they are not attracted to the scent of some essential oils. Yippee!!
The smell of certain essential oils is soooo disgusting to ticks (like the smell of food that you don’t like or perhaps something even worse like cooked tripe BLEGH!). They would rather go hungry than come any closer to your dog! These include geranium, grapefruit, cedarwood, rosewood and lemongrass and yes, you guessed it, they’re all found in Vita Canis Tick Off, of course.
As you can see, if you want to keep your dog’s ears clean and infection-free and protect your furry friend from ticks, Vita Canis has the answer, naturally!