The Powerhouse That Is an Essential Oil

August 8th, 2019

As I mentioned in my newsletter this week I’m very grateful to every single person who took their time and completed the survey.
Thank you so much, once again ❤︎.
So many of you mentioned that the products smell lovely. I am, of course, a bit biased but I agree 😊. That, however, wasn’t my intention but it worked out really well. How come, you may ask?

Many people associate essential oils with a nice smell. Odours can not only influence our mood and evoke emotions but can also counteract stress and even reduce high blood pressure.

Only a few essential oil molecules are needed to recreate memories, associations and feelings.

When we inhale essential oils our olfactory nerves send a signal to our brain that results in a perception of smell followed by a hedonic response. This means that the odour perception causes an emotional response, which can be positive or negative. A positive response will make us feel good, be calming or even uplifting while the negative one is alarming, so we pull away, hold our nose, or it can even make us feel unwell. There is more though to essential oils than just a nice or interesting smell that makes us feel a certain way.

All essential oils are powerhouses with many amazing therapeutic properties and here are some of them: Anti-inflammatory – able to decrease swelling and inflammation. German chamomile in our Skin Relief and Paw & Hand Butter works this magic!Analgesic – relieves and diminishes pain. The local anaesthetic action of Peppermint essential oil is significant and can be found in Vita Canis Skin Relief.Expectorant – promotes the discharge of phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract. When we inhale essential oils, about 93% of the particles travel to the lungs then into the bloodstream and other organs. Very effective expectorants are pine, eucalyptus, fennel, and more. That’s why you can find these aromas in commercial inhalers, cough medicines and cough sweets, etc.Sedative – reduces nervousness, distress or agitation. Our Comfort Blend contains lavender, neroli and other essential oils to achieve just this. Essential oils are not a one-trick pony but more like a Jack of all (many) trades. Let’s use lemon essential oil as an example 🍋.

The smell of lemon can boost your energy, alertness and help you overcome mental fatigue. It’s like a breath of fresh air and I think that’s why it’s been used for decades for household cleaning products – to give us the freshness and good feeling associated with a clean home.

Lemon is not only a nice smelling and uplifting oil, but it also has many other properties namely:

🍋 Antimicrobial and antiseptic
🍋 Acts as an astringent contracting and binding tissues
🍋 Carminative action by settling the digestive system and expels gas from the intestine
🍋 Rubefacient by warming and increasing blood flow

Because of its antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, lemon essential oil is an important part of Vita Canis Ear Cleaner. It’s also an immunostimulant so it helps strengthen the body’s immune system. Lemon essential oil is an effective cleanser and that’s why it’s so easy to remove excessive wax and dirt from dogs’ ears.

Let’s also not forget that lemon essential oil is an insecticide meaning it drives away many insects and even kills some of them. It’s also the main reason why it’s one of the main ingredients in our Insect Repelling Citrus Spray.  

Do you perhaps have any recipes to share with us that you use essential oils in?

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