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Adopted Dog Exhibiting Symptoms Of PTSD


Author: Kelley U.
Date: 01-28-2015
Views: 2,092
Word Count: 344
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 10446-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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The most profound experience that I have ever had with essential oils is with Surrender essential oil blend and my daughter's dog Cole. He came to us from the shelter at the age of around 2 (we think). He is a black and tan coon hound and the coolest dog ever!

About a month after bringing him home, he started exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. Episodes in the middle of the night of wicked barking, growling, teeth bared, saliva spewing -- looked exactly like a rabid dog. Looking into his normally soft eyes, you could see that he just wasn't there.

The first night that this happened he was on his bed in our family room. I picked up the bottle of Surrender essential oil blend and approached the opening to that room. He instantly stopped. He came back into his eyes. I thought, "Wow, that was cool."

The next night gave us another episode, and just having the bottle on me wasn't enough. I inched my way across the floor on my rear end to be as close to him as I dared and very very slowly and carefully opened the bottle so that he could breathe the aroma. It didn't do much, so I got a little bit closer and managed to drop the tiniest drop of Surrender onto a toe of one of his hind feet.

He instantly stopped, got up off of his bed, walked to me, and put his forehead into my chest. My daughter, whose dog Cole is, was watching all of this and was just sure that he was coming to attack me. I cannot even begin to describe how she and I felt. It was truly moving.

Cole continued to have episodes for a while. I decided to make a spray, combining several blends -- Surrender, Release, and Trauma Life among them. When he would have an episode, I would just mist the top of his head with a couple of sprays, and he would stop. It was a lot safer, used a lot less essential oil, and seemed equally as effective.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
2.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
3.Associated topics: anxiety — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
4.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
5.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
6.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
7.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
8.Associated topics: stress — "This controlled study showed for the first time that a 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution efficiently alleviates tension-type headache. Peppermint oil thus proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies."Link

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