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A Catfight And The Smell Of Death


Author: Christine C.
Date: 05-19-2006
Views: 4,595
Word Count: 503
Questions Received: 5
Testimonial ID: 1430-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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This is an ongoing testimonial regarding my cat Tatters. I had not seen him for a couple of days, then he appeared listless on a living room chair. As I went to stoke him, his hair flew out in handfuls. I noticed the smell - that very distinct 'Smell of Death', so I carefully looked at him. Sallow, sad, no life in the eyes, could barely lift his head. He was so sad, so sick. Then I saw it, a hole in his right ear larger than my thumbnail, on both sides of his ear. And other punctures down this side of his head. He could barely move - I think he came home to die. I got out some Rosewood. It's highly anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and he had experienced a positive response with it in the past. I literally dropped it all over the outside of his ear, wherever I saw wounds. It was far too infected and sore to touch. Then some Lavender and some Joy on the back paws to calm him. He went to back to sleep.

My other cat Magic came in, saw him, smelt him, and literally moved out. Magic stayed away for 3-4 days. This is a female always-at-home cat who is always there to eat - but not during this imminent event. Clients arrived and asked, 'What is that smell?', and we talked about the distinct smell of death and showed them Tatter's ear.

Initially I applied Rosewood every couple of hours - I just watched the color of the infection, and as it reddened, I added oil to bring down the furry. By the 3rd day, it was more under control, and his eyes just glazed up with love each time I dropped oils on him. And Lavender, Peace & Calming, Joy, Gentle Baby and others as they spontaneously seemed right.

On about the fourth day, at the right ear was healing and I could touch him, I saw another almost as large hole behind the bottom of the left ear. The 'Smell of Death' was dissipating and Magic moved back in. She cautiously watched as I oiled him and slowly his vitality returned as the infection in the second ear disappeared. The right ear is permanently bent - about 2/3rds the height of the original height. His personality changed - he has become a love bug - hardly goes out, and lies on my left hand when I'm on the computer keyboard. He's so appreciative, even 6 months later. I think it was a huge shock to his system, for he seems to have arthritis in his back now. So, we use some Wintergreen with great success. Just a couple of drops onto the spine and then I can pat his back. It only takes 30 seconds to relieve the pain. Cats and oils? In my experience they work!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: wound-/-gash-/-injury — "The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."Link
2.Associated topics: infection — "[We] investigate[d] antimicrobial treatment of an infected [Staphylococcus aureus] cochlear implant, undertaken in an attempt to salvage the infected device.... 5 percent tea tree oil completely eradicated the biofilm following exposure for 1 hour.... Treatment of infected cochlear implants with novel agents such as tea tree oil could significantly improve salvage outcome."Link
3.Associated topics: infection — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
4.Associated topics: infection — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link
5.Associated topics: infection — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
6.Associated topics: infection,wound-/-gash-/-injury — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
7.Associated topics: infection — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
8.Associated topics: wound-/-gash-/-injury — "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

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