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How Lavender Oil Helps Our Dog At Bath Time


Author: Debbie F.
Date: 03-05-2009
Views: 2,183
Word Count: 311
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 3395-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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We have a four-year-old female Jack Russell Terrier named Cindy. For those of you who are familiar with this breed, you know that they are adorable and bouncy, but also a handful at times. When she becomes a handful, usually at night, we put a little bit of Lavender on the back of her neck and behind her ears, and it calms her almost instantly.

Also, when giving her a bath, getting her into the bath can sometimes be a chore, though when she is in the tub, she is happy to be there. We started putting Lavender and Half & Half in her baths, as we do our own baths. As soon as we put the Half & Half into the microwave to warm and say anything about Cindy's bath, she no longer takes you on a merry chase around the house.

She follows you to the bathroom while you run the water, and sometimes jumps into the bath tub before you have even turned on the water. She often tries to drink the water, which is fine because this oil is pure, with no chemicals, so it is safe for her. She doesn't even want to get out of the bath when the water is all drained either.

Other things that I have noticed since we started using Lavender in her baths are, her coat is much shinier, she stays clean longer, and that doggy odor stays away much longer, not to mention the fact that giving her a bath is fun now that we don't have to chase her down and trick her out from under beds at times.

After her bath, once she is dried and calm, she falls right to sleep, so if you have a dog that likes to become a handful right around bedtime, I suggest a Lavender bath for your dog, allowing enough time to dry.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: 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: 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: dogs — "Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention."Link
4.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
5.Associated topics: 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
6.Associated topics: 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
7.Associated topics: 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
8.Associated topics: 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

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