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How Lavender Oil Helps Our Dog At Bath Time

Author: Debbie F.
Date: 03-05-2009
Views: 5,372
Word Count: 311
Questions Received: 1
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: sleep — "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
2.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "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
3.Associated topics: sleep — "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
4.Associated topics: sleep — "[T]he lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students."Link
5.Associated topics: sleep — "Valerian improves the sleep of insomniacs after benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal. Valerian subjects reported significantly better subjective sleep quality than placebo ones...."Link
6.Associated topics: sleep — "Women [with insomnia] receiving aromatherapy experienced a significant improvement in sleep quality after intervention."Link
7.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
8.Associated topics: sleep — "This double-blind study suggests a significant reduction in snoring reported by bed partners in a group of snoring volunteers using either an essential oil spray or gargle formulation."Link

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