Pets are one of the most vulnerable members of our household, and the growing popularity of essential oils has had a dramatic impact on them.

Essential Oil Safety for Cats

One of the most interesting questions I’ve gotten lately is “Are essential oils safe for cats?”

I am neither a veterinarian nor an aromatherapist. I’m up front about that right off the bat because I want you to know what you’re getting into. I use essential oils and through my acupuncture schooling and my own trial and error, I’ve learned a lot.

The popularity of essential oils has grown enormously over the past couple decades. Even if you haven’t used them yourself a family member, a friend or a co-worker has probably talked about them with you. You can find essential oils everywhere from metaphysical and herbal shops to dollar stores these days.

Along with the increased popularity of other CAM (complementary and alternative medicines) modalities, people have taken essential oils out of the domain of perfumes and back into medicine. But along with this, we have seen an uptick in “adverse events” or injuries as well.

This is common; statistically speaking the more people are utilizing a modality, the more injuries are going to happen. But for such a gentle medicine there seems to be a disproportionate amount of injuries and this usually happens when people see a gentle medicine as safe. It is safe, but you need to still be treating it as a medicine.

One of my biggest rules for natural health care is: if you are going to treat something as a medicine you have to recognize that it will have side effects. There is no remedy on this planet that will be both effective and not have a side-effects or the possibility of an adverse reaction. No matter how gentle a medicine is, respect the possibility that when used wrong, it can make a patient sick.

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Essential oil safety in pregnancy

Support for patient advocacy has never been higher than it is today.

Never before in my life have I seen patients able to have so much say in their care. This is something that excites me. As a practitioner, I see myself as a partner in care – a guide who has been trained to understand things that patients may have difficulty comprehending. My job is to educate and based off that education, the patient and I can make informed decisions about their care.

But this newfound agency comes at a high cost. The plethora of information available to the consumer is overwhelming and it’s very easy to get caught up in bad and even dangerous information.

One of the complementary medicines that is most effected by this trend is aromatherapy and one of the most vulnerable populations using aromatherapy is pregnant women.

​Pregnant women must be very careful about consumption of foods and beverages, but also topical exposure to and inhalation of natural and unnatural compounds. Here are some general guidelines pregnant women can follow to make sure that the choices they are making are the best for themselves and their babies.

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