What are essential oils?

Essential oils are secondary metabolites produced by plants as part of their health and defense systems.

When we inhale, we absorb these essential oils and their evaporating constituents into the brain.

The sense of smell is connected to the limbic system of the brain. This is where emotions, memory, and certain regulatory functions of the body are found.

Thus, essential oils simultaneously work on the physical level AND the emotional level.

Applied Zoopharmacognosy

This method states that animals have an innate ability to know what they need for health.

When working with essential oils, we use this natural instinct and allow the animal to choose what products they prefer. This method is safe, effective, and simple, and it strengthens the bond between you and your animal.

But HOW does the choosing work?

Keep the lid on the essential oil and let them smell it. A positive choice will look like prolonged sniffing, interest, or even licking. A negative choice will be the animal completely ignoring it, barely giving it a sniff, or avoiding the product entirely.

Do NOT force a product on an animal as it can cause stress and adverse effects.

Check out this video for more info!

Horses, dogs, & cats

Horses tend to respond very well to essential oils since they are herbivores and have metabolic pathways to break down most oils. They also tend to prefer the inhalation and licking methods used with oils.

Dogs also tend to prefer inhalation and licking methods.

Cats do not have metabolic pathways to break down most essential oils. Essential oils can still be safe to use. Be sure to let them choose their own oils. Cats are even more discerning than dogs. This means your cat will probably tell you exactly what he/she wants. If you have any concerns you can consult your veterinarian.

General rules of thumb

Due to the high amount of hair follicles, animals’ skins have an increased absorption rate. Therefore, use plenty of carrier oil when applying an oil to an animal.

Always err on the side of caution. Cats should have a carrier oil dilution of around 8 drops of carrier oil to 1 drop of EO. Dogs under 25 pounds should have 5 drops of carrier oil to 1 drop of EO. You can always dilute more when you first start out.

If you are diffusing or using oils for yourself while your pets are around, make sure there is an open door or window nearby. This allows the pet to leave if they want.

Three things to remember:

  1. Quality Matters – not all oils are created equally. Young Living is the ONLY company with a Seed to Seal guarantee for quality.
  2. Applied Zoopharmacognosy – let your pet choose which oils to use on/around them.
  3. Provide an out! Always make sure the animal can leave or walk away from an oil they do not like.

Seed to seal

Young Living has a Seed to Seal guarantee and promise. Their farms and partner farms abide by very strict guidelines to fulfill their promise to send pure products to your home.

  • They select the strongest seeds from strong thriving plants.
  • They hand-weed and use their own oils on plants for pest control to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.
  • They harvest at peak times to ensure quality oils are produced.
  • They distill on site without chemicals.
  • They test every batch. If it does not meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, they do not bottle it up.

All of these factors make a huge difference in the quality and effectiveness of the oils you bring into your home.

Check out more about their Seed to Seal promise here!

Lavender

Lavender is frequently referred to as “the Swiss army knife of Oils.” It can be very calming to people AND animals.

It is also great for soothing skin and applying topically before going outdoors.

Skin-Soothing Essential Gel Recipe

  • approximately 2 oz. of water-based gel (aloe vera)
  • 5-20 drops of essential oils (max of 5 different oils)

Whisk together and apply to underbelly or any sensitive skin areas as needed.

Cedarwood, frankincense, & geranium

Cedarwood can be calming and grounding.

Frankincense is incredibly grounding, calming, and soothing to the skin.

Geranium supports healthy skin. It can also be balancing and grounding. Combine Geranium with Lavender and Cedarwood for a quick outdoor spray.

DIY Collar for Dogs

  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Citronella
  • 1 drop Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Geranium

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Add your pet’s collar and soak for 5 minutes. Remove from liquid and let dry before using. Remember to allow your pet to “choose” the oils first!

Citrus fresh

Citrus Fresh is relaxing, calming, and smells wonderful! Think citrus with a hint of mint.

Diffuse this blend around the house or wherever that smelly litter box is located! You can also create a spray and use it on your furniture. If you notice your pet is avoiding the Citrus Fresh spray, you can either use that to your advantage (to keep them off the couch) or switch to a different oil like Lavender or Purification to freshen the air.

To create your room freshening spray, add 20 drops of Citrus Fresh or your oil of choice to a 4-oz. spray bottle then fill with distilled water. Adding a dash of salt or witch hazel will help the EOs and water mix.

Citrus Fresh contains orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind and body. Tangerine is calming to the nervous system. Mandarin promotes happiness. It is also refreshing, uplifting, and revitalizing. Grapefruit is balancing and uplifting to the mind. Lemon promotes health and physical energy. Spearmint is uplifting to one’s spirit.

Animal scents products

Young Living has its own line of products designed specifically for animals… oils, shampoo, cat treats, dog chews, and more!

Check out the whole line right here!!

DID YOU KNOW?

A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide- roaming wildlife.

Supplements

Although these supplements are not specifically labeled for pets, many members use them with great success! Please use your own judgement when deciding to use these for your pet.

NingXia Red is 25% NingXia Wolfberry puree, which is a wellness-supporting superfruit with an incredibly high antioxidant rating. Antioxidants make for an unfriendly environment for free radicals. If you don’t know the effects free radicals have on your body, you should google it.

This dietary supplement helps support normal blood sugar levels, provides support for normal eye health, cellular function, and energy levels. It’s a supplement that can provide overall support to your animal!

Sulfurzyme capsules help maintain the structure of proteins, protect cells and cell membranes, replenish the connections between cells, and preserve the molecular framework of connective tissue. *Be sure to purchase the capsules to avoid added sweeteners.

OmegaGize³™ combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone). These supplements combine with our proprietary enhancement essential oil blend to create an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement that may support general wellness. Used daily, these ingredients work synergistically to support normal brain, heart, eye, and joint health.

Agilease is good for pets that may experience a natural, acute inflammation response in their joints after exercise. AgilEase™ is a joint health supplement that’s perfect for healthy individuals (and pets) who are looking to gain greater mobility and flexibility through the reduction of inflammation.

Oral care

You need to clean your pearly whites, and so do your pets! Dentarome Plus toothpaste is safe to use with dogs.

****IMPORTANT**** Thieves Dentarome Ultra and Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste contain xylitol which can be toxic to dogs.

Effective brushing unbinds bacteria-laden plaque from the surface of teeth. Rinsing afterward is a key step to make sure that bacteria leave your mouth for good. Since you can’t make your doggy swish and spit, lead your pet to water for a drink after brushing.

DIY – Pet Oral Care Spritzer

  • Add one capful of Thieves Mouthwash to a 4 oz bottle and fill with water.

For fresh breath, spray in your pet’s mouth once a day.

*While these products are not labeled for animal use, many members have used these with their animals for oral care.

And now…the EXTRA benefits to signing up with me and my team (that you won’t find anywhere else):

-We have a Licensed Aromatherapist available to answer any and all of your questions.

-We have a Doctor of Functional Medicine that also helps answer questions about your own personal health.

-We do an 11 Day Jumpstart every single month to help you get into a good place health-wise, so you can enjoy the rest of your time with your pet. Think running and playing without running out of energy, or being in immense pain the next day. We share recipes that help reduce inflammation in your body, which we all know is the first step to almost everything we don’t want to happen to our bodies.

-We share DIY recipes to make for yourself, your family, your pets and gifts to others. (this dramatically reduces the costs associated with gift buying, PLUS people love them soooo much more!)

-We also have a Personal Trainer that shares at home workouts with us if you are wanting to get moving again 🙂

Really, at the end of the day…we represent freedom. And we happen to be the most loving community on the internet…so there’s that. I think you belong here 🙂 .

Two ways to order

OPTION 1: RETAIL CUSTOMER

As a Retail Customer, you will pay FULL RETAIL PRICE. Yuck!! Who wants to do that?!?! Not me.

OPTION 2: WHOLESALE MEMBER

As a Wholesale Member, you get 24% off retail for a LIFETIME and have access to all the great membership perks like the Essential Rewards program & FREE shipping! Who wouldn’t want that?!?

As a member of our team, you also get access to our private community for lots of support and a place to ask questions. We even offer a three-month wellness plan to help you use your starter kit to its fullest and discover new oils & products that align with your goals!

Another great thing… Young Living offers referral bonuses to members. That means you can help your friends get started just like you did and put a little money in your pocket at the same time. It’s as simple as passing along your member number to them. Anyone can do it. It’s easy peasy!

So how do you become a Wholesale Member? Simply purchase a starter kit! The Premium Starter Kits (PSK) are the best bang for your buck!

Choose from these four…

  • Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit (starts at $165; price changes with diffuser choice- four diffuser options available) RETAIL VALUE IS OVER $400!!!!

It contains a diffuser along with 12 of the most popular oils, including some mentioned in this class! You will also get some great samples and resources to help you explore everything Young Living has to offer.

  • Thieves Premium Starter Kit ($160)
  • NingXia Red Premium Starter Kit ($170) (Not gonna lie…this is my favorite…my whole family drinks NingXia every single day)
  • Savvy Minerals Makeup Premium Starter Kit ($150)
  • Basic Starter Kit ($45) – can add items to make a custom kit!

All these starter kits include a LIFETIME membership! Simply pick your favorite starter kit and then you can add any oils/products you want to try!! Keep reading to find out how the Essential Rewards program works!! You’re gonna want to check that box off at checkout… find out why next!

Essential rewards

Essential Rewards (ER)

The most cost-effective way to support your health (and your pet’s health) on a regular basis is to order through Essential Rewards, a monthly subscription program with LOTS of perks. You get to choose what comes inside your box AND when it processes! Leave it as is or change it every month.. up to you!

Your ER subscription also unlocks access to YL Go and YL Go+, our exclusive shipping subscriptions that offer fast, easy, free shipping credits with priority processing!

  • Limited to ONE Essential Rewards order per month
  • Minimum order amount of 50 PV (Product Value)
  • Can still order additional items through a Quick Order if needed
  • Discounted shipping
  • Earn Essential Rewards points towards future orders – the % back increases with time!
  • Loyalty gifts every 3 months for the first year then once a year thereafter
  • Freebies starting at 100pv order totals (new promos announced monthly)
  • Access to exclusive discounted bundles like the NingXia Red ER Kit & the Thieves ER Kit
  • Qualifies you to receive referral bonus money for helping friends enroll with a Premium Starter Kit

Guess what?? You can now enroll in Essential Rewards right away! Your Premium Starter Kit can count as your first ER box! That means you’ll get a FREEBIE oil (varies with each month) plus 10% back in rewards points RIGHT AWAY!!

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Follow this link to pick out your favorite starter kit… HERE!

A few side notes

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➕ Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes ONLY, and to motivate and empower you to make your own wellness journey based on your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider.

➕The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This content is copyrighted and trademarked by The Oily Gang with Martha Krejci and her team. Please do not copy or steal, because that is just wrong.

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Martha is passionate about all things wellness related. She believes if we have good nutrition and a much smaller load of toxins in our lives, we will be more productive people over all, and in the end that means we can live more in purpose, on purpose, and that is everything to Martha.

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