Aromatherapy for Pets
Here’re 4 tips on how you can successfully use aromatherapy to ward off everyday unpleasant aftermaths of the animal world.
- Pet pong problem? Geranium and Lemongrass essential oils are great for dispersing unwanted pet odors. A traditional oil burner may mask the aromas quite well, but at times to tackle the problem at source you need to get down to their level – on the floor. Add about 10 drops of your preferred essential oil to a half-filled bucket of hot water along with your regular cleaning detergent and mop around the areas where the odors are the strongest. If most of these areas are carpeted, tear off the corner of a newspaper or tissue, put 2 drops of geranium essential oil onto it, lay it on the floor, and introduce it to the business end of your vacuum cleaner. While sucking up the dirt from the carpets your vacuum cleaner will be dispersing the fresh scents of the oils. Works a treat every time!
- Troubled by invading ants? Draw a line of defense with peppermint oil across the point of entrance to where they’re infiltrating and they’ll beat a hasty retreat! Most insects don’t like the smell of peppermint, so this method often works for spiders and other creapy crawlies. Take care not to splash essential oil on paintwork or uPVC. windows.
- Bugs bugging you? You can use essential oils around the home to keep flies, spiders, and mosquitos away. At the same time the oils will create a lovely refreshing atmosphere. The most effective insect repellents are Basil, Cedar Atlas, Citronella, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Peppermint – available from health shops, pharmacies, and online. Put them into burners or a few drops on cotton wool pads or balls and around the rooms.
- …and this one’s on the margin. You can effectively use the essential oil of citronella to keep your cats away from plant tubs, and this oil indeed features in some commercial preparations sold for this purpose in garden stores. You’ll need to reapply it every 3 – 4 days, but it will effectively keep animals away from small areas of soil.
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