Macerated or infused oils are easy to make at home and can be offered to your pet on a regular basis. Using nutritional oils this way promotes balance in your pet’s body, mind and spirit so their body can best heal itself.
By using organic dried herbs to make the oils, the healing properties of the herb are absorbed into the oils and are easily offered to your pet.
Three herbs that you can use to make these nutritional healing oils along with their healing properties are:
Calendula Flowers – These bright orange/yellow flowers are full of vitamin A which is beneficial for a healthy coat and skin. It also helpful for digestion and stomach and liver ailments. For emotional healing from trauma, sadness and anxiety calendula oil helps with sadness, comfort and building confidence. Dogs are very fond of this oil with cats and horses enjoying it as well although on a less frequent basis.
Catnip – Cats are known to select catnip dried herb and become euphoric from its effects. Ingesting the infused oil, however, has a sedating effect for them by calming their nerves. It is especially useful for indoor cats that experience boredom.
Rose Hips – Rose hips contain vitamin A and C along with several others. It is beneficial for cell regeneration, anemia, a boost in immunity and over all wellness. It is also soothing for emotional trauma and promotes healing at a heart and soul level. Dogs will select the oils, cats will roll in the dried hips and horse like to crunch on them.
To Make the Oils
To make the oils, fill a sterilized mason jar 1/3 of the way with the organic dried herb of choice. Add organic sunflower oil (cold pressed is best) to the very top. Once you put the top on it is best that no air gets in. At this point you can leave the oil in a cool dark place for 6 weeks, set it in direct sunlight for a week or boil it in a large pot of water (about an inch below the rim). Afterwards, strain the herbs into another glass jar by using a stainless steel sieve lined with sterilized cheese cloth. The leftover herbs can be offered to your pet or used to make a nutritious salad for yourself.
Offering Oils to your Pet
When offering the healing oil to your pet, be sure to give it to them separate of anything else so they can choose if they want it or not, meaning you don’t want to mix it into their food. Start with a teaspoon and offer up to 3 tablespoons (less for smaller pets) per day. If they do not select it, you may try it on another day. As their stress or health changes along with intake of various nutrients they will select or reject oils. Just because they reject it one day does not mean they won’t select it another. Once selected offer daily.
The practice of offering these oils and allowing animals to choose them on their own is part of the practice of Zoopharmacognosy. This is the practice of allowing animals to self-medicate by offering them medicinal and healing plants, oils, waters and more. You can read more about it in my blog post “How Animals Heal Themselves with Plants.”
If you would like to learn more about making macerated oils for your pets health and wellness, enroll in my meetup here and watch for my class “3 Easy Nutritional Oils for your Pet’s Healing You Can Make at Home.” Long distance clients can sign up here to be alerted for my virtual class that you can take from home.
In healing love and light,