Basically, you can just drip the oils up the back and massage in, or you may apply the drops to your hands and then apply them to your dog in a Petting manner. For larger dogs - you can usually apply more drops. For dogs between 25-50 pounds applying 5-8 drops is average. And for dogs over 50 pounds - a range of 6-12 drops can be used. For dogs new to essential oils - starting with even less than the recommended amounts, or with further diluted oils can be a good way to ensure you do not create an oil aversion. You may not see results with lesser amounts, or with further diluted oils sometimes, but since we are also wanting to create a "happy" situation with oil use for your dog, and not overwhelm them - the added time to slowly build up concentrations of essential oil use can be worth it.
For dogs who have been diagnosed with Addison's Disease or Cushing's Disease - the situations can be a bit more critical - especially with Addison's. It is very important that you work with your veterinarian, and monitor your dog closely with their aid. Never neglect the use of veterinary diagnostics and traditional treatments when they are indicated, and make sure to tell your vet that you are using natural substances that help support adrenal health and function. Occasionally, a patient has required less of a traditional drug, when a holistic approach to health has been implemented. This is a good thing! However, we must be aware that if a body requires less in terms of dosages, we need to be well aware of it!
For my own dogs - I will rotate through several of the body specific support blends, each time I perform their "routine maintenance". So, if my dogs get a monthly AromaBoost RTU applied - I will insert AdrenoBalance one month, then CardioBoost another month, and so on. However, for my patients who do have existing adrenal disease, I will strive to support their adrenal function much more often, and regularly. In some cases, daily applications can be considered - but I find that every 3-7 days is average for most dogs experiencing adrenal stress.
For Horses, Cows, Goats, and other large animals: AdrenoBalance can also be used just as it would for dogs. The drops are spaced approximately 3 inches apart, then rubbed in after dripping 6-12 drops along their back. If you suspect that your horse may be particularly sensitive to oil applications, then start out applying only 5-8 drops along their back. You can always apply more later, but you cannot "take it away." That is one of the most important concepts to understand with use of aromatherapy in animals. Start with really light applications, you may just be surprised at how effective they are, and will not need to waste additional oils by applying more than is needed!
Just as for dogs (please do read all animal descriptions - even for birds - they are extremely educational!) - the AdrenoBalance can be used alone, or as an insertion into an AromaBoost RTU application. Routine maintenance and adrenal support can be provided through weekly to monthly applications - and in more severe cases of need (as in a horse with Metabolic Syndrome) - you may find that applications every 1-7 days may be more beneficial. It is important to monitor your animal, and work with your veterinarian to evaluate symptoms and determine if your support is changing things for the better, or if you may need a reduction in traditional medications.
Dogs: A dog's life can be stressful. Although we often say we'd love to live a "dog's life" - in this day and age, our society has created quite the change in quality of life. Dogs can experience undue stress as they leave their litter, are adopted, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, or just live in every day "human life." We sadly have turned our own world into bright artificial lights in un-natural time cycles, long work hours, lots of indoor time, lack of full spectrum natural sunlight, processed foods, poor water quality, and exposures to toxic chemicals (just to name a few). All of these things can add to poor adrenal recovery and function for our pooches.
For general maintenance, healthy "normal" dogs can have an occasional application of AdrenoBalance for added support of their adrenals. This application can be inserted into an AromaBoost application - generally between the #3 and #4 application - although any spot is technically okay. Use whichever schedule you are using for your AromaBoost applications - and apply the same amount of drops as you would with formulas 1-5.
You can also apply AdrenoBalance as a separate application. In general, 3-5 drops are applied to small dogs, around 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) and under. However, for dogs who are new to oils, or may be more sensitive - diluting your first few applications can make applications easier on your dog.
Ferrets: Ferrets are sadly notorious for adrenal problems. They are plagued by adrenal tumors - which often result in hair loss due to the excessive production of sex steroids by the tumor. This condition is different than Cushing's disease in dogs - non-the-less the adrenal system is still involved and can use support.
AdrenoBalance would best be used from young "ferret-hood" in a supportive nature. For most ferrets, AdrenoBalance can be used directly from the bottle, however for very young, sensitive, or debilitated ferrets - starting with a diluted application at first is advisable.
Almost all animals can use AdrenoBalance™. Although, further dilution may be required for certain species.
Birds & Small Exotics: For these animals, it is wise to start with a more diluted product. I recommend placing 1 part AdrenoBalance into 10 parts of Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) - so for example 10 drops of AdrenoBalance into 100 drops of FCO. (You can mix these new dilutions in our glass bottles available on our Accessories Page). Ideally, this mixture is rocked several times a day, and allowed to "marry" for 24 hours or more before use. This solution can then be used similarly to our CritterBoost product - and a visit to that educational page may add some additional insight. The information on our Birds or Exotics pages in the top menu - is also helpful in understanding the use of essential oils for these particular animals.
Birds and Chickens can have the diluted AdrenoBalance rubbed into their feet. Even having it completely absorbed into your hands, then having your parrot perch on your hands, will enable enough essential oil to cross over, and provide a health benefit! For a smaller bird, such as our Lovebird - I would put about 2 drops of the diluted AdrenoBalance on my fingers, and then massage it onto her feet and ankles - avoiding her feathers. For our Chickens, we can do the same, however we can use approximately 3-5 drops massaged into each foot. Chickens are overall very hardy, and can be exposed to essential oils in many ways to maintain health and help prevent illness. For chickens - also see our information on ChickyWicky (coming soon).
AdrenoBalance was created specifically with those animals in mind, who need a bit more support in the "adrenal department." Whether a horse with Metabolic Syndrome, or a dog with Cushing's or Addison's - these animals can benefit from many of the essential oils that are traditionally known for their support of the adrenal system. Of course, the adrenal glands do not act on their own. They are intimately tied in with the entire body and endocrine system - so often times support of the Pituitary, Hypothalamus, Kidneys, Liver, etc...will also benefit adrenal health.
AdrenoBalance is a Ready To Use (RTU) product - which is already diluted to a rate that most animals can tolerate easily. AdrenoBalance builds upon our KittyBoost formula - adding a myriad of adrenal supporting essential oils to the already amazing and supportive blend. KittyBoost as well as AdrenoBalance are not "just for cats" - and we'll describe each additional oil below the Instructions for Use:
Adrenal fatigue and dis-ease can happen in all species of animals. Whether a primary concern such as Cushing's Disease or Addison's - or simply just adrenal stress due to chronic health concerns or even emotional distress - supporting adrenal health and normal function is an important part of holistic health.
There is often concern when supporting adrenals holistically; how can hyper-adrenal (too much) AND hypo-adrenal (too little) functions both be supported by the same thing? This is simple when you understand the concept of true holistic and integrative medicine and treatments. Drugs treat a problem - and usually only one problem. If your adrenal glands are functioning "too much" - we'll suppress them. And if your adrenals are not functioning enough - we'll just give you some of the chemicals they were supposed to be secreting. Holistically - we try to give the body the tools it needs to function NORMALLY. Not too high, and not too low. Like the "Goldie Locks Zone" - just right! Most of the natural tools and support items we supply to a body - will help to balance and normalize the body's own natural functions and recognition of what is normal. These types of modalities may include herbs, homeopathy, glandulars, and/or essential oils - and we often refer to them as adaptogens. Truly, a body will always know what is wrong, and what is best for it. It is up to "us" - as animal care givers - to make sure that we provide the animal with the proper nutrition (unfortunately lacking for generations), water, supplements, exercise, lifestyle, etc. that is healthy for it to function. And, when things are not right, we often have to figure out why.
Adrenal glands are mysterious little creatures. Even veterinarians rarely understand them fully. While we won't go into a full discussion of how the adrenals function, what their jobs are, and what it looks like when things go wrong - it is important to understand a few key points. Adrenal glands are responsible for secreting our body's natural "stress hormones" - cortisol - and also function greatly in balancing very important electrolytes - potassium and sodium. This is the greatly simplified version.
Beyond the "common" adrenal diseases - such as Cushing's and Addison's - there is just basic adrenal fatigue. This is like expecting to do a huge body building, weight lifting routine every day. Day in and day out. Without any rest. Although this might be a normal and healthy activity - to build muscles - eventually without a rest cycle, the body may fatigue and just fail. This is what can commonly happen with animals. Stress is the hidden exercise that the adrenal glands must "do". But they are small, hidden, and you would never know that they are really very, very tired...until it is too late.
But what qualifies as stress? The bad part is - ALMOST ANYTHING! Is your dog an anxiety dog? Does your cat have allergies? Is your bird a feather picker? Does your horse have a lameness? Did you introduce a new animal to your home? Did you go to an obedience class? Board your dog? Did you vaccinate recently? Go on a vet visit? Spay or neuter? All of these things cause stress - whether we recognize it or not. Normally, we go to bed, get through a REM cycle, and regenerate from the day's stress. But, unfortunately, many animals never get the rest that was required to "re-set" their adrenal glands and make them "happy" again. They may be continuing on their "stress cycle" because they are not used to being in a crate yet (new puppy), or we leave a TV or light on in the home which disturbs true sleep... You'd be amazed at the things that continue a stress cycle to flourish. Even a vaccination can cause hidden physical stress, and over time create issues for the "never-rested" adrenal gland.
Often times, we forget to recognize how important adrenal support is. With almost every single situation, adrenal support is the right thing to do. Chronic issues that are not resolving as quickly as we would like - seem to have a great amount of turn around once the adrenals are remembered. They are small, hidden, and often overlooked.
Our KittyBoost product is the base for AdrenoBalance. By adding specific essential oils for adrenal health support, the KittyBoost becomes AdrenoBalance...
Frankincense* is heavily researched for anti-tumor activity. It is helpful to support behavioral conditions, depression, brain disorders, seizures, immune system stimulation and regulation, autoimmune disorders, DNA repair, and more. Frankincense is also considered a "life force" oil and has been used extensively in critical cases in our veterinary hospital. Frankincense also seems to be what we refer to as a "magnifying" oil - which means that is appears to magnify and enhance the effects of other essential oils when they are used concurrently.
Copaiba* supports the body when inflammation is present - and inflammation is present in all situations of illness. Healing of the body can take place with greater ease, when the stress of dealing with inflammation can be removed. Stress depresses the immune system, as well as results in delayed healing - not only from illness, but form surgical procedures and injury. Copaiba also tends to magnify the effects of other oils and natural remedies as a regular course of action.
Helichrysum* is truly a miraculous oil, and is worthy of use with almost every situation. Helichrysum tends to bring the body to a point of homeostasis. Whatever is needed within the body, appears to be honored. Helichrysum is especially indicated to support nerve regeneration and neurologic conditions, hearing impairment, circulatory and blood vessel disorders, heart disease, blood clots, liver disease, hypertension, chelation of chemicals, toxin exposure, poisoning, vaccination detoxification, healing of lacerations and wounds, for control of pain. There is not much that Helichrysum does not contribute to, and it falls into a category of "must have" oils in my opinion.
Oregano* has many reported properties, which even alone, would be amazing. Then, when added with Thyme, the supportive properties increase even further - especially in regards to supporting the immune system. These are "hot oils", high in phenols, and must be used properly in animals, especially cats. Although these oils may carry more concern for some to see in a product for use with cats, rest assured, that I have used these formulas with thousands of cats, and even have documented blood work safety data for over 3 years on a cat who is getting an application of these oils TWICE A DAY! These oils are an amazing part of the KittyBoost when used in proper dilution.
Basil* is widely used to support normal histamine levels in our veterinary practice. Although there have been some cautionary statements in regards to Basil with individuals who seizure or have epilepsy, we have not found this to be an issue when used properly. The KittyBoost has been a hallmark treatment for many of our patients, especially those with seizures, and although we monitor all animals closely for any sort of adverse response to oils (no matter what the oil is) - in practice we have seen many more benefits than reasons to avoid the use of Basil. Basil is helpful with liver and pancreatic concerns, and so much more.
Cypress* is mainly used to increase circulation, and aids in every condition with this quality. After all, almost every function in the body relies on proper circulation to work properly. Resorption of bruises, improvement of circulation, and circulatory disorders are primary attributes of this oil.
Marjoram* is well known as one of the "muscle" essential oils, but it is also indicated for body and joint discomfort, arthritis, respiratory conditions (expectorant and mucolytic), muscle spasms, muscle conditions, increasing healthy motility of the gastrointestinal tract, fluid retention, lowering blood pressure, vasodilation, circulatory disorders, and nerve pain. Marjoram carries effects for menstrual problems and PMS in humans, which appears to carry over into hormonal issues in animals as well. Marjoram is an important part of our Hormone Blend.
Lavender* is also well known for use with muscular issues, however, Lavender is an oil that is a veritable "Jack of all trades." Unfortunately, Lavender is also one of the most adulterated and synthetically altered essential oils on the market today. Very few available Lavender oils are pure enough to be called veterinary grade, or qualify for use in animals. We source our Lavender from a grower/distiller that I personally know, and the wonderful qualities of this particular source of oil, is exceptionally suited for use in animals. We are very fortunate to have continued and excellent access to this limited commodity of high quality oil. Lavender is especially indicated for skin conditions, muscular concerns, for calming effects, for burns and frostbite, high blood pressure, cardiac issues, insomnia, and more.
Peppermint* is not typically an oil that we think of first with cats, however it is actually related to Catnip (both in the mint family) - and we hear reports repeatedly of cats licking it off of their owners (after it is absorbed fully into their skin) or rubbing up against an application site! When used properly in cats, Peppermint is highly beneficial and not overwhelming to their system. Peppermint is often used as a "driving oil", which means that it appears to enhance the penetration of other oils. Peppermint's reported properties include supporting the body against inflammation, bacteria, viral, and fungal infections, gall bladder and digestive stimulation, and appetite suppression (although we also find that it's anti-nausea effects can help animals who are also not eating).
Catnip oil* is a relative newcomer to the scene of essential oils for animals. I have been "dabbling" with it for several years, as much of the research associated with it, considers it to be a more effective insect repellent than DEET. And, of course we know that cats and catnip have a long "romance" if you will. Catnip oil as an undiluted or neat oil - is actually quite repulsive. It is intensely strong, and must be diluted for proper use (or if you want other humans to want to be near you!) Since cats need routine help with flea prevention, ear mites, and even repelling of ticks - Catnip oil has become a fun introduction to our veterinary line up. Not only do cats love it for the "happy feelings" that it brings, but the anti-bug properties are showing amazing promise.
Fennel* carries with it benefits and support for blood sugar balancing, blood purification, urinary tract health, support of milk production, and gastrointestinal concerns.
Myrrh* is often referred to as a "Mother Oil" it is that important. Myrrh is also supportive for many endocrine and hormonal conditions including support of the Thyroid, growth hormone production, pituitary gland function, and hypothalamus function. Since many cats are prone to Hyperthyroidism, Myrrh is an important inclusion to KittyBoost.
Citronella* is also included in the KittyBoost for its safe and documented use for insect repellent properties in humans and animals.
And finally, Melissa essential oil* is one of my favorites, and falls into a "must-have" category of oils for me. Although being quite an expensive oil, not many people were able to afford routine access to it, even when it would make critical differences in their animals' health. Melissa is a powerful oil with a very high vibrational energy. Melissa is incredibly supportive to the body in fighting viral conditions and also has very high histamine balancing type actions. Melissa is used to support the body for many conditions including depression, anxiety, pruitis (itching), hives, seizures, anaphylaxis, nausea, indigestion, liver and gall bladder concerns, and even cardiac issues.
The cool part of essential oil use, is that we are often supporting adrenal replenishment without even knowing it. Are you Diffusing in your home? If not, you should be! There is a ton of scientific research on the stress reducing and sleep promoting properties of essential oils. Diffusing anything at all, is likely to contribute to a healthier adrenal system.
Beyond stress reduction, emotional support, and better sleep - essential oils are even being shown to reduce cortisol levels. CLICK HERE for a research article that shows not only that Clary Sage reduced cortisol plasma levels - but it also appeared to do it in the "adaptogenic" way; apparently reducing cortisol to a higher level in women that were more "stressed" - and to a lesser degree for those who may not have needed it. Smart... Very smart.
In general, I am not concerned with the use of an essential oil that reduces cortisol levels in stressful situations - with an animal who may already be experiencing low cortisol levels. I really find that these essential oils are actually aiding in having the body BALANCE the cortisol levels - not just to reduce them without concern for what the body may need. We'll leave that job up to pharmaceuticals.
Cats: Cats can use AdrenoBalance in place of KittyBoost when extra support of their adrenal glands is necessary. Cats rarely get the "classic" adrenal diseases that dogs get, however are susceptible to drug induced adrenal issues. Chronic use of steroids can create a variety of endocrine problems for cats - however, are still relied upon commonly by most practitioners for frustrating cases such as stomatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, allergies, eosinophilic plaques, rodent ulcers and more. For most of these cats - I would still suggest use of the KittyBoost first and foremost. But, for cats with chronic and unresponsive conditions, undue stress, known adrenal issues, or for those who have not adequately responded to KittyBoost - AdrenoBalance is an excellent option. Just as described for ferrets above, cats can usually use the AdrenoBalance right out of the bottle, in the same methods as described for KittyBoost. However, for those of a more delicate nature - further dilution initially as described is a wise start.
For ferrets who are new to oil use, you may also wish to start with a diluted solution (as described above) initially. Then gradually increase the strength over time. In general for most ferrets - dripping 1-5 drops into your hands, rubbing them together, and applying the oils in a Petting manner works great. You can also drip the oils up their back, then massage them in. For ferrets with a lot of hair loss - I generally use the Petting application as a preference. I will usually apply the AdrenoBalance once, then wait and see how the ferret does. Sometimes we see no change, and that is okay too. But, occasionally a ferret that feels unwell, will certainly start to show that they are feeling better. When this happens - then I try to time the next application for when the "feeling" wore off. Basically tailoring the frequency that we apply the oils - directly to how long it lasts for the individual ferret. For happy, healthy ferrets just looking for health and potential prevention - I will typically apply every 1-3 weeks. I also like the fragrance that the AdrenoBalance imparts to the ferret! With ferrets who are not feeling well or who have existing adrenal tumors - I may apply every 1-7 days. It really will all depend on the ferret, and how they respond or feel.
Nutmeg essential oil has been considered useful for stress reduction, with extreme tiredness, as a nerve tonic, and is often referred to as an adrenal supporting oil. Caution may be taken with animals who are bleeding, have a tendency to bleed, or are on any sort of anti-coagulant therapy with Nutmeg oil - as it has been reported to have anti-coagulant properties - although according to the book "Essential Oil Safety" by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young - there were no reported contraindications or drug interactions noted with nutmeg essential oil. Also, I typically note that anti-coagulant actions of essential oils is generally only a concern when used as an undiluted single essential oil - and typically in an oral route. However, careful monitoring with your veterinarian is wise for any animal within this category. There is also research that Nutmeg oil may be hepatoprotective and also induce the Cytochrome P450 Liver pathway - which may frustrate some traditional medical practitioners. This trait, that is actually common in a long list of essential oils, is often looked upon in a favorable way holistically. Having a liver that is better able to function and clear itself of medications and chemicals, is really a good thing. However, if you are relying on certain medications to be in the body at certain levels, then yes - you could find a situation where a body functions more normally (which to me is a good thing) - and therefore clears out medications from the body at a more efficient rate. Again, you should always work with a veterinarian to determine if your animal is operating at a more productive and healthy level - and may require alterations to their regular treatment regimen.
Rosemary Verbenone Chemotype: Milder than other chemotypes, Rosemary aids in the support of many other vital body systems that influence the adrenals: cardiovascular, hepatic/gallbladder, and urologic. Rosemary has been referred to as an "endocrine equilibriant" - helping to support and allow the body to regulate the hypothalamus, pituitary, and sex glands - and is very helpful with general fatigue, glandular disorders, and general debility. According to the Tisserand book noted above, there is no evidence of Rosemary having hypertensive properties - and so many reports of it being contraindicated for use when high blood pressure is present - is unfounded.
Lemon: Lemon oil is widely used in all species, and in many routes. It has a very wide safety margin. Lemon is supportive to the immune system, normal white blood cell counts, aides in gentle cleansing, blood purification and detoxification, reduces anxiety and is a nervine relaxant. Lemon is generally regarded for kidney and urinary support. Lemon essential oil is photosensitizing, however, the concentration within AdrenoBalance is generally not at a level of concern. However, avoidance of full sun exposure to skin for 12 hours after application may be advisable, especially in hairless areas.
Black Spruce: A very special oil, rich in spiritual connection and is added to AdrenoBalance for its contribution to hormonal and cortisol balance. Spruce is helpful for many conditions - and is excellent for sudden fatigue and exhaustion. Spruce is a fundamental essential oil for our veterinary practice to use when we wish to reduce the need for prescription steroids.
Balsam Fir: An amazing oil that we have noted to be very beneficial in cases in need of adrenal support.
Juniper: Reported to support the renal (kidney) and pancreatic systems, and is a tonic for the nervous system.
Coriander Seed: Beneficial to adrenals. According to research, induces Glutathione S-Transferase, and is likely to be supportive and protective of liver health.
Clove: One of the most anti-oxidant essential oils - it can help to reduce damage of every day life in the body. Although controversial due to high Eugenol content - Clove oil used in proper amounts is highly beneficial in supporting the body. Included in small amounts within this blend, Clove adds its benefits, without undue worry. However, care should be taken with animals who are bleeding, have a tendency to bleed, or are on any sort of anti-coagulant therapy when Clove oil is used. The over-use of essential oil(s) that have anti-coagulant actions (such as Clove), especially in oral administration, can produce a temporary and dose dependent increase in bleeding and reduction of clotting. With proper dosing and usage, as described for AdrenoBalance, we have not experienced concern clinically.
Spikenard: Spikenard has been known as a precious oil throughout history, and its health benefits are often powerful. Relief of nervous tension and support of the immune system are only a few of the main functions it contributes to AdrenoBalance.
Geranium: Used for many purposes in the animal kingdom, Geranium can be useful for liver and pancreas support, skin conditions, hormone balancing, and to stimulate the healthy output of the adrenocortical glands.
Ledum: Often regarded as an oil for liver support. It is helpful to support animals with elevated liver enzymes - common with hyper-adrenocorticism (Cushing's).
Clary Sage: Commonly thought of for support in hormone balancing.
Basil, Linalool Chemotype: Reported to support recovery from fatigue and insufficiency and weakness of the adrenal cortex.
Sandalwood, Australian: Supportive to the lymph and veinous systems, it also helps with nervous tension.
Dill Weed: Supportive of normal blood sugar levels and liver function, it is considered a very safe oil.