AromaBoost is not intended for Diffusion!
This really can vary with what you are attempting to do for your animal. For general health and well being, I try to apply an AromaBoost to our dogs, horses, and cow at least monthly. However, as part of our canine flea and tick prevention, we use the AromaBoost RTU during the "bad part of the season" even daily! Usually every 3-7 days, is adequate for most of the "buggy" season - but there is a 2 week stretch at our house where mosquitoes, ticks, and various other bugs are just horrible, and a daily application can really make a difference in prevention. During this time period, I will also "Pet" each of the AromaBoost RTU formulas down their legs, and around their ankles, after completing each back application. This provides another layer of protection, especially from ticks that like to start their journey by crawling up our dogs' legs (or horses, etc...) Read more about Petting Techniques.
In general, I recommend that you apply the AromaBoost once, then see how your animal responds. You will be able to judge if the results you see last 1 day, 3 days, or maybe a week. For most conditions, this will be how we determine how often we will apply the AromaBoost. For serious conditions such as Parvo, Equine Herpes Virus, Pneumonia, Heaves, etc...it is more and more likely that you will apply an AromaBoost every 1-3 days initially.
There are so many amazing oils within the AromaBoost! Below, I'll list the ingredients in each of the formulas of the AromaBoost RTU, and describe a little bit about each one. Remember, the NEAT version will contain the same essential oils, just without any Fractionated Coconut Oil. The glory of the AromaBoost is that you will never have to be without a recommended essential oil - IT'S IN THERE!
Basically, you apply each formula within the AromaBoost in order, starting with #1 and ending with #5. Each AromaBoost Collection also comes with a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil (also called FCO for short). You may or may not have to use the FCO at all. It is included for flexibility, and just in case you might need to "calm down" some irritated skin, or apply it to an area such as the eyes, or other sensitive mucus membranes, that may have been irritated with an application of essential oils. For example, AromaBoost #1 contains Oregano, Thyme, and Frankincense. Oregano and Thyme are known as "hot oils" - and since I have accidentally wiped my face and eyes after massaging these oils onto my dogs - I can attest to the fact that it can burn quite a bit! Applying the FCO to the area (yes even in your eyes if needed) of irritation brings the most effective relief to the situation. You DO NOT want to attempt to rinse off essential oils from eye contact, or from skin that may have gotten red or irritated. Water does not effectively dilute the oil, and can often make it spread and the reaction feel even worse!
For small dogs, around 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) and smaller, we will usually drip about 3-5 drops of the AromaBoost RTU along their spine. For each formula, #1, #2, #3, and so on...we'll drip 3-5 drops up the back. Then after dripping the oils on, you just massage them in. There is no special stroke or method. You can do it from the tail to the head, or from the head to the tail. There is no right or wrong, the most important part is that your dog gets the application, not the style in which you perform it! We often "hear" that for neurologic conditions, stroking from head to tail is better. I have not found any definite evidence to this, and certainly do not think any harm is done if the stroke is done in an opposite direction. With energy fields and meridians (known in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years), there is a definite "flow" of energy for all species, human and animal. For those of you who are well versed in the energetic fields and properties, or in canine massage, reflexology, or acupressure, combining these skills and treatment options along with the oil applications is absolutely indicated and synergistic! However, for the "average Joe" - please do not feel that you will mess anything up if you circle your massage clock-wise, counter-clockwise, from head to tail, or from tail to head! Easy is the name of the game!
For larger dogs - you can apply more drops of each formula. We generally apply approximately 5-8 drops for dogs between 25-50 pounds, and 8-12 drops for dogs over 50 pounds. The nice thing with the AromaBoost RTU, is that counting the drops is slightly less important, as the formulation is already at a dilution rate that the body handles well. If you are using the AromaBoost NEAT version - you should be using it after the dog has already been using a diluted form - and you have built up to a stronger solution. Using a similar amount of drops is then appropriate to do, just do it with a stronger concentration of the oil blend. Again, if you are starting with a dog with the NEAT Collection - start the application with the same recommended number of drops as the RTU - but start with a 50:50 (or equal parts Fractionated Coconut Oil with equal parts #1, or #2, etc...) Then with future applications, if it is found that a stronger concentration is desired, just add the essential oil blend to less Fractionated Coconut Oil - which makes it more concentrated.
For Horses, Cows, Goats, and other animals - the AromaBoost RTU can be dripped up the entire spine - with enough drops to reach from tail to head. The drops are spaced approximately 3 inches apart, then rubbed in after each formula is applied. But remember, there is no right or wrong with the RTU formula. 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!
For these animals, conditions that most commonly call for an AromaBoost include mastitis, CAE (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis), CLA (Caseous Lymphadenitis), coughs, diarrhea and scours, lice, prevention of disease, parasites, flies, cancer, viral and bacterial infections, and more. It is important to recognize that regular use of essential oils can help to keep the body strong, enabling it to prevent many of these conditions in the first place. AromaBoost is a perfect application to include at least monthly for any animal.
What about Cats, Rats, and Birds? There is a "Boost" for everyone! For cats, the KittyBoost is the ideal formulation and technique for them. However, the KittyBoost is not just for cats, and many dogs, small and large alike will benefit from the use of the milder KittyBoost. The KittyBoost can also be used as a massage rub for horse tendons, injured legs, and all sorts of things. You can read more about the KittyBoost by CLICKING HERE. The CritterBoost is the formulation that we use for most Rabbits, Rats, Gerbils, Birds, and other various "critters". Again, cats and dogs can also use the CritterBoost - and there are many benefits to it as well. Read more about the CritterBoost by clicking on its name.
For Cows, Goats, Sheep, Llama, and other similar animals - you can view the AromaBoost in a similar way. Although, I will say, cattle are one of the main animals in which I might reach for an AromaBoost NEAT version first. This is often because they are handled less often, and we find that having very strong oils on one herd member, can actually benefit the other members of the herd by association. Since I have a "family cow" - it is very easy for me to apply oils to her even daily, or twice a day, if needed. Ideally, a "body" will be exposed to smaller amounts of the "things it needs" more often, rather than being "slammed" with one big dose of an essential oil. This creates a situation of the most ideal assimilation and use of the natural items we are providing to aid in healing and health. Think of it this way...are you healthier drinking one gallon of water, all in one sitting, once a week....OR...would you be better off drinking smaller amounts of water multiple times a day? Certainly, multiple times a day, in smaller amounts is a more ideal situation. This is true for most "tools" we provide to the body for holistic health, not just essential oils.
For Dogs, the AromaBoost RTU is an important part of our routine health maintenance, flea and tick prevention, and immune system support. Almost every disease condition will benefit from an application of an AromaBoost. Conditions such as arthritis, Lyme Disease (as well as other tick borne diseases), autoimmune conditions, allergies, chronic bacterial and/or yeast skin infections, replacement of steroid drugs, parvo prevention as well as support if infected, pneumonia, cancer, parasitic infections, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, viral infections, neurologic conditions...you name it, there is an essential oil to benefit it within the AromaBoost.
For Horses, the AromaBoost RTU is an excellent starting point as well. Most people really believe that neat oils are necessary for larger animals, but as a whole, more frequent applications of diluted oils are actually more effective for most animals and physical bodies. Although it may seem like more work to apply oils more often, your animal friend will benefit from your efforts. Some of the conditions we use AromaBoost for in horses include laminitis, vaccination detoxification, rain rot, summer's itch, strangles, back and spinal conditions, prevention of disease (for shows or travel), heaves, cancer, canker, Equine Herpes Virus, diarrhea, stocking up, EPM, fevers, lice, tying up, Navicular Disease, Sarcoids, viral infections, West Nile, and even White Line Disease. Again, there aren't many conditions in which an AromaBoost will not be beneficial.
Remembering which oil to use, when to use it, and how to stroke it in after applying it - was a bit daunting to those I taught the technique to. Eventually, I just began to say "Just get the oils on them!"... Another complication with animals, is that they are often a moving target - so we want the techniques we use on them to be simple, quick, and well accepted. With animalEO, I was able to develop what I consider to be the "perfect" technique for applying many powerful oils to animals, while eliminating certain oils that are less appropriate to use, and including oils that I found incredibly helpful for a variety of veterinary conditions. With the sheer number of essential oils contained within an AromaBoost - you would likely have to spend over $500 to acquire all of the oils. Oils like Spruce (Black Spruce, Picea mariana) and Balsam Fir are integral parts of our veterinary ability to eliminate the need for steroid use for many of our patients, and I felt that they were so important, that they should be included in every AromaBoost.
There are two types of AromaBoost Collections. One is the RTU - which means Ready To Use. In the past, we used oils in a neat (or undiluted) application far too often in my opinion. It is not that oils cannot be used neat on animals, but it is often un-necessary, over-whelming, and sometimes brings with it certain skin irritations that are just not a necessary occurrence. Scabs on horses, certain welting, reddened skin, and flakes - can certainly happen - but when they become excessive - it is important to evaluate what we are doing, and modify things accordingly.
I truly find, that an RTU application of the oils (which basically means they are diluted in Coconut Oil to start out with...) is more effective, even for large animals such as horses and cows. The RTU application should be the starting point for most animals.
The second type of the AromaBoost is the NEAT Collection - which means that there are the same oils within the formula, but there is no Fractionated Coconut Oil added to the blend at all. Although there are some cases in which a NEAT application of the AromaBoost will be necessary - it will be a consistent recommendation from me, that you start with the RTU formula - or if using the NEAT Collection - to first dilute the NEAT oils 1/2 and 1/2 (equal parts) with Fractionated Coconut Oil before application. Then, if needed, you can use the NEAT Collection in a progressively stronger method as results suggest is needed.
The essential oils contained within Formula #1 have powerful actions. Oregano and Thyme are known as "hot" oils, so they do carry the potential to create warmth and irritation to sensitive tissues. If skin ever appears red, irritated, or you accidentally get this formula in your eye, please stop all essential oil applications, and apply Fractionated Coconut Oil to the area of need.
Oregano has properties which include anti-aging, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulation. Even alone, this oil is amazing. Then we add in the Thyme properties of anti-aging, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-oxidant, and immune support for even more benefits. And finally, Frankincense is included, which is not only heavily researched for anti-cancer activity but is indicated for all forms of cancer, tumors, cysts, 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.
AromaBoost #2 contains Basil which is widely used for anti-histamine type properties 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 at all when used properly. The AromaBoost 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 also carries with it benefits of being anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, promoting circulation and decongestion of blood flow, antiviral, and anti-infectious. It has also been indicated to be helpful with liver and pancreatic concerns, encephalitis, arthritis, and so much more.
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), ringworm, muscle spasms, muscle conditions, increasing motility of the gastrointestinal tract (promotes intestinal peristalsis), 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.
And, let's not forget Cypress. Mainly used to increase circulation in animals, it aids every condition with this quality. Resorption of bruises, improvement of circulation, and circulatory disorders are primary attributes for this oil.
Formula #3 couldn't be much more spectacular! Balsam Fir is wonderful for any bone condition, muscle or joint condition, respiratory conditions, emotional work, inflammatory conditions, lowering cortisol levels, and more! Spruce (actually Black Spruce variety), is a very special oil, rich in spiritual connection and is also indicated for arthritis and bone conditions, sinus and respiratory infections, nerve and back pain, immune stimulation, spasms, inflammation, hormonal concerns, fungal infections, and parasites. Spruce is also a fundamental essential oil for our veterinary practice to use when we wish to eliminate the need for prescription steroids. The use of the AromaBoost RTU for all conditions for which steroids are recommended, has shown incredible responses. Blue Cypress is an equally amazing oil. Blue in color, as well as thick in consistency, this oil is showing major benefits when used in combination with our protocols. High anti-viral properties make it a definite addition to the AromaBoost - as well as its tendency to make all other oils work longer and harder within the body. We have definitely noted a new quality to the magnification effect with Blue Cypress. Bone chips and spurs, spondylosis, arthritis, Navicular Disease, Laminitis, Heaves, autoimmune conditions, and more are incredibly benefited with formula #3 being included within the AromaBoost.
Last, but certainly not least, is AromaBoost #5. This may be one of my most favorite blends. Similar to Dog Breath, this formula contains slightly different ratios to make it the "Grande Finale" of the AromaBoost. You have already read some of the benefits of Copaiba, but truly if there could be a more important oil to the veterinary world, Copaiba might only be secondary to Helichrysum! Okay, there are several oils that I rank pretty high, but truly, this blend is one that is quite magical! So, Copaiba is highly anti-inflammatory along with all of its other benefits mentioned. Then, there is Helichrysum... Oh, lovely Helichrysum. It truly is miraculous and worthy of use in almost every condition. Helichrysum is indicated in cases of blood clots as an anticoagulant, but is also used in cases of hemorrhage, bleeding, and bruising. This is the interesting thing with many natural remedies, is that they tend to bring the body to a point of homeostasis. Whatever is needed within the body, appears to be honored. Helichrysum is especially indicated for 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, and as a topical anesthetic. There is not much that Helichrysum does not contribute to, and it falls into a category of "must have" oils in my opinion.
Peppermint has many properties, but in this final application, we use it especially for its characteristic of being a "driving oil." This means that Peppermint often aids other oils in penetrating the skin and tissues, deeper and being more effective. And finally Myrrh, is often referred to as a "Mother Oil" it is that important. Its medical properties make it well indicated for use in diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, fungal infections, tooth and gum infections, skin conditions, and as an analgesic. Myrrh is also supportive for many endocrine and hormonal conditions including support of the Thyroid, growth hormone production, pituitary gland function, and hypothalamus function. Even through topical use, Myrrh has been very helpful in controlling pain and aiding in the healing of post-surgical situations, especially when combined with Copaiba and Helichrysum!
Formula #4 contains the oils within G.I. Goe, just in a slightly different ratio. This blend is incredibly indicated for all things Gastrointestinal, including parasites, inflammatory bowel disease, nausea, vomiting, colic, appetite issues, car and motion sickness, and more. Copaiba and Peppermint are incredibly anti-inflammatory - and inflammation and gastrointestinal dysfunction are high in all situations of illness. The G.I. tract should be addressed in all forms of dis-ease in my opinion - and that is why #4 is so important to be included within the AromaBoost. We also shouldn't forget the additional benefits that some of the ingredients bring to the table. Fennel carries with it benefits for diabetes, blood sugar balancing, urinary tract infections, stimulation of milk production, as well for intestinal parasites and gastrointestinal concerns. Anise is very good for digestive concerns, and is especially excellent for any Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as well as being effective for many forms of anxiety. Copaiba also is used for urinary incontinence, a replacement of NSAID's (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers, cystitis, FLUTD and other urinary disorders, arthritis, skin conditions, and all sorts of pain. Juniper is a digestive cleanser and stimulant, and is great for liver and kidney conditions, promotes excretion of toxins, promotes nerve regeneration, reduces fluid retention, and is indicated for urinary infections. Tarragon is indicated for use with intestinal disorders, urinary tract infections, for nausea and vomiting, behavioral hormonal issues, and as an anti-spasmodic. Patchouli is indicated for nausea, vomiting, hypertension, skin conditions, and for calming effects. Ginger is widely used for its anti-nausea properties even in human hospitals, and although known for anti-coagulant properties, it is included in the AromaBoost in proper ratios, to prevent any situation in which it would be contraindicated with recommended use.
What is an AromaBoost you ask? An AromaBoost is one of the most well-rounded and complete essential oil treatments you can give or receive. It consists of a series of specifically selected oils, generally applied in a specific order (but don't worry if you don't get it perfect!), and massaged in. It really can be a very simple, but effective and powerful treatment for an animal.
Over the years, I have adapted what has previously been called the "Raindrop Technique" (a technique developed and intended for humans) into a much more safe, effective, and simple technique for animals. Clinically, the Raindrop Technique served us well in the veterinary setting, however there were always certain flaws to the procedure in practice. The most significant obstacle my clients encountered, was the complexity of the Raindrop Technique.