This condition is common in kittens, who were born to mothers who experienced a Parvo Virus (Feline Distemper) infection while pregnant. The kittens are affected by the virus in the womb, and their Cerebellum is not developed properly. These kittens often display "intention tremors" which is a shaking that gets worse when the cat is trying to eat or concentrate on something. These cats actually do quite well in life, but because the brain is actually underdeveloped, and not necessarily experiencing an active disease condition - it is quite unlikely that we can repair the condition. With great holistic regimens and essential oil support - the kitten is just healthier in general - which is a great benefit no matter what, and tends to minimize symptoms. But to "fix" this problem is unlikely to happen.
Seizures are unfortunately common in a variety of animals, but especially in dogs. It is highly important to have a full veterinary work up and investigation if your animal has had a seizure because there are many possible causes. Epilepsy, toxin exposure, brain tumors, medication reactions, hypoglycemia, vaccinosis, liver disease - and so many other conditions can create seizures in animals. Knowing the most likely cause for the seizure can help to target specific support with holistic care. If a liver shunt or disease is present, then supporting the liver can be just important, if not more important than nerve support.
Although it is rare to completely eliminate all seizures, I do find that holistic regimens, including essential oils, greatly help animals with seizures. Most often, we will incorporate NeuroBoost with NeuroBalance Diffusion Blend for a layered approach - which we find the most beneficial with difficult health issues. NeuroBoost has been used with many animals on a variety of medications, not just those used as anticonvulsants. When used properly, we have found no need to avoid essential oils in medically managed animals.
Some essential oils have a reputation for needing to be avoided with seizures. I have found this to be quite an odd situation. Oils that have had the reputation for needing to be avoided, have certainly shown themselves to be beneficial to certain individuals, and at the very least - not harmful or encouraging to the seizures. And, in the complete opposite response, I have (very rarely) witnessed oils that would normally be indicated for those with seizures (Frankincense was an odd one I encountered in a human) - actually seem to provoke them. I would say the most accurate statement would be that I would never rule out the possibility that there will be an individual animal, for which essential oils (or any holistic treatment for that matter) seem to encourage seizures or symptoms. But, I also keep in mind that I have seen diet changes affect seizure frequency, as well as owner's perfume, cologne, hairspray, household cleaning chemicals, topical flea and tick medications, and a large bevy of items that we may never even suspect as instigators. I encourage anyone concerned with reports of which essential oils can be used with "any condition" to read Tisserand & Young's second edition of the book Essential Oil Safety. When you can read the true reports of why an essential oil may have been contraindicated for a condition in the past - you will gain a much clearer understanding of if the concern is valid or over-represented.
For any animal with seizures, I do start slowly when introducing essential oil use. You can decide if you wish to start with topical applications or with just diffusion. But, I will generally select just one at first, unless the animal has already been being exposed to regular diffusion and/or topical applications. In these situations, we can typically continue what has already been done. I have animal caregivers watch these animals particularly close when any change to their health regimen occurs. Pet parents of seizure animals, are usually quite dedicated to knowing how often seizures are occurring, how long they are lasting for, the severity of the seizure, and when the next one is "due" to arrive - and so changes to these details are usually easily noticed. More often than not we see some sort of benefit - whether a reduction in numbers of seizures, shortening of duration, decrease in severity, or faster recovery. As you can read about on the NeuroBalance Diffusion Blend page - there are a number of scenarios that can occur.
A difficult and frustrating condition in horses, EPM often displays neurologic symptoms that end a horses riding, showing, or eventing career. AromaBoost is a fundamental recommendation - and I always make sure to incorporate the use of NeuroBoost as well. Most often, NeuroBoost will be used daily to weekly, depending on the severity of symptoms, as well as inserted into the AromaBoost when administered. A typical schedule for an EPM horse experiencing significant neurologic symptoms might be an application of AromaBoost RTU daily to every week (with NeuroBoost also applied at that time), along with NeuroBoost being applied alone every day to every 3 days. Schedules for essential oil support, are often tailored to the needs and responses of the individual horse. NeuroBoost is often applied at the top of the neck and poll area when possible.
As animals age, we can see a decline in their cognitive functions. We may see older dogs "forgetting" that they were just outside or older cats who seem to forget that they just ate - and a variety of odd behaviors that can be related to "senility". NeuroBoost and NeuroBalance can help to support the function of the brain, calm emotions, and promote a healthier state of thoughts. The Foundation of Health is also incredibly important in this condition - and making sure that a great diet, along with TONS of hydration is provided - and especially whole food supplements like Standard Process Whole Body Support & Tuna Omegas, along with brain healthy digestive enzymes.
Almost all animals can use NeuroBoost. Although, further dilution may be required for certain species. For animals completely new to essential oil use - please check back for our new educational page soon - for much more in depth descriptions and examples.
Birds & Small Exotics: For these animals, it is wise to start with a more diluted product. I recommend placing 1 part NeuroBoost into 10 parts of Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) - so for example 10 drops of NeuroBoost 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.
Dogs: Many dogs can benefit from additional neurologic support. Even if they are clinically "normal" - an occasional NeuroBoost is a great idea, and I believe preventive in nature.
For general maintenance, dogs can have an occasional application of NeuroBoost for added support of maintaining a healthy and happy neurologic system. 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 NeuroBoost as a separate application unto itself - if desired. 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.
There are situations where we may not have clear cut answers or a name to a diagnosis - but we do suspect that nerve health is affected. For all of these conditions as well as any other that affects the nerves - essential oil use is always a great idea in my opinion. Because essential oils can do so much more than "only" support nerve health - we get the added benefits of also supporting the immune system, reducing inflammation, improving emotional health, decreasing stress, and so many other beneficial properties that are carried with essential oils.
A bird who has flown into a window, a cat with Horner's Syndrome, a dog with a lick granuloma - all have nerve involvement of one sort or another. All things function with nerves, and even pain and irritation will be communicated by the nervous system. The healthier a nervous system is, the better the body can function. Read below for the best ways to use NeuroBoost for the species you are interested in. And, make sure to see also if NeuroBalance Diffusion Blend may also be a good option for your case.
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 medium dogs between 25-50 pounds applying 5-8 drops is average. And for large 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 a neurologic disease - it is 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 nerve health and function.
For my own dogs - I often 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 might insert NeuroBoost one month, then CardioBoost another month, and so on. However, for my patients who do have existing neurologic symptoms, I will strive to support their nervous system much more often, and regularly. In some cases, daily applications of NeuroBoost can be considered - but I find that every 3-7 days is average for most dogs needing additional support.
Cats: Cats can use NeuroBoost in place of KittyBoost for extra support for neurologic conditions. Some cats may already be using our KittyBoost product - and you may want to try the NeuroBoost for them. When this is the case, I often recommend just using NeuroBoost in the same effective methods, doses, and ways that you have already been using the KittyBoost. NeuroBoost is especially indicated for those cases that may not be having enough benefits from KittyBoost alone, especially if a neurologic component to their illness may be present. Cats can usually use the NeuroBoost 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 above) is a wise start. If your cat is new to essential oils, follow the instructions on the KittyBoost page regarding application.
Ferrets: 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. I will usually apply the NeuroBoost 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. With ferrets who are not feeling well - I may apply every 1-7 days. It really will all depend on the ferret, and how they respond or feel.
Birds and Chickens can have the diluted NeuroBoost 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 will typically put about 2 drops of the diluted NeuroBoost 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. Many Chickens can use NeuroBoost undiluted, and directly from the bottle. For chickens - also see our information on ChickyWicky (coming soon).
Helichrysum: Already within KittyBoost - additional Helichrysum is added to create NeuroBoost. Touted as one of the most indicated essential oils for nerves and for the support of nerve healing, Helichrysum is also quite expensive, and so was left out of many "homemade" recipes. As one of my most favorite oils, this essential oil should likely be in just about every blend created!
Frankincense: Also already within KittyBoost - additional Frankincense is added to create NeuroBoost. Frankincense has been indicated for brain health and is often used to support those with seizures. There is ample research behind its benefits - including anti-tumor effects.
Lavender: Additional Lavender is added as it is often calming to the nervous system, seems to reduce seizure intensity and duration, is antispasmodic, and can help to balance emotions and stress.
Copaiba: Highly anti-inflammatory, Copaiba can reduce inflammation associated with any condition.
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. Geranium is included in NeuroBoost as it is often reported to aid with neuritis and nerve related pain - and is also indicated as a "nervine relaxant".
Marjoram: Antispasmodic as well as a nervine relaxant - additional Marjoram is included in NeuroBoost.
Melissa: Often reported to be extremely helpful for those with refractive or unresponsive seizures and epilepsy - Melissa is an expensive oil that was often overlooked and not included in homemade recipes and regimens. No matter the cost, to me, Melissa should be included in every neurologic case. With other amazing benefits - Melissa supports so many other possible related conditions that can affect nerve health.
Roman Chamomile: Indicated for epilepsy, Roman Chamomile is also a nervine tonic - and strengthens the neurologic system, while providing relaxant properties.
Balsam Fir: This essential oil has been used for many years in our veterinary practice to aid patients with seizures.
Vetiver: Often considered to increase oxygenation and circulation to the brain, Vetiver has been used to sharpen mental acuity and function.
Nutmeg: Even though Nutmeg may be considered a stimulant to the nervous system, this can still be of benefit when we consider that nerves must be used in order to signal, repair, and regenerate. Nerve pathways only grow and sustain in a "use" environment. Nutmeg also contributes other neurologic beneficial traits - including support of the liver.
Black Pepper: Considered a nervine tonic, which strengthens the nervous system - Black Pepper has also been researched to help with blood circulation - which is always beneficial.
Spruce: We have often used Spruce in our veterinary experience as a replacement for the effects of corticosteroid use. Often times reducing inflammation around any sort of brain condition or nerve problem is a benefit, and steroids can be "thrown" at a condition in an attempt to gain any sort of benefit. Side effects are common with traditional steroids - and so having natural help and support towards a similar effect is wonderful.
Ylang Ylang: Balancing to the entire body, Ylang Ylang is also considered a nervine tonic.
Vitex: Vitex is also known as Chaste Tree or Chaste Berry. Vitex has been reported to exhibit dopaminergic activity - which is important as dopamine is a primary neurotransmitter for neurons. Dopaminergic drugs are often used to treat conditions such as Parkinson's.
Juniper: Supportive of the renal and pancreatic systems, it is also a tonic for the nervous system.
Laurus nobilis: Used clinically for neurologic issues, we have seen many supportive benefits.
Valerian: A nervine relaxant, it can be beneficial, balancing, and grounding to the nervous system.
German Chamomile: With a wide range of benefits, German Chamomile is emotionally beneficial, anti-inflammatory, as well as a nervine relaxant.
Blue Yarrow: Yarrow is also known as Milfoil, and carries antispasmodic properties as well as many others.
Cedarwood: Often used to increase oxygenation and blood supply to the brain - Cedarwood is also indicated to support Epilepsy.
Clary Sage: Indicated for use with Epilepsy, Clary Sage is helpful to balance hormones, is antispasmodic, and is also a nervine tonic and relaxant.
Spikenard: Spikenard has been found to be beneficial for many difficult conditions, and supports oxygenation and blood supply to the brain.
NeuroBoost is NOT for Diffusion as it contains Fractionated Coconut Oil!
If your veterinarian has diagnosed an issue such as Wobblers, Spondylosis, IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), a traumatic injury, or any other form of disease that may cause a physical impingement upon a nerve structure - it is important to recognize that there is more to be concerned with than just healing nerves alone. There will be a structural, musculoskeletal component to the symptoms - that "neurologically beneficial" essential oils cannot quite deal with as a root cause. Essential oils can and do still benefit these issues - as they can help the body to remove inflammation, support the body systems in repair, improve immune system function, relieve stress and discomfort, support the surrounding muscle and tissue structures, promote death of abnormal cells (apoptosis of tumor cells), provide antibacterial and antiviral actions, and more. For nerve conditions that do have a musculoskeletal component, I like to include additional targeted essential oil use such as New Mobility, AromaBoost, or Any-Itis.
For Horses, Cows, Goats, and other large animals: NeuroBoost can also be used just as it would for dogs. Drops are placed approximately 3 inches apart up the spine, then rubbed in. Most large animals will have between 6-12 drops applied. If you suspect that your animal may be particularly sensitive to oil applications, 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!) - NeuroBoost can be used alone, or as an insertion into an AromaBoost RTU application. Routine maintenance and liver support can be provided through weekly to monthly applications - and in more severe cases of need - 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 want to try larger amounts or more frequent applications.
Alternating use of NeuroBoost, LiverBoost or other body supporting "boosters" can be a great way to provide all over system support on a routine basis. For example, one of my cats gets a "boost" weekly. One week I may use NeuroBoost, the following week I use LiverBoost, and then the next week I might select CardioBoost. Each time, I am supporting a body system just a little bit more specifically - good insurance for the future in my eyes. However, for one of my cats who is a breed prone to developing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - I may select CardioBoost more often or as my main selection. NeuroBoost could be used without rotation to other formulas for animals with mainly neurologic support desired.
Neurologic issues can be very frustrating, and scary. For an owner watching their animal seizure, the time passing can feel like an eternity. Nerves are one of the slowest tissues to heal - and so when we look at cases where neurologic health and healing is desired, we always have to know that even in the best situations, we are often looking at months of healing time. Certainly we see immediate improvements in some cases, as we are reducing inflammation or addressing other physical issues that can repair in a faster time frame - but a damaged nerve in itself, can be as "slow as molasses in January" to heal. It is incredibly important to support any animal with a neurologic condition with the Foundation of Health, as well as to work with a veterinarian to have a better understanding of the basis for why the neurologic issue may be present.
Please do read the NeuroBalance Diffusion Blend page as well if you have an animal who is experiencing nerve related symptoms. There is a wealth of information on both pages!
NeuroBoost is a Ready To Use (RTU) product - which is already diluted to a rate that most animals can tolerate easily. NeuroBoost builds upon our KittyBoost formula - adding nerve supporting essential oils to the already amazing and supportive blend. KittyBoost (as well as NeuroBoost) is not "just for cats".
This disorder often comes on suddenly with no warning. More often than not, a veterinarian will be able to find no reason for an animal (most commonly dogs, but cats can suffer with this condition as well) to all of a sudden be staggering around, walking crooked, turning in circles, and often displaying a head tilt. Basically, the animal is in full vertigo - with the Vestibular nerve being affected and the balance of the animal being completely out of whack. Deep ear infections, tumors, and trauma can cause the condition - but often times it is termed idiopathic - which means we have no idea why it is occurring.
I have seen cases severe enough (especially in cats) - that the animal would roll across the floor continually, and actually require sedation and nutritional support until the symptoms stabilized. For most animals, the condition will get better, and the animal will end up in a "compensated" state - able to walk and function. Although many may retain a head tilt for the rest of their life.
The condition happens more often in older dogs, but can happen in any animal. Rabbits also can experience a "torticollis" or head tilt due to bacterial infections. NeuroBoost and NeuroBalance Diffusion Blend are both beneficial in these animals as well.
Our KittyBoost product is the base for NeuroBoost. By adding specific essential oils that support nerve health and function, the KittyBoost becomes NeuroBoost...
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* - when used properly, Peppermint is highly beneficial and not overwhelming to animal systems. 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. Occasionally Fennel is reported as needing to be avoided for those with seizures - however clinically we have not found this to be true. Also within Tisserand's most current book Essential Oil Safety - there is little cause for concern for fennel oil to have convulsant activity.
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.