Strength is wonderful for diffusion and can be used with water-based diffusion with all animal species. In general, 4-6 drops are added to a 8 oz (1 cup) batch of diffusion water. More or less may be desired based on individual preferences. Water misting of this blend into the air can also be used as desired. Although not typically used in direct topical applications with animals, humans may wish to wear this blend as a fragrance that is safe for use around animals as well.
The essential oils within Strength not only smell great, but also have benefits of cleansing the air, opening airways, freshening rooms, lifting spirits, and providing confidence, centering, and emotional strength that can reduce stress, anxiety, and help to clear emotional traumas. By reading about each of the individual oils within Strength (Lovely, RoseRamie, and Charming) - you can also learn of the other benefits that will also be contained within the Strength blend.
Birds & Exotics: Strength is appropriate for water-based diffusion around all species of animals. At this time, we do not recommend tenting or diffusion in close confinement with this blend. Strength is also appropriate to be worn by the animal's human as a wonderful and natural cologne - even during close contact.
Cats: With cats, Strength can be diffused as described above, in a water-based diffuser or misted into the air. Topical applications are rarely indicated with cats - and we recommend that the human working with the cat wear Strength or "pet" the oils onto their clothing to impart the effects to their feline friends.
Dogs: Again with dogs, diffusion is a wonderful selection for using Strength. It can also be misted into the air when mixed with water in a glass spray bottle - when a diffuser is not available. The human working with a dog is also a wonderful "diffuser" for Strength. Often times before working with a troubled dog or animal, we will apply a few drops of Strength to our heart areas (after rubbing them around in our hands), and then I also rub the remainder on our clothing. Many times, the dog may want to lick our hands after the oil has absorbed for a few minutes. If they want to do this - it is just fine - and some dogs just can't seem to get enough. While there are many physical benefits to the oils within Strength - we mainly use it for emotional support. For dogs who are more accustomed to essential oil use - the blends can be applied via the Petting Method when diffusion, misting, or human diffusion has provided help, but just has not been "quite enough" for the animal. Most often, we will place 1-2 drops into our hands, rub them together until the blend is completely absorbed to almost completely absorbed, and then we pet the chest and heart area most commonly.
Horses & Other Large Animals: Strength can basically be used as described for dogs. However, with larger animals - we do tend to use the Petting Method a bit more often. Diffusion can be difficult to achieve, although human diffusion or a Water Mist into the air can be very helpful in exposing larger animals to the emotional benefits that essential oils can provide.
We created this blend, quite by accident. Often in our work with behavior, training, emotional concerns, and energetic clearing - we will combine or layer the use of several essential oil blends which contribute in a variety of ways to the emotions. As three of our animalEO blends have been created for our own family members (Lovely for me, RoseRamie for my daughter Ramie, and Charming for our son Reiker) - it seemed very appropriate to use all three of these together during one of our family "oil sessions". We had gone into our woods, and sat on logs in the magical spot where Winston and I were married. During our special family time we often discuss spirituality, thank the Universe for our special blessings, and reflect on all of the other wonderful things that we desire the future to hold. During this special time, we dropped equal numbers of drops of each of our "family blends" into our hands, rubbed them together and inhaled. What resulted was something quite spectacular. The immediate feeling of strength, confidence, and increased energy and light was so apparent. Truly magical. With your eyes closed, it was almost as if you could visualize the light and energy as you inhaled.
We call this mixture - STRENGTH - and it is the blend that I now feel is my husband's blend. Truly the strong backbone of our family - my husband contributes integral insight into the emotional and ethereal use of essential oils. Sometimes, it is just hard to describe the emotional responses that essential oils can bring - and certainly it is harder to transpose these feelings from human to animal and visa versa. Sometimes, the feeling just has to be experienced - and this is certainly the case with Strength.
For those of you who are energy workers, you'll find Strength a great compliment to your work. We often use oils to aid in animal communication, Reiki sessions, T-Touch, Healing Touch and more - and Strength fits into this category perfectly. Diffusion of Strength is a wonderful thing for humans and animals alike - both emotionally and physically. Having Strength (or other blends) absorbed into your hands while you perform energy work, chiropractic adjustments, acupressure, massage, aura stroking, or other forms of energetic exchange - will often result in responses that are just "different, powerful, and magical". We urge you to try it!