Helichrysum: Already within KittyBoost - additional Helichrysum is added to create CardioBoost. One of my most favorite oils, I find it incredibly helpful in all sorts of healing situations - but for CardioBoost the support of the circulatory system, clotting and clot resolution, inflammation, and all things "cardiovascular" - is the focus. As a very expensive essential oil, it was often left out of "homemade" recipes - which is something that never has to be with CardioBoost!
Ylang Ylang: Often thought of for blood pressure balancing, Ylang Ylang has been incredibly helpful and balancing for many heart conditions. Known as a general cardiotonic, is also can ease stress and sooth emotions.
May Chang: Also known as Litsea - May Chang has been used in Chinese Medicine for regulation of blood pressure and heart rate, and has been researched greatly in China for heart disease prevention. Known as a tonic to the heart and respiratory system, with many other properties including stress reduction - May Chang is a promising oil with a long history of use.
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. Also known to help with hemostasis, lymphatic stimulation, fluid retention, and diuresis; Geranium can be very beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
Lavender: Additional Lavender is added for stress reduction, but also for a variety of cardioprotective effects. See more about Lavender below in the KittyBoost oil descriptions.
Cistus: Often used in our veterinary practice to support normal clotting function as well as clot resolution, and is also indicated for inflammation of the arteries - Cistus is a very supportive oil to the cardiovascular system.
German Chamomile: Wonderful for so many reasons, German Chamomile is included in CardioBoost for properties beneficial to inflammation, vasoconstriction, stress reduction, blood purification and more.
Roman Chamomile: With similar benefits to German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile is incredibly calming and anti-inflammatory. Both of which are incredibly helpful in cardiovascular conditions.
Nutmeg: In CardioBoost, Nutmeg is used for its cardiotonic properties. There is also research that Nutmeg oil may be hepatoprotective and also induce the Cytochrome P450 Liver pathway, making the liver better able to function and clear itself of medications and chemicals. 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 effectively (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.
Carrot Seed: Blood purifier, diuretic, and reputed to increase red blood corpuscles. Traditionally used to boost the general action of all organs, and is likely useful in treating anemia and general symptoms of weakness and exhaustion.
Rosemary Verbenone Chemotype: Milder than other chemotypes, Rosemary-V aids in the support of many vital body systems; 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. In CardioBoost Rosemary contributes diuretic properties as well as increasing lymph flow and circulation, and may be an aid for arteriosclerosis.
Blue Cypress: Properties for this oil are still being uncovered. Anti-inflammatory actions as well as hypotensive properties make the proper use of Blue Cypress beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
Copaiba: Already within the KittyBoost - Copaiba carries high anti-inflammatory properties along with it. Additional support of inflammation reduction is incredibly important in all cardiovascular concerns - as is the reasoning for human recommendations of "an aspirin a day".
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 prescribed 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 within and described for CardioBoost, we have not experienced concern clinically.
Cinnamon: Like Clove essential oil, Cinnamon can be controversial, but very, very beneficial when used properly. Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-coagulant properties are highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system. In the quantities and ratios used within CardioBoost - we have not experienced any concern clinically.
Rose: As a very expensive essential oil - when a true steam distilled essential oil and not an absolute are used - Rose is often left out of blends. I find it to be so incredibly helpful, that no matter the cost - I strive to include Rose essential oil where it will benefit an animal. In CardioBoost, Rose not only contributes to "life force" energy, but actually has many health related properties in this case as a heart tonic.
Neroli: Also a very expensive oil, Neroli is a citrus oil that is greatly under-utilized. Known for uses with fatigue and nervous depression, Neroli has also shown in clinical trials to be antispasmodic and diminish the amplitude of palpitations and cardiac spasm.
Valerian: An oil that is greatly appreciated by many animals, it has a grounding and emotionally beneficial action, as well as other physical benefits.
CardioBoost was created specifically for animals needing additional support of the heart, veins, arteries, clot resolution and normal clotting functions, heart rhythm, muscular health, blood cell health and normal numbers, and basically any condition of the Cardiovascular System. Who might be in need of additional cardiovascular support? Beyond the typical animal who may have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, heart murmurs, arrhythmias, valve defects, abnormal blood pressure, Heartworm Disease, and other conditions that affect the Cardiovascular system - "normal" animals who may be of a breed predisposed to cardiac problems (Bengal cats and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or Dobermans Dilated Cardiomyopathy), a dog who has recovered from Heartworm infection, a cat with Hyperthyroidism who would be prone to developing a heart condition, or any animal that you desire to support Cardiovascular health for - CardioBoost is a wonderful consideration.
Of course, you should always be working with your veterinarian to monitor any animal who is diagnosed with or suspected to have Cardiovascular compromise. In our veterinary clinic, I would obtain a starting "minimum data base" often including a blood chemistry panel, CBC, and urinalysis - prior to starting the use of essential oils. This would give me a baseline indication of health, BEFORE introducing essential oils or natural care. Then, based on veterinary evaluation, I would recheck diagnostic tests or blood values every 2-4 weeks or as indicated for the individual case. I was often pleased to hear reports that the animal appeared happier and more comfortable, while the following blood test results backed up our evidence that we were supporting health and healing.
The CardioBoost formulation has been used clinically with all sorts of patients, with varying levels of Cardiovascular compromise. We also used essential oils alongside many prescription medications and over-the-counter natural remedies - with no apparent ill effects. These animals certainly benefited from essential oils that are traditionally known for support multiple layers of Cardiovascular health.
CardioBoost is a Ready To Use (RTU) product - which is already diluted to a rate that most animals can tolerate easily. CardioBoost builds upon our KittyBoost formula - adding additional essential oils to the already amazing and supportive blend. KittyBoost (as well as CardioBoost) is not "just for cats" - please read through all of the species information in the Instructions for Use - you will learn a lot - even if you do not have a bird!
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 cardiovascular 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 cardiovascular 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 LiverBoost one month, then CardioBoost another month, and so on. However, for my patients who do have existing cardiovascular stress or heart disease, I will strive to support their system much more often, and regularly. In some cases, daily applications of CardioBoost can be considered - but I find that every 3-7 days is average for most dogs needing additional support.
Cats: Cats can use CardioBoost in place of KittyBoost when extra support of their Cardiovascular system is desired. Cats can have a particular condition known as a "Saddle Thrombus" - in which a blood clot can settle in the blood vessels of their back legs (femoral or groin area). This condition is often very debilitating and painful - and traditional veterinary medicine is often at a loss to correct it. We have successfully used the essential oils included within CardioBoost to help us manage these cases - and have seen great support, comfort, and clot resolution as a result. With these cases, regular application as described for KittyBoost is used, however additional applications can be made under veterinary supervision to the groin area. Due to the severity of this particular condition, occasionally applications are made daily or even multiple times a day.
Some cats may already be using our KittyBoost product - and you may want to try the CardioBoost for them. When this is the case, I often recommend just using CardioBoost in the same effective methods, doses, and ways that you have already been using the KittyBoost. CardioBoost is especially indicated when it is desired to provide additional Cardiovascular support, or for cases that may not be having enough benefits from KittyBoost alone. Cats can usually use the CardioBoost 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.
Alternating use of KittyBoost, CardioBoost 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 KittyBoost, 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. CardioBoost could be used without rotation to other formulas for animals with mainly cardiovascular support desired.
Our KittyBoost product is the base for CardioBoost. By adding specific essential oils that support Cardiovascular function and health, the KittyBoost becomes CardioBoost...
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.
Thyme* has many health properties to it - and a little extra is added to what is already within the KittyBoost. It is reported to have many inflammatory benefits, as well as antibacterial and antiviral properties. Many heart conditions can promote bacterial infection of heart valves - and is a main reason why those with a heart murmur or other heart disease are put on a course of antibiotics prior to a dental procedure. Many of our patients with severe dental disease, may experience a heart murmur due to infection traveling through the blood and settling at the heart. However, with antibiotics and dental surgery and aggressive cleaning - we could see these murmurs actually resolve!
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. Additional Marjoram is added for CardioBoost - as a support to the heart muscles.
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. Additional Fennel is added to create CardioBoost.
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. Additional Citronella is added in the creation of CardioBoost.
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. Additional Melissa is added to create CardioBoost.
For Horses, Cows, Goats, and other large animals: CardioBoost 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!) - CardioBoost can be used alone, or as an insertion into an AromaBoost RTU application. Routine maintenance and cardiovascular 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.
Dogs: Many dogs can benefit from additional cardiovascular support - even if they are clinically "normal" - an occasional CardioBoost is a great idea.
For general maintenance, dogs can have an occasional application of CardioBoost for added support of maintaining a healthy and happy heart and cardiovascular 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 CardioBoost 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.
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 CardioBoost 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.
CardioBoost IS NOT for diffusion - as it contains Fractionated Coconut Oil!
Almost all animals can use CardioBoost. 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 CardioBoost into 10 parts of Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) - so for example 10 drops of CardioBoost 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 CardioBoost 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 CardioBoost 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 CardioBoost undiluted, and directly from the bottle. For chickens - also see our information on ChickyWicky (coming soon).
Essential oils have long been known to help the Cardiovascular System. From heart rate balancing and stress reduction - to actual cardioprotective effects - as reported in THIS RESEARCH ARTICLE - essential oils can support the Cardiovascular System on multiple levels.
That is one of the reasons I love essential oils so much. I can select an oil, that physically is intended to support the reduction of inflammation, balance blood pressure, or improve muscle function - however, I can still have emotional benefits with the use of the very same oil. They are WHOLE-ISTIC is every sense of the word. And, I can assure you, that for an animal who has a heart condition - there is always a level of additional stress associated with it. Whether the animal may be experiencing chest pains, an irregular heart rhythm, is on a multitude of prescription medications, or merely the subject of the "overly-watchful" owner - these things all add stress to an animal who is already in a compromised position.
I created CardioBoost for my patients who were dealing with all sorts of heart, cardiovascular, circulatory, or clotting issues. From heart murmurs or anemia, to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or a "saddle" thrombus (blood clot) in a cat - CardioBoost incorporates all of the oils that I felt were indicated and helpful to any condition that will fall within the Cardiovascular System.
There is always concern if certain products can be used during pregnancy. Certainly, essential oil use should be carefully considered and discussed with your veterinarian if you have any concerns. What I have personally noted in my work with pregnant or reproductively active animals - is that the proper use of essential oils has been safe, effective, and even beneficial to conception, pregnancy, and birth. There are cautionary statements on almost every essential oil, and for almost every situation known - whether it is based in full truth or not. We often prefer to err on the side of being overly cautious, than to ever hurt a living being - especially a baby. For the most current safety information on essential oils - I do recommend the book by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young - Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition. This book compiles data regarding each essential oil, and presents known safety information about them. It is a respected reference, and in general - I am very happy with the realistic comments made by the authors at the end of the presented information.
Why bring this subject up on the CardioBoost page? Particularly because of the inclusion of Carrot Seed essential oil within the blend. Carrot Seed has been known to aid in balancing cholesterol levels, increase red blood cells, aid in weakness and exhaustion, purify the blood, detoxify the liver, and many other actions which directly benefit the cardiovascular system. However, a few studies from long ago (1981, 1985) - report that there were antigestational effects, or that the oil prevented implantation and blocked progesterone synthesis. Due to these reports - Carrot Seed often gets a big contraindication for use with pregnancy - even though the dosages of essential oils used in the studies were very high, and likely not an accurate representation of how any essential oil would be used in everyday life. For example - in one study 2.5-5 mL/kg of carrot seed oil was injected subcutaneously to female rats or mice - and then was shown to prevent implantation. Well, my goodness! I can't imagine any of my rat family going through any sort of normal pregnancy if I injected them with ANY irritating substance close to implantation - and especially in that quantity! Stress alone has shown damaging effects to pregnancy and fertility rates of animals - so to me, injecting them with large quantities of a highly irritating substance under their skin - does not necessarily relate to what the "normal use" of the essential oil might do.
However, there is likely no one on this green earth that wants to risk the use of a "potentially" harmful essential oil to a fetus. So, we all "fall in line" and recommend that the essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy. That being said - there is likely no reason that you would "have to" use Carrot Seed oil or CardioBoost during pregnancy. We can certainly select other beneficial oils, without any connected drama about pregnancy associated with them. BUT - and this is a huge BUT - an animal with a known heart condition really should not be pregnant anyway!
There are a few situations where I can see valid reasons why CardioBoost may be desired to be used for a pregnant or breeding animal. First, it may be a rescue dog who has "arrived pregnant" - and may also have a condition such as Heartworm that is also damaging the heart. In this situation, the use of CardioBoost may be desired to support the heart and cardiovascular system while the dog is pregnant. While I would personally have no concern in my own dog in using CardioBoost while they were pregnant - the decision would have to be made with your veterinarian and on a personal level, as to if you feel the benefits would outweigh any potential risks. Since the dilution and levels of Carrot Seed oil within CardioBoost are so small - I truly feel you would have more risk to the pregnancy with the heart disease, than with the essential oils within the blend. But - for all intents on full safety - if your animal is pregnant or going to become pregnant - it is probably best to just recommend that you use KittyBoost, CritterBoost, or AromaBoost RTU for your health support purposes than CardioBoost.
Another situation that may arise is the animal who used CardioBoost as a "preventive measure" - for general support of cardiovascular health - then was found to be pregnant after the use was already in place. If I were the veterinarian to a case such as this, I would simply suggest that we stop using the CardioBoost now that we know there is a pregnancy - and use KittyBoost in its place. I would not have any major concerns of potential harm, but I would just discontinue that particular exposure for the future. For those with animals who may be bred in the future, the use of CardioBoost as a support to cardiovascular health is likely of no concern at the concentrations in which the essential oils are being used. However, you may wish to err on the side of caution - and avoid the use of CardioBoost in any breeding animal, and particularly within a month or so of anticipated breeding. Again - the sad truth being that if your animal is so prone to heart disease in the first place - should you really be breeding it?
This is not to say that other essential oils within KittyBoost or AromaBoost have not been included in the list oils to be avoided during pregnancy or lactation. However, these recipes have been used with many pregnant and breeding animals over the years, with no ill effects noted. Oregano is one of those commonly used oils that is within this category according to the Tisserand book. And in actual practice, we just do not see any evidence that proper use of oregano has been anything other than helpful, along with many of the other oils listed.
All of the animalEO products would fall into the category of "These products have not been evaluated for use with pregnant or breeding animals" - as we have not done scientific studies to prove toxicity or safety of the individual products. And, quite honestly - this is unlikely to happen. There are many veterinary and natural products like this on the market. A popular joint supplement that we have used for over 10 years (and in hundreds of breeding situations) also says on the label "Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven." In the veterinary field, we understand that there are many items that we feel are beneficial to health, but have not been proven safe for pregnancy.
Please see additional information on a wide variety of essential oils that have safety indications listed for them for pregnancy and lactation on THIS PAGE.
There is no real evidence of reduction of male fertility with essential oils with proper use. Two studies with enormously high amounts of essential oils ingested seemed to report reduction of sperm counts and fertility, but with such unrealistic dosages - it is more likely that the dose was more damaging than the essential oil used.
This is another area of concern and controversy. So many essential oils have been "reported" or rumored to be bad for high blood pressure, or need to be avoided for people with high blood pressure. Again, almost any and every essential oil has been "named" in the hearsay game of which oils should be avoided or not. Most people regurgitate the information they have heard, without any clear knowledge or confirmation of the actual data or science behind it. In this way, "urban legends" are created - and spread like wild fire.
What I will say about Blood Pressure - is that in veterinary practice - I have only witnessed positive support of normal blood pressure through our proper use of essential oils. Again - I always have to say with PROPER use, because there are many who are using essential oils in very aggressive or improper ways - which certainly could lead to adverse physical effects.
Even in Tisserand's book - Essential Oil Safety - his Conclusion on page 115 regarding Blood Pressure is quite wonderful - stating that many essential oils should be "scratched from the cautionary lists" and that "There is no clear evidence that essential oils have adverse effects on the control of BP in humans."
There is far more evidence and practical use data - showing that essential oils are helpful in balancing blood pressure. And while there can be individual variation with any essential oil, whether listed in a "concern list" or not, the decision of if essential oils should be used in a case should be considered by the individual and with the help of a knowledgeable veterinarian, rather than on random internet searches or word of mouth.
Clotting issues can be very difficult to manage traditionally. There are situations where although the body is not clotting normally, we also need to prevent the occurrence of abnormal clots in damaging locations in the body. This often means that we give medications to reduce excessive clot formation - while still hoping that the body will clot adequately enough to prevent a dangerous bleeding episode. I can guarantee you - that managing cases such as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) - is no easy feat. We practice on a teeter-totter of medical management - and never seem to achieve that perfect balance.
There will be questions about CardioBoost for conditions such as Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia and Anemia. In these cases, there are reduced amounts of Red Blood Cells and Platelets - causing an abundance of issues to arise. There are oils within CardioBoost that play on both sides of the teeter-totter. Cistus and Helichrysum can support normal clotting functions as well as clot absorption and resolution. While oils such as Clove and Cinnamon - have anticoagulant actions. In my veterinary practice, I use caution with any animal having a clotting dysfunction - in anything I do. And you should be working incredibly close with a veterinarian if your animal is experiencing a health issue such as this. However, I find that our body needs to function at both ends of the teeter-totter. We cannot have clotting without the ability to dissolve the clot, and we cannot exist without the ability to clot. To me, an essential oil blend with the capability to support both spectrums of the body's functions - is a good thing. Not confusing - but good. In the proper ratios and dilutions, and with guided use - the use of essential oils that support multiple, but seemingly divergent functions in the body can bring more balance and support to that body system.