There were definitely cases that were more resistant, or that had more significant inflammation, or for which I suspected cancer to be high up on my list of rule outs. For those cases, I often "spiked" my RoseRamie with oils that had variety of properties that I desired. This happened not only for Lick Granuloma cases, but for a variety of wounds or lesions that did not seem to be healing with normal speed. RoseRamie Plus is my "spiked recipe" - now available in a ready made blend!
The oils of RoseRamie were already incredibly powerful against microbes as well as contributing the ability for "topical numbing" - as with Clove Oil. When I want to make a blend even more powerful - I often will add Frankincense and Copaiba - as they seem to magnify the actions of other oils they are blended with. But, then also contribute their own properties of anti-tumoral actions and anti-inflammatory actions. Helichrysum was often added to any case that I wanted healing actions to be magnified. I don't think we truly understand the amazing ability of Helichrysum, it is one of those "miracle oils" in my opinion - but as a pretty expensive one - was often left out of homemade recipes and blends created by essential oil enthusiasts. Missing out on Helichrysum, just shouldn't be allowed for those who use oils - I basically add it to almost every blend I make - and with good reason. It is amazing!
I also added Palmarosa, which has been studied for anti-parasitic actions as well as skin cell regeneration. And finally, Myrrh which is often regarded for tissue repair, skin health, and was also used in ancient embalming recipes to "preserve the flesh." Of course, essential oil use never stops at just the physical characteristics. Myrrh, for instance, is also highly spiritual in nature - and Palmarosa has the ability to calm while it is also uplifting to the emotions. So for wounds that are contributed to by stress and anxiety (although I never feel this is the only basis) - essential oils complete the holistic care by treating both the physical and emotional.
Lick Granulomas are a frustrating condition. There are many causes to them, and many things that can improve them. But, one thing is for sure...what works for one case, will not always work for the next. There is definitely a "recipe" to try - including diet change, whole food supplements, eliminating household toxins, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, antibiotics, oral anti-fungal medications, pain medications, essential oils and so forth. All of these things being incredibly helpful - but no single modality is ever the answer - and one may impact an individual patient tremendously more than another.
RoseRamie was always a blend I would try out for Lick Granuloma cases (also known as Lick Lesions or Acral Lick Dermatitis). Often times we would start out with a water-mist application as described below, but with larger and thicker lesions - would often "graduate" to applications directly to the lesion. It was a bonus of sorts if the dog did not like the taste of RoseRamie, and we would have a bit more of an incentive to not lick the leg. Lesions typically do not resolve quickly, and if you look at the chronic nature of the majority of them, it is no wonder. For every year that a condition has been present, I typically expect one month worth of really hard work, supplements, healing, etc... to make positive changes. That doesn't even mean the condition is gone. Only heading in the right direction.
So, when Grandpa got stung by some "evil" insect on our front porch - Ramie instantly grabbed the RoseRamie to put on the bite. We don't quite know if it was a wasp or a spider - but some nasty bug certainly got mad that Grandpa's hand went into its territory! In classic form, my own family members tend to be "non-oilers." To convince Grandpa that an oil made his sting go away almost instantly - was KUDOS to oils! Grandpa has even now ventured into applying RoseRamie to a bee sting on a dog! Go Grandpa! So, we now use RoseRamie (and RoseRamie Plus) for all sorts of insect bites and stings - usually dabbing just a tiny bit with our finger right onto the spot.
As I mentioned, I often used RoseRamie for lacerations and other wounds that were infected or slow to heal. Often times, we would see a drastic "speed up" in healing time. So much so - that I would avoid using RoseRamie on wounds such as abscesses, which needed the wound to remain open and draining for a few days. RoseRamie could support the skin healing so much, that the hole we "wanted" open, would close - sort of defeating the purpose of draining the wound. However, in those cases where we were ready for a "seal" - then the blend was super wonderful!
However, there were always those cases that still frustrate you. Wounds that had been present for months, and in the cases of Lick Granulomas - sometimes years.
It often happens that when I create a blend, it is with a bit of "tunnel vision". This would certainly be the case with RoseRamie. I created it because it was one of my daughter's favorite scents. We used the blend on lacerations and skin defects of all sorts, with great responses - but likely never gave RoseRamie its full and true "props."
What we have found more and more now - is how many other things RoseRamie and RoseRamie Plus are "good for."
Named for my daughter Ramie - RoseRamie quickly became carried in her purse, my purse, her Grandfather's pocket... How can you deny something with a family members name on it? And, in true kid fashion - EVERY problem known to man, should have RoseRamie applied to it!
By adding Frankincense, Helichrysum, Copaiba, Palmarosa, and Myrrh to the RoseRamie blend - we found even more benefit to chronic and non-healing wounds, Proud Flesh, and major skin defects.
RoseRamie was created as an animal version of a similar recipe that was used to heal my own horse's laceration - pictured above. Read about Abbie's Story HERE
Birds & Exotics: Water-based diffusion with either blend is ideal. 2-8 drops can be added to an 8 ounce batch of diffuser water, and more may be desired by some. With diffusion, this blend provides a cleansing and refreshing quality to the air and can be very beneficial for respiratory ailments. RoseRamie can also be used in a Water Misting method to spritz into the air. Generally, 4-20 drops can be added to 4 ounces (120 mL) of distilled water as described on the Water Misting page. Diffusion is NOT expected to benefit topical lesions in most cases.
Topical use of RoseRamie or RoseRamie Plus for these animals is generally not needed or indicated, and more ideal products are available for their needs. Feathered Blend, Feathered Plus, and Skin Spray Base blends are generally used first with Birds & Exotic animals with skin wounds or other issues. Please see their pages for more information.
Chickens: Chickens, raptors, and some other birds - can develop a condition known as Bumble Foot.
In these cases, we often start out with blends that have been developed with birds in mind - such as
have not proven effective enough - then I will use RoseRamie or RoseRamie Plus on these lesions.
For Bumble Foot conditions specifically - RoseRamie Plus would be preferred, however RoseRamie can also be
used. The blend can be added to soaking solutions, water-misted, or even dabbed directly onto the lesion when
necessary. It is best to start with the lightest application method, and then advance to more aggressive means only
if needed. Many Chicken care websites and home remedies involve Epsom Salt soaks - and essential oils can be added to the salts used to make the soaking solution. In general, I may start with approximately 10 drops of RoseRamie Plus in 1/3 cup of Epsom Salts - however more or less may be used.
Cats: Water-based diffusion or Water Misting into the air with RoseRamie or RoseRamie Plus is ideal as described for birds and exotics. These essential oils placed into the air, are helpful to support a variety of respiratory conditions, and over all health. We see some support for general inflammation of skin disorders, however it is not usually expected that Diffusion will bring relief to topical conditions. Direct Topical use of RoseRamie and RoseRamie Plus is rarely indicated for cats.
Dogs & Larger Animals:
This blend is wonderful for healing wounds, and can quickly seal wounds and aid in the repair of non-healing wounds. It is so efficient in this manner, that when continued drainage of a wound is desired (as with an abscess) this blend should be avoided initially.
We love to diffuse RoseRamie (and RoseRamie Plus). Our home used to be inundated with Asian Beetles and Box Elder Bugs. Now, I truly love all animals - even most insects, but having your walls and windows coated with bugs, and then being "dive bombed" by them at night...well not so much. There are certain essential oils that these bugs dislike however! And Rosemary is one of them. What we have noticed with regular diffusion in our home - is that these bugs started to go away!
Well, maybe I should confess something here... Our diffusion may not be "regular" - but we sure do enjoy it! We typically have at least one to three diffusers running in our home throughout the entire day, and actually have about 8 diffusers in our home!)
Both RoseRamie & RoseRamie Plus are OKAY for diffusion!
When our bug problem is at its peak, we make sure to diffuse RoseRamie every day. This seems to create a little protective "force field" in our home, where the bugs would rather just stay outside. We can also water-mist our screens with either Away or RoseRamie in water - to create a bit more of a protective barrier to bugs entering our domain. There is always a time in the Spring where teeny tiny little black bugs can make their way through our screens! They are so small - but really pack a nasty bite. By spritzing our screens with Away mist - we keep down the number that are able to make it into our home!