Essential Oils uses in Parrots
Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:26 AM
Please forgive this form type letter...I'm starting to get enough requests for more information that it is just more practical this way! But please know, if you have specific questions about your bird/animal/yourself, please feel free to e-mail me and I would be happy to help you out in more detail with something tailored to your specific situation. This is just general information regarding Young Living Essential Oils and what we are doing and how we are using them in the bird world.
Let me tell you a little bit about me. I am a veterinary technician that specializes in avian and exotics. I work with an amazing holistic vet, Dr Melissa Shelton (Home Page) and we are some of the first ones to document our work with essential oils in parrots. I also run a small parrot rescue so I get a lot of opportunities to work with many types of birds.
First of all, some important information on what is an essential oil. An essential oil is the volatile, fat-soluble portion of the fluids from a plant. They contain the aromatic (fragrant) compounds of that plant. Many parts of a plant can be distilled to obtain the essential oil: flowers, fruit, seeds, leaves, stems, branches and/or roots.
Essential oils are the life blood of the plant, "essential" to the life processes of the plant (bacterial, fungal and viral defense as well as healing). If you remove the essential oil from the plant, the plant dies. The essential oil acts much like the blood within our body. Our blood purifies, protects and acts as a defense in our body - as does the essential oil in the plant.
These oils can perform the same functions for our body as they do for a plant; aid in health and healing, protect from bacteria, fungi and viruses, regulate plant functions actin as hormones and ligands, promote homeostasis in an organism, attach harmful bacteria and leave the good bacteria, as well as protect the plant from sunlight, excessive heat and dehydration. When a plant is injured it weeps essential oils to promote healing and protect from infection. Essential oils can do the same activity for our cells at the site of an injury.
Essential oils contain hundreds of compounds so complex that not ONE single oil has been completely analyzed for all of it s ingredients scientifically!!! There are constituents in essential oils that have not yet been identified by science. AFNOR (Association Francaise de Normalization) only has minimum requirements to call an oil "that oil" (ie. Lavender oil), so adulteration, cutting and synthetic additives to make essential oils more affordable (profitable) are rampant in the general market. IMPORTANT!!!! This is why we recommend using ONLY Young Living Essential Oils with our birds (or anyone else). It's the synthetics, chemicals and adulteration that are put into other oils that are harmful and even fatal. With YLEO, we know that each and every oil that we use comes from a plant grown in virgin ground (no chemicals or pesticides EVER in the history of the land), distilled properly so as not to use too much heat or pressure and change the chemical structure of the oils, leaving it as Mother Nature made it.
Now the fun stuff...what have we been doing with the oils in the birds? The answer is...EVERYTHING! If you have been around birds for any length of time, you will know that avian medicine is a very frustrating field. We've all heard of birds that are dying but every test run is coming back "normal". Here is where the EO's play such a huge role. In an ill bird, we will diffuse an oil such as Thieves which has antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antitumoral, immune boosting properties and so much more. The oils are used by the body as needed and then leave. No harmful antibiotics, no guessing, just using 100% made by nature. So far in our infancy of working with essential oils and birds, we have helped clear pappilomas in a greenwing, chronic diarrhea in a harlequin macaw, severe iron deficiency, crop infections, not to mention scores of respiratory infections, bacterial infections adn more. I was able to save the life of a little budgie who was hanging by her beak on the side of a cage trying to breathe...we didn't think she'd even make it to the vet she was struggling so. So I grabbed Frankincense and Valor and rubbed it on her feet. Within about one minute, she took a deep breath and started breathing normally!! Right there in my hand!! (Please note: NONE of my recommendations are to be substituted for care from an vet. Please find a holistic vet of your choice and work with him or her together with the essential oils!) We also love it in the rescues to help with depression, anxiety, hopelessness, hyperactivity and so much more.
Not to mention being able to use wonderfully scented things in the house again that eliminates odors and is not only not harmful to my babies, but is actually BENEFICIAL! I had someone just comment the other day on how wonderful my house smelled "like a spa". Try doing that in a tiny house with 17 birds! I was flattered beyond belief! And we also now have ways to clean and disinfect our cages and homes in general without causing harm. I can use the Thieves cleaner which is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti microbial in the cages with my birds STILL IN THE CAGE! It is that safe! You could drink an entire bottle with no harm (although it would probably taste terrible).
And this is just the beginning. I am not a salesperson. That is not why I do what I do. I am a parront, a bird lover to the nines, and I am finding things that are helping the lights of my life live a better, healthier life and I have to share that with other parronts. I can't even begin to explain how excited I am about all of this!!
For more info on Young Living, please feel free to e-mail me with specific questions and I would be happy to help email@example.com. You can also go to my website at: www.youngliving.org/nels2985
And here is a wonderful video of Emmett, a very depressed greenwing macaw, and the immediate benefits that the oils have: bird video for Melissa.wmv - YouTube
Hope I've helped you understand a little bit of the amazing things that we are seeing and I hope to help you more and more on your journey to better health, happiness and well being for everyone in your family!
Much love and beaky kisses,
Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:59 PM
Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:09 PM
Here are a few websites from proponents of aromatherapy advising caution with birds:
http://www.aromaceut...-spot-or-fluffy "I can't tell you how many posts I've read on aromatherapy list serves about people killing canaries, cockatiels, etc., by diffusing essential oils in an enclosed room where the birds were kept. It never occurs to people that the amount of essential oil that might be appropriate for a 150 pound human is easily lethal to a 2 ounce bird. Don't run an aromatherapy diffuser in the same room as the birdcage, and keep the bird's area well ventilated if you are operating a diffuser in another part of the house. Bird owners should not leave a diffuser running when they are not at home unless someone else is present to monitor the bird for adverse reactions."
http://www.alaskawel...yforanimals.htm "Anecdotal evidence suggests that birds and cats can become quite ill from indiscriminate use of essential oils.... err on the side of caution when using aromatherapy around cats and birds."
http://nessexotic.com/Aromatherapy.php This is the website of a veterinarian who uses holistic therapies, but the use of essential oils with birds is much more limited than the "house smells like a spa" approach recommended in the OP. "Birds are extremely susceptible to any aerosolized agents, including essential oils used in aromatherapy. Therefore, care must be taken not to overwhelm the bird's respiratory system with too strong of a treatment. An electric aromatic diffuser can be used in a well-ventilated room for five-minute intervals, several times daily for certain conditions. The scent of the essential oils should be barely detectable, so as to not overwhelm the bird's respiratory system. Some aromatic agents may be inherently too strong or noxious for use around birds, therefore use with caution. This therapy is used less commonly in birds, except for cases of stress reduction, due to the potential respiratory risks."
http://www.grandpasg...n/aromapets.php The page formatting is kind of messed up but the text is easy to read. "It is never a good idea to use essential oils on your pets, unless you really know what you are doing. Cats, dogs, and birds all have very different bodies from each other and from humans. What is of benefit to one, can be toxic to another (especially to birds)... Birds have very small and very sensitive lungs. You might think that the aromatherapy scent is wonderful, but you are not a bird and birds are very careful to hide illness and pain. Aromatherapy products should never be used around birds unless specifically advised by your holistic vet. This includes incense, essential oils, scented candles, plug in air fresheners, and carpet fresheners... Do not use essential oils or aromatherapy products ON your pet, unless specifically directed by your holistic vet.
Don't believe everything you read on a pet aromatherapy label. Pet care products are not closely regulated."
At http://books.google....y birds&f=false you can read excerpts from Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell, which is apparently the bible for pet aromatherapy. The book says "A high level of caution should be observed when it comes to the use of any aromatic materials around birds." Unfortunately this site skips from page 188 to page 190, and it looks like page 189 was very important. But based on other websites that mention the Bell book, it appears that she does not recommend using diffused (airborne) essential oils with birds and also does not recommend direct application to the skin, although on page 190 she does advocate certain uses of highly diluted oils in the bird's drinking water. For example at http://www.optimumch...ential_oils.htm it says "The best recommendation is to use hydrosols only and in highly diluted form in the bird’s water like a homeopathic remedy. " Homeopathy uses such extreme dilution that there may not be a single molecule of the active ingredient in the bottle of "remedy" so there definitely wouldn't be any harm in homeopathy-level use. At http://www.allnatura...ts_Animals.html which also cites the Bell book extensively it says "Based on the expert information I've read, I don't recommend the amateur use of oils for cats or birds. "
All the sites I looked at said that cats have a lot of problems with aromatherapy, so cat owners need to be as cautious with this stuff as bird owners.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:36 AM
Anyway, I just wanted to relay a story about a co-worker's dog. They would lock the dog in their laundry room at night. The dog became gravely ill and they and their vet couldn't figure out what was going on. Come to find out they had one of those air freshener thingies in their laundry room where every so often it would spray a scented mist out into the room. The poor dog was locked in that small space all night long with that thing and the poor dog was literally being poisoned! They stopped locking the dog in there and the dog thankfully recovered. (But has it possibly had some irreparable damage to certain organs that will affect its health going forward or possibly shorten its life? Who knows, but I think it is likely and that is a crying shame.)
Also, there's the story of my sister's canary she had years ago. She and her husband were both smokers and would smoke in the house, especially in the kitchen while drinking their coffee etc. Guess where the canary's cage was? Yes, of course in the kitchen. The canary was young when she bought it and not long after they had it, it just suddenly up and died and they had no idea why. Years later, she mentioned on the phone (she lives way across the country) that she was thinking about getting another canary. I gave her a lecture about how you can't smoke around birds, use cleaning sprays, polishing sprays, air mists, scented candles, or anything else that might affect their very sensitive lungs. She decided not to get another canary. We have to always think about the environment that we are putting our pets in and what possible dangers there might be there.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:53 PM
Aluminum is the second most prevalent element on earth, but people might argue it is not natural. Lithium is used to treat bi polar, and it is a pure element, doesn't really get any more natural than that. But people still look for alternative natural herbs and produce to treat bi polar naturally. Last time I checked all plants we use have been genetically modified or engineered to look nothing like their original cousins, we play with the molecular structure to achieve desired qualities, but by today's standards we choose for speed of propagation not health benefits. From what I have read it is believed all flowers at one time displayed only very few colors, people enhanced these plants do to selective breeding for their desired purposes, they no longer represent natures original desighn. I have camellias green tea) elderberry, mint, witch hazel, thyme lavender, jasmine(three varieties), oregano, lemon tree etc. I never use chemicals but who know what they used before I purchased the plant, who knows what toxins from previous gardeners still exist in the soil as fertilizer is also deadly to birds especially time release pellets or fert sticks, they are highly concentrated for slow release.. I won't eat any of them except the lemons, thyme and mint as I started them from scratch and I know there are no toxins in the soil. My birds only get foods I know are safe, same as my dog, actually same as me. Remember they are birds and concentrated essential oils vapors would seldom exist in thier natural environment
Just be careful even dirty air from a heat register due to a filthy filter can cause harm. Off gasses from sinks, can contain methane gas in some poorly plumbed houses. Most essential oils are designed for humans and are very concentrated I know this because my wife is a herbalist massage therapist and a holistic food enthusiast and the even her massage oils she uses can be potent. Not to mention the base oil that can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and the solvents to extract and suspend solutions are often alcohol based. Witch hazel and tee tree oil use alcohol as a base to suspend the solution until application The alcohol evaporates into the air leaving the substance but creating a small cloud of vapor as alcohol evaporated at room temp very quick, I know this because I use Isopropanal to clean my wood before staining, if I used water I would have to wait a day for it to dry, with iso it's just a few minutes and you definatly inhale vapors if you are in the vicinity this would harm a bird for sure.I use shellac for wood working and it is suspended in methyl hydrate the smell is very strong when wet, but once all the methyl hydrate evaporates the shelac is edible, before that you would be lucky if you just went blind after drinking it..
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