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What are (Young Living) Essential Oils?
(Young Living) True, pure essential oils are distilled from plants as subtle volatile liquid, the life-force, the regenerating and oxygenating immune defense properties of plants containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and hormones. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. Essential oils are fifty times more potent than herbs. They have a very unique lipid structure including oxygenating molecules that gives them the ability to penetrate cell membranes and transport oxygen and nutrients inside each cell of the body within only 21 minutes of their application and,in some cases, within seconds.

Essential oils help promote emotional, spiritual and physical healing. Shelf life of pure essential oils is a minimum of 2000 years as shown by the oils retrieved in King Tut's Tomb. Essential oil frequencies range anywhere from 50 MHZ to 340 MHZ (Rose Oil). They have a bio-electrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food and even the human body. Clinical research has shown that essential oils can quickly raise the frequency of the body, restoring it to normal healthy levels. Every molecule of essential oils have the ability to: increase oxygenation of the cell by 21%; take nutrients into the cells; remove toxins from the cells; cross the blood/brain barrier; increase the immune system within the body. These five items give the cells the ability to balance themselves, therefore regenerate healthy cells. One drop of Therapeutic essential oil will penetrate every cell within the body within 21 minutes. As an example of the concentration of these oils, one drop of Lemon oil is equal to the rinds of 50 organic lemons.

Unlike synthetic chemicals, essential oil chemicals are diverse in their effects. No two oils are alike. Per research documentation, some constituents, such as aldehydes found in lavender and chamomile are antimicrobial and calming. Eugenol, found in cinnamon and clove, is antiseptic and stimulating. Ketones, found in lavender, hyssop and patchouli, stimulate cell regeneration and liquefy mucous. Phenols, found in oregano and thyme oil, are highly antimicrobial. Sesequiterpenes, predominate in vetiver, cedarwood and sandalwood are soothing to inflamed tissue and can also produce profound effects on emotions and hormonal balance.

Essential oils are one of the highest known sources of antioxidants that can prevent free radical damage. They also contain a bio-electric frequency that is several times greater than that of herbs and food. Thus, these oils have a profound effect of raising the frequencies of the human and animal body -- aiding in the prevention of diseases.

With all that I just mentioned, such as high frequency, high oxygenating molecules, fast delivery systems to the cells, immune-building, anti-microbial properties, etc., essential oils become a necessary adjunct to protecting our animals and ourselves against free radical damage as well as the potential dangers of our electro magnetically polluted environment.

USING Essential Oils ON CATS
CATS have a higher vibration or frequency than humans and possibly even higher than dogs. Because of this, they do not do well with lower vibrations such as are found in essential oils that are high in phenols. They need just a fraction of an amount of essential oils that a dog would. Since Young Living EO's are therapeutic grade, this means they are extremely concentrated so with cats, LESS IS BETTER.

Cats, even though mammals and carnivores, are known to be deficient in their ability to eliminate compounds through hepatic glucuronidation (they lack enzyme glucuronyl tranferases). The lack of this ability prevents them from being able to metabolize the phenols and benzyl alcohols present in most essential oils due to being adulterated, grown with pesticides or chemically based fertilizers, etc. So, this in turn, causes high amounts of toxicity in the body and could cause serious illness or even death. This is why It is imperative that the chemical compounds in the essential oils you wish to use with your cat, are known before using them.

Cats being so very chemically sensitive, can react strongly and even be poisoned by an essential oil that is adulterated, grown with the use of pesticides or even distilled in a less than optimum manner. So PLEASE do not experiment with just any essential oils on your cats. Purity is everything when using essential oils Young Living Essential oils are the only oils guaranteed pure, organic and therapeutic/medical grade!

When diffusing oils specifically for your cat, just be careful to not use excessive amounts of essential oil, and choose oils which have lower volatility's as far as possible. In addition, ensure good air circulation especially during the diffusion process. Make sure your cat can get to 'undiffused' air at any time if possible, and only diffuse in an individual room.

Toxicology studies show that the feline liver usually needs 48 hours to process and excrete 'terpenes', thus allow 48 hours between end of last diffusion and starting another to avoid repeated exposure by inhalation.

I highly recommend a consult with a certified natural animal health coach, naturopath when you are uncertain which oil is best for the condition you are wishing to address with your pet.

Applying or Using EOs on your Cat
Cats need just a fraction of an amount of essential oils that a dog would. Placed on the body with a carrier oil or I cold-diffuse the oils into the air. Young Living EO's are therapeutic grade, which makes them extremely concentrated. Again, LESS IS BETTER when using therapeutic grade EO's.

Place a drop of oil on the palm of your hand - with your other hand swirl it clock-wise and then use your finger and place on the cat. If you need to dilute the oil down a bit, place one drop in 10 drops of a carrier oil like Organic Olive or the Young Living V6 carrier oil. Therapeutic grade essential oils cannot build up. They are absorbed. You can also use a carrier oil to dilute the oil on the skin if irritation develops (a very, very rare occurrence).

Just as in a human, never drop oils in a cat's eyes or ears!!! Place a drop of oil on the palm of one hand and place oil with a finger from the other hand on the inside of the upper ear. Never down the ear.

I cold-air diffuse the oils every day with my dogs, cat and African Grey Parrot in the room with me. Of course there is good ventilation and the dogs and cat can always leave the room at will (but never do).

Some essential oils, high in phynols are not recommended to be used with cats are: Tea Tree or Malaleuca, Oregano, Thyme, Clove, Mountain Savory, Cinnamon, Cassia, and Ravensara. However, I have personally used Young Living blends of oils with these included with as have others with no problem.

Essential Oils when Diffused (cold air diffuse only) will remove metallic particulates and toxins from the air, increase atmospheric oxygen, increase ozone and negative ions in the area and destroys odors.

Young Living also makes essential oil-infused products like Animal Scents Shampoo (cleans animals thoroughly and gently without the harshness of sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients found in pet care products) and Animal Scents Pet Ointment (instead of relying on drugs, this soothing ointment is enhanced with nature's most antiseptic essential oils). Contact Dr. Jeannie to explore how essential oils can help your pet (and you!).


I personally am most impressed with what Young Living essential oils can do, I've seen them work on my husband,animals,myself and others for a variety of issues and situations. I never witnessed this much noticeable response/improvement using other brands before I found Young Living!

YL's oils are therapeutic grade and can be taken internally - this can't be done with other brands, especially synthetic oils - and they have the highest percentage of pure constituents). YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS WORK!

Testimonies of Cats & Young Living Essential Oils

My cat Goggles came in one night with her eyes rapidly moving back forth, her balance was very poor, and she was weak and falling down a lot. A half hour before she had been fine. We looked for oils that would be supportive in the event of a stroke. The most important part of the treatment was putting helichrysum oil on the back of her neck. Within hours her symptoms were improved and with each application of the oil she got better. I was applying it a couple of times a day. I also put NingXia Red Juice and Sulfurzyme in her food daily.

I ran out of the oil after a few days, and she began to regress again. So I used oils that had helichrysum in them until the helichrysum order arrived. It has been about a month now, and I apply the helichrysum every day or two. If I forget and I see her head begin to fall to one side and her balance get worse, I know it is time for helichrysum again. She responds positively almost immediately. The oil had no adverse effect on her. Some say cats' fur will fall out if you put essential oils on the fur. Her fur is fine, though for sometime she had a lot of tangles in her fur, I think because she didn't want to or couldn't lick her fur. Some say it will kill cats to put essential oils on them. This saved her life, I think.
Wendy Morrison

Our cat Emma was bitten and developed a bad abscess. By the time I discovered it, it was badly infected and oozing foul smelling pus. These types of abscesses have ALWAYS required antibiotics in the past. This time we applied essential oils. We started out by applying the oils neat, around but not directly on the opening of the wound. (this was to prevent the wound from healing prematurely and causing the infection to be sealed in). After 3 days the abscess was smaller, but still producing quite a bit of pus. This is when we decided to take a more aggressive approach, and we started mixing Roman Chamomile and Melrose in warm water and then injecting the mixture straight into the abscess with a syringe without a needle. We flushed the abscess with considerable pressure, until no more pus would come out. Then we put into the wound a piece of raw garlic, carved into the shape of a cat tooth, to perfectly fit the bite-wound. We left the garlic in for just one day, then we repeated the water/oil flush two more days, until no more pus was being produced. Additionally we applied hot packs to the abscess, soaked in hot water that had oils mixed into it. Emma healed beautifully, and we didn't have to put her on any antibiotics.

Our cat Otto was bitten in his upper front leg. We discovered this the same night it happened, and applied oils immediately to prevent an abscess from forming. We put Thieves on the wound and on his paws, and Frankincense between his shoulder blades. The next day, the leg had swollen to half again it's normal size. We were very concerned and considered taking him to the vet, but we decided to give it one more day and continued putting oils on him, and the day after that the swelling had gone down and there was no sign of infection. In the past, a bite like this has ALWAYS resulted in an abscess, unless treated prophylactically with antibiotics. Since many viruses such as feline aids are transmitted via bite-wounds the anti-viral activity of the oils is especially valuable in an instance like this. Antibiotics would be useless in this regard.
One lesson learned: Never apply Thieves neat to a cat without following with carrier oil. We kept a close eye on Otto, and though he displayed no sign of discomfort, a few days later all the fur around the wound fell out in clumps, leaving a raw, red area underneath. Fortunately, his fur grew back swiftly.

One cat of mine, a big bruiser, non-munchkin, got seriously mauled by a dog. It took over 20 stitches to close him up. He had Melrose directly in the wound, with the approval of an open-minded vet, and Lavender for the pain.

Ringworms & Mites
I have pure-bred Munchkins. This is a breed of cat that is often called the Dachshund of the cat world. They are short little guys, but every bit of them is cat.

I have used Melrose and straight (neat) melaleuca on them when I brought two kitties home from the breeders and the vet informed me they had ringworm. It worked well, killing all signs of it within 2 weeks, and they were pretty bad. The kitties had no side effects, they were about 7 weeks old when I brought them home.
I've used Sandalwood on their coats. When they first came home from the breeder, they smelled like a cat box. I filled the sink with warm water, lavender shampoo from YL, and a few drops of Sandalwood. I dunked a washcloth in the water, wrung it out, and gently bathed my new babies, then rinsed the same way. It took away the cat urine smell, and their fur was so soft afterwards. Same thing after they were neutered at the vets, they got a washcloth bath. Every so often, maybe every month, they get one.

Melrose also knocked out ear mites in another kitty.

We've had several cats come and go with children, but they've never had a bad reaction to any oil I've used. I stay away

The Melrose was such a success in so many cases that my breeder asked about it, and now she uses it on all her cats with great success. She has had as many as 50 cats at a time, and she goes through a few bottles a month. Many oil brands can be very dangerous. YL oils are the best that nature has to offer, and the only precaution I would add is don't use hot oils (high in phenols). Remember also, that some cats don't need as much as others, JUST THE SAME as humans. One of my cats can take Melrose straight. Another, I dilute it with olive oil, otherwise, she drools. Use common sense.

I volunteer at an animal shelter and they used Melrose in oil base for ringworm there. Some cleared up in days, some in weeks. One tougher case over a month. That is compared to over 1 year with what they were doing before, which was why I suggested the oils. I couldn't stand to see them isolated from kitten hood to adult. Of course, I would only use my YL oils. One shelter worker seemed to think they even liked the smell and affected their mood.
Toni Dybas

Upper Respiratory Infection
I had Kittens (15 of them) with upper respiratory infections and I was informed there was nothing that could be done for them. They completely turned around by diffusing oils in the air and applying oils that were diluted in organic carrier oils. Several blends of oils were used but all are healthy now.

I use Lemongrass (just a few drops in a cup or more of water in a spray bottle) for fleas. I just spray it on MY hands and wipe it along my kitty's spine.

Fatty Tumors/Melanomas
I got rid of tumors in a cat using Frankincense (doctors records show they were there and then were no longer there), also diluted and healed sores and wounds with Lavender oil. I Never had any adverse reactions in the cats. But I use very tiny amounts and stay away from the higer phynol oils like oregano.

I worked with one of my cats who had melanoma on her side. I dropped directly onto the spot two drops each of Frankincense and Lavender. I did this on and off for 2 weeks. In three weeks the melanoma was healed and to this day, 5 years later, she is fine. In fact she just turned 20 years old.

Tape Worms
Oh, and I almost forgot. One of our cats developed tape worm. The vet, Nancy Brant, said that oils would not be strong enough. She sent me a western de-worming medicine. But it took a while for me to order it and while I was waiting for it I took about 3 drops of Di-Gize and diluted it in over a half a cup of mixing oil and then put just a few drops of the very diluted oil in a cup of water. Now it was really VERY diluted. Then I put a drop or 2 of that water in the cats food each day. (By this point the amount of Di-Tone they were getting was very minuscule. Maybe one thousandth of a drop ( .0001 of a drop of Di-Gize). By the time I got the wormer in the mail, the tape worms were GONE!

Kidney failure
Our cat Emma is in kidney failure. At age 17 she was declining at an alarming rate, she went from being a very outgoing social cat to being very withdrawn and apathetic, obviously failing to thrive, not eating much and sleeping all the time with no interest in social interaction. We started putting Juniper and Lemongrass essential oils on Emma's rear paws (following the application with some vegetable oil, since Lemongrass is a hot oil and can be a bit irritating to the skin when not diluted) The turnaround in Emma's health was remarkable. Soon we had our Emma back, asking for (or should I say demanding) attention, loving and wanting her cuddle time and also getting her appetite back. Back is the Emma of old, very alert and happy. Emma just turned 21 in April of 2003, and is still doing great and gets oil applications at regular intervals.

update: We helped Emma cross over to the next world in August 2004, at the age of 22. She did well up until the very last day of her life.

We had another experience with a cat that went into acute kidney failure, where the veterinarian recommended euthanasia that same night. Instead we took her home and applied Juniper and Lemongrass. Since this cat also had a heart condition complicating matters, we also applied Aroma Life (see above) to support her. The vet said the only thing to expect was a steep decline in health, and that there was nothing to do. This cat had a dramatic turn around in her health, and is now (10 months later) doing very well and the vet is saying it looks like her organs are regenerating. She gets the oils applied regularly, as well as subqutaneous fluids and a supplement called "Seameal" by Solid Gold.

Power Meal for Cats
This may sound weird, but after reading some earlier posts about folks using Power Meal on dogs I decided to see if I could boost my Himalayan Cat - Yogi - food by adding about 1/4 teaspoon to his wet food. By golly, that cat is eating it! In just three days he's begun to fill out a bit more and is taking better care of himself. A couple weeks ago I was sure I was going to loose him and after almost 14 years, that was really hard. Today, for the first time in all these 14 years, he's begging at the table. He helped my husband and I eat our chicken tonight and was almost indignant that we didn't have more. So he flipped his tail and went and ate the rest of his food - that had the Power Meal in it!!!!
Life is good and getting better!
Lynn Bedri

Luka's Story (
We started using essential oils for our own health in May of '99, and had such remarkable results that we soon started expanding and using them for our cats as well. Please bear in mind that when I suggest the use of oils I talk about Young Living Essential Oils, which are very different from most of the essential oils found out on the market today. There are many lower grade oils on the market, not pure and not of therapeutic grade, and to use those oils on a cat could potentially do great harm, as there is no guarantee of purity. Cats are very chemically sensitive, and may react strongly or be poisoned by an oil that is adulterated, grown with the use of pesticides or even distilled in a less than optimum manner. So PLEASE do not experiment with just any oils on your cats after reading this. Purity is everything when using oils for your cats. Be sure that you are using a guaranteed pure, organic, therapeutic grade oil. Young Living is not the only quality brand on the market, but it is the only one I trust and use. If you have any doubt of the quality and absolute purity of your essential oils, err on the side of safety, and DON'T use them for your cats - also, they are best used under the supervision of a professional. If you have questions about the Young Living oils referred to in this text, please contact me. Always consult your veterinarian when dealing with medical issues.

Our cat Luka has an advanced stage of cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that results in an enlarged heart. In August of 1999 he threw a blood clot that paralyzed both rear legs. At that time we were fairly new to the oils, but we put some Aroma Life (a blend that supports the heart and circulation) on him right away, and took off for the vet clinic, where he was treated with Lasix and Aspirin and put in an oxygen chamber. After 1&1/2 hours, Luka had regained the use of his legs and was walking again. (Please note: NEVER give Aspirin to a cat unless it's under veterinary supervision. Aspirin is toxic to cats, and only your vet can determine a safe dosage)

The next day we took Luka to a heart specialist for a full work-up. The diagnosis was not good, we were told that Luka probably only had 3-5 months to live, a year if we were very lucky. We have been treating Luka with oils since then. He gets his prescription medication, but only at half the prescribed dosage. (1 day on/1 day off) We have been putting Aroma Life over his heart almost daily, sometimes alternating with the blend Aroma Siez or the single oil of Helichrysum. Our vet is impressed with how well he's doing.

Almost exactly one year after the first blood clot, Luka threw another blood clot. We heard him crying out in pain, and found him collapsed on the floor, both hind legs dangling uselessly behind him. He was having a very hard time breathing. This time we were prepared and we treated him aggressively with oils, knowing this was life or death. Luka got Helichrysum over the lower back, at the suspected location of the blood clot, and also got Helichrysum on both rear paw pads. This was followed by Aroma Life and Aroma Siez over the heart and Frankincense over the shoulder area. We had to follow the Frankincense with some carrier oil, as the Frankincense irritated Luka's skin. We also administered Lasix and aspirin, and then put Luka in our oxygen tank, that we had built for him after the first crisis a year earlier. Within 90 minutes, Luka was walking again. And within a few hours, he was jumping up on the couch, quite a feat for his arthritic little body even on the best of days.

The next day we treated Luka with Aroma Life and Aroma Siez again, and also some Roman Chamomile on his paws and some of the blend RC over his lungs to ease his breathing difficulty. Whenever he started having breathing difficulties, we put him in the oxygen tank for about an hour or so. Words can not express the gratitude we feel for having our Luka back in good health again. He is now eating and purring and is back to his usual happy and cuddly self! We were told that cats usually do not recover the use of their legs after getting paralyzed from a blood clot, so this is truly a miracle, and we know we have the oils to thank for it!
Boel Stoddard Wilsonville, OR

Update: We lost our Luka on June 10th, 2001. We are so grateful to have had him in our lives, and so grateful to the oils and the oxygen for allowing him to stay with us so much longer than he otherwise would have.

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