Monday, January 21, 2019

Animals & Essential Oils 101


For most pet parents, our animals are like our children and depend on us for everything . . . . food and water, grooming, shelter, and healthcare. That is why there is nothing worse than seeing them under the weather or in pain. Just as with any stressful situation, it is important not to panic and to stay as calm as possible. Animals sense our emotions, often through smell, therefore the best way to keep them calm is to make sure you are calm.






One of the biggest challenges a pet parent or animal caregiver can face in a moment of crisis or stress is trying to communicate with their animal. It is far easier to read an animal when that animal trusts you. You know your animal(s) better than anyone, therefore using common sense and your natural instincts can be very helpful. 

When used properly and when keeping key facts in mind, essential oils are very effective in providing our animals with natural / holistic care that works!  I personally keep several essential oils on hand that are perfect for animal first aid. Knowing what you have on hand, which oils are most effective for any given situation, and what amount and frequency is appropriate for each animal in your care is crucial. 


* I will preface this next section by stating that the ONLY essential oils I use and recommend are Young Living Essential Oils, as they are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade and have been proven to be safe and effective time and time again. As a holistic consultant, energy healer, animal Reiki practitioner and lifelong pet parent, I only trust Young Living for my clients and my own animals, as well as for myself!









Guidelines For Proper Usage:

~ The key to using essential oils with animals is to always go very slowly! Do not rush and do not force them on your animals. Most animals will respond much better to essential oils if they are comfortable with you and with the various scents of essential oils. Also, introducing them slowly will avoid creating any negative experiences or promoting any adverse reactions to the oils. Animals are highly sensitive to odors and may find a new smell too intense in the beginning. 

~ An aversion to essential oils may be a simple dislike to the oil (or oils). This usually occurs when an oil has been aggressively introduced or improperly used. For example, an animal's face, nose or feet are highly sensitive areas, therefore any new smells must be introduced slowly and carefully. Aversions can arise very quickly and may take a long time to overcome, so the more time and patience you use introducing the oils, the better. 

~ Start with very small amounts of whichever oil is needed for the situation you are addressing. Keep in mind that when using 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from Young Living, one drop is usually plenty when you are just beginning. Until you are able to read your animals and see their reactions, make sure they are comfortable and do not exceed recommended amounts

~ Avoid using hot or irritating oils on your pets. If you are in doubt about comfortably using a particular oil on your animal(s), it is always best to err on the side of caution and find a suitable alternative using common sense and good judgment.







Please feel free to Contact Me should you have questions or wish to get started on your own amazing essential oils journey . . . . for your animals and for yourself!


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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki, and her premium pet food business (www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)
For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (www.facebook.com/HolisticPetsNPeeps), or email her at HolisticPetsAndPeeps@gmail.com.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

November YL Newsletter + A Fun Family Recipe with Essential Oils!


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 Hi 
It's hard to believe that the holidays are almost here! How quickly this year has flown by.

Young Living's Holiday Catalog is truly a great option for many of your gifting needs this year. This isn't just any catalog! Young Living has created the perfect guide to help you pick out meaningful gifts for everyone on your list . . . from your spouse to your four-legged friends.

Sometimes we forget about ourselves during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so make a wish list and be sure to check it twice! You'll find some really fantastic gifts to treat yourself . . . not just during the jam-packed holidays but all year long!!

With Joy & Gratitude . . . .

- Raven 

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Cherish this time of the year with some warm and cozy favorites like Nutmeg Vitality (fantastic for cider or baking), Christmas Spirit (my acupuncturist's new obsession!), Northern Lights Black Spruce (great for diffusing), and Sacred Frankincense (one of my all-time faves!).

Click the button below to learn more about these products if you haven't already and find out how you can get them for free with a qualifying order.
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Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your vacuum bag or filter to freshen up the rooms in your home as you clean.

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Peppermint Vitality Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter (or vegan butter such as Earth Balance)
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg (or vegan egg substitute such as flax or applesauce)
8 drops of Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 candy cane (finely crushed)
1/2 cup dark, bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions
-Preheat oven to 350° F
-Place heaping tablespoons of dough about 1” apart on parchment paper
-Bake for 10-12 minutes - until soft with slightly crisping edges
-Set to cool, but sprinkle crushed candy cane on immediately
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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki (www.HolisticPetsAndPeeps.com & www.HealingOilsForAnimals.com), as well as her premium pet food business (http://www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)

For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (https://www.facebook.com/HolisticPetsNPeeps), or email her at HolisticPetsAndPeeps@gmail.com.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Meet the YL Finca Victoria Farm!






Our extended family of partner farms continues to grow! We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with the Finca Victoria Farm, located in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico! The Finca Victoria Farm will provide Young Living with Lime and Grapefruit essential oils, which will come from citrus grown on more than 2,400 acres of farmland. And while operations span thousands of acres of farmland, the Finca Victoria Farm isn’t only a farm ~ it’s also a cold-press facility! This means that our oils will come from fresh citrus rinds that are cold-pressed on site. Because the Finca Victoria Farm is a zero-waste facility, the citrus juice, pulp, and rinds will be put to good use after the oils are extracted. The Finca Victoria Farm’s zero-waste status is one of the reasons why Young Living has chosen to partner with them, as it’s one of our 5×5 Pledge goals to bring all our operations to zero-waste status by 2024. The farm also meets our high Young Living standards and adheres to our Seed to Seal® quality commitment! The seeds are non-GMO, and the farm works to ensure soil health by strategically testing soil nutrition at just the right time. The Finca Victoria Farm also practices fair-trade principles, which is important to the Standards pillar of the Seed to Seal commitment. The employment opportunities offered by the farm and processing facility provide important support to the rural communities around Ciudad Victoria. We are thrilled to welcome this beautiful farm into our global family ~ and we know you’ll love every drop of oil that comes from their farm into your home! Learn more at www.SeedtoSeal.com!



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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki (www.HolisticPetsAndPeeps.com), as well as her premium pet food business (http://www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)

For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (https://www.facebook.com/HolisticPetsNPeeps), or email her at HolisticPetsAndPeeps@gmail.com.






Saturday, November 10, 2018

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt A Senior Cat ♥


November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and we want to challenge you to look behind the fluffy cuteness of a new puppy or kitten and see the beauty that older pets have to offer! Here are our top 10 reasons to adopt a senior cat (also be sure to check out our top 10 reasons to adopt a senior dog). For tips on caring for your older pet, ask us about Senior Pet Care 101.
  




Top 10 reasons to adopt a Senior Cat:

1. When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.

2. A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.

3. You can teach an old cat new tricks: Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.

4. A senior cat may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night) anyway!

5. In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.






6. A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting.

7. Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

8. Speaking of relaxing, senior cats make great napping buddies.

9. Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.



10. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for ~ so when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life.

Choosing to adopt a senior cat is a life-saving choice, but don’t adopt one because you feel bad . . . . adopt one because they’re easy-going, instant companions.  When senior cats are surrendered it may be due to a life-altering change and is a last resort, however, we are finding that lately, this is not always the case.  An owner’s ill health, the birth of a child, allergies, senior pet illness, an unforeseen move or financial change; the reasons (or excuses) are many. Senior cats that end up in shelters are good cats with no place else to go.  No senior pet deserves to spend the last years of their life in a noisy, scary shelter. By choosing to adopt a senior cat you’re giving him, or her, a second chance at life.  ♥


The Gifted Pet is raising funds via Senior Pet Project to help keep senior pets in forever homes, as well as help seniors keep their pets. Won't you please support this very important cause?!


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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her online specialty pet boutiques (www.TheGiftedPet.com & www.PamperedPetEssentials.com), and premium pet food business (www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)

For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (www.facebook.com/TheGiftedPet)


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog ♥



November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we want to challenge you to look behind the fluffy cuteness of a new puppy or kitten and see the beauty that older pets have to offer! Here are our top 10 reasons to adopt a senior dog (also be sure to check out our top 10 reasons to adopt a senior cat). For tips on caring for your older pet, ask us about Senior Pet Care 101.





Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog:

1. Older dogs are house-trained. You won’t have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping / cleaning up after accidents.

2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won’t chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

3. Older dogs can focus well because they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Older dogs have learned what “no” means. If they hadn’t learned it, they wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs.

5. Older dogs settle in easily because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.





6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they’ve been given.

7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Older dogs are instant companions ~ ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself because they don’t make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

10. Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.



Choosing to adopt a senior dog is a life-saving choice, but don’t adopt one because you feel bad . . . . adopt one because they’re easy-going, instant companions.  When senior dogs are surrendered it may be due to a life-altering change and is a last resort, however, we are finding that lately, this is not always the case. An owner’s ill health, the birth of a child, allergies, senior pet illness, an unforeseen move or financial change; the reasons (or excuses) are many. Senior dogs that end up in shelters are good dogs with no place else to go. No senior pet deserves to spend the last years of their life in a noisy, scary shelter. By choosing to adopt a senior dog you’re giving him or her, a second chance at life.  ♥


The Gifted Pet is raising funds via Senior Pet Project to help keep senior pets in forever homes, as well as help seniors keep their pets. Won't you please support this very important cause?!




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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her online specialty pet boutiques (www.TheGiftedPet.com & www.PamperedPetEssentials.com), and premium pet food business (www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)


For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (www.facebook.com/TheGiftedPet)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Rub My Belly . . . No Wait . . . Don't! ~ The Best Way to Pet a Cat



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If you haven't had much experience with cats, or if you want to teach your kids how they can be affectionate without worrying about getting scratched, we’ve got the inside scoop on how felines want to be petted.
So, what’s the correct way to pet a cat? You may think, no one needs to tell me how to do a simple thing. But the truth is that petting a cat isn’t something you can do by intuition alone. If you’ve never had a close relationship with a cat, maybe because you had a bad experience before, don’t worry. We can help you change all that with a short tutorial. Simply follow the guidelines below and you too can begin to know the joys of feline companionship.
If there’s one rule to keep in mind, it’s that petting a cat is very different from petting a dog. While dogs usually love a good belly rub, cats typically do not. Why is this true? It boils down to psychology. Generally speaking, dogs are usually pretty secure in their identity as a predator. You may even know of a few tiny dogs who believe themselves to be big bad wolves (looking at you Chihuahuas and Terriers). However, cats are more cautious, because in the wild, they identify as both predator and prey. That’s why cats remain on high alert much of the time. If a cat feels threatened ~ like when someone they don’t know unexpectedly touches their soft underbelly ~ he will act defensively to protect his vital organs. Better you than him, he would say.

right-spot

So, the secret spots where cats enjoy being scratched are where a cat’s scent glands are located: in the cheeks, the top of the head and at the base of the tail. When a cat rubs against a piece of furniture or your leg, it’s referred to as bunting. Bunting is how a cat spreads his scent. It’s his way of saying, “Hey, I like you and want to include you among the things that make me happy.” Bunting releases pheromones, making objects – or people - in his environment smell familiar. It also has the added benefit of reducing stress!
Around the head is a sure-fire hit with most kitties. Rub your cat along the crown at the top of the head, gently under his chin, in front of the ears and cheeks behind the whiskers. Hit this last spot just right and your cat will actually rotate his whiskers forward, indicating interest and friendliness.
With cats, it really pays to be observant about how each individual responds to different kinds of touches. Most cats like it when you run your hand along the spine. Some even enjoy gentle pressure at the base of the tail. In fact, they’ll let you know by sticking their tails straight up. If you notice any growling or tail-swishing, these are clues that your cat is becoming overstimulated and may lash out. For cats with heightened sensitivities, it’s best to stick with gently scratching their head and neck.

kitty-scritches

If you’re interacting with a timid kitty, always let them come to you first. As you might imagine, chasing someone down is not a good way to start a new relationship with a cat (or anyone, for that matter). Instead, try a “peace offering.” When approaching timid cats, give them a couple of tasty morsels, like our Gourmet Cat Treats for Skin & Coat Health, to show that you’re friendly and mean no harm. This positive reinforcement for affectionate behavior could have your cat saying, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
We hope you find these tips helpful for tuning you in to your inner cat nature, and that you too will now feel completely at ease with all kitties.


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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki (www.HolisticPetsAndPeeps.com), as well as her premium pet food business (http://www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)

For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (https://www.facebook.com/HolisticPetsNPeeps), or email her at HolisticPetsAndPeeps@gmail.com.