Aromatherapy – A concentration of nature’s healing powers
Aromatherapy means ‘treatment using aromas’. It refers to a specific branch of herbal medicine that uses concentrated plant oils called essential oils to improve physical and emotional health, and restore balance to the whole body. (Unlike herbal medicine, essential oils are not taken internally, but are inhaled or applied to the skin.)
Essential oils are natural volatile oils with identifiable chemical and medicinal properties. Over 150 essential oils have been extracted, each one having its own scent and unique healing properties. For optimum benefits, essential oils must be extracted from natural raw ingredients and remain as pure as possible.
Whether essential oils are applied to the skin or inhaled into the lungs they are absorbed into the blood stream and are carried to every part of the body. Within the body, the essential oils are able to operate in three ways:
From a pharmacological perspective, the chemical components of the oils react with the body chemistry in a way that is similar to drugs, but slower, more sympathetically and with
The oils also have physiological effects. The psychological response is triggered by the effect that the oil has on the brain. For example, Grapefruit essential oil is said to be an anti-depressant, camomile and peppermint aid digestion.
Although aromatherapy has been used for centuries treating human ailments we are only recently starting to use it for rabbits. We have found it to be very useful when inhaled with steam to treat respiratory infections. As an immune booster, we use it topically to treat skin problems like ringworm and all types of wounds on the skin. Rabbits, like people, are all individuals, and we suggest if you are going to use essential oils then you must first test your rabbit’s response. You must let the rabbit smell the chosen essential oil, because if the rabbit doesn’t like the oil you won’t get very far with the treatment. If the rabbit likes the essential oil then you can go ahead and use it in the correct way.