Yeah I was freaking out when I heard that! I use Young Living oils, and have also made the mistake of putting too-potent of a mix on, owww!@Fritzgerald16 Yeah I have taken the certification course...use them a lot.. when I am told things like that I ask for the scientific study and there usually isn't one. There's a newer statement that's very generalized, saying they're dangerous that also isn't backed by science.
Also I always say this but I feel like no one hears me: do not ever use straight oil (if it's a pure oil) on your bird or even on yourself! It should be blended with an appropriate carrier oil. Even a 'good' oil can be too potent. I have used straight peppermint oil by accident and got a skin rash! There's certainly nothing wrong with peppermint oil. And do buy from a top manufacturer- you want a pure oil with no trash ingredients in it.
Hrmm no. It's not the same thing at all. Here's a tiny bit of information about some of the process of harvesting oils. Why dōTERRA? | dōTERRA Essential Oils There's a lot that goes into it. They all have to prove efficacy, purity etc.This makes them not a whole lot different from fragrance oils used in candles, reed diffusers, and wax melts.
What do you mean? There are tons and tons of studies. This book @Fritzgerald16 mentioned is one of at least 3 (that's just off the top of my head) that cover birds and aromatherapy -- if you really want to see the studies, I'd suggest starting with those books. Studies are difficult to find online, but not impossible.especially when there are no studies to reference.
Even reputable manufacturers, such as Young Life, have been caught using fillers in their EOs. How can you be guaranteed that your product is safe when there's no mandate requiring the labeling of what chemicals are going into your EO bottles? There is no legal requirement for labeling "therapeutic grade" EOs - just like full-spectrum lighting bulbs. It's a marketing gimmick and doesn't necessarily have any true indication of its purity or efficacy. The consensus is that it's a single ingredient, single crop, single distillation, but there's no way (or legal obligation outside of "food grade" products) to prove it. Not to mention that this definition means that "therapeutic grade" and "food grade" are mutually exclusive, as per FDA rules.Aromatherapy is currently an unregulated and unlicensed field both for the practice of aromatherapy as well as the manufacture of aromatherapy products.
Wow...what a hot debate. Can we safely say that birds don't use essential oils in the wild? If they have any such aromas it's most likely something natural in their environment and who knows what their senses are really like other than by overwhelming consensus by the scientific community? Until then, I'd rather be safe than sorry. The price of failure is too high for me here.Not only that, but the ASPCA Poison Control even says that inhalation of EOs by cats and dogs can cause aspiration pneumonia. I imagine it's no different, if not worse, for birds.
I know that cats are lacking a specific liver enzyme to aid in metabolizing a lot of oils, but aspiration pneumonia has nothing to do with that. Every vet I've ever communicated with has said no to essential oils around cats and dogs, and especially no around exotics and birds. If my birds had a specific problem and an EO would aid with it, I have no problem accepting that as a specified treatment for a specific ailment. But general use? Nope, not worth the risk.Essential Oils
Cats are especially sensitive to essential oils, and effects such as gastrointestinal upset, central nervous system depression and even liver damage could occur if ingested in significant quantities. Inhalation of the oils could lead to aspiration pneumonia. There are significant variations in toxicity among specific oils. Based on this, we would not recommend using essential oils in areas where your pets have access, unless pets are supervised or the use of the oil is approved by your veterinarian.
And I must throw this out there, veterinarians and physicians don't like for us to use holistic remedies because it's money out of their pockets. And because they don't know about them -- they didn't learn about them in med school.