A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals
By Nayana Morag

This is one of a series of articles that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), "The owl of wisdom"

The English word 'clary' comes from the Latin word 'clarus' or clear, and the plant was named thus because traditionally seeds of the herb were used to clear sore eyes. However it also indicates the oil's role in clearing stuck energy and helping us achieve clarity of vision within ourselves. Clary sage is both deeply relaxing and revitalising on a physical and emotional level.

It is an euphoric oil, helping to lift the mind out of despondency, and yet it is also grounding helping to connect to the present moment and clarifying confusion. It is antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-bacterial, tonic and reduces excessive sweating. It is brilliant for relaxing muscle pain, and the same antispasmodic action helps with asthma and problems of the stomach and intestine. It is also a hormone balancer and has been said to mimic progesterone and is my personal favourite for menstrual problems. Do not use this oil before strenuous activity as it invites you to relax deeply and can even make you feel drowsy. Relax with it and allow it to permeate your body and being.

Physical uses: asthma and other respiratory problems, muscle strain or cramp, hormonal imbalances, flatulence, irritable bowel

Emotional uses: fear of known things, nervous anxiety, claustrophobia, box-walking, travelling/loading problems, extremes of behaviour e.g. hyperactivity or listlessness

Cautions: Do not use in pregnancy. Not to be confused with Salvia officinalis which is not recommended for home usage due to its potentially toxic levels of thujone. Do not drink alcohol while using clary sage as it can cause bad dreams or even a negative hallucinogenic state.

A word on quality.... it is very important that you buy essential oils that are authentic and unadulterated. Companies that supply to professionals are a good bet. Order oils using their Latin names to avoid confusion. Through my website I supply essential oils in 5% dilution that are safe to use with animals.

Familiarity breeds intuition..... There are so many essential oils, many of which have similar actions, that I suggest you start with only a few and get to know them intimately, expanding your collection slowly as need or curiosity dictates. Be safe: essential oils are potent chemicals, albeit natural, and should never be used undiluted; be sure you read the caution for each oil.

Nayana Morag is a qualified Essential Oil for Animals Therapist and a member of GEOTA. She has worked with horses all her life specialising in the ones no one else wanted! She has also developed her own method of teaching riding based on the martial arts and body-awareness techniques and is the author of the "Riding Raps" series of audio tapes. Nowadays she lives in the UK and concentrates on educating animal owners in the use of essential oils and our role in our animals' well-being. She also teaches on the GEOTA certification course and will be coming to the USA to teach in October and November 2002. For info on attending or hosting a workshop check out www.essentialanimals.com.