SPIKE, a 15-year-old male Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, was exhibiting excessive screaming in the household. The owners had already been using a single Lavender essential oil in a diffuser, as they had heard of the calming effects Lavender could provide. They experienced only minimal effects. A blend of equal parts Lavender, Orange, Lemon and Clary Sage was substituted for diffusion, and the owners reported a much improved and more consistent reduction in the amount of screaming. They also felt that Spike’s hormonally-charged behaviors towards the owners (biting and chasing feet) were also reduced.


THOLLIE, a five-year-old intact female American Staffordshire Terrier, was abandoned at a veterinary clinic. While attempting to examine, sedate, draw blood or restrain her, the dog would thrash and violently twist her body in an attempt to escape. A blend of equal parts Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile and Blue Cypress (an essential oil known for grounding properties) was “petted” onto the handlers and Thollie’s chest and back area 20 minutes prior and immediately before attempted handling. Significant differences were noted, and the dog could be restrained, allowing injections to be given for her spay surgery. With continued use of the oils, combined with positive bridging, Thollie was able to have her nails trimmed with minimal restraint or struggle, after several weeks.


ABBIE is a 13-year-old Arabian/Quarter Horse mare. She is known to be very cranky, especially during heat cycles, is afraid of loading into a horse trailer, and gets “stress diarrhea” after a transport event. The owners used a blend of three parts Lavender, one part Roman Chamomile, and one part Clary Sage in a petting method, 20 minutes prior to attempting to load her. They noticed a significant difference in her stress level, she loaded into the trailer easier than they had ever seen, and she did not exhibit her normal stomping and kicking while inside the trailer. The owners also sprinkled several drops of this blend into her manger, so she would smell the essential oils during the trailer ride. The owners also noted that she did not get her normal episode of post-transport diarrhea.