How to offer hydrosols to animals
A simple and practical approach to helping our animals self-soothe and self-heal through floral waters
Free Choice & Self-Selection
It is important to always give your animal a choice, and not to impose any aromatic onto them. Let the animal select their own remedy by smelling the hydrosol bottles. Hold the hydrosol 2 feet away from the animal. Allow the animal to come to you, rather than you following the animal around with the scent. Always allow them to leave the area/ room where the aromatics are being offered.
Once they have shown interest in one or a few hydrosols, place 1-10 drops in a saucer of water (100ml). Add more or less drops depending on your animal’s needs and reactions. Signs of interest include smelling intently for a long time, licking lips, following you around with the aroma. Cats show interest in a more subtle way. They tend to like to self-soothe in their own time, away from attention. Therefore, you can leave a few drops of hydrosol in a saucer of water, and just notice if they go near it throughout the day or if the amount of water has changed at the end of the day.
Each hydrosol goes into a different saucer of water (100ml). Never mix two hydrosols into one saucer.
Place the hydrosols in a convenient location, but away from the animal’s normal eating area, so you can monitor how often they self-medicate by inhaling, licking or sleeping nearby.
Change the saucer of hydrosols and water mix daily.
Always ensure clean, plain drinking water is available, with no hydrosol mixed in.
plain drinking water
Topical applications when requested
If you feel the animal is indicating a part of their body to you (through licking, pushing into you, showing their tummy, or in their own unique way!), you can stroke in the drop of hydrosol into that area of their body. Be mindful not to spread the hydrosol over the whole body and fur, but only in the specific area indicated by the animal.
Hydrosols are also perfect as a natural, yet powerful wound wash. Thyme hydrosol is a good disinfectant wash when minor injuries occur.
Listening to the animal
Always listen to your animal's wishes by letting them guide you, showing their likes and dislikes. Always provide them with a choice and listen to their wishes. This not only ensures safety but is also where the beauty and healing power of hydrosols are truly felt and seen by both the guardian and the animal.
I highly recommend the book 'Essential Oils For Animals' for a complete and practical guide to using aromatherapy with all animals. There are specific sections dedicated to the usage of hydrosols. It is suitable for beginners as well as experienced users. Please click here if you would like to purchase the book.
For cats specifically, 'The Aromatic Cat' is a wonderful resource. Please click here if you would like to purchase the book.