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Herbal Pets Insect Deterrent Spray - DEET-Free

By Ann C Wooledge
on April 26, 2010

You will enjoy the light lemon scent, but please do not spray directly into or close to your animal's face, eyes or nose. Dogs and horses both have long noses, which means they have more olfactory bulbs than we do and are sensitive to aromatic molecules - such as essential oils. I spray our two dogs (both 50+ pounds) liberally throughout their body area and around their necks - especially under their collar. Fleas usually come up to the collar on their way to the eyes to drink. I spray my hand and pat down the facial and ear area of the dogs. Abby, the Golden Retriever, will go rub her nose in the grass a minute but Brit, the Brittany Spaniel, seems to enjoy the spray down. I think he knows it keeps the fleas and flies off of him. I think they both just enjoy the rubbing that goes with it. On small dogs, do a skin test first by spraying a small amount on the belly where there is less hair and leave overnight. If there is no adverse reaction such as a rash or red area, then apply by spraying your own hand and patting down the dog. The bottle will provide an easy-to-use spray that can be applied easily over the entire body.This product also provides a good deodorizing scent to your pets.

DO NOT USE ON CATS!! Cats cannot metabolize essential oils and you may not see the damage, but the possibility of organ damage is high - according to most references I've read.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – Organic

By Melody Hansen
on August 31, 2009

Peppermint essential oil is widely used and because of this, often misrepresented as being completely safe. It is safe when used diluted and with knowledge of cautions that apply to this oil. I was happy to see that the National Association of International Aromatherapists (NAHA) has felt it necessary to post a position statement on their website due to adverse events caused by perhaps well-meaning sellers of essential oils who know little to nothing about safely using essential oils. Here is NAHA's statement:

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita): relieves nausea, analgesic for muscular aches and pains, relieves/reduces migraines, energizing, antispasmodic, do not use on children under 30 months of age

NAHA Safety Note for Peppermint Essential Oil:

- Avoid use on children under 30 months of age. The nasal mucosa is an autonomic reflexogen organ, which has a distance action to the heart, lungs and circulation and may lead to sudden apnoea and glottal constriction.

- Direct application of peppermint oil to the nasal area or chest to infants should be avoided because of the risk of apnea, laryngeal and bronchial spasms, acute respiratory distress with cyanosis and respiratory arrest. (The Longwood Herbal Task Force)

- Do not apply undiluted peppermint essential oils to the feet, particularly on infants and children under the age of 12.

- Inhalation of larges doses of menthol may lead to dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness, nausea and double vision. (Natural Standard Research Collaboration, Peppermint oil. Evidence based monograph 2005; Medlineplus)

The information below has been taken from the European Medicines Agency: ASSESSMENT REPORT ON MENTHA X PIPERITA L., AETHEROLEUM

- When used orally, it may cause heartburn, perianal burning, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. Heartburn is related with the release of the oil in the upper GI tract, which relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter, facilitating the reflux. The same occurs in the cases of hiatal hernia. This particular undesirable effect is minimized by an appropriate pharmaceutical formulation.  **Peppermint essential oil should always be in an enteric-coated tablet or capsule for internal use.

- People with gallbladder disease, severe liver damage, gallstones and chronic heartburn should avoid the intake of peppermint oil.

- Menthol and peppermint oil caused burning mouth syndrome, recurrent oral ulceration or a lichenoid reaction, by contact sensitivity in the intra-oral mucosa, in sensitive patients.

- When applied on the skin, it may cause allergic reactions, as skin rashes, contact dermatitis and eye irritation.

- Use in infants or children is not recommended, when inhaled, taken by mouth or if applied on open skin areas, on the face or chest, due to the potential toxicity of the product.

- Peppermint oil should be used with caution. Doses of menthol over 1 g/Kg b.w. may be deadly.

For further research articles see:

A near fatal case of high dose peppermint oil ingestion- Lessons learnt

Acute allergic contact dermatitis of the lips from peppermint oil in a lip balm.


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