Aromatherapy has long been used as an alternative homeopathic therapy for humans, offering a wide range of healing physical and psychological benefits through the use of carefully selected essential oils. Each of these oils, extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant, serve a different purpose and have been known to help with everything from improving respiratory health, to soothing joint pain, and even easing anxiety.
So, it’s no surprise that aromatherapy can benefit our dogs, too!
Looking to give it a try with my own dogs, I discovered The Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care line. With more than 10 years of experience with some of the top cosmetics companies in the world, Dakarai Larriett, inspired by his four-legged son, Dada, set out to create a line of natural, therapeutic aromatherapy spa products for pets that were just as luxurious and effective as the products we’d use on ourselves.
The result of his efforts is a line of natural, calming, and skin-soothing products in 5 fragrances designed to both eliminate pet odors and provide therapeutic relaxation, targeted to your pet’s individual needs:
Happy Jasmine – Designed lift your dog’s spirits with the Jasmine essential oils, this fragrance is perfect for pets that seem down in the dumps, or after the loss of a companion. Naturally, the essential oils in Gerrard Larriett’s products will lift your spirits, too!
Balancing Rose – The essential oils of the rose are known to balance the mind and body. Perfect for pets (or owners) that may be moody or irritable, this delicate fragrance just makes you feel good.
Relaxing Wildwoods – Made with a Cedarwood essential oils blend, this fragrance is designed to calm nerves and ease anxiety. Perfect for pets that suffer separation anxiety, fear of storms, or during travel.
De-Stress Lavender and Chamomile – Made with lavender and chamomile, this fragrance will leave both you and your dog feeling de-stressed and relaxed.
Energizing Grapefruit & Spearmint – Are you or your dog feeling a little sluggish? Looking for a quick (and beautifully scented) pick-me-up? Than, grapefruit and spearmint is just the answer!
Our favorite of all the Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy products is the Aromatherapy Spa Kit in a Box – because it contains everything you need to treat your pet to a luxurious spa treatment at home, together in one box – perfect for using with your own pets or giving as a unique gift to a dog-loving friend.
The Spa Kit includes: 1 Aromatherapy/Deodorizing Soy Candle; 1 8oz bottle of Aromatherapy Shampoo & Conditioner for Pets; and 1 4oz bottle of Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray for Pets.
Because I have two dogs that sometimes drive each other nuts, I was excited to try the spa kit in the Balancing Rose fragrance. Now, “rose” isn’t a scent I typically enjoy – in fact, I usually steer clear. But, the subtle Balancing Rose fragrance wasn’t overpowering at all, just fresh and light! (As a mater of fact, my daughter loved it so much, she asked if she could use the Freshening Spray on herself!)
To eliminate pet odors in the home while the scent of essential oils lightly freshens the air, you’ve got to try the Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Deodorizing Candle. This is a good sized 6oz white candle, with a 40-hour burn time, in a clean, modern style jar to compliment any home’s decor. And, because dogs, like some people, can’t tolerate overwhelming scents, the fragrance is light and subtle, but enough to destroy any lingering pet odors.
The Aromatherapy Shampoo & Conditioner (in one) is nothing less than amazing. Not only are my dog’s coats soft and silky, but they smell fantastic, too. And, since the it conditions while it cleans, brushing was a breeze. Plus, the dogs, in addition to feeling the relaxing effects of their aromatherapy spa day, are getting extra snuggles from me because they smell so good and feel so soft! The shampoo is made with Aloe Vera and Oat, known to naturally prevent skin irritation and to rehydrate sensitive, dry skin. To top it off, my hands became softer, too!
My favorite product of all, though, is the Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray. Because my dogs are active (and love to get dirty!) they are in constant need of a little freshening up. But, as most dog owners know, bathing too often can diminish your dog’s natural oils, leaving their skin dry and their coat dull. I’ve tried pet conditioning sprays in the past, only to be put off by either the overpowering scent or the sticky, greasy residue they leave behind. But, Gerrard Larriett’s spray didn’t do that at all! Aside from the essential oils that instantly relax my dogs, the spray contains lanolin, a natural ingredient that soothes irritation and rehydrates dry skin. With just a few quick spritzes, both dogs had that fresh-out-of-the-bath scent and felt silky and smooth – and their coats looked shiny and healthy, too.
We give the Gerrard Larriett line of Aromatherapy Pet Products 2 thumbs way, way up (2 paws up?). And, I’m not sure who enjoyed these products the most, me or my furry best buddies!
You can learn more about Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care, the benefits of aromatherapy for your pets (yes, it works for cats, too!) or give them a try, at www.GerrardLarriett.com.