Essential Oils and Animals

This has nothing to do with ritual, magic, or anything esoteric, just one of my frequent freakouts over people using essential oils in dangerous ways.

My sister-in-law is a veterinarian in northern California, where a lot of people are really concerned with keeping things as natural as possible.  A few weeks ago, a dog died in her arms.  A perfectly healthy dog, whose owners had decided against a flea treatment like Frontline because of their concerns over pesticides.  They’d done some online research and discovered that certain essential oils can repel fleas, so they bought a bottle of pennyroyal essential oil and rubbed a small amount into the dog’s skin.

24 hours later, the dog died of liver failure brought on by pennyroyal poisoning.

This is not unusual, sadly.  Pennyroyal, which is extremely toxic to dogs, is touted in a ton of places online as a very effective flea deterrent.  Search “natural flea treatment” or “essential oils for fleas” on Google or Pinterest or almost anywhere you CAN search and someone will have helpful directions about using essential oils to treat a flea infestation.  Among the most popular – Pennyroyal.

“A 1992 study (Sudekum M et al, Pennyroyal oil toxicosis in a dog, JAVMA.1992) reported that .07 oz of pennyroyal essential oil was applied to a dog’s skin to help control fleas. “Within 1 hour of application, the dog became listless and within 2 hours began vomiting. At 30 hours after exposure, the dog exhibited diarrhea, hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and epistaxis (bleeding from the nose). Soon thereafter, the dog developed seizures and died. Histopathiologic (tissue) examination of the liver showed massive hepatocellular necrosis”. In other words, the dog died of liver failure.” [source]

.07 oz is less than half a teaspoon.

On the face of it, using essential oils to repel bugs is really sensible.  We use citronella candles with essential oil of citronella, after all, to keep mosquitos away.  People even use citronella sprays.  No big deal.  Plant based, natural, no dangerous pesticides.

Except one of those natural bug repellents is virulently poisonous, and less than half avteaspoon applied to the skin (not consumed, just rubbed on the skin) will kill a dog.  That part didn’t make it into the webpage or pinned recipe for flea repellent.

I have another post in the works on the many, many Pinterest recipes floating around, for human and animal use.  Put it on your skin, take several drops by mouth, diffuse it into the air so you/your kids/your pets/your guests can breathe it into their lungs.  Get the essential oil into your body, they say, because it’s natural and nontoxic and healthy and safe.

Essential oils are the most concentrated form of a plant that exists.  They can make humans and animals sick or dead.  MLM companies want to sell oils; the more you consume in more ways (skin, ingestion, diffuser, etc.), the more you’ll buy from them.  They are salespeople.  Not herbalists, aromatherapists, doctors, nurses, homeopaths, naturopaths, or anyone else who has been through training regarding the safety of essential oils.  Some of them are knowledgeable, I’m sure, but the are first and foremost salespeople trying to sell you something.

Be careful.  Please.  Essential oils are strong, and they can make people and animals very ill, or even kill them.  Never base your use of oils on a salesperson’s pitch, an essential oil company’s instructions, or something you found on Google or Pinterest.  If you’re interested in essential oil use, learn from a qualified program before you use them on yourself, your dog, your kid, or your clients. These pet deaths (the dog my sister-in-law saw was just one of many households pets sickened or killed every year when people try to treat a problem with herbs or oils) are completely avoidable.  Not one of those animals had to die.  They were victims of a “natural medicine” craze that turns salespeople into instructors, advising their customers on the use of oils to maximize their own profits.

 

The Good Luck Lady

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a colleague who thought Quadrivium Supplies would be a good fit for someone who was putting together a “team” of people offering metaphysical products and services. I got in touch with Flora, who has gone by the name “The Good Luck Lady” professionally for years, and heard about her plans to put together a group of people who were dedicated practitioners of their crafts.  What Flora was interested in doing wasn’t just putting together a listing of people who provided spiritual services and metaphysical products – in her own words, she was looking for people

to join a co-operative of genuine sacred arts practitioners that have real skill and mastery of their vocation.

Needless to say, I was honored to be invited to join this group.  It’s not an affiliate system, it changes nothing about the way Quadrivium does business, it’s just another way for people to find Quadrivium Oils.  And because Flora, “The Good Luck Lady,” prefers individuals and their faces and stories to companies and their logos, you can click over to my page on her site to read a little more about me, how I got into oils, and why I like the precision of oilmaking using lunar and astrological timing.

Check out The Good Luck Lady website, and the practitioners and professionals listed.  Everyone is there because we’re dedicated to providing the best service to clients that we can.

General Information – Shipping

This entry is for the  people who want to know how long it usually takes to get an oil from Quadrivium.

Quadrivium does not pre-make oils.  Each oil is made when it is ordered – the essential oils are pre-mixed, under lunar and planetary conditions, because essential oils do not “turn” or “go bad.”   Once the essential oils are mixed with the carrier oil (we use sweet almond oil), the clock starts ticking. Quadrivium Oils contain Vitamin E as a preservative, but since we do not use any synthetic anything, our oils will eventually “turn.”  We guarantee the oils are stable for one year, as long as you follow the basic guidelines – keep the oil in a cool, dark place, always use a colored glass bottle to contain the oil and protect it from oxidation.  After a year, we can’t guarantee that the oil will smell the same or look the same.  Since there are herbs, resins, or minerals in almost every oil we sell, those solids sit in the oil and many of the herbal components will dissolve, in time.  Our own tests have shown that this begins to affect the quality of the oil after 12 months.  Making the oils to order takes longer, but it means a considerably extended shelf life for the customer’s purchase.

So where IS your oil?  When you make an order, it enters a queue.  If there’s a bunch of orders ahead of yours, it might take a bit.  Normally, any order within the continental US will be shipped within 14 business days.  If we’re backed up, waiting for the delivery of an oil component or packaging, we’ll let you know.   In the event of a backup, we upgrade shipping to Priority Mail at no cost to the customer.

Our oils are sent in very sturdy small boxes, well cushioned and protected from breakage.  This is why the shipping fee is the same for 1 – 5 oils, as it’s the same size box and the same postage fees.  If the order is shipped Priority, we use the USPS Priority Mail boxes.  Normally, we ship using USPS First Class mail, with tracking.  When your order is shipped, you should receive an email via PayPal with the tracking information.

If you need your oil by a particular date, please let us know.  Orders can jump the queue for an additional fee, and we will upgrade shipping to Priority Mail or Express Mail as long as the customer understands that it means an increased shipping fee.  If you absolutely positively have to have the oil by the end of the week, or early the next week, let us know.  We can and do work with people who cannot wait.  Those customers are sent an additional invoice for rush service and shipment, and the orders are usually sent out on the next business day.

Generally, it takes about five to seven business days between ordering and receiving an oil.  Fourteen business days is the outside limit for what we consider normal turnaround time, and any order that will take longer to prepare is automatically upgraded to Priority Mail and the customer contacted as soon as we have a general idea of the shipping date.  In the unlikely event of a delayed order, the customer may request a full refund and we will provide it.

Hopefully this answers any questions you have.  If not, contact orders@quadrivium-supplies.com and we’ll do our best to help.

 

New Oils at KC Conjure – Serve and Protect

If you missed the announcement, new Quadrivium Oils are going to be store exclusives – they’ll be released through certain stores that carry our oils, and able to be ordered via those store’s websites.

Our first set of oils has landed, and seems to be getting a pretty good reception.   KC Conjure, in Kansas City, has two oils.  This entry is on the first of them:

  • Serve and Protect – intended for use by and for those who serve our community in times of crisis. Said to help bring luck and protection to first responders, police, figherfighters, EMTs, deployed solders, etc.

Click on the name of the oil to be taken to the KC Conjure site, where you can purchase it directly.  We’re in the process of writing up the usual page of suggested uses for the oils, along with ideas for ritual work incorporating them.  At the moment, the KC Conjure Shop has (or had, at least) a beautiful portable shrine to St. Michael that was perfect for Serve and Protect.  Look into it, especially if you have a loved one who’s a first responder or a deployed soldier.

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(image courtesy of KC Conjure)

To give a bit of background on the oils, in my spare time (ha!), I’m a volunteer with the Chicago Police Department as a sort of liaison between the department and neighborhood residents, facilitating communication.  The longer you do something like that, the more cops you get to know, and the more friends you make in the department. Serve and Protect was originally merely called Be Safe and was used on a St. Jude candle that burned whenever a certain shift or team was on duty.  You can see me anointing a St. Jude candle for this purpose with what is now Serve and Protect on the TalkGnosis YouTube show Oils and Scents in Ritual Practice, in the last ten minutes of the show.  While St. Michael is the patron saint of police and protectors everywhere, St. Jude is the specific patron saint of the Chicago Police Department.  As I’ve said before, candle and oil magic seems to work best when it’s as targeted as possible, so the name of the person (or team) was written in the wax,  a very small amount of protective herbs were added to holes in the vigil candle, and the top of the candle anointed lightly with the oil.  This St. Jude candle burns in my window 5 nights out of 7 to this day, with different names in the wax depending on if someone is ill, injured, or working a particularly stressful or dangerous job.

Serve and Protect can be used to anoint candles, but is especially effective when used to anoint items that the individual to be protected can wear or carry with them.  St. Michael medals tend to be a favorite, but even a smudge on the inside of a belt or other natural leather surface can be useful.  The oil can be used with protective mojo bags, and in any other way a magical oil can be used.

This blog has always been very clear about the importance of keeping a tight focus when using ritual oils – that the more clear and simple the intent, the more successful the oil use is likely to be.  This is the most targeted oil that Quadrivium produces – it’s intended to protect people with a particular kind of job.  As such, it’s probably among the most simple to use of any of our oils.  A candle, a mojo bag, a talisman, anything anointed with this oil serves one purpose – to protect the person wearing or carrying it, or for whom the candle is burned.