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Essential Oils Question

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by HappyHermanns, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. HappyHermanns

    HappyHermanns Active Member

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    Hi all!

    I wasn't quite sure where to post this question, I thought it might be kind of tricky so this board seemed right. :)

    I am going to begin using essential oils in my home.
    I am wondering if diffusing oils can hurt our little guys..
    I know that is probably a broad question and I am not looking for a list of what is acceptable for them (well, yet, I suppose) but if I diffuse Wild Orange (or something similar) in our home to benefit from the Vitamin C, can it hurt them?
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    As I have no idea of the chemical composition of the oils - and they'll all be different - I'd err on the side of caution. Assume it could be a problem and keep them away from your tort (and any other pets)
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    Will Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Your goal is to inhale vitamin C? I'd like to see the science on that. Many many indoor environment people, (those that study work places, hospitals and other places where we are in an enclosed space ourselves) urge people to not use any of the room 'odor' things as we already breath way to much stuff in the air in a closed room. My dentist even suggests rinsing of a toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide if it's stored in the bathroom because every time you flush you make air born your own feces.
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    Thanks @JoesMum!
    I just had to check if there was any "direct" knowledge on this topic.
    Do you think if I were to have it in another room (a couple of rooms away from them) so it wasn't directly by them, that would be sufficient?
    If I gave it a try, how would I know if they didn't like it or it wasn't good for them? The basics- sleeping a lot, not eating/ drinking exc..?

    I suffer from some extreme pain that I have decided to try to combat with oils, so I don't want to just totally ditch the idea, you know..
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    eww!! I have never heard anything like that before. I will be looking to it, though.. eww again.. haha

    Well, it isn't just Vitamin C, it is different Essential Oils for a score of different things.
    There is one that I want to use, also, to help the immune system during times of cold/flu.
    There are also soothing "blends" that can help promote good feelings and mental health.
    I never would have thought I would be one to dive into the oil "craze" but the pain that I have been in demand something and I have to find a way to decrease it or I'll go mad..
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    Keep the doors closed and open a window if necessary
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    I found this info specifically on Wild Orange;
    Primary Benefits

    • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
    • Protects against seasonal and environmental threats
    • High in antioxidants, which are essential to overall health
    • Uplifting to the mind and body


    Emotional Benefits
    Energetically, wild orange is very uplifting to the mind and emotions. This can translate to an increase in physical energy, or an elevating mood. It's often said to be an oil of abundance, or possibility, opening a person's mind and heart to the potential that surrounds them, and their ability to accept the goodness Life is offering.

    This can affect a person on many levels, from helping you to release patterns of scarcity, money blocks, fear, and "not enough-ness", to stimulating your creativity, vision, and widening your perspective. It can also help a person tap into their own playfulness and sense of humor, so that challenges can be approached without the heaviness that often impacts our ability to navigate them. And it helps you tap into your authentic self, and come to learn that you are, in fact, "enough"
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Interesting, but thin on science.

    I suspect the chemical composition of individual products varies. Keep away from pets :)
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    Yea, in that case I just googled it really fast to show the benefits.
    I will see what google has to say about them with torts but I just assumed that the info would be nearly nonexistent..
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    There is actually a facebook page, if anyone is interested, now that I raised the question. lol
    It isn't scientific but very informative by a person that uses the oils on reptiles and amphibs, too.

    https://www.facebook.com/essential.oils.reptiles/
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    It's an unregulated industry. There is no way you can guarantee what is in the oils you buy or the effect they'd have on your pets. One brand will differ from another.

    It's not like buying aspirin where doses and uses are closely studied, known and understood.

    There's a lot to be said for the use of alternative remedies for things like pain control, I've had acupuncture to help, and I really hope they work for you. Just keep them away from the animals :)

    I hope you feel better soon :)
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    My girlfriend has been getting into Essential Oils. It all seems hokey to me, but I'm a cynical skeptic of most things.

    That being said I doubt a diffuser is going to hurt your pets in most rooms.

    Things like size of room, placement of the diffuser, airflow, and size or age of tortoise all may make a difference.

    We had one set up in a room that has one rabbit, two guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, and a sulcata hatchling. We had no problems.

    I also saw no benefits either.
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    I grew up in the Haight Ashbury during the 60's, so from life experience I speak. That's all BS. The best air is clean air, free of any volatile organic compounds.

    If it makes you feel something you like then that is all the justification you need. But breathing anything but clean air is not healthful.
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    Beware oils with pine and ceader as these could be toxic in high concentration.
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    You sound just like my husband. lol
    To me, the proof is in the pudding. I don't know if I believe ALL that I see on the oils but what I have seen makes me want to give it a shot.
    If it works for me, my hubby is in whether he likes it or not. lol (as I am sure you are with your girlfriend, haha)
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    Her and her friends seem to believe in it. Like I said, I'm a skeptic, but at the same time it isn't worth making an issue of.

    Give it a shot. Hopefully it works for you.

    Like I said it never seemed to effect any of my animals, but I obviously didn't stick the diffuser inside the tortoise enclosure either.
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    Don't forget torts can live over 100 years eating weeds and grass . We live about 74 years and eat junk . Should we teach the torts or should the torts teach us ? :)
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    I wish the oils could be beneficial for torts..
    Sadly, Last night our baby Vernie passed away.:(:(:(
    I posted a little tribute to him in the Hermann's Tort section.
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    Essential. They are not.

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