|Photo of lavender and blue bottle from Istockphoto.|
Robinson's article stated that "the second study, published in the September 15, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported that ambient odor of lavender may be beneficial in calming dogs susceptible to travel-induced excitement. That is, dogs who would otherwise bark and exhibit restlessness during car rides calmed significantly after exposure to 5 milliliters of lavender oil sprayed onto a flannel cloth." I find this very interesting as Coach does seem to exhibit a bit of restlessness in the car. I will be switching out my car fragrance to lavender.
In fact, Colorado State University Veterinarians even go so far as to give the recommendation of giving lavender scented tissues to a stressed dog as part of their Tips for Helping Pets Through Trauma and Disaster: "Lavender aromatherapy, provided as easily as applying a few drops of pure essential oil to a tissue near the animal, calms both pets and people." (I would note, that you want to make sure that the tissue is somewhere that your dog isn't going to eat it. Jam and HRH Berkeley were very into paper napkins and tissues.)
Coach just arrived. Jam just left for IFT. Willow doesn't know who is coming or going. So, I went out immediately and bought two lavender diffusers: one for upstairs and one for downstairs.
[Note: The diffusers that David Brady at Southeastern uses are FanFuser Diffusers. The lavender oil he uses is from Jedwards International. FYI.]