By Carole Buess
Parrots are my passion and a way of life. I began using Young Living oils in January 2014, but became truly enthusiastic after I joined the now obsolete Facebook group „Finned, Furred and Feathered,” headed by Dr. Melissa Shelton, DVM. There I discovered that I could use Young Living Oils on my feathered friends. I immediately ordered her fantastic book, the The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals (ADR). The book includes information on a number of animals, but I often refer to the very comprehensive section on Avian use.
Parrots are birds of prey. Out of an instinctive sense of self-preservation, they conceal when they are sick, so it is very difficult to know if they are ill. Parrots can die from stress. Because of this, my first oil of choice when dealing with my parrots is Peace and Calming (P&C).
Caesar Geronimo is an Orange-Winged Amazon, a rescue bird of unknown age. He is relatively old and has a scissor beak. In order for him to be able to eat properly, his beak has to be filed down every 3-½ months at the animal hospital in Zürich. Caesar is NOT tame. Having to catch him and put him in a travel cage is very stressful for him and the other birds in my upstairs bird room.
Birds reflect our energy level and our moods. Because of this, I also need to be calm when dealing with my parrots. So, before I do ANYTHING that will even slightly upset my birds, I apply P&C on my wrists and let it work on ME. Next, I diffuse about five drops of P&C for about 30 minutes in the bird room. Only then do I collect Caesar Geronimo from his cage. A few drops of P&C on the towel covering the travel cage helps keep him calm for the trip to Zürich and during the preparation for the actual procedure at the animal hospital. Since I am always on pins and needles till the “operation” is successfully completed, I usually take the bottle of P&C with me to sniff repeatedly.
I have a large flock of birds consisting of parrots (6), parakeets (10) and two button quail.
I diffuse P+C in my downstairs bird room to curb the sexual activity of my four free-flying lovebirds. Their main occupation in life seems to be building nests out of anything lying around and laying eggs. They DO NOT listen to reason and happily build nests in the most unlikely places. Every day is like Easter, with me frantically searching in all possible places: under, around and behind items in the room, for hidden eggs. I have no desire to increase my flock, so I am happy that P+C seems to slow them down.
These are the machos in my flock:
Carol Buess is a retired social worker for the city of Zürich. She has been living in Switzerland since 1973 and has been a Young Living distributor since 2014.