This is Rana Bug getting her bug spray on Sanctuary means nature, which includes bugs. Elephants can get ticks and mosquito bites on the areas that have soft, thin skin- so their entire underside, ears, neck, and face. And flies are just annoying, so they get a thorough spraying of two different essential oil sprays. With elephants, anything that is used topically on them has to be ok to be ingested, this makes finding something appropriate and effective a struggle.
We are very cautious with what is used in and on our elephants, so for those who have concerns about essential oils, know we only use what is safe. A few years ago, we reached out to an oil company and asked some questions. The head of the company responded, had a love for elephants, and the rest is history.
Dr. Melissa Shelton has been donating her animalEO oils to GSE for years now. Before we had elephants at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, they were being used on Ramba in Chile. Dr. Shelton is a veterinarian who had worked with oils, but after quality issues with one of the brands she had relied on, chose to make her own line. The oils are all veterinary grade, sourced, tested, and compounded by her. It makes for reliability that rarely exists nowadays.
Her oils are geared towards both emotional and physical issues, and the results are visible. We use them for the transport of elephants to begin to boost their immune system, ward off GI issues, and help them relax and trust. Maia, Guida, and Rana all benefited from them during their trips. Alma, our blind tapir that has seizures, receives both neurological and behavioral oils to help with seizure control and keeping her calm. The girls all get two anti-inflammatory oils daily to help with joint issues from a lifetime of captivity. One is ‘Ele-itis’ explicitly compounded for our girls. Guida received GI Goe when she suffered from colic, and it was one of the only things she would open her mouth for at the onset.
The dogs, cats, chickens, Frederick, tapirs, elephants, and humans all benefit from these oils, and we are grateful for Melissa’s generosity and support of all creatures at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. It allows us to have another modality to treat the elephants and feel secure in knowing they are safe and high quality. We love being able to offer the girls support with any of the struggles they might need to deal with on their road to recovery. We have seen the difference these oils make and feel blessed that we found each other years ago and all of the residents at ESB are all the better for it.
June 15, 2019