Why use Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are volatile aromatic compounds that are harvested and steam distilled or cold pressed from the leaves, bark, fruit, flowers, stems, roots, or other parts of plants. These powerful and potent compounds can be used aromatically, topically, and (under supervision) even internally safely and effectively for amazing health benefits and overall wellness. With our animals we have to be very careful as they are more sensitive to oils than humans
Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.
General Safety Tips for Dogs with Essential Oil use.
Before I get into the lists of essential oils which are safe to use, I want you to understand some basic safety information:
- dogs are more sensitive to essential oils than humans are. Essential oils should always be used diluted, even when just inhaling. This is important to remember, as we humans don’t dilute when inhaling.
- most issues that dogs have can be addressed with the inhalation of diluted essential oils. There are a few issues which can be addressed with topical use, and they will be addressed below.
- only use essential oils with your dogs when needed to address a concern – not to “prevent” a health issue. An example is to have them inhale a digestive essential oil after they eat, when they don’t have any digestive issues. This is not recommended.
- this is probably obvious to most of us, but it goes without saying: do not add essential oils to your dog’s food or drinking water
- avoid using essential oils with puppies under 10 weeks of age
Essential Oils Safe to use with Dogs.
Just remember that each dog is different and may have different reactions to the oils. What may be safe for some may cause issues to others. Please do your research and listen to your dog!
Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Chamomile, Citronella, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Sweet Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Marjoram( sweet) Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Sweet or Blood Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spikenard, Tangerine, Thyme, Valerian, Vanilla, Vetiver, & Yarrow.
Essential oils must always be diluted before using topically or offering them to your dog to inhale. Dilution guidelines may differ depending on the different oils and issues that you are addressing. The general rule of thumb for dogs is to use 1% dilution for emotional and 2-3% dilution for physical issues.
Carrier oils- coconut, almond, aloe vera, jojobo to name a few
Essential Oils toxic to Dogs!
These are examples of some essential oils toxic for dogs: Birch, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Wintergreen, Citrus, Pennyroyal, Ylang Ylang. Use caution with hot oils such as Oregano, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, and Thyme. There are many different opinions on what oils to avoid, please use common sense and do your research. Please never ever put essential oils in a dogs water bowl or food.