The Benefits of Essential Oils for Dogs
Posted on August 10 2015
By: Michelle Cassidy
Lavender Essential Oil is Calming and Soothing for pups + people alike
Ahhh, essential oils—they’re simply amazing. With their almost endless amount of uses, they can leave us wondering: Is there anything they can’t do? While it’s common knowledge that us humans can benefit from essential oils, did you know that your family pet can reap some of these great benefits as well?
••• Before applying any essential oils to your furry friends, be sure to do your research (blend ratios can depend on your dog’s weight); make sure to use therapeutic grade essential oils and always dilute pure oils with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) before applying directly to the skin and of course, always avoid contact with their eyes! •••
1) Anxiety and Aggression
For pets that struggle with anxiety or aggression, trying to remedy their issues can feel like a pounding headache to deal with. Luckily, some awesome oils like lavender, chamomile and sandalwood can help ease their troubles and calm their agitation!
- Mix 1 tsp of coconut oil with 10 drops of pure lavender essential oil + 5 drops roman chamomile essential oil (optional) -make sure you are using therapeutic grade quality, we like the brand DoTerra! Apply this to the bottom of the paw + the spot right above the nose so they can directly smell the calming effects of the lavender.
- Try our Sweet Dreams Darling, it works amazing! Spritz on your dog’s coat, in the air around and also on his/her pet bed
2) Senior Pets
While we love our senior friends, growing older and wiser isn’t always easy. For dogs who suffer from arthritis joint pain, peppermint and ginger essential oils can help do the trick. For our distinguished dogs who still want to hang with the pups, energizing citrus oils such as orange or lemon can help give them a boost.
- Mix 2 tbls coconut oil with 5 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of eucalyptus and rub a little bit on your pets problem joints.
- For an uplifting + energizing blend try our Good Morning Beautiful
3) Allergies and Irritated Skin
Allergies and skin irritation are just as common in our animal companions as they are in us less-furry creatures. Cedarwood, niaouli (a great substitute for tea tree oil, which can cause adverse reactions in dogs) and lavender are great for itchy, raw, dry skin.
4) Fleas + Ticks
It’s an ongoing battle in cats and dogs to repel insects such as fleas and ticks. Instead of using harsh chemical drops on their sensitive skin, which can cause irritation, oils such as geranium, eucalyptus, cedarwood, and pine can keep those nasty pests away.
- Try our Camp Fire Delight or Woodsy Lumberjack by spritzing on your dog’s coat. Makes a great, natural mosquito and insect repellent when spending time outdoors for you + your pet!
Photo courtesy of The Humane Society of Utah