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Dogs And Essential Oils

Let me be honest here, it may sound a little weird to use essential oils on you dog. But in all actuality, using aromatherapy for on your dog can benefit your dog and you at the same time. It’s a win-win right?

First let’s focus on essential oils in general. These oils are used to aid in many common behavioral and physical issues. Essential oils are known to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, fight bacteria, dry out rashes and much, much more. Aromatherapy will work the same way on your dog as is does for you. This is amazing to me, especially since I have a semi-neurotic dog. Anything I can use to help him calm down, even a little bit, will be totally worth it!

The key to using essential oils on your dogs is to let your dog decide what aroma they can tolerate. Some essential oils will not appeal to your dog, so it’s important to find an aroma that they can accept. Once you narrow down your options and you dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil, let the dog have a good sniff of each essential oil one at a time. Each dog will of course react differently to the essential oils. Your dog may exhibit some of the following behavior when presented with an essential oil:

  1. He may just want to smell it, putting himself into a trance-like state.
  2. She may want to lick the essential oil, which you should try to avoid.
  3. He might nudge your hand with a specific body part indicating where he wants the essential oil applied.

Each dog will react differently to the essential oils. Pay close attention to your dog when you are introducing him to the oils, he will let you know whether he will allow you to put the oils on him or not.

Now I will give a some information on some of the essential oils that are safe for use with your dog.

  • Ginger – warm, spicy aroma. Uses: Arthritis, aching muscles
  • Lavender – floral, fresh aroma. Uses: Anxiety, stress, burns, cuts, earaches, itching, insect bites, sprains, sores
  • Peppermint – minty, strong aroma. Uses: Exhaustion, sore muscles, pain reliever, flatulence
  • Sweet Orange – citrusy, sweet aroma. Uses: Stress, exhaustion, slow digestion, flatulence, constipation
  • Marjoram – sweet, woody, medicinal aroma. Uses: Aching muscles, flatulence, sprains, cramps, ticks, stress, hypertension
  • Frankincense – woody, fresh, balsamic aroma. Uses: Anxiety, stress, scars, bronchitis
  • Chamomile – fruity, sweet, herbaceous aroma. Uses: Arthritis, dermatitis, earaches, insect bites, insomnia, sores, sprains, stress

Well, there you have it. Please be sure to use essential oils with care. When applying them to your dog, make sure you are diluting the oils in a carrier oil such as olive oil, canola oil, grape seed oil and sesame seed oil. Do not use water to dilute the essential oils. For small dogs 5-15 lbs a 75% use a 75% dilution. For medium dogs 31-50 lbs use a 50% dilution. For large dogs 51-89 lbs use a 25% dilution and for extra large dogs 90 lbs and up undiluted essential oils are safe for use.

To purchase any of the essential oils above, please go here. You can get carrier oils here.

I hope this information has helped you and will help your dog in the near future. Enjoy and let me know your results!

Many Thanks~

Lindsey

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