Essential Oils For Dogs

Essential Oils For Dogs

We have known for centuries that essential oils have numerous health benefits for us humans. Even ancient evidence points to medicinal use of essential oils to treat ailments. Come to find out, essential oils also have some of the same health benefits for dogs.

However, when essential oils are used for dogs they need to be the natural therapeutic grade and need to be used in moderation. Various essential oils are often used in products made for dogs such as skin care creams, shampoos, and sprays.

Essential oils can be successful agents that will repel pests from making your dog their host. They also boast a myriad of healing properties, such as immune support and reduction of infection risk. 

Dogs with allergies and skin conditions that may not be related to fleas can also immensely benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties they have. Furthermore, there is an argument to be had that dogs may be able to benefit more from essential oils because their sense of smell is so much stronger than humans sense of smell.

With high-quality oils and the proper precautions taken, essential oils could help your dog overcome problems that other methods have been unsuccessful at treating.

 

Essential Oils For Dogs

Healing Solutions Cedarwood Premium 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil - 10ml
Cedar Essential Oil
The most UNIQUE and AMAZING SMELLING Cedarwood on the market, in our opinion. If you are not ABSOLUTELY amazed, receive a full refund from the manufacturer, Healing Solutions, no questions asked!
$6.99
Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$28.00
Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$93.00
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Ultra-Premium 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade - 10ml By Avíanō Botanicals
Chamomile Essential Oil
100% PURE: Unlike other brands, Avíanō Botanicals does not blend or combine their oils with any other lower quality oils or carrier oils. Our valued customers (that’s you!), deserve only the best and we deliver with our undiluted, premium Roman chamomile essential oil.
$11.95

 

1. Cedar Essential Oil

Cedar oil is a non-toxic and natural repellant for numerous types of insects and is an effective anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent. Insects such as fleas utilize their smell sense to find an organism to attach themselves to. Cedar oil is an effective inhibitor of the octopamine neuron that insects use to detect their potential warm-blooded food sources.

Cedar oil makes the dog smell undesirable to the insects and thus keeps them away. Cedar oil is also an ideal conditioner for the dog’s hair and skin. In addition, cedar oil can have a relaxing and calming effect on the dog when used aromatically. 

 

How To Use Cedar Oil For Dogs

Cedar oil is used in many dog’s skincare products and hygiene products. It can be used as a topical ointment, shampoo enhancer, or topical spray. Cedar oil can also be used in an aromatic form to help relax dogs.

 

Directions For Topical Ointment Use

  • Mix 1 drop of cedar oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil 
  • Apply mixture to the dog’s throat or chest region 
  • This mixture can also be applied to the dog’s foot pads 
  • This mixture can also be applied to areas where the dog’s hair or fur is thinning

 

Directions For Topical Shampoo Use

  • Mix 1 drop of cedar oil with 5 teaspoons of dog shampoo 
  • Thoroughly wash the dog with the shampoo mixture working up a lather 
  • Avoid getting this mixture into the dog’s eyes, ears, and nose 
  • Thoroughly rinse the dog with warm water until all of the shampoo mixture is fully washed off

 

Directions For Topical Spray Use

  • Fill up a 4-6 ounce spray bottle with water 
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of cedar oil to water in the spray bottle 
  • Shake the spray bottle thoroughly 
  • Generously spray the mixture onto the dog’s fur 
  • Avoid spraying in the dog’s eyes, ears, and nose areas 
  • Spray can also be used on the dog’s bedding to reduce odors and repel fleas

 

Directions For Aromatic Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of cedar oil to the diffuser 
  • Diffuse on low to help calm a nervous dog 
  • Diffuse on high to help congestion in dogs

 

2. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilLavender oil has the same effect on dogs as it does on us humans. It is effective at decreasing levels of stress and anxiety in nervous dogs. Often times lavender oil is used for nervous dogs when fireworks or thunderstorms occur.

Additionally, lavender oil is effective at soothing itchy inflamed skin. Lavender oil’s antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties help to prevent infections from irritations on the dog’s skin.

The main active chemical component in lavender oil called linalool has been shown to produce significant analgesic or pain alleviating effects for both humans and dogs. Furthermore, lavender oil can serve as an antispasmodic agent and can help soothe a dog’s upset tummy. 

 

How To Use Lavender Oil For Dogs

Lavender oil can be used as a topical ointment for insect bites, scars, cuts, and scrapes. It can also be used topically for pain relief. Lavender oil can also be used aromatically to help induce a peaceful and calm effect on the dog. 

 

Directions For Topical Cut/Scrape Ointment Use

  • Mix 1 drop of lavender oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil 
  • Apply mixture to the area where the dog has been cut or scraped

 

Directions For Topical Insect Bite/Itchiness Use

  • Mix 1 drop of Lavender oil with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or carrier oil 
  • Add 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel to the lavender and carrier oil mixture 
  • Apply locally to areas that have been bitten by insects 
  • Apply generously to areas that are itchy and or irritated 
  • The mixture can also be applied to the pads of the dog’s feet to soothe itchiness 

 

Directions For Topical Pain Relief

  • Use a medium wash towel and saturate it with warm water 
  • Wring excess water from the towel 
  • Put 2 drops of lavender oil in your hand and rub it around the towel 
  • Apply the warm compress to the dog’s tummy area for upset stomach relief 
  • Apply the warm compress to any region that has a muscular injury or sprain

 

Directions For Aromatic Diffuser Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of Lavender oil to the diffuser 
  • Diffuse on high to help induce a feeling of calm and peacefulness in dogs with anxiety

 

Directions For Aromatic Collar Use

  • Remove collar off of the dog 
  • Place 1 drop of lavender oil on the collar 
  • Gently use fingers to disperse the oil to a small portion of the dog’s collar 
  • Place collar back on the dog with the oil infused portion in the front under his or her nose

 

3. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential OilFrankincense oil is one of the milder essential oils that can benefit dogs in many ways. Frankincense is a great anti-inflammatory agent and can help expedite the healing of scars and wounds. Frankincense also is effective in helping dogs that may have respiratory symptoms or allergies, as it can help clear up sinuses, open airways, and reduces phlegm.

Frankincense is also able to assist older dogs with joint pain and muscle discomfort. For dogs that frequently experience an upset stomach, frankincense oil can help with digestive discomfort as well.

 

How To Use Frankincense Oil For Dogs

Frankincense oil can be used as a topical ointment for wound and scar healing. It can also be used topically for joint and muscle pain relief. Frankincense oil can also be used aromatically to help with respiratory symptoms. 

 

Directions For Topical Ointment Use

  • Mix 1 drop of Frankincense oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil 
  • Apply mixture gently to wounds or cuts 
  • This mixture can also be applied to old and new scars for further healing 
  • This mixture can also be applied to areas of recently closed surgical wounds

 

Directions For Topical Pain Relief Compress Use

  • Use a medium wash towel and saturate it with warm water 
  • Wring excess water from the towel 
  • Put 2 drops of Frankincense oil in your hand and rub it around the towel 
  • Apply the warm compress to the dog’s tummy area for help with digestive related discomfort

 

Directions For Topical Pain Relief Oil Use

  • Mix 1 drop of Frankincense oil with three drops of carrier oil or coconut oil 
  • Apply mixture gently to tender joint areas with your hands 
  • This mixture can also be applied to areas with muscular soreness for relief

 

Directions For Aromatic Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of Frankincense oil to the diffuser 
  • Diffuse on high to help clear sinuses and congestion from phlegm 
  • Diffuse on low to help with allergies

 

4. Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile oil is one that has been around for many centuries and is derived from the Asteraceae plant species. Chamomile is known for its unique properties to help relax humans and aid with sleep.

Dogs can benefit from this unique property of chamomile as well, as the antioxidant that induces this effect works the same way in dogs as it does in humans. Apigenin is the antioxidant that attaches to certain receptors in the brain of which initiate drowsiness and reduce anxiety.

Chamomile also has a potent effect on secondary nerves and muscles that result in a widespread relaxation of the body as a whole. This results in relief from digestive stress-related discomfort and muscle related pains. Additionally, chamomile can stimulate the liver to work harder to aid with expedited digestion processes. 

 

How To Use Chamomile Oil For Dogs

Chamomile oil can be used as a topical ointment for inflammation of the skin, a topical ointment for teething relief, and a topical warm compress for digestion relief. Chamomile oil can also be used aromatically for sedative effects and relief from anxiety. 

 

Directions For Topical Ointment Use

  • Mix 1 drop of Chamomile oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil 
  • Add 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel to the chamomile carrier oil mixture 
  • Apply mixture gently to areas of the dog’s skin that are irritated 
  • This mixture can also be applied to insect bites and stings 
  • This mixture can also be applied to areas affected by bacterial or fungal infections 
  • Can be applied to hot spot areas and contact allergic skin reactions

 

Directions For Topical Ointment Oral Pain Relief Use

  • Mix 1 drop of Chamomile oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil 
  • Apply oil blend mixture to the dog’s gums that are inflamed from teething

 

Directions For Topical Pain Relief Compress Use

  • Use a medium wash towel and saturate it with warm water 
  • Wring excess water from the towel 
  • Put 2 drops of Chamomile oil in your hand and rub it around the towel 
  • Apply the warm compress to the dog’s tummy area for help with digestive related discomfort

 

Directions For Aromatic Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of Chamomile oil to the diffuser 
  • Diffuse on high to help your dog go to sleep 
  • Diffuse on low to help with your dog’s anxiety or nervousness 

 

While many of these ailments and conditions can cause discomfort or even pain for your dog, it is evident that essential oils may be able to lend you both a helping hand. The history behind medicinal and health use of essential oils proves that it can be highly effective.

It is important to exercise caution when using essential oils for your dog, as some essential oils can be much more toxic to canines then others. All of the oils mentioned here are non-toxic when used by the directed methods and dosage.

Even if you are not sure that it will work for your dog, it is worth it to give essential oils a try as there are no adverse effects to these methods. Essential oils do not contain the harsh chemicals that result in intense side effects that are present in pharmaceutical medications. Essential oils are also appropriate for all dog ages that pharmaceuticals may not be.