Have you heard about using essential oils for the health and wellness of your dogs?
There are a lot of claims, warning and opinions that will come up on a Google search for this topic, but of course, safety is a primary concern when introducing new things to your pet’s environment.
Oils – Are They Safe for Dogs?
YES. However, not ALL oils are appropriate and safe for your dog, and not all oils are created equal. In fact, several essential oils on the market claim to be “100% pure,” when they actually contain substances that are toxic to dogs.
What to do? For safety’s sake, ensure any and all oils you administer to your precious pet are third-party tested for quality and CPTG certified as OK to use.
What Benefits Can They Bring?
Essential oils can be great for your dog, especially as part of a well-rounded regimen aimed at relieving stress, aiding digestion, and soothing aches and pains – so they can live a healthier, happier life.
7 Essential Oils or Blends we Recommend for dogs, and How They Help
- Relaxing & mood-balancing
- Soothes aches & pains
- Supports cellular function, nervous system & skin health
Frankincense is an excellent all-around essential oil, great for calming nerves, easing anxiety, and generally boosting your dog’s immune system. Diffuse or apply to your dog’s coat (mixed with carrier oil).
- Maintains healthy digestion
- Reduces bloating, gas or indigestion
- Give with Terrazyme (digestive enzyme supplement) at mealtime
DigestZen is a ‘tummy tamer’ blend that contains anise, peppermint, ginger and more. It soothes your dog’s upset stomach, aids digestion and also helps with motion sickness. When applying it to you dog’s tummy, make sure you mix it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil.
- Immune system support
- Protects against environmental threats
- Natural antioxidant
On Guard can be mixed with water to create a safe, effective surface cleaner, keeping your dog safe from toxins in the home. Orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary have powerful healing properties. Diffuse it for purifying the air.
- Calming & relaxing, relieves anxious feelings
- Soothes itchy skin (apply with carrier oil)
- Promotes peaceful sleep
Lavender is recommended for grooming time if your dog is nervous about the process. Diffuse it, cup a drop or two in your hands and allow your dog to breathe it in, or apply lavender mixed with carrier oil to your dog’s coat. This helps reduce your dog’s anxiety and stress, even calming them down during thunderstorms or fireworks.
- Natural detoxification
- Purifies air and surfaces
- Can give internally — put 1 drop of lemon essential oil in 2 cups of water
If your dog has sore paw pads or other inflamed areas of the body, make a lemon essential oil balm and apply it to the affected paw or joint. You can also put the diluted water mixture in a spray bottle and mist it around your dog’s bedding and where they hang out for a safe way to freshen up.
- Promotes clear airways
- Maintains easy breathing
- Helps with seasonal allergies
Breathe is a blend that includes laurel, eucalyptus and peppermint oils, which helps dogs’ lungs and airways function easier and better. It’s also effective for minimizing the effects of seasonal outdoor irritants. Diffuse, cup a few drops in your hands for your dog to inhale from, or apply it topically (mixed with carrier oil).
- Grounding & calming
- Promotes mental tranquility & restful sleep
Balance is a warm, woody blend including spruce, frankincense and blue tansy oils. Diffuse it at home or in the car to ease anxious feelings in your dog, creating a calming and soothing environment that encourages positive feelings and relaxation.
Want to try any of the essential oils we think you and your furry family members will love? They’re available for purchase right here, from purity-certified sources…
Hey, Chi the CHI-E-O wants to share 3 more dog & essential oil facts before you go!
#1: It takes more than 150 pounds of lavender flowers to make just one pound of lavender oil.
#2: Dogs can smell essential oils much better than people (and among people, ladies smell them more than men do).
#3: Dogs do swing into a bad mood sometimes, and can snap out of it faster after sniffing the right essential oil.