Essential oils can be a very helpful and valuable part of your dog’s health routine! From emotional issues to physical ailments, correctly used and administered essential oils can really make a big difference, without having to resort to traditional medications with side effects.
You may even use essential oils in your own home or for your own personal hygiene! Careful, though: the guidelines for essential oil use for dogs are different than those for human beings.
Essential oil use is a holistic science and each oil has its own uses and rules. Because each oil is unique in its composition and use, I want to help you all, my dear readers, navigate the world of canine essential oils with confidence and care.
One of the most popular essential oils for dogs is also one of the most popular essential oils for people:
Lavender is a full-spectrum oil, which means it has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. And as an added bonus- it smells incredible and has a soothing, relaxing effect on both people and pups.
When using lavender oil for your pooch remember the two key words: healing and calming.
Healing: lavender oil can soothe irritated skin (which in term minimizes scratching and can help prevent infection).
Calming: lavender’s pleasant scent is calming for dogs and people alike and can be used to minimize stress during veterinary visits, car rides, and anything else that frightens your dog.
So, how can I use lavender oil with my dog?
It’s very important to remember that dogs have a much more sensitive sense of smell than we do, so you really only need a tiny bit of diluted oil when using it with your pup. If you use too much you risk overwhelming them! Lavender oil can be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil.
It’s also important to only use high-quality oils with your dog. Not only are low quality oils less effective, you never know what you’re getting and can accidentally put your pup in danger. I use doTerra’s lavender oil because it’s pure, fragrant, and Chi loves it!
Lavender oil can be used in a variety of ways, including:
- Diluted and spritzed on your dog’s bed to promote a restful sleep
- A drop or two added to your dog’s shampoo to relax them if they’re stressed during bath time
- You can dilute one or two drops of lavender oil in warm water and use it as a compress to soothe achy joints or as a skin spritz to ease itching and discomfort.
- As aromatherapy in a diffuser to create a calming atmosphere for your dog.
- If you find a tick on your dog, you can rub a tiny bit of diluted lavender oil on your dog’s skin using a q-tip, which will encourage to tick to fall right off.
Do you use lavender oil for your dog? How do you use it? We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment down below!