The easiest and most widely used oil with pets is lavender. It is a very mild oil that can be used directly on pets without a carrier oil to dilute it. Lavender is an excellent tool for calming a frightened or hyper pet. Using an oil diffuser to spread the aroma through the pet’s area or making a calming spray to spray in the room or directly on the pet is an excellent way to give them a little nudge toward calming. Lavender is also antibacterial and assists in the quick healing of minor wounds, so incorporating it into a spray or salve is never a bad idea.
Lemon oil does just the opposite of lavender. Diffusing or spraying lemon will actually help perk up a depressed pet. Lemon also helps to increase awareness for pets in training or in older animals with cognitive issues. Because of its cognitive properties, lemon tends to help with mild separation anxiety and thunderstorm phobia, as well.
Frankincense is the healing oil. This oil is very gentle and recommended for use as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal healing agent. Used directly on wounds, frankincense will prevent infection and speed healing. It has been known to dissolve tumors and warts, and even assists in fading scars from previous injury. Frankincense is especially recommended for small animals and birds.
Caution! While most essential oils are safe for use in pets, you should always research your oils to be sure they are safe for the particular animal you’ll be using it with. Tea Tree oil (also known as melaleuca oil) can be toxic to cats. Avocado oil is excellent carrier oil, but is toxic to birds. It is an absolute must that all essential oils you use with your pets, and yourself, are of high quality and therapeutic grade — the oils at the grocery store aren’t. Young Living Oils (https://www.youngliving.com/en_US) is an excellent source for therapeutic grade essential oils and since they grow their own plants they can follow the entire process, ensuring purity. When using essential oils in recipes, it is important that they be kept in glass or metal containers, as essential oils will eat plastic and pull plastic toxins into your product.
Here are three essential oil recipes safe for pets:
Mix 10 ounces of water and 10 drops lavender essential oil in a glass spray bottle and shake before each use. Spray in the area the pet will occupy or spray a bandana and tie around the pet’s neck.
Mix 10 ounces of water and 10 drops lemon essential oil in a glass spray bottle and shake before each use. Spray in the area the pet will occupy.
Pet Skin Support
Mix 5 ounces olive oil, 5 drops vitamin E, 8 drops lavender oil, 6 drops frankincense oil in a glass bottle with a dropper. Apply 2 to 4 drops to any area of the skin that are flaky or inflamed.
By Sarah Zumhofe