So many people have asked me what are the Best Essential Oils For Pets that I thought I’d put together a little post for ya’ll! When you’ve got pets in pain or constantly getting ear infections it isn’t fun for you or them and vet visits are costly.
So what are the Best Essential Oils For Pets?
FRANKINCENSE: This is an all around favorite and is less strong so great for small pets and birds. For wounds tumors, infections and fungus.
LEMON: Researchers in Japan found that when lemon is diffused in a classroom setting test scores went up by as much as 50%! In the same way you can use this oil to help increase awareness during training or cognitive issues. It can be combined with other oils. Great for skin conditions. Use topically right on your pet, in the diffuser or ingest.
LAVENDER: Great for injuries, sprains, cuts and bruises. Dilute with coconut oil or olive oil on smaller pets and then rub onto the wound. Combine with peppermint to speed healing and help with infection. Simply make a little mixture. This also repels parasites, calms the nervous system and like in humans can help with sleep.
PANAWAY: With osteoarthritis common in older pets, PanAway is valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This oil blend can be used alone or in addition to other essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the oils.
PEACE & CALMING: If stress, fear, anxiety, or other similar conditions are present, Peace & Calming can be used to calm a pet. If the pet is injured, Peace & Calming can relax the animal enough to administer other treatments. This blend can also been used on cats who are resistant to other forms of treatment for urinary problems or excessive grooming resulting from stress. Diffuse or apply on their feet.
PEPPERMINT: Use with PanAway for injuries. Great for cooling overheated horses and dogs quickly – make a spray of peppermint and water to spray on your pets to cool them down. MUST dilute for cats and small animals: 1 part peppermint to 4 parts carrier oil.
PURIFICATION: Useful for keeping away fleas, ticks and mosquitoes when you rub it into your pet’s skin or fur. For cats dilute before using.
THIEVES: Perfect for attending to minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations, Thieves is also utilized for addressing dental concerns. This blend is safe for kittens and puppies.
VALOR: Useful for fear, training and behavior issues. Useful for skin masses, itching. Works great with purification.
Where to Apply Essential Oils to Animals
For non-ungulate animals (not having hooves) such as dogs or cats, oils (neat or diluted) can be applied to paws for faster absorption. For hoofed animals, sprinkle a few drops on the spine or flanks and massage them in. Also apply on the gums, tongue, or underneath the top lip; also apply on the frog and cornet bands of hooves. These are all good locations for oils to be applied to cows, horses, etc.
When treating large animals for viral or bacterial infection, arthritis, or bone injury, generally use the same oils and protocol recommended for humans.
When to Use a Carrier Oil
A carrier oil is a fatty oil like olive oil, coconut or almond. Use with stronger oils like lavender or peppermint or on small animals. Add a little carrier oil to a bowl, mix in your essential oil and apply.
More Essential Oils For Pets
Besides the oils in the Premier Starter Kit there are some more oils that Veterinarian Dr. Mary Hess recommends for a Pet First Aid Kit. She recommends that every pet owner carry an essential oil emergency kit for pets. Based on her experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Hess suggests these Young Living Essential Oil blends to keep pets feeling their best.
Melrose™: When used in conjunction with R.C. and Raven, Melrose provides respiratory support. It can also be used on minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations if Thieves cannot be tolerated.
R.C.™: Ideal for respiratory and urinary tract support, R.C is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, which does not respond to conventional therapy. (It can be paired with Raven for added support.)
Raven™: Also utilized for respiratory and urinary tract support, Raven is more powerful than R.C. and features essentials oils not found in the latter. Combined, the two oils are highly effective.
Di-Gize™: The gastrointestinal system responds well to this blend. Nutmeg and ginger can be added for additional support.
M-Grain™: Provides relief from head discomfort resulting from sinus pressure.
Relieve It™: Especially beneficial for relieving discomfort, Relieve It can be alternated with PanAway for a wider spectrum of relief.