Essential Oils for Pets

essential oils on dogs

Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets?

Who said essential oils are strictly for humans only? Honestly, I think that essential oils were given to the whole world by the big guy up there for us to make use of more natural products, instead of chemical-ridden products!

Many essential oils that we produce are safe for children, pregnant women, and pets! Essential oils have a variety of uses for humans, but they also have so many uses for dogs! Fear, separation, paw care, ear care, cuts, deodorizing, bathing, joint and muscle discomfort, skin and fur care are only some of the reasons. They can either be used topically or diffused. If you choose to apply a specific oil on your pet topically, essential oils need to be diluted in some sort of “carrier” ( Coconut Oil, Shampoo).

Many salves, massage oils, shampoos, sprays, can be made to apply topically. On the other hand, diffusing oils should only be done for short periods of time, with breaks in between! More or less, half an hour on, followed by half an hour off. Although essential oils can be useful for pets, pets, unlike humans, need more time to understand and process new things that meet their senses in the environment that they’re in. With your pet’s feelings in mind, it is important to introduce essential oils to your dog slowly.

Dogs have a very strong sense of smell. Allow them to sniff the closed bottle first, eventually opening it for them to smell as well. This way, if the dog shows a dislike for an oil you can choose not use it on them. Using it on them despite their obvious dislike for the oil will most likely cause emotional discomfort for them, especially because the smell can stick to their coat for longer periods of time.

The number one thing to keep in mind for a great time with your pet is always TAKING IT SLOW. Use small amounts at first and gradually increasing.

Essential Oils For Dogs

Here is a list of all Simply Earth oils that are perfectly safe for dogs, plus their benefits for our furry friends!

Sweet Basil – Ocimum basilicum

  • Helps with nervousness and separation issues
  • Use sparingly due to possible irritation and scent is an “acquired taste”

Bay Laurel – Laurus nobilis

  • Boosting to immune system
  • Use in small amounts with other oils

Bergamot – Citrus bergamia

  • Used in blend as an ear cleaner
  • Phototoxic

Black Pepper -Piper nigrum

  • Used in massage blends
  • Helps achy muscles and joints

Cardamon – Elettaria cardamomum

  • Helps with tummy upset

Cedarwood (Atlas) – Cedrus atlantica

  • Helps with skin and coat
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances

Chamomile (German) – Metricaria chamomilla

  • Skin – Soothing

Cinnamon Leaf – Cinnamomum zeylaicum

  • Room deodorizer and Air Cleaner

Citronella – Cymbopogon nardus

  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances
  • Use in small amounts

Coriander – Coriandrum sativum

  • Helps support digestion
  • Helps achy joints and muscles

Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens

  • Skin soothing
  • Ear cleaning
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances

Ginger Root – Zingiber offcinale

  • Helps with Car ride distress and tummy upset
  • Deodorizing in sprays and shampoos
  • Warming in massage blends for joint discomfort
  • Use in small amounts

Grapefruit (Pink) -Citrus paradise

  • Calming
  • Deodorizing
  • Helps Hair Growth
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances
  • Phototoxic

Juniper Berry – Juniperus communis

  • Helps with oily skin
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyance
  • Helps achy muscles and joints

Lemon – Citrus limon

  • Calming
  • Cleansing
  • Deodorizing
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances
  • Phototoxic

Lemongrass – Cymbopogon flexuosus

  • Calming
  • Air Cleaning
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances
  • Use in small amounts

Mandarin – Citrus deliciosa

  • Calming
  • Phototoxic

Myrrh – Commiphora myrrha

  • Helps achy muscles
  • Skin soothing
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances

Neroli – Citrus aurantium

  • Calming

Nutmeg – Myristca fragrans

  • Helps reduce upset tummy
  • Warming

Orange (Sweet) – Citrus sinensis

  • Calming
  • Deodorizing
  • Uplifting
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances

Palmarosa – Cybopogon martinii var mostia

  • Cleansing

Patchouli – Pogostemon cablin

  • Deodorizing
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances

Rosemary – Rosmarinus offcinalis

  • Promotes Hair Growth
  • Promotes Healthy Skin and Coat

Ho wood – Aniba rosaodora

  • Skin soothing
  • Cleansing
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances

Spearmint – Mentha spicata

  • Uplifting
  • Helps healing by increasing circulation
  • Helps repel outdoor annoyances

Spikenard – Nardostachys jatamansi

  • Calming
  • Skin Soothing

Tangerine – Ctrus reticulate

  • Uplifting
  • Helps reduce upset tummy

Vetiver – Vetiveria zizanoides

  • Calming
  • Strengthens immune system

Ylang-Ylang – Changa odorata

  • Calming

Now that you know each individual oil that’s safe for your pet, here are a handful of recipes for your fur babies to enjoy. Just remember to introduce the oil to them gradually.

Dog Essential Oil Recipes

Liquid Shampoos:

Use one of these “bases” to make recipes.

Use 8 ounces of a Natural “store bought” dog shampoo

Or
1/3 cup Castile Soap
2/3 cup Distilled Water

Or

1/3 cup Natural Unscented Dish Detergent
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 cup Distilled Water

Skin Soothing Shampoo

essential oils for pets

8 ounces of “base”
2 drops Geranium Essential Oil
6 drops Howood Essential Oil
3 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
3 drops Cedarwood (Atlas) Essential Oil
1 drop German Chamomile Essential Oil
2 drops Spikenard Essential Oil

Outdoor Annoyances Shampoo

8 ounces of “base”
2 drops Citronella Essential Oil

4 drops Lemon Essential Oil
4 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Woodsy Conditioning Shampoo

8 ounces of “base”
8 drops Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil

Refreshing Citrus Shampoo

8 ounces of “base”
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
3 drops Lime Essential Oil
3 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
3 drops Mandarin Essential Oil

Aromatic Grooming/Freshening Sprays for in between bath freshening

“Base” recipe:

1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
½ ounce Grain Alcohol or Vodka
1 teaspoon Sulfated Castor Oil (Turkey Red-Amazon)
1ounce Aloe Vera
10 drops Grapefruit seed Extract
6 ounces distilled water

Minty Blend

“Base” recipe
6 drops Spearmint Essential Oil

Citrus Fresh

Essential Oils for Pets

“Base” recipe
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
3 drops Lime Essential Oil
3 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
3 drops Mandarin Essential Oil

Woodsy Blend

“Base” recipe
8 drops Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil

Doggie First Aid

Soothing Skin Spray

Essential Oils

1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
½ ounce Grain Alcohol or Vodka
1 teaspoon Sulfated Castor Oil
½ ounce Aloe Vera
1 ounce Witch Hazel
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
5 ounces Distilled water
4 drops Geranium Essential Oil
6 drops Howood Essential Oil
2 drop German Chamomile Essential Oil
2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil

Shake well before use, apply as needed to the itchy, red or irritated skin.

Calming Oil Blend

1 ounce Carrier Oil (Hazelnut or Sweet Almond)
2 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
3 drops Neroli Essential Oil
2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Mix ingredients and shake well before each use. Use 2-4 drops on collar to calm during thunderstorms, fireworks or other upsetting times.

Joint and Muscle Massage Oil Blend

Essential Oils

1 oz. Carrier Oil (Hazelnut or Sweet Almond)
3 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
3 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
4 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Place a small amount of oil in your hand and massage into your dog’s uncomfortable areas.

Motion Sickness Blend

1 oz. Carrier Oil (Hazelnut or Sweet Almond)
7 drops Ginger Essential Oil
4 drops Cardamom Essential Oil

Place a few drops on the collar or a bandana tied around dog’s neck.