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Essential Oils: Single Oils

There are hundreds of single essential oils available and many distribution companies also make various blends with these single oils. This makes the possibility of essential oil combinations that could be used with your pet endless. Here is a look at 10 common essential oils and their benefits/cautions when being used with your pets.

Keep in mind the quality of the oil itself. An oil’s properties may be beneficial to your pet, but if it is a low grade oil it may cause more harm than good.  Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils should be the only type of oils used around animals. These oils do come with a cost, as producing pure essential oils of therapeutic quality is expensive. Lower grade essential oils may contain residue of pesticides, herbicides, solvents or synthetic chemicals.

Cedarwood has a warm, soft, woody scent. This oil targets the nervous and respiratory systems. The primary use of this oil focuses on calming, nervous tension, and purifying. This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around animals.boswellia-sacra-1590063__340

Frankincense has a deep, warm, rich scent. This oil targets the immune and nervous systems and the skin. The primary use of this oil focuses on easing depression, decreasing inflammation and stimulating the immune system. This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around animals.

Lavender has a sweet and floral scent. This oil targets the cardiovascular and nervous systems, the skin and helps with emotional balance. The primary use of this oil focuses on respiratory issues, burns, insomnia and nervous tension. This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around animals.flower-3049633__340

Lemon has a sweet, sharp, refreshing scent. This oil targets the digestive, immune and respiratory systems. The primary use of this oil focuses on digestive and circulatory issues, combating infections and dealing with anxiety. Caution with this oil as it is photosensitizing. It should not be used on skin exposed to direct sunlight as burns could occur on both animals and humans who spend time outside in the sun. This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around animals, however cats tend to not like the smell of any citrus oils, and may respond adversely to the use of this oil.lemon-1117568__340

Lemongrass has a grassy, lemony, earthy scent. This oil targets the immune system, the muscles and bones. The primary use of this oil focuses on clearing infection, digestive issues and supporting ligaments and muscles. This oil is generally regarded as  safe to use around animals, but it is recommended to use it at a higher dilution, especially for cats.

Peppermint has a minty, sharp and intense scent. This oil targets the digestive and respiratory systems as well as the muscles and bones. The primary use of this oil focuses on helping with digestive problems, headaches, arthritis and clearing respiratory infections.  This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around animals, but it is recommended to use it at a higher dilution. Watch your pet when using this oil, they may have an adverse reaction to it as most animals don’t like the scent due to its intensity.

Tea Tree has a fresh, clean, intense scent. This oil targets the immune and respiratory systems, as well as muscles and bones. The primary use of this oil focuses on healing and clearing bacterial and fungal infections and it also has strong anti-inflammatory properties. This oil contains high levels of phenols, making it an oil that needs to be very diluted for use with dogs and pocket pets and it should generally be avoided or used with extreme caution in cats. A cat’s liver has a difficult time processing the phenol compound in this oil and this can lead to various health complications.

Vetiver has an earthy and smokey scent. This oil targets the hormonal and nervous systems and helps with emotional balance. The primary use of this oil focuses on helping with anxiety, depression and insomnia. This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around animals.

Wintergreen has a strong, intense, minty scent. This oil targets the the muscles, bones and circulatory system. The primary use of this oil focuses on decreasing inflammation, reducing pain and can work as an anticoagulant. This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around dogs and pocket pets, but it is recommended to use it at a higher dilution. The naturally occurring methyl salicylate found in wintergreen oils can not be metabolized by a cat’s liver. This can lead to various health complications so therefore wintergreen oil is generally not used with cats. This oil is also not recommened for use with animals (or humans) that are epileptic, prone to seizures or using blood thinners.ylang-ylang-2791870__340

Ylang Ylang has a sweet, heavy, floral scent. This oil targets hormonal and cardiovascular systems as well as emotional balance. The primary use of this oil focuses on cardiac issues such as arrhythmias and hypertension and can help with anxiety and depression. This oil is generally regarded as safe to use around animals.

References

Abundant Health, LLC. (2016). Reference Guide for Essential Oils.  (1.0.9). [mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ref-guide-for-essential-oils/id937793199?mt=8.

Essential Oils Animal Desk Reference. Life Science Pub., 2017.

Palmquist, D. R. (2011, June 19). Pet Aromatherapy And Essential Oils: What You Need To Know. Retrieved March 16, 2018, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-palmquist-dvm/pet-aromatherapy_b_877199.html

 

Please note, this content is for informational purposes only, it contains general guidelines, and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice regarding your pet.