Essential Oils are, as you all know, highly concentrated. It takes pounds of plant material to make small amounts of essential oils. An animal may not have problems with the plant, but can have a bad reaction to the oil. For instance, arnica infusion is fabulous but the essential oil is toxic. Natural does not always mean it is safe for an animal. In the wild, animals instinctively go to plants to help them. Essential oils can be used the same way. In the beginning, you want to dilute the oils. Using one (1) drop for 25 pounds of body weight is a good guide to follow, or seven (7) drops for 1oz of water or carrier oil. You may use less. This ensures the safety of sensitive animals. So far cats and birds are the only animals we know of that need more special attention. Here is where you may find that one (1) drop of essential oil per one (1) ounce of water or carrier oil is better for a cat. Also, individual animals may prefer some oils over others. Even if an oil is listed okay for that species, this does not mean it is right for your animal. Always check in with your pet to make sure that the oils you are using are okay with them. However, I have found that my animals are like little kids betimes, they don’t like what is good for them.
Emotions and Animals
There is one thing that has become clear with our work on essential oils and our pets. Animals are extremely sensitive creatures to emotional energy. As a part of your family, they tend to want to take care of everyone around them. The problem is that they do not release it. So little is known about this. We have literally witnessed animals run in front of cars or just run away because the emotional debris that they carry is too strong and overwhelming for them. This is when energy work and noticing where the animal holds the emotional debris becomes helpful to their well being. Essential oils are wonderful tools to help clear emotional debris from your animals.
Using the Oils on Dogs and Horses
Dogs and horses are similar to humans and tend to handle a variety of essential oils well. Animals appreciate the essential oils you introduce to them. Some dogs will ask for oils if they feels they need them for aches and pains or other issues. They will go into the oil area and stays until their human gets the message to follow.
There are a couple of ways that I prefer to choose essential oils for animals:
1. Scientific/historical – most of the oils have been used for centuries on and around animals and humans. There are scientific studies to back what the farmers/herbalists always knew.
2. Smelling – Rub a few drops of essential oil onto the palms of your hands, offer your hands to the horse or dog, and notice their reaction. Do they inhale deeply? Does their tail wag or sway? Do their nostrils flare? Or do they walk away or turn their head? Never force an oil on your animal. However, bear in mind that dogs and cats like antifreeze
Essential oils can always be used singularly. However, most therapists find that combining oils creates a “synergy” that enhances the benefits. It is easy to combine essential oils. You can use fixed oils to dilute the essential oils which will allow them to go further and create safety from burning oils. Or you can mix essential oils with water and alcohol to make misters. Drops are based on a dog’s size: 1 drop of essential oil per 25 pounds of weight, or 7 drops of essential oil(s) per one (1) ounce of carrier oil or water.
Safe & Popular Oils
Basil, sweet – pulmonary, muscular, and emotional issues
Black Spruce – respiratory problems, insect repelling, wound healing, muscle & joint problems
Canadian Spruce – respiratory, muscle & joint issues, insect repellant
Canadian Balsam – respiratory, wound healing, muscle & joint issues, colic
Cardamom- digestion, emotional, circulatory
Chamomile Roman – emotional, muscular, and wound issues
Chamomile Blue – emotional, better at muscular and wound issues
Copaiba – wounds or skin irritations, digestive upsets, calming, muscle spasms
Coriander- digestion, immune-boosting
Cypress- cardiovascular, muscular, and insect repellant issues
Eucalyptus Smithii – pulmonary, wounds, and muscular issues
Eucalyptus Lemon – insect repellant, muscular, emotional issues
Fir, Siberian – respiratory, muscle spasms, colic, fear
Frankincense- pulmonary, emotional, wound issues
Geranium- emotional, wounds, muscular issues
Helichrysum- wounds especially bruising, emotional, muscular
Juniper- muscular, insect repellant, and wound issues
Lavender- muscular, wounds, emotional, cardiovascular
Myrrh- skin irritations, digestive problems, gum and teeth problems
Nutmeg- muscular, calming, circulatory, digestive upsets
Orange- emotional, skin, purifying
Peppermint- digestion, mental alertness, muscle and joint issues, calms respiratory spasms
Rosewood- muscular, insect repellant, wound issues
Vetiver- calming, wounds, muscular
Yarrow – digestive upsets, wound healing, hormonal balancing, insect repellent
Blends for horses and dogs
Minor Wounds and Insect Bites
5 drops Yarrow
10 drops of Canadian Balsam
5 drops Manuka
Blend into 250 mls (8 oz) of non greasy carrier and apply a small amount onto the affected area.
Insect and Tick Repelling
2 drops Cassia Essential Oil
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Black Spruce Essential Oil
5 drops Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
Blend into 500 mls (16 oz) of non greasy carrier that can be sprayed onto the animal
Fresh Breath & Flatulence
8 drops Yarrow
4 drops Nutmeg
4 drops Peppermint
Blend with 250 mls (8 oz) non greasy carrier and apply a small amount on tummy.
5 drops Benzoin Essential Oil
5 drops Copaiba
5 drops Canadian Balsam
Blend into 250 mls (8 oz) non greasy carrier and then a small amount onto ears (not in) and/or face.
Muscle and Joint Pain
5 drops Nutmeg
4 drops Peppermint
5 drops Copaiba
5 drops Canadian Spruce
5 drops Canadian Balsam
Mix into 250 mls (8 oz) non greasy carrier then gently massage onto cranky area of muscle or joints. Will assist in improving arthritic joint mobility as well as stimulating healing of torn muscles or ligaments