Caring for Pets with essential oils
Massage. One must heed even a bit more caution with
Animals than when using pure essential oils on humans.
For one thing, animal skin absorbs oils at a different
Rate than human skin.
Essential oils that have been found helpful in working
With animals to confront everything from flea control
To depression include: Lavender, tea tree, chamomile,
Bergamot, cedarwood, juniper, rosemary, sandalwood,
Geranium, patchouli, sweet orange, and eucalyptus. The
One essential oil you should avoid using on pets is
Pennyroyal. This popular flea repellent is much too
Concentrated in pure essential oil form.
Dried herbs and essential oils can be very effective
In shielding your animal from fleas and ticks. (See
Recipe for pet powder below.) I have seen a full-blown tick Drop off of a dog onto the floor when a single drop of Undiluted tea tree oil was applied directly. Cleaning Pet bedding with pure essential oils helps repel the Vermin.
2 drops juniper oil
2 drops lavender oil
1/2 cup arrowroot (or cornstarch, clay, baking soda,
Or equal part blend of these)
Combine the arrowroot and essential oils, crushing the Clumps of oil between your fingers to evenly
Distribute them. Be sure to wash your hands after handling the Pure essential oils to avoid any contact with the eyes Or delicate mucous membranes.
Sprinkle on pet as a Preventive powder.
Cedarwood chips and pennyroyal herb (not oil) to the
Stuffing of a pillow or small homemade pet bed
Mattress. If you're substituting pure essential oils
For the dried herbs, use only 5 drops total per pillow
Or mattress and, again, avoid pennyroyal oil. I know
It is listed in many pet recipes, but I feel it is much Too strong to be used directly on an animal.
Also Avoid using irritating citrus oils. While they are an Ingredient in many flea repellents, they are used Highly diluted. I once witnessed a small kitten go Into convulsions after an unsuspecting owner applied orange Oil to its fur. I would not suggest using pure Essential oils with young puppies or kittens.
Amounts to a pet's bathwater, approximately 8 drops of
Essential oil to two gallons of water. Eucalyptus,
Lavender, juniper, cedarwood, peppermint, or tea tree Work well.