I’ve been a believer in the effectiveness of essential oils for a long time. I know that they can not only aid in the health of humans, but also animals. I’ve used eucalyptus oil for years to treat Wynston’s tracheal collapse and it’s been a miracle. (I know it’s also worked for many of my readers, because they tell me so). Holistic remedies are much more common in the everyday household, as they’ve been proven effective in treatment of minor and severe medical conditions. Here’s a list of healthy essential oils for dogs, and how they can benefit your canine companion.
I was inspired to write this post when Khloee recently got groomed. Her groomer (who is also my friend) told me that Khloee was especially nervous this time around, so she put a little bit of lavender essential oil on her paws. Unfortunately Khloee has anxiety in certain situations, and in this particular case, the lavender oil was effective in relaxing Khloee. Lavender is well known for helping with anxiety in both humans and animals.
Essential Oils for Dogs, and What They Help Treat
Lavender: Anxiety, allergies, burns, inflammation, tumors
Lemon: Anxiety, immune boost, infections, claw strength, electrolyte balance
Oregano: Bronchitis, colds, infections
Peppermint: Asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, fever, heatstroke, inflammation, muscle pain
Frankincense: Anxiety, colitis, inflammation, infections, snake/insect bites, tumors, scarring
Eucalyptus: Tracheal collapse, sinus infections, colds, bronchitis (here is the eucalyptus oil that I’ve been using to treat Wynston’s tracheal collapse)
Helichrysum: Anti-bacterial, bleeding, liver issues, wound care
How to Use Essential Oils for Dogs
Essential oils can be used a few ways.
- Aromatic: vaporizer, warmer, diffuser. Helps with mood management (like anxiety) and opens airways (like eucalyptus helping a dog with tracheal collapse).
- Topical: massage onto the skin or paws. Provides immediate comfort and a more localized effort.
- Internal: taken in a pill form. Helps with the digestive system, throat, mouth and liver.
Treatments differ from pet to pet, and some dogs tolerate different oils and treatments better than others. Depending on the size of your dog, oils may need to be diluted with water or coconut oil. As always, consult your veterinarian with any questions or concerns you have about the use of essential oils.
Background on Essential Oils
Did you know that essential oils can be up to 70x more powerful than herbs? They are potent and safe, without any nasty side effects. Essential oils are created from compounds found in plants, and are extracted by steam distillation or cold pressing. Essential oils can also penetrate cells to kill viruses and bacteria, unlike antibiotics, which cannot penetrate cell membranes.
Where to Buy Essential Oils for Dogs
You can buy essential oils online or in stores. I like to purchase my oils at Sprouts or on Amazon. I put eucalyptus oil in a warm steam vaporizer to treat Wynston’s tracheal collapse and it’s incredibly effective. He went from having several coughing fits a day to not having any at all. Never underestimate the power of holistic treatments!
Do you use essential oils for yourself or your pets? Which ones do you like to use?
(Source: AromaTools.com. Affiliate links are present in this point, but Amanda only shares products she uses and believes in.)