If you have ever smelled the scent of a rose or the scent of an orange peel you have experienced the aromatic qualities of an essential oil. The natural volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, roots, stems, flowers and other parts of the plant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells and also help protect the plant from diseases and predators. Each Essential oil contains specific benefits to which the mind and body respond. Essential oils can support the immune system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, muscles and bones, digestive system and skin.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine. For the safety of your pet, I only recommend pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are tested for purity and potency. Essential Oils, when used appropriately, are non-toxic, don't have any side effects, are easy to use, and can be extremely beneficial to support physical and emotional wellness. Let your dog sniff the oil from your hands first. If your dog starts drooling, whining or runs away use another oil that has similar properties that your dog reacts positively to. Always consult your veterinarian when adding anything new to your pet's routine
What are Applications?
There are three different ways to use 100% certified pure therapeutic grade Essential oils with your pet: Aromatically, topically and internally. Topical use can provide immediate comfort and create calming and soothing effects. Essential oils are potent and pure so diluting them with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil is important and varies depending on the weight of your pet. You can gently run your hands together with 1-2 drops in your hand and pet your dog or apply it to the bottom of the paws. You should always avoid the eyes, nose, anal area, and genital areas. Essential oils do not build up in the systems like drugs do, but they are eliminated through the urine, skin, and lungs within 4 to 6 hours after application. Therefore, it is safe to reapply essential oils topically after 4 to 6 hours.
For an aromatic application, you can use a diffuser which disperses the essential oil into the air, apply a drop to the dog collar, put a drop on a bandana tied around the neck, or add a drop on the dog bed. Internal use of essential oils can be very beneficial to the digestive system, mouth, throat, and liver but not all brands are approved for internal use. Make sure to check your brand. Personally, I recommend certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. There are a few ways to administer essential oils internally. You can add them to an empty veggie pill, drinking water, food or homemade treats.
Essential oils can be very beneficial to you and your pet. Stay tuned for the next article on dilution ratios, application to reflex points, and which particular oils support specific needs of your pet.
Spoil your pet: A Practical guide to using essential oils on dogs and cats.
Author: Mia. K Frezzo, DVM Jan C Jeremias, MSc.