If you have pets, you know that they experience emotions. They can suffer from anxiety, fear, and stress. One way you can help your furry friends to remain calm and stress-free is to use essential oils for your pets.
Aromatherapy has been popular with people for thousands of years but now many people are finding that their pets benefit as well. Animals, particularly, have a strong sense of smell and can be affected in positive ways by the judicious use of essential oils.
Essential oils are the best way to provide aromatherapy. These are made by pressing the oils out of various plants. These extracted oils contain strong aromas as well as medicinal properties.
To use them for aromatherapy, you have a few options. Some can be applied directly to the skin so that they can be inhaled. You can also apply them to an essential oil diffuser which will fill a space with the aroma. In addition, you can add oil to a cotton ball or washcloth and place it in the vicinity of your pet.
This video discusses and demonstrates how to use essential oils for your pets …
Before using essential oils for your cat or dog, it’s important to do your homework and make sure that a particular oil is safe for their use. Here are several common essential oils you can use …
Lavender. Lavender can be used to help bring calm to your cat or dog. It can also be used to relieve allergies and skin problems. This can be added to the pads of their feet as well as to their fur.
Chamomile. Just as it soothes people, chamomile can be soothing for pets. It’s safe for both cats or dogs and can be applied along with an equal part of carrier oil to the pads of your cat’s or dog’s feet. You can also add it to their ears.
Citrus oils. Citrus oils can be used in a diffuser, but shouldn’t be added directly to a pet’s body. The scent of citrus can be very soothing especially to dogs, but it can be too strong for pets gentle systems when used directly. This includes orange and lemon.
Ylang ylang. Ylang ylang can be combined with other oils such as rose and clary sage to help your dog feel more relaxed. This does need to be diluted with a carrier oil in order to be applied directly to your animal.
When it comes to using essential oils for your pets, it’s important to make sure that you’re using oils that are appropriate and safe. Cats tend to be more sensitive than dogs. If you’re unsure, the best way to use the oils is to diffuse them in your home so that they’re not making direct contact but provide a pleasant aroma.
For more information on how to use essential oils for your pets’ health, we like this resource: Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals.