Just as essential oils work on both the emotional and physical levels of humans, they work just as well with animals such as cats, dogs and horses. Dilutions of essential oils for animals can be used for many ailments such as the battle wounds of cats and dogs, wounds and scratches on horses, and for emotional disturbances of many kinds.
With horses, dogs and cats (amongst many other kinds of pets and animals) the application of essential oils for animals through massage and inhalation are simple and effective.
In cases of physical ailments, essential oils can be diluted into a cream base or carrier oil, then massaged into the affected area/s. The essential oil molecules enter the body via the hair follicles then into the blood stream.
In the case of emotional disturbances and/or problems, essential oils for animals can be inhaled, which activates the receptors enabling the body to either be stimulated or relaxed, depending upon requirement.
Prior to a physical application of essential oils, ensure that a small patch test is done before complete application. Check for any negative reactions – and if any appear do not proceed.
Animals and pets can become unsettled due to a variety of reasons, such as a change of ownership, hyperactivity, a house move and even adverse weather conditions.
To combat an animal being unsettled, essential oils can be applied directly to the pet’s coat, behind the ears, on its’ collar or even burned in a vapouriser in the home (or stable).
2 drops of Marjoram
2 drops of Neroli
2 drops of Ylang Ylang
2 drops of Chamomile
2 drops of Lavender
To make an effective shampoo for pets, use a good quality, naturally derived shampoo base, and add 30 drops of essential oils such as Thyme, Cedarwood, Citronella and/or Lemongrass to 100ml of shampoo base. These particular oils will help to deter parasites and fleas and will leave the animals’ coats smelling fresh and clean.
For skin irritations, the best essential oils for animals are Lavender, Neroli and Chamomile as these are mild, soothing and anti-bacterial.
For battle wounds, scratches and cuts, diluted Thyme, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oils can be applied to the affected area/s. Undiluted Lavender oil can be applied neat to any wound to aid healing.
For infections, an anti-bacterial and anti-viral spray can be made and used on the animal and on their bedding and sleeping area.
To 100ml of water, dilute:
80 drops of essential oil stabilizer
20 drops of Thyme
20 drops of Eucalyptus
50 drops of Tea Tree oil
Blend together in a spray bottle.
Conditions such as arthritis can also be treated with the use of essential oils. Analgesic essential oils such as Rosemary, Ginger and Eucalyptus, and anti-inflammatory oils such as Chamomile and Lavender can give great relief. These oils can be blended into a cream or oil base to be massaged into the required area/s.
An arthritic blend:
30 ml of carrier oil or base cream
4 drops of Chamomile
2 drops of Eucalyptus
2 drops of Lavender
3 drops of Rosemary
Cats, dogs and horses (amongst other animals and pets) can suffer from coughs and colds just as humans do. Essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Cajeput and Tea Tree oils can be used to effectively relieve symptoms. Blend 2 drops of each essential oil to 30ml of vegetable or carrier oil and massage into the animals’ chest two to three times per day. If concerned about the pet having an oily coat, use the same oils but make up a spritzer instead.
To effectively treat fleas and other parasites, an essential oil blend can be made to use on collars. These oils can also be put onto brushes. The pet can be brushed all over once or twice per day.
3 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Thyme
3 drops of Citronella
2 drops of Tea Tree
30 ml vegetable or carrier oil
This blend can be rubbed onto the collar or coat as often as required. Garlic capsules can also be added to the pet’s meals to combat fleas.
When using essential oils for animals it is important not to over-dose on the oils as most often than not, ‘less is more’.
Essential oils for animals can be easily blended and used at home and are of great benefit to both our pets and ourselves.