Essential Oils and Your Pets

Since essential oils are often seen as just aromatic substances, it can be hard to understand how they are capable of having an impact on an animal’s health.  The mystery is easily unlocked when you realize that while the most dominant feature of the essential oil is its scent, their true capabilities are determined by their chemical composition.  The complexity of essential oils also makes it possible to use them in a variety of ways.

Did you know that dogs have about 200 million scent receptors and that humans have only 50?  Just a drop will do so that the scent is not overwhelming or toxic.  Aromatherapy primarily works on the physical level with animals.  The antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, sedative or stimulating properties of certain essential oils have been proven to be very effective.  Essential oils are most effective and have the greatest benefit with animals when applied topically with a carrier oil. This is because the oils are applied directly to the area in which they are needed.

Here are a few tips for using essential oils when you have pets.

  • Essential oil diffusers should be out of reach from your pets to avoid them being accidentally knocked over and the animal drinking the water and oils.
  • Treat your pets the same way as you would small children, when it comes to diffusing. Less is best.  Restrict diffusing to 1 or 2 drops only.
  • Use EXTRA caution with the use of essential oils around cats. They do not possess the liver enzymes that humans do, which makes it very difficult for cats to metabolize essential oils and increasing the risk of toxicity.   Make sure there is very good ventilation for your pets when you diffuse.  This includes all of your small critters too.
  • According to Pure Joy Naturals and their Certified Aromatherapists, Ingestion of essential oils is never an option for humans or animals.

There is a lot of misinformation that is scaring people from using essential oils and their diffusers around their family pets.  The general public has knowledge of the basic oils such as lavender, sweet orange, peppermint or lemon and generally use safe oils that would not be a concern when diffused.

The most common scare has been about eucalyptus.  As we wrote earlier, treat your pets as small children.  The problem with eucalyptus is when people ingest or have their pets ingest this oil.  When ingested eucalyptol, is an irritant to the gastrointestinal system, causing discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea. Never ever ingest essential oils.

Now it is time to relax and enjoy the soothing and calming benefits of a few drops of lavender.  You and your pet can reap all of the benefits of top-quality essential oils without the worries.   Good ventilation and a reduction of how many drops you use will ensure safe diffusing.

We would be happy to answer any questions you have about essential oils and their uses.

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