Yes, really. We receive quite a few questions about animals, and the overall safety of using essential oils with them. There are a few important things to remember when using essential oils with any animal, as follows.
- Always use pure essential oils, nothing less.
- When applying to skin (topically,) always mix with a good quality carrier oil, we use coconut oil).
- Always use a lesser amount of oil with an animal than you use with a human.
HOW TO APPLY ESSENTIAL OILS TO DOGS
For dogs, essential oils can be used aromatically by putting a drop of the essential oil on their collar or on their dog bed. You can also make a spray by adding a few essential oil drops to water and spraying the dog’s fur.
You can apply essential oils to the spine, ears, or even on the toes/pads of dogs. You can apply essential oils directly to the area pretty much anywhere on the body. But remember to avoid the eyes, nose, anal and genital areas.
We do not encourage animals ingesting essential oils. There are different opinions on this subject, but we discourage it.
One of the most frequent questions we receive is how to deal with dogs and their “dirty” ears, so here is something that will work.
3-5 drops of Lavender with about a teaspoon of coconut oil. This is usually good for about two or three cleanings depending on how big and bad the ears are. Make it up and keep it in a dark oil bottle that way the oil doesn’t degrade and go bad.
Place several drops on a Q-Tip and remove the surface dirt and wax. Make sure that you don’t stick the Q-Tip (or anything else) into the ear canal!