Safe Essential Oils for Dogs
|Essential Oils||Properties & Uses|
|Bergamot||Antifungal, soothing. |
Excellent for ear infections caused by yeast or bacterial overgrowth.
Caution: Can cause photo sensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
|Carrot Seed||Anti-inflammatory, tonic, with moderate antibacterial effects. |
Good for dry, flaky, sensitive skin which is prone to infection.
Can rejuvenate and stimulate tissue regeneration, thus effective for scar healing.
|Cedarwood||Antiseptic, tonifying, circulation-stimulating. |
Good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types.
|Chamomile, German||Anti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use. |
Good for skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.
|Chamomile, Roman||Antispasmodic, analgesic, nerve-calming. |
Good for soothing the central nervous system.
Eeffective for relief of muscle pains, cramps, teething pain.
A "must-have" oil for dogs!
|Clary Sage||Nerve-calming, gentle when used in small amounts and properly diluted. |
Sedates the central nervous system.
|Eucalyptus Radiata||Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant. |
Good for relief of chest congestion.
Effective in repelling flea.
|Geranium||Gentle and safe, antifungal. |
Good for skin irritations, fungal ear infections.
Effective in repelling ticks.
|Ginger||Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts, properly diluted. |
Good for motion sickness, aids digestion.
Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains.
|Helichrysum||Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, regenerative effects; extremely therapeutic. |
Excellent for skin conditions and irritations (e.g. eczema).
Effective for healing of scars and bruises.
Effective for pain relief.
|Lavender||Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming. |
Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid.
A "must-have" oil for your dog!
|Marjoram, Sweet||Strong antibacterial, calming, a muscle relaxant. |
Good for bacterial skin infections, wound care, insect repelling.
|Niaouli||Antihistaminic, powerful antibacterial properties, yet less likely to cause irritation than Tea Tree. |
Good for ear infections and skin problems caused by allergies.
A "must-have" for dogs!
|Peppermint||Antispamodic, stimulates circulation, insect-repelling. |
Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains.
Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness.
Another "must-have" for dogs!
|Sweet Orange||Calming, deodorizing, flea-repelling. |
Caution: Can cause photo-sensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
Good for treating dog anxiety such as separation and noise anxiety.
Buying Essential Oils for Dogs
- Look for essential oils that are bottled in amber, cobalt or violet glass bottles.
- Look for important information of the oils (either printed on the label, and/or on the store's website, brochure, etc.):
- * Scientific name of the oil (e.g. Lavandula angustifolia); * Common name of the oil (e.g. Lavender); * How the oil was extracted; * Country of origin; * Method of cultivation (e.g. organic, cultivated, wildharvested, etc.) * The words "100% pure essential oil".
- Essential oils are generally expensive, so don't go for unreasonably cheap oils since cheap oils are likely to be adulterated.
- Avoid buying essential oils at supermarkets or health food stores (they may be cheaper but usually of a lower quality).