Essential oils have amazing benefits not just for humans, but for animals too. Anxiety, relaxation, joint pain, breathing, digestion, insect repellant, antiseptic, healthy skin and tissue are just some of the issues essential oils can help animals with. It’s amazing to see what happens when I let my puppy sniff lavender essential oil. The crazy pup lays down and actually drifts off to sleep!
Quality essential oils should be therapeutic grade and 100% pure. I personally use doTerra essential oils, because they are the purest oils- Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade- and work really well for me and my family. On my dogs I use lavender to relax them, OnGuard to keep away ticks and fleas (mixed with some coconut oil along their spines), and Serenity when we leave the dogs or take them in the car (one dog gets anxious in the car).
Below are my top picks for essential oils for dogs (and even for myself!):
AromaTouch: Circulatory Issues, Overworked Muscles
Balance: Promotes Relaxation and Supports Healthy Joints (Add in Deep Blue and Lemongrass)
Breathe: Supports Healthy Breathing, Reduces Inflammation
Deep Blue: Muscle Cramps and Pain Reducer, Wound Care
DigestZen: Supports a Healthy Digestive System
Frankincense: Promotes Relaxation, Helps Promote Healthy, New Cells in the Body, Insect/Snake Bites, Scarring, Supports Healthy Skin and Tissue
Helichrysum: Supports a Healthy Liver and Nervous System, Wound Care
Immortelle: Supports Skin and Tissue Health, Calms the Nervous System, Wound Care, Reduces Scarring
Lavender: Calms the Nervous System, Helpful for Skin Conditions and Wound Care
Lemon: Promotes Relaxation, Electrolyte Balance, Maintains a Healthy Immune Response in the Body, Supports the Lymphatic System, Claw Strength
Melissa: Stress Reducer, Immune Support
OnGuard: Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites
Oregano: Supports Respiratory Health and Maintains a Healthy Immune Response in the Body
Peppermint: Supports Healthy Breathing, Maintains The Health of the Digestive System, Inflammation, Muscle Pain
Serenity: Stress reducer, Burns, Inflammation, Nerve Pain, Scarring, Wound Care
Zendocrine: Kidney and Bladder Support, Liver Support
Essential oils can be pretty potent for animals, so you can mix a few drops of oil with about a tablespoon of coconut oil to put on topically, sprinkle some drops of oil in your hands and let the dog sniff, or use a diffuser. Use caution with puppies under 10 weeks of age, very old dogs, or pregnant dogs. Talk to you vet about essential oils and please make sure you are using top quality oils! If you have questions about how to use the products, which oils to use, or specific questions about doTerra, please email me at email@example.com.
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