Using Essential Oils and effects on pets
Pet owners often worry about how the products we use in our homes impact the health and well-being of our pets. Are they kind to our loved ones and not causing any discomfort to them. Essential oils, whilst natural might trigger a negative effect in our pets. That said, aromatherapy can be just as beneficial to our pets as it is for ourselves so it swings both ways. So if you are worried about using essential oils or are curious about the benefits of essential oils for your pets, here is a simple guide that can help answer some of your questions.
Be Careful With These Essential Oils
Like humans, every pet is different and may have different reactions to different essential oils, however, there are some essential oils that you may want to be careful using around your pets. If you have cats, you need to be careful about certain oils. Cats are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain polyphenolic compounds because they interfere with their liver detoxification processes. If you have cats use extra caution around essentials oils like cinnamon, tea tree, thyme, birch, wintergreen, clove, and oregano.
There are also certain essential oils that should not be used on or around dogs including anise, clove, garlic, horseradish, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow. These essential oils can trigger a range of issues from allergies and skin sensitivities to interference in their natural body processes.
If you use any of these essential oils for your own health, make sure you also exercise caution around your pets. If you use a diffuser, keep pets out of the room during the treatment period and a little while after. If you wear these essential oils on pulse points throughout the day, be very careful when petting or touching your animals.
Essential Oils That Are Great For Pets
Good news though, while there are some essential oils that can cause your pets problems, there are plenty of essential oils that can be used to help and benefit them. The best part is all of these essential oils have good and obvious benefits for you as well. Here are some essential oils you can safely use around your pets that benefit them also:
- Cedarwood: Helps repel pests and promotes healthy skin and coat
- Myrrh: Can help fight allergies and promotes healthy skin and coat
- Clary Sage: Calms nervousness and excitability
- Peppermint: Soothes pain from arthritis and hip dysplasia and repels pests
- Carrot Seed: Supports healthy skin as a treatment for dryness
- Ginger: Relieves pain from arthritis and hip dysplasia and supports a healthy digestion
- Sweet Basil: A great air freshener and has antibacterial and anti-viral properties.
These are just some of the great essential oils that can be used to benefit you and your pets. If you are interested in learning more there are many reference sites packed with great information.
Safe Use Of Essential Oils
Whether you decide to use aromatherapy for your pet, or just yourself, it’s important you exercise the safe use of essential oils. Pets have a stronger sense of smell than humans and much smaller bodies, so the biggest mistake pet owners make is using too much essential oil. Use only a few drops and dilute more heavily initially until you get a feel for it. Measure the amount of water you add to the essential oil diffuser so you can experiment as you go with exact quantities. Don’t use a waterless essential oil diffuser around pets as it may well be too powerful and concentrated for them.