Use of therapeutic essential oils dates back many centuries.  Before modern, synthetic medicine people widely used plant essence to support health and well-being.  In fact, many plant essences are synthetically formulated and used in the expensive drugs prescribed by doctors.  If you are interested in using essential oils to complement your health, make sure you are using 100% pure essences. Read the labels carefully as many are adulterated and not pure. Be cautious when using plant essences for humans or pets as this is not medical advice and they can cause allergic reactions, etc.  If using them on skin it is best to dilute them in a carrier oil such as olive or almond, and as with any new product, do a test patch first.  Unless you are a well-informed expert it is not advised to take them internally including putting in eyes or on food.  The benefits often come from just inhaling the soothing scents.  

When choosing essential oils be sure to look for a brand with a good reputation, such as Aura Cacia, Mountain Rose Herbs, or Eden Botanicals. Steam distilled are superior to solvent extracted. Buy the highest quality 100% pure essential oil as you can afford. Avoid 'perfume' essences at all costs. They likely contain artificial color and toxic chemicals.

When using essential oils with pets do not apply directly to skin as they can lick it off and you don't want that to happen.  Apply to a bandana, jacket, stress relieving wrap, or a collar clip like the one made by Collar Companion, and use only a tiny amount of the blend as dogs are very sensitive to smells. Observe your dog's reaction carefully.  Some dogs instantly relax when they smell soothing aromas.  These blends are also beneficial for people! 

Mixing blends is very easy.  Select a small glass container with a tight-fitting lid and an eye dropper or pipette for dispensing the blend.  Dark colored glass is best as it helps preserve the freshness of the oils.  Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Most essential oils come with a dispenser that allows drops to be easily counted and dispensed.  The amount needed for pets is so small that these blends will last.

Here are few blends to try:

Keep it Clean Blend

10 drops melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia)

10 drops naouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia)

7 drops lavendar (Lavandula angustifolia)

10 drops rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)


Calm Blend

This peaceful fragrance is good for relaxation and may help calm anxious dogs. You can diffuse it in your home or put a few drops on the dog collar, stress wrap, bandana, etc. Good for people too!

15 drops lavender

10 drops Roman chamomile

5 drops tangerine (or other citrus scent)


Insect Repellent

If you dislike using chemicals in your home, you probably don't like using them on your pets either. Insects like fleas and ticks are a nuisance.  Healthy pets attract less pests so the first step is to support your pet's optimal health via nutritious diet.  When your pet will be in an area with fleas or ticks you can try this combination to keep them at bay. Do not apply directly to skin. Always apply indirectly to pets using a method described above.

30 drops rosemary

24 drops lemongrass

10 drops thyme

3 drops cinnamon bark


Positive Energy Blend

This blend will help bring confidence and joy to your depressed or traumatized pet.

20 drops bergamot

20 drops ylang ylang

15 drops rosewood

20 drops geranium

5 drops jasmine 


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Credit: N Goodfellow