If you use an oil and feel an uncomfortable sensation, you can tell someone. Unfortunately, our beloved pets have no voice. I know you don't want to deliberately hurt your pet, but there is a lot of bad information out there and it's hard to sort through it all. So, let's set the pet record straight, shall we?
Not all oils are created equal and many are toxic to animals. I want to first start out by alerting you to what toxicity looks like in animals. You may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Salivating/excess drooling
- Dermal or mucous membrane irritation/inflammation or even burns if the essential oils were used improperly via topical application or internal use.
- Lack of coordination, stumbling, temporary paralysis
- Citrus: grapefruit, lemon, lime, sweet orange, tangerine.
- Floral: chamomile (German/Roman), clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender (L.angustifolia), neroli, patchouli, rose, ylang-ylang.
- Others: Cypress, Frankincense*, Palmarosa and Petitgrain are also considered safe to diffuse when safety precautions are followed.
CAUTION: The following list of oils should be avoided with ALL animals. Some are more common than others and this list is not exhaustive. Ajowan, Bitter Almond, Boldo, Buchu, Calmaus, Camphor, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Celery Seed, Clove, Costus, Elecampane, Garlic, Horseradish, Mustard, Oregano, Parsley seed, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sassafras, Savin, Savory (summer and winter),Tansy, Thuja, Wintergreen, Wormseed and Wormwood.
What's the best way to use essential oils with my pet?
- When diffusing oils, do so in a well-ventilated room and avoid confined spaces or where there is excess heat or moisture.
- Be sure your pet has access to leave the area where you are diffusing.
- Avoid constant diffusion or using too many oils. 10-15 minutes every couple hours is enough for an animal.
- Do not use diffusers on or in your pet's crate or sleeping area.
- Avoid diffusing around fish tanks and reptile tanks as well as bird cages.
- Avoid applying oils directly to your pets nose, whiskers, eyes, ears, or other sensitive areas like the genitals.
- Always dilute your oils if applying oils topically, particularly if applying them to the paws. *Only use oils on the paw pads if there is a specific issue such as an abscess or minor wound like a bruise or chapping.
- Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): anxiety, fear, trembling, disturbed sleep
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): anxiety, fear, hormonal support, PTSD
- Ginger (Zingiber x officinal e ): nausea/motion sickness, increase confidence
- Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum): anxiety, trauma/abuse, PTSD
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): anxiety, fear, trembling, hyperactive (mind/body), trauma (physical/emotional), disturbed sleep, jumpy/spooky, hypersensitive to touch/sound
- Melissa (Melissa officinalis): anxiety, panic attacks, increase confidence
- Neroli(Citrus x aurantium var. amara (flos)): anxiety, panic attacks, separation anxiety, body trembling, sensitive to touch/sounds, PTSD
- Sweet orange(Citrus sinensis): increase confidence, nausea/motion sickness, jumpy/spooky
- Patchouli(Pogostemon cablin): grounding, hyperactive, sensitive to touch,trauma/abuse
- Rose(Rosa x damascena Mill.): emotional wounds, trauma/abuse, lack of vitality and joy, sadness, fear-aggression, PTSD
- Tangerine(Citrus reticulata Blanco var. tangerine): increase confidence/focus, hyperactive energy, repetitive negative behavior, separation anxiety
- Vanilla CO2 extracted(Vanilla planifolia): anxiety, increase confidence, training aid, repetitive negative behavior, separation anxiety
- Vetiver(Vetiveria zizanoides): grounding, hormonal support, mood swings, body trembling, PTSD, hyperactive energy, jumpy/spooky
- Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata): anxiety, body trembling,hyper-sensitive to touch, past trauma/abuse, spooky/jumpy, increase confidence (especially in males), fear-aggression