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Essential Oils

SAFETY TIPS FOR USING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR DOG.

Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation. Although all bottles say essential oils, different companies use different strenghts. Please, overdilute when using a new oil.

Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.

Dogs are more sensitive to essential oils than humans are. Essential oils should always be used diluted, even when just inhaling. This is important to remember, as we humans don't dilute when inhaling.

Most issues that dogs have can be addressed with the inhalation of diluted essential oils. There are a few issues which can be addressed with topical use, and they will be addressed below.Only use essential oils with your dogs when needed to address a concern – not to “prevent” a health issue. An example is to have them inhale a digestive essential oil after they eat, when they don't have any digestive issues. This is not recommended.This is probably obvious to most of us, but it goes without saying: do not add essential oils to your dog's food or drinking water.Avoid using essential oils with puppies under 10 weeks of age.

RECIPES:

To keep your dog away from your favorite chair or favorite flower bed, dilute 6 drops of citrus, cinnamon, eucalyptus or sour apple to 10 oz of water. Shake bottle well to distribute the oil evenly and spray on the area.

Essential oils that are uplifting are good for stress, separation issues and older dogs. Again, dilute 6 drops of jasmine or orange to 10 oz of water. This can be used in a diffuser for continuous use over a few hours. 

Calming essential oils include lavender and ylang ylang. Diluting in a diffuse will keep your dog calm over hours.

Putting 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil in 10 oz of water in a spray bottle makes a wonderful calming mist during times when your dog needs help settling. Another calming mist is made by adding 3 drops of rosemary, 3 drops of Roman chamomile and 3 drops of lavender with 10 oz of water. Or you can combine 5 drops of cedarwood with 5 drops of lavender in 10 oz of water. A good time to spray would be about 10 minutes before leaving home or before guests arrive. If your dog is not very keen on the spray mist, you can spray the mist into the palms of your hands and massage the neck, back and chest of your dog to help him/her relax.

To aid ear infection/inflammation is to apply peppermint essential oil along the ear line, on the outside of the ear, applied over the fur down the tuve of the ear from the outside.

Ensure that your never hear that your home smells like a dog again by using bergamot oil. Mix 10 drops with 8 oz of water and apply a light spritz 2-3 times a week on your canine pal.

Make your own flea collar by combining 2 drops total of flea repelling essential oil (cinnamon, rosemary, clove, peppermint, cedarwood) in 2 tbsp almond oil. Mix the oils together with the almond oil, apply to the collar, and allow to dry before placing on your pet.  

Flea & Tick repellent spray is made by combining 3 drops of lavender, 1 drop of citronella, 1 drop of cedarwood, 1 drop of lemongrass, 2 tbsp of carrier oil (vegetable or coconut) with enough water to fill a 12 oz spray bottle

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