Aromatherapy Recipes for Pets
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Aromatherapy for your Pooch
Here are some recipes we’ve found helpful:
Calming Blend: Chamomile, Lavender and Sweet Marjoram. Recipe: 100mL Spring Water, 3 drops of each oil, shake vigorously. Spray directly onto your dog, holding the bottle about 10 inches from him. Avoid spraying on the head and eyes. Don’t forget your dog’s bed.
Natural Deodoriser Blend: Lavender, Lime and Spearmint. Recipe: 100mL Spring Water, 5 drops of each oil, shake vigorously. Mist through the air thoroughly all the pet bedding, rugs, cars etc. It quickly, naturally and safely absorbs unpleasant pet odours.
Arthritis Pain Relief Blend: Rosemary, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender. Therapeutic blend of essential oils of Rosemary and Ginger increase the circulation to the area, while Juniper Berries acts as a detoxifier, Lavender acts as a calmer. Jojoba, a natural anti-inflammatory. Recipe: 20mL Jojoba, 6 drops Lavender, 3 Rosemary, Ginger and Juniper Berry, rubbed gently on the sore parts, massage the area twice a day.
Sore Hot Spot Blend: Excellent for calming and soothing the irritated spots that they keep licking. Rose Geranium balances, repairs capillaries and is a cellular regenerator and wound healer. Rosewood is a cellular stimulant. Lavender and Frankincense are extremely healing combinations, especially for open wounds. Recipe: 20mL Jojoba, 3 drops of each or Rosewood, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Frankincense, rubbed gently on the sore spots.
Quick Fix Antiseptic Blend: An antiseptic blend incorporating Lemon, Cypress, Manuka, Lavender and Thyme. These oils are regenerative and anti-infectious, this gentle mist calms and soothes. Recipe:100mL Spring Water, 4 drops of each oil. Mist area gently avoiding the eyes
Flea Treatment Blend: Lemongrass, Kunzea, Spearmint: Recipe:100mL Spring Water, 5 drops of each oil. Mist area gently avoiding the eyes. Remember to spray and leave them outside so the fleas don’t make a quick exit from your pooch into the house.
Ticks Treatment: Kunzea (Native animals of Australia are often found sleeping under Kunzea bushes, where they seek relief from ticks and other parasites – hence it’s other popular name of tick bush.) Recipe:100mL Spring Water, 15-20 drops of each oil. Mist area gently avoiding the eyes. Or neat on the tick to help kill it off.
Cautions: Always consult a Veterinarian if symptoms are severe or persist, or you are in anyway worried. Always tell your veterinarian what natural products your pet is using when you talk to them.
The largest problem with essential oils is that they may contain contaminates or adulterants that make more serious issues arise. For this reason, one should only use the best grade essential oils oils like ours here at Magnifiscense. Your pets, like you, deserve the best.
Animals have a very sensitive sense of smell, so in most cases it is best to use oils that are diluted and always provide an escape route. If a pet does not like an oil do not enforce its use.
To reduce the chances of sensitivity and organ toxicity, it is preferable to use an oil/oils for no more than two weeks and then provide a rest period.
Always wash your hands after handling oils to prevent accidentally getting them into your eyes.
Oils generally good for your pooch:
Chamomile German: Anti inflammatory, arthritis, bursitis, liver regeneration. Poor appetite/slow painful digestion. Neutralises toxic bacterial metabolic wastes: causes fevers. Stimulates white blood cell production. Eczema, slow healing wounds. Cystitis – chamomile tea. Insomnia, nervous tension, indigestion, headaches. Helps reduce anger.
Chamomile Roman: Sedative, anti-inflammatory. Colic, diarrhoea, poor apetite, indigestion, insomnia, asthma, soothing, calming antidepressant, anxiety, stress, harmonising, peaceful, soothing to spirit.
Blue Cypress: Good anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties against allergic hives, insects, rheumatoid arthritis, general joint pain and swelling, an anti-irritant and helps reduce erythema.
Fennel: assists the adrenal cortex, helps break up toxins and fluid in tissue. Balances pituitary, thyroid and pineal glands. Also assits culling the appetite when you need to put loved ones on a diet!
Frankincense: Has helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system. Has reduced tumours and external ulcers. Increases blood supply to the brain (although it can worsen hypertension so use with caution).
Ginger: Arthritis, backache, chills, circulatory health, cold and flu, decongestant, digestive system, disconnectiveness, fractures, libido, lymphatic system, mood swings, muscle pain, rheumatism sinusitis and sore throat.
Kunzea: Kunzea its extremely powerful anti-inflammatory action, making it unique for applications like rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatism, where you just rub it neat on the affected joints to obtain immediate relief. It has powerful anti-infectious and antimicrobial properties, that make it into a very effective essential oil for the treatment of many types of infection, including the common cold. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it a great oil for treating insect bites and stings, etc, where it deals with the inflammation, and also prevents infection from taking hold.
Juniper Berry: Acne, arthritis, appetite regulator, anxiety, cellulite, colds and flu, detoxify, disinfectant, drowsiness, eczema, gout, hair loss, headaches, immune system, infections, mental exhaustion, menstrual problems, nervous tension, oily complexions, rheumatism, skin toner, stress-related conditions and wounds.
Lavender: Universal oil, can use pure or diluted. Helps your pooch feel safe. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety and car sickness, to name a few. Lavender oil has powerful effects on the brain and creates a calming sensation.
Lemon: Clearing heat and toxicity from a congested overworked liver, the oil in addition can help
relieve nausea, headaches, irritability and insomnia. Improves circulation and tones the blood
vessels, the oil may be used for broken capillaries, varicose veins and nosebleeds. An effective
heart tonic and often used in bringing down high blood pressure. Invigorating to the immune
system and aiding the body to fight infectious disease. Beneficial to oily and greasy skin and hair
Lemongrass: Analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial. antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, nervous system sedative and tonic.
Lime: Lime’s stimulating and refreshing properties can affect mood, as well as being a powerful aromatic and topical cleanser. Lime is also popular for use on joints and for seasonal bugs. Lime oil is anti-rheumatic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-mucus, reduces fever, and disinfectant. Lime is also an excellent disinfectant, which will not only effectively kill bacteria but it is a natural antiseptic and smells divine, great for pooches beds and other areas. Shake off feeling of lethargy, and to help energise your pooch.
Manuka: Anti dandruff, antidote to insect bites and stings, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, anti histaminic, anti allergenic. cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant and nervous relaxant.
Sweet Marjoram: Antiviral, antiaphrodisiac, arming properties help chilblains, disperse bruises. Alleviates high blood pressure. Spasmodic digestion, colic, flatulence, constipation. Stimulates and strengthens digestion. analgesic: muscle spasms, rheumatic pain, sprains.
Peppermint: Mobilises calcium ions therefore helping acidity and relaxation of the digestion. Helps colic dyspepsia, nausea, stomach pains, diarrhoea, flatulence, travel sickness. Gall bladder inflammations and helping liver damage. Analgesic: muscle pain, lumbago, bruises, joint pain insect bites. Myalgia & neuralgia. Refreshing effect on the lymph and blood systems. Increase blood flow to spleen and regeneration. Sinus congestion, infection or inflammation. Fever, colds influenza. Skin irritation or itching, it cools the skin.
Rose Geranium: This crisp and rosy essential oil stimulates the adrenal cortex and helps to balance the nervous system, while lifting depression and relieving anxiety and has a regulatory effect on the hormonal system, clearing sluggish and oily skin, while assisting with healing. Help in the treatment of the following: acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, mosquito repellent, ringworm, ulcers, edema, poor circulation, sore throat, tonsillitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress and neuralgia. It can be used to remedy digestive ailments, kidney and bladder disorders and has traditionally been considered as an astringent.
Rosewood: Rosewood essential oil is beneficial for the skin. Regular massage with this oil greatly helps in the regeneration of the skin. It is a great stress reliever, and therefore widely used for curing nervous disorder and problems related to emotional stress and anxiety. It is also an excellent pain reliever, widely used for reliving muscular and even arthritic pains. And is also a good insect repellants. Rosewood essential oil is also considered to be an aphrodisiac.
Rosemary: Tonic of the heart, beneficial to cardiac fatigue, palpitations, low blood pressure, extremity circulatory problems. Tonic for liver and gallbladder infections, biliary colic and gall stones. Tired overloaded live, fetid breathe, grey complexion. Analgesic treats rheumatism, arthritis, stiff overworked muscles. Stimulating effect on head. Respiratory, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis. Hair growth, helps prevent. Dandruff.
Spearmint: Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhoea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder. When diluted and used short term, this oil is helpful for many gastrointestinal issues in cats.
Thyme: Fortifies the lungs when treating colds, coughs, sore throats, tonsillitis, bronchitis and asthma.
Beneficial to the immune system, it helps the body fight disease and deters the spread of
germs. Raises low blood pressure; when used in compress could be good for painful arthritic
swelling. May stop nose bleeds.
Your Purrfect friends
Cats are particularly at risk for oil reactions and in most cases we use oils very sparingly on cats. One drop of essential oil diluted in 50 drops of a pure dilutional oil such as jojoba oil is usually sufficient.
Some essential oils can cause liver and kidney toxicity in sensitive species. Cats use a different system in their liver to detoxify and are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain certain compounds. eg. cinnamon, oregano, clove, wintergreen, thyme and birch, which are oils that should be avoided in cats.
Cats should not be given, and never put essential oils into the ear canal as they can damage cats’ delicate ear drums and nerves.
Always wash your hands after handling oils to prevent accidentally getting them into your eyes.
GENERAL DISCLAIMER… Any information provided here is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or offer treatment for disease. Our purpose and intention is to provide information to support people who are seeking more education regarding natural alternatives while they pursue a state of optimal health and longevity -for themselves and their pets.
Please always do a small test before you start just in case you or any of the family members of pets have an allergic reaction.
Francine Milford (2007) Aroma~care Pet Aromatherapy. USA.
Harding, J. (2008) The Essential Oils Handbook. UK, London: Duncan Baird
Battaglia, S. (2008) The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, (2nd Edition). Australia, Brisbane: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy