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Essential Oils and Your Animals

Jan 31, 2016 10:26PM

by Lynn Rasys  


If you use essential oils in your home, or have heard about essential oils, you’ve probably wondered how you can share their amazing benefits with your animals. However, you might also be asking the questions, “Which oils are safe to use? How much can I apply? Should I diffuse or apply topically? 


Healthy pets make pappy owners. 

Pet owners are extremely fond of their animals and often consider them members of the family. People want the best for their pets, but unfortunately, animals become ill and suffer from numerous physical ailments. Some are simply the result of day-to-day living and can be improved through diet and other natural solutions. 

One solution is the use of essential oils. Humans have used essential oils throughout history for various health applications. However, with the advent of “modern medicine,” essential oils fell out of favor. Recently, the use of oils for improving health and wellness has exploded, with pets also enjoying its resurgence.  


What is an essential oil? 

Essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins and seeds. Some people call essential oils “nature’s living energy” because they contain unique constituents that provide a host of benefits. Most essential oils are extracted from plant sources using steam distillation, and are highly concentrated, making them far more potent than dried botanicals.  Essential oils are also versatile with a wide variety of uses. Some people use essential oils to enliven an environment, support different body systems, or just to enjoy their aromas. 


Can I use any kind of essential oil? 

Essential oils need to be 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. Most of the problems associated with essential oils, whether they are for human or animal use, stem from the fact that people use perfume quality oils in the same way they use therapeutic grade oils. These are totally different and cause more harm than good. 


Animals are more sensitive than humans. 

Start by diluting the essential oils and use them in moderation. The use of a pure carrier oil (organic coconut oil, grape seed oil or V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex) is important for ensuring safety. Your animal’s size will affect the amount of oil you should use. For smaller animals, like cats and dogs, dilution is recommended at 75-90%. Every animal is different though, so carefully observe how your pet individually responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods. 


Introduction of Essential Oils to Your Animals 

Help your animals get comfortable with essential oils, whether topically, aromatically or internally. 

  • Wear oils around your pet, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them. 

  • For dogs and cats, apply topically, such as on the paws.  

  • For hoofed animals, apply on the spine or flank. 

  • Rub oils on your own hands then stroke the animal’s fur. 

  • For large or hard-to-reach places, combine essential oils with a carrier oil or water in a spray bottle. 

  • Some essential oils can be mixed with your animal’s food. 

  • For large animals, you can pull out the bottom lip and drop oils directly into the mouth. 


Top Nine Everyday Oils  

Young Living’s top nine essential oils provide optimal health and wellness properties for your animal loved ones. They are safe and of utmost purity, so just like you, your pet can enjoy all the goodness of essential oils for better health. 



  • Useful for parasites such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes 

  • Removes odors in your home 



  • Useful in all pets for fear, behavior and training 

  • Ideal for skins masses itching, allergies and infections 


Peace and Calming 

  • Main calming blend 

  • Useful for fear, anxiety, behavior problems and car rides 


Pan Away 

  • The best oil blend for pain after an injury, especially involving the bones 

  • Can be used for pain of acute injury, osteoarthritis pain, dental extractions or post-surgery, and sinus issues 



  • Useful, along with Pan Away, for any injury 

  • Quickly cools down overheated horses and dogs 

  • Can be used on long hikes, as a drop into water provides internal cooling 

  • Can be used for acute injury since it is both analgesic and non-infectious 



  • Mainstay for treating injury with contamination out in the field 

  • Strongest anti-infectious agent 

  • Provides significant pain relief 

  • Has anti-parasitic properties, especially useful for ticks 



  • Excellent anti-parasitic 

  • Can be used for skin and subcutaneous conditions 



  • Ideal for injuries while hiking or riding 

  • Gentle, but anti-infectious 

  • Repels parasites 

  • Calming 



  • Safer, less strong oil that is a favorite for smaller pets and birds 

  • One of the best all-around oils to use 

  • Used in every aspect of pet care including wounds, tumors, behavior, infections, bacteria and fungus 


Remember, always consult with your veterinarian before applying any essential oil to your animal 


Lynn Rasys is a Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor (#3252342). For more information, email [email protected] or visit 


Credit to Young Living blog, Dr. Mary Hess and Dr. Melissa Shelton. 




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