Complete List Of Essential Oils That Are Safe To Use On Dogs And The Health Benefits

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Aromatherapy works really well for dogs, just like they do with humans. Essential oils have been used for health and well being for centuries.

Important: Essential oils need to be used in specific ways. For instance, some can be applied topically but not ingested, while others can be diffused in the air but cannot be applied nor ingested. How to use each of these essential oils can be found here

The following oils can be used in first aid and are safe for short-term use (if you click on the titles of each oil, it show you price comparisons):

Lavender:

Can be used topically either pure or diluted in a carrier oil. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety and car sickness, to name a few. Diffusing lavender has a  calming effect on the central nervous system, and dogs experiencing separation anxiety may benefit from it. So if your dog or puppy is stressed, diffuse some lavender in the air.

Cardamom:

Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn and nausea.

Rosemary:

Antioxidant, helps the heart in some cases of cardiac arrhythmia, as well as to generally strengthen the heart, digestive support and antimicrobal so good for gastrointestinal infections. Tick and flea repellent.

Fennel:

Assists the adrenal cortex, helps break up toxins and fluid in tissue. Balances pituitary, thyroid and pineal glands.

Clary Sage:

Has calming effects. It can be used to calm dogs with anxiety, but should only be used in small amounts and be diluted.

Helichrysum:

Anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves. Also useful in cardiac disease.

Sandalwood:

Has  antiseptic and soothing properties to calm, protect and nurture your dog. Use as a swab or massage for fungal infections. Flea repellent. Also reduces inflammation.

Chamomile:

Has anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and anti-parasitic properties. It can be used topically. Anxiety, gastrointestinal (GI) problems, inflamed gums, skin inflammation. Helps calm car ride anxiety, teething pain and muscle pains.

Frankincense:

Has helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system. Has reduced tumors and external ulcers. Increases blood supply to the brain (although it can worsen hypertension so use caution).

Basil:

Rich in antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It can help diminish the painful effects of arthritis, elevate the mood, and provide a remedy for stress and anxiety.

Coriander:

Antibacterial, digestive issues such as indigestion, upset stomach and flatulence, relieves pain, stimulant for low mood, relieves muscle spasms and cramp.

Peppermint:

Use  peppermint as an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and analgesic. Helps with car sickness, nausea and flea repellent.

Neroli:

Acts as an anti-depressant and a sedative. It is great for ridding anxiety, and induces sleep.

Cypress:

Relieves pain, astringent, treats wounds, diuretic, alleviates bleeding, promotes healthy liver function, calming to relax nervous system.

Spearmint:

Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder. When diluted and used short term, this oil is helpful for many gastrointestinal issues in cats.

Elemi:

 Anti-infectious, antiseptic and works as a sedative.

Myrrh:

Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and also has astringent properties.

Opoponax:

Has similar properties to Myrrh and repels ticks.

Palmaroa:

Used to treat skin problems like eczema and dermatitis, as well as boils and abscesses. Relieves stress, anxiety, and nervous exhaustion, and alleviating arthritis and rheumatism when massaged onto the affected areas.

Caraway:

The anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative and immunomodulatory effects have been used in laboratory studies for IBD, specifically colitis.

Nutmeg:

 Use as a massage oil to help relieve muscle pain, swelling and inflammation, but also promote circulation. Can also be used as a natural painkiller, sleeping aid, help remove exhaustion and treat anxiety-related symptoms, enhances concentration.

Helichrysum:

Anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves. Also useful in cardiac disease.

Valerian:

Used to alleviate insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Good for noise phobias (including thunderstorms, fireworks, etc), separation anxiety, visits to the vets, car travel, on walks with aggressive dogs, and when hosting large groups of people at home.

Eucalyptus:

Soothes skin after insect bites, stings, and skin rashes. Antiseptic, respiratory problems, pet odour.

Patchouli:

 Soothes skin irritations, cuts, scrapes, burns and sores, as well as insect bites. Insect repellent, pet odour and helps with dry, flaky skin when added to your dogs shampoo.

Bergamot:

Assists in alleviating symptoms and complications of bacterial infections, acts as a substitute for statins, helps prevent and improve skin conditions from fungal infections, helps reduce anxiety and stress. Can be used in natural treatments for ear infections when they are caused by yeast or bacteria.

Citronella:

Flea and insect repellent/treatment.

Petitgrain:

Used to support a healthy nervous system (particularly with nervous stress and calming nerve excitement as well as soothing nervous digestive tracts). It also promotes healthy skin and fur and is particularly good for oily skin. Helps support healthy cardiovascular function and provides antioxidant support.

Angelica Root:

Antifungal, antispasmodic, antitoxic, bactericidal, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, general tonic, neurotonic.

Cistus:

Relaxing/calming, supports healthy respiratory system, supports the immune system.

Marjoram:

Marjoram is anti-fungal, anti-septic, and anti-bacterial. It may alleviate diabetes or depression symptoms, nerve pain, and assist with liver problems.

Sweet Orange:

Sweet Orange is deodorising and kills bugs (including fleas, ants, and flies on contact). The scent also keeps pests like mosquito away.

Plai:

Energising, good to use when feeling lethargic. Pain relief/anti inflammatory, anti microbial (bacteria and yeasts), reduces anxiety and soothes the nerves, antiviral and boosts the immune system.

Cinnamon Leaf : 

Antibacterial, astringent, antiseptic, Immunostimulant, detoxifying agent, relieves flatulence, pain relief, anti fungal, antidepressant, increases milk in lactating dogs, boosts brain function, improves circulation, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, respiratory problems, heart disease, diabetes, freshens breath, indigestion, helps in weight loss, fights parasites, effective functioning of kidneys, reduces shedding, heals skin, flea repellent.

Cajeput:

Decongestant, expectorant, analgesic, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti viral, anti neuralgic, antiseptic, aids in the expulsion of intestinal gas, promotes excessive sweating, alleviates fever, insecticide, aids in healing cuts, scrapes and wounds, tonic, antispasmodic, astringent, anti inflammatory and antioxidant.

Vetiver:

Vetiver can reduce stress and tension by calming dogs afraid of loud noises. Antiseptic, antispasmodic, immune-stimulating, warming and sedative to the nervous system, and stimulating to the circulatory system.

Melissa:

Calming properties that soothes and relaxes. A digestive aid and helps with flatulence. Muscle-relaxing, deodorising, disinfecting, and has insect-repelling benefits

Black Pepper:

Pain relief. This should be used for dog’s joints, pain in dogs with arthritis, or sore muscles, and not pain from a wound.

Ginger:

Anti-inflammatory properties, relieves pains such as arthritis and joint pain, digestive aid.

Carrot Seed:

Has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and tonic effects. This oil can be used to treat dry or flaky skin – it may also help with tissue regeneration and scar healing.

Mandarin:

Helps with fear, anxiety, stress. Antiseptic, contains vitamin c for skin health, improves blood and lymph circulation, antioxidant.

Rose:

Antibacterial, used to treat problems related to the skin (itchy and dry skin) and the digestive system, calming effects good for anxiety.

Geranium:

Has natural antifungal properties which can be used to treat skin irritation and fungal ear infections. This oil may also help to repel ticks.

Helichrysum:

Anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and has regenerative effects. It is a good oil to have if your dog has skin issues, such as skin irritations, eczema, pyoderma, etc. Gastrointestinal upset, breathing problems due to allergies or build up of mucus in the lungs, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti fungal.

Tangerine

Acts as an excellent source of antioxidants. Gives relief from spasms by inducing relaxation in the organ systems. Improves circulation. Supports a healthy immune system. Soothing, relaxing, and calming. Cleansing and purifying

Lemongrass:

good for pet odours, flea and insect repellent, topical pain relief and skin problems.

Rosalina:

Good for the health of the respiratory system, skin, and mind.

Spikenard:

Has calming and relaxing qualities. Helps to repel insects and fleas and supports healthy skin.

Vanilla:

Antispasmodic, calming, eases stress, anxiety and insomnia,  antioxidant, antidepressant, relieves nausea, helps to heal wounds.

Ylang Ylang:

Increases blood flow, relieves inflammation, fights against parasites, regulates heartbeat, lifts mood, promotes healthy intestinal function.


You do need to use caution when using essential oils on your dog, just as you would for yourself:

  • Always dilute essential oils before use.
  • Do not put essential oils into your pet’s drinking water or food – no internal use of essential oils for dogs.
  • Try to only use them when you want to address a specific concern. Avoid using essential oils on your dog as a “preventative” measure.
  • Do not use essential oils around puppies less than 10 weeks old.
  • To reduce the chances of sensitivity and organ toxicity, don’t use the oil for more than two weeks and then provide a rest period.
  • Check with a holistic veterinarian if you plan to use essential oils on a dog that’s pregnant. Especially, absolutely avoid stimulating oils (such as tea tree, peppermint, or rosemary) on pregnant dogs.
  • Don’t use essential oils on dogs who are prone to seizures, or are suffering epilepsy.
  • Use a good quality essential oil brand.

The information listed above are general guidelines and you should always consult your veterinarian before introducing essential oils to your dog.

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