Applications and Safety of Essential Oils With Animals

Nowadays,  there are many synthetic imitations on the market and although cheaper, inpix  they will not work and might even trigger some bad side effects. Do not confuse essential oils and fragrance oils as the later is a synthetic version of the aroma of the former and can only be used in diffusers.

When buying essential oils, you need to ensure you can trust your supplier to provide you with the following:


  • On the label:
  • Common name
  • Botanical name
  • Batch number
  • Date it was bottled
  • Organic certification if it applies



  • On demand:
  • Extraction method
  • Country of origin
  • Plant parts used


Storage of essential oils is important. Oils come in dark-coloured glass bottles (amber, or blue or green) and should be stored away from sunlight and heat. This way they will conserve for a long time. I still have oils that I bought 10 years ago! I do not use them topically or internally any more,bocoranadminriki but they still provide wonderful fragrances in burners or in pot-pourri around the house. It is said that in general, old oils will loose their therapeutic benefits but they do not normally loose their fragrance. Some of them have acquired an even stronger, deeper scent.

Do not use plastic or steel to store oils. It will melt plastic and will attack metal. Stainless steel is all right though. splitacdubai

Essential oils are potent material as they are highly concentrated. Some can be toxic, kjro irritating, and dangerous so it is vital that you gain knowledge on which oils you can use and how to use them. ofiz.lrb

Essential oils can be applied topically

On the skin as a rub or a massage. They must be diluted in a carrier oil. The main carrier oils we use at Australian Natural Health and Healing are cold pressed virgin coconut oil, lytron cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and cold pressed soybean oil. In certain blends, we also use cold pressed virgin wheat germ oil, neem oil and cold pressed flaxseed oil.

Essential oils should never be applied neat (undiluted) on the skin at the exception of True Lavender, Chamomile and some others not discussed here. Even though, great care must be taken as some animals may still have a reaction to them. As a rule and to avoid any problems, do not apply undiluted essential oils on the skin. qau

They should never be applied close to or in the eyes and on the genitals. Care must be taken when applying them on sensitive and delicate skin such as on an animals belly.

Essential oils can be inhaled directly from the bottle or from a cloth where a drop or two have been poured, or using a diffuser/burner. Never leave bottles of essential oils to the reach of animals. All essential oils, pure or in a blend, come in glass bottles, which can hurt your pet if broken. When using a burner/diffuser with a candle, ensure that your pet cannot reach it as the candle would set the place on fire! animeloved

Essential oils can be taken internally in food and drinks as long as they are deemed to be safe to ingest for a particular species. One drop or two (depending on the size and age of the animal) of one essential oil in food, molasses, coconut oil or honey with some liquid is an easy way of offering it to your pet. Do not pour undiluted essential oils in their mouth or rub the oils on their gums as it will burn them!

Some essential oils must never be applied on the skin, diluted or not, as they are highly irritating and will harm your pet.

Presenting essential oils to your pet
As a rule, it is a good idea to let your animal sniff the oil or blend you intend on using. It is said and believed that an animal will instinctively know what’s good for him/her. This subject is controversial and raises many disagreements. No matter what, when possible, you should still allow your pet to acknowledge the oils.

The animal might just sniff it without any distinctive reaction, or show a particular interest in it or really dislike it by running away or growling. Some dogs run away as soon as you grab a spray or bottle as they think it’s a medication and they simply don’t want any!

Some aromatherapists say that you should never force an oil on an animal. I personally disagree a little as with the example above, at times, it might be necessary to gently force the application. Topical application of essential oils should be turned into a special moment between your pet and yourself. Animals love being touched and patted. Use this moment to communicate with your pet and develop a special bond. For example, just pour a little bit of the essential oil blend on your hands and gently pat your dog, or put some on your grooming brushes and gently brush your horse.

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