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Essential Oils for Dogs

I want my dogs to live a long, healthy life, so I feed them a diet of raw dog food and I use essential oils as an alternative to common chemical treatments.

Essential oils for dogs can:

  • repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes
  • soothe mosquito bites, taking away the itchiness
  • calm our dogs down
  • help our dogs (and me) get a good night's sleep
  • help them focus for a better training session
  • soothe allergy (and my hay fever) symptoms
  • soothe an upset tummy and gas

Essential oils are a huge part of my life and how I raise healthy dogs.  They also help me save money on dog care while offsetting the cost of raising four big dogs.

Using Essential Oils with Dogs

Below is a guide of sharing which essential oils that you can use to treat common ailments in dogs.  Keep in mind that some essential oils have a strong scent and will need to be diluted before using with your dog.  To avoid using an oil that your dog won't like, allow your dog to choose the oil.  Apply a diluted oil of your choice to your hands and allow your dog to smell and base us of that oil on your dog's reaction.

 

Protecting our dogs from fleas.

Cedarwood

Eucalyptus Radiata

Lavender

Lemongrass

Marjoram

 

When our dogs have an upset tummy.

Ginger (car sickness)

Peppermint (eases gas)

 

When our dogs feel achy.

Carrot Seed

Copaiba

Ginger

Helichrysum

Peppermint (anti-inflammatory)

 

When my dogs are on edge.

Lavender

Valerian

Or a combination of: Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender

 

When my dogs have an owie.

Geranium

Lavender

Marjoram

 

During late spring, our dogs start blowing their coat and all that loose hair is a bit irritating and causes itchy skin.  So I break out the grooming tools (which they love) and I mix up a skin soothing spray to relieve the itch.

5 drops of Lavender

5 drops Roman Chamomile

2 drops of Frankincense

2 tablespoons of carrier oil

10-12 ounce spray bottle (use a 16-ounce bottle if this mixture is too strong)

The more oils I use, the fewer drops I’ll add to prevent the scent from becoming overwhelming.

You can also use a mixture of water, organic apple cider vinegar, and brewed green tea – mix these ingredients (1/3 each) into a spray bottle and spray.  I prefer the essential oils because of the nice scent, however, both of these recipes have healing properties.

 

I make dog shampoo because Zoey is sensitive to smells and many natural shampoos on the market are too strong for her.  It’s also less expensive to make dog shampoo now that I have the right ingredients on hand.

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of castile soap

2 tablespoons of carrier oil

5 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Roman Chamomile or Eucalyptus (not the same, but options I’ve used)

2 drops of Citronella

1 drop of Cedarwood

I mix these ingredients in a mixing bowl, using a wire whisk, then pour the contents into a pump bottle.  Because this doesn’t have a thickening agent, this will be a watery product that you can easily waste – the pump bottle controls the waste, pumping shampoo and foam into your hand that you can then massage into your dog’s coat.

The oils that I chose for this recipe also work to repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.

 

Use the same recipe to the left and swap out 4-5 ounces of water for 4-5 ounces of aloe vera.

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This recipe was inspired by what I know about repelling fleas naturally.  I know which scents they don’t like so I used those in this product.  I’ve adapted the recipe since I first made it in May.

5 drops of Lavender

2 drops Citronella

2 drops of Cedarwood

2 drops of Lemongrass

2 tablespoons of carrier oil

10-12 ounce spray bottle (use a 16-ounce bottle if this mixture is too strong)

The more oils I use, the fewer drops I’ll add to prevent the scent from becoming overwhelming.

 

I found this solution in a Facebook group and followed up with some online research (yeah, I know I should be wary of the Internet) confirming that this trick works; so I want to share it with you.

2-3 drops Palo Santo – put oil on the tick to encourage detachment (or easy removal), the tick should be dead within 15 minutes according to my readings

1 drop of Rosemary – after tick is removed; Rosemary works as an anti-bacterial and antiseptic

Citronella and lemongrass also serve as antibacterials; clove and tea tree (which I avoid due to Cosmo, our cat) serve as an antiseptic.

 

 

This recipe was inspired by research I did on what went into a paw balm; mostly, I made it up as I went along; please forgive the vague measurements.

1 small glass (I used a shot glass that is shaped like a drinking glass)

1 pot for heating up water

2 tablespoons of shea butter

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of jojoba oil

2 tablespoons of beeswax

1-2 drops of Lavender

1-2 drops of Frankincense

I added the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to the glass and sat the glass in the pot (surrounded by water).  I heated the water on low and kept an eye on it.  Once the shea butter and coconut oil are melted (happens quickly), I stirred the contents until the beeswax melted.

I used pliers to lift the glass out of the pot, and I sat it on a towel the glass cooled (cools quickly).  I added two drops each of the essential oils.  Once I could handle the glass with my hand (a couple of minutes later), I poured everything into the containers (I used the travel size containers you can pick up at Target).

I set aside to cool, and I had paw balm a short time later.

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This recipe was inspired by an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine:

5 drops of Rosemary

5 drops of Roman Chamomile

5 drops of Lavender

Water

8-ounce spray bottle

This one is easy.  I mix the ingredients, fill the bottle with water, and add the lid.  I spray the mist around the dogs, not directly in their face.  Or I spray the mist into the palms of my hands and massage their neck, back, and chest t help them relax.  It works great on Zoey, which is surprising because she usually doesn’t like the oils.

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If you have a dog with dry, itchy skin, I recommend taking a look at your dog’s diet, adding Bonnie & Clyde fish oil and FullBucket Daily Canine Powder to meals, and using this easy essential oils recipe:

5 drops of Lavender

3 drops of Roman Chamomile

3 drops of Frankincense

3 drops of vitamin E

2 tablespoons of carrier oil

I mix the ingredients together in a measuring cup or bowl, then pour into a glass dropper bottle or roller ball bottles. This is another option for dry paws, and I use it to soothe dry skin on the tummy.

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Sydney and I are working to lose weight together.  Scout is our most active dog and will often overdo it if we’re not careful.  I created this mixture to help with their aches and pains – it works quickly, and I can use it too.

2-3 drops of Copaiba

3 drops of Lavender

1 tablespoon of carrier oil

I add my oils to a glass roller ball bottle.  When one of our dogs are exhibiting signs of sore muscles, I rub the roller bottle on the area and gently massage the area.  I’ve noticed that they feel better within 10 to 15 minutes.

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One morning, I noticed that Sydney’s ears were red, very dirty, and scratched.  Signs of an impending ear infection that I thought would call for a prescription.  Nope!  Her veterinarian gave me these instructions:

Mix Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide (50/50) into a spray bottle

Mist the mixture inside of the ear and ear canal and let set for 10 minutes

Wipe out dirt

Sooth ear with coconut oil

I repeated this ritual daily until Sydney’s ear cleared up; I saw improvements in less than 48 hours.

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