The reason I love animals so much is that they give off an attitude of happiness, innocence and unconditional love to their people. Our pets are just as happy being a part of our household as we are of having them with us.
But sometimes an animal comes into our life that is a bit "out there!"
For instance, the dog that has an irrational fear of rain and will not for the life of him go outside to potty during a rain shower. Or the cat who hides for hours when a friend comes over. Or, how about the dog with attachment issues that destroys the house while you're at work? Any of these sound familiar?
My cat's, Sammie and Max, love to hang out on our screened-in patio. But whenever the garbage truck comes rolling in, they flee for their lives!
It might sound crazy to us, but whatever your animal's fears or wacky behaviors may be, they are completely legitimate in their minds.
Using essential oils on your animals can really take the edge off of their anxiety, big time!
Because of an animal's heightened senses, they respond very well to essential oils. In the wild, animals eat specific plants to heal themselves. In captivity (our homes), the plant kingdom is not readily available. Using essential oils on your pet gives them access to the vast healing properties of nature.
The three best essential oils to calm your pets are:
Peace & Calming® (a blend from Young Living)
These essential oils can be used to support your animal with; fear of rain and thunderstorms, separation anxiety, hyperactivity, trauma / abuse, depression, Illness, trips to the vet's office, grief / loss of another family pet and any other situation that causes great stress for your animal, such as garbage trucks!
When you apply essential oils to animals, always remember less is more as animals are very sensitive to essential oils.
Also, with animals, it's best to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as organic olive oil. I recommend one part essential oil to 1 part carrier oil for all animals EXCEPT cats. The dilution ratio for cats is 1 part essential oil to 10 parts carrier oil.
Use caution with cats!
Any of the essential oils listed in this article are safe for dogs and horses, however; cats are a different story! Cats are extremely sensitive to essential oils containing phenols, such as oregano and thyme. Cats can not effectively metabolize phenols because they lack an enzyme in their liver to digest the phenols. Avoid Peace & Calming® essential oil blend on your cat, as it does contain phenols. Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils ARE safe for cats.
How to apply essential oils on dogs, horses and cats:
For calming dogs:
Mix 1 drop Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Peace & Calming® essential oil with 1 drop carrier oil. Rub this mixture on your dogs pads, ears or comb through their fur. Apply any time you sense your dog is stressed.
For calming horses:
Mix 1 drop Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Peace & Calming® essential oil with 1 drop carrier oil. Rub this mixture on your horse's muzzle, ears or cornet bands. Apply any time your horse is stressed.
For calming cats:
Mix 1 drop Lavender or Roman Chamomile essential oil with 10 drops carrier oil. Rub this mixture on your cat's pads, ears or comb through their fur. Apply any time your cat is stressed.
By the way, the essential oils in this article are also good for easing your anxieties, too! Dilution is not required on humans. Just apply a drop or two on your wrists, shoulders or behind your ears.
And the next time you're opening up a bottle of lavender essential oil, share some with your animal friends! They'll thank you!
© 2008 Christa McCourt