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Animal Aromatherapy
by KG Stiles



Editor's Note: KG is a member of the Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) Team at Ashland Community Hospital  which became affiliated with Planetree in 2006. The Planetree Organization helps hospitals provide patient-centered programs and care focused on healing and nurturing body, mind, and spirit. Planetree philosophy integrates human caring with the best of scientific medicine and complementary healing traditions such as aromatherapy.

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PLEASE NOTE: Your animal friend's olfaction process is similar to humans though much more acute. Animals are SUPER sensitive to smells!

Remember less is more with essential oils. Only a tiny amount is needed for results. 1-3 drops of an essential oil is equivalent to 1-4 cups of plant matter. You must always dilute essential oils in a carrier of aloe vera, jojoba or light coconut oil for safe skin application. Compresses are also an effective method for using essential oils.

As animals have extremely sensitive olfactory senses use them in very low percentages of less than 1% to achieve the results desired. A few general uses, include: pet wash, grooming spray, fleas and ticks, anti-fungal, breath freshener, horseflies, stress and anxiety, muscle rub.

USE SELF SELECTION OF ESSENTIAL OILS with your animals which means to include them in the selection process of the essential oils to use. Pay close attention and listen to how your animal or pet responds to a tiny amount of an essential oil first before using it.


FRANKINCENSE ( Boswelia fereana )
Frankincense oil slows and deepens cellular respiration, and has the characteristic effect of comforting and centering during times of distress. Use Frankincense for relieving insecurity and anxiety. Its calming and rejuvenating influence makes Frankincense especially useful for treating post traumatic stress syndrome.

Frankincense is the essential oil most highly recommended for emotional support and to relieve grief after the loss of an animal friend.

LAVENDER ( Lavendula angustifolia )
Apply Lavender pure essential oil immediately to burns to prevent blistering, or scarring, as well as speed healing of wounds as it stimulates cellular repair and regeneration. Lavender essential oil has been used to help balance moods and calm emotions. Helpful for calming intense feelings of nervousness, stress, depression, fear, and irritability.

NEROLI ( Citrus aurantium )
Neroli resonates with the open nature of your heart energy and serves to uplift and inspire. Its subtle vibration can produce immediate results in any stressful situation.


Essential oils with a strong medicinal aroma like Tea Tree are okay for treating fungal issues such as a horse hoof fungal infection. Your horse may not like the strong aroma, however using it with your horse to treat a thrush or fungal issue with the hoof that is far enough away from their nose so that the aroma is usually not problematic. Dilute your essential oils in aloe vera as your method of application for hoof fungus.

TEA TREE ( Melaleuca alternifolia )
Tea Tree essential oil has an undisputed popular reputation for being the first choice of essential oils when treating fungal and bacterial infections and known as a cure all treatment for many chronic and acute bacterial, fungal and viral conditions. Use Tea Tree as an antiseptic and to eliminate fungal infections, blend with Lavender and Thyme to enhance your results! An immune stimulant! Tea Tree oil promotes and strengthens the immune system by stimulating the formation of white blood cells.

PATCHOULI ( Pogostemon patchouli )
Patchouli oil's properties make it an effective mosquito and insect repellent, as well as useful for treating fungal infections.

THYME ( Thymus vulgaris )
A powerful immune stimulant and one of nature's most potent anti-microbials Thyme essential oil's fierce energy gives it the notable ability to support and protect the immune system unequaled by other aromatic oils. An especially potent anti-bacterial agent Thyme oil's action to disinfect will destroy staphylococcus bacteria even when diluted 1,000 times!

LEMONGRASS ( Cymbopogon citratus ).
A powerful astringent use Lemongrass to regulate excess oily skin, hair and scalp conditions. Recent research indicates that Lemongrass oil has a sedating effect on the central nervous system. Its vasodilating, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties help relieve muscle spasm and promote regeneration and healing of soft tissue. Its strong anti-fungal properties makes Lemongrass good for treating a wide variety of fungal infections. A natural insect repellent Lemongrass oil makes a powerful mosquito and insect repellent, and is useful for preventing and eliminating fleas and ticks from your dogs.


SWEET MARJORAM ( Origanum marjorana )
A stimulating oil with antispasmodic properties makes Sweet Marjoram effective as a muscle rub oil, or try it in a compress for treating muscle strains and sprains, and to relieve joint stiffness.

A WORD ABOUT CATS: Please remember to take especial care when using any essential oil on a cat. They simply can't metabolize them the way dogs, horses and humans do. When diffusing oils for your own use, make very sure that your cat can exit the room if he/she chooses. Hydrosols, floral waters, on the other hand, are safe and gentle for our feline friends.

Aromatherapy is Nature's Medicine in its purest and most essential form. Aromatic Oils are the very soul of a plant. Even a drop or two can produce significant results. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance an animal's health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your veterinarian regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to diagnose.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use organically grown or wild crafted essential oils that have been tested for purity and are pesticide free.



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About the Author

KG Stiles, KJStiles.com, is a Certified Aroma Therapist practicing in Ashland, Oregon, USA. She has utilized essential oils in her professional practice for more than 30 years, and is a specialist in formulating aromatherapy blends for healthy living.. KG can blend essential oil formulas to promote balance and healing for specific health conditions, including: immune support, colds and flu, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, menopause, fungal infections, toenail fungus, plantar warts, Bartholin Gland Cyst, anti-aging, skin care and more. Email KG your request, or make an inquiry!






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