Essential Oils have been my go-to “medicine” for the past four years. Every time I start getting a headache, I break out my peppermint oil and lightly dab some on my temples to avoid a full-blown migraine. If I have muscle cramps, I use white fir. If I am stressed, I use lavender. Often times I just use essential oils in place of perfume for their therapeutic properties. When I did finally delve into the EO craze, I was sure to educate myself about the possible risks associated with their use. Additionally, once my husband and I adopted our first cuddly kitty, I made quick work of learning about how using essential oils around animals can benefit and potentially harm them. What may be relaxing to humans could be dangerous to the body of our sweet pets.
A Word of Caution
I would never recommend giving any pet/animal essential oils to ingest, no matter how pure they are. Due to essential oil potency, I would never recommend anyone ingest them. Likewise, I know some people will place essential oils on the skin/fur of their pet, but I also do not recommend this. If you feel like you need to put essential oils on your pet, please, please talk to a trusted veterinarian before using essential oils on your pet!
A Quick Guide
I have researched what oils are and are not safe for different types of animals. I have created an easy visual for reference. Feel free to print it out or save it on your device. The oils I have found that are safe for pets are only recommended to use in a misting diffuser. Do not use a heat diffuser, such as a regular wall plugin, as heat breaks down the beneficial properties of essential oils. This list of what is safe for pets does not take into consideration individual pet allergies. Just like humans can be allergic to different plants, so can animals. If your pet is experiencing negative side effects due to the use of EOs, please stop using immediately and have your pet looked at by their vet.
My Favorite Oils To Recommend
When researching essential oils to purchase be aware that not all oils are made the same. I highly recommend you be wary of purchasing oils from random places. Certain health food stores do carry decent EO brands, but I honestly say it is better to research the company before buying products from it. If you have not found an essential oil company you really love and trust, I recommend looking into New Directions Aromatics, Eden's Garden, Plant Therapy and Mountain Rose Herbs.