Aromatherapy for Dogs

“Aromatherapy” is when essential oils are used to treat behavioural and physical problems. The holistic capabilities of Canine Aromatherapy have been in practice for years. Using the blend of the right essential oils can be naturally calming for both you and your dog.

 

Which essential oils can calm dogs?1

Oils that have been observed to be calming for dogs include, but are not limited to:

  • Lavender can help an anxious animal relax.
  • Bergamot can have an uplifting and balancing effect on the mind and body.
  • Chamomile can ease inflammation relieve anxiety and tension.
  • Sweet orange has a sedative, relaxing effect that reduces anxiety.
  • Frankincense can help anxious and fearful animals relax.

 

Zoopharmacognosy enables botanical self-medicative behaviour in dogs by offering plant extracts that would contain the same, or similar constituents to those found in an animal’s evolutionary history to prevent or reduce the harmful effects of pathogens and toxins.2

 

Dogs’ sensitive noses mean often essential oils are too strong to diffuse undiluted, and for safety reasons direct application onto the skin should be avoided. Instead, we can provide dogs the therapeutic use of essential plant oils by providing a synergistic blend of therapeutic grade oils in our wax products. Using high quality materials means a low ratio of wax:scented oil can be used, but still achieve a good scent throw to create a beautifully fragranced room.

 Always follow our dog friendly safe candle-burning practices.

 

Which Essential Oils Are Toxic to Dogs?3

Oils that are harmful to dogs and should be avoided include, but are not limited to:

  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus 
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Sweet birch
  • Tea tree
  • Clove
  • Thyme
  • Juniper
  • Yarrow
  • Garlic

 

References:

  1. https://myanimalmatters.co.uk/product-category/essential-oils/
  2. Caroline Ingraham: https://www.carolineingraham.com/
  3. https://www.foundanimals.org/essential-oils-toxic-pets/