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Essential Oils for Pets

Our families aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the many healing properties of essential oils. Our fur babies sometimes need some TLC too. And what better way to treat their ailments than with all natural ingredients!

If you’re looking for some alternative treatments and remedies for your pets, we’ve got a list here for you to get started with. Just like with humans, if your pets are small, be careful with the amounts of hot oils, such as peppermint, that you use, and always test for allergies by doing small spot checks to see how their skin reacts.

Flea and Tick Spray

Mix 5 drops of peppermint and 2 drops eucalyptus essential oils with 10 ml mild shampoo in a large spray bottle. Fill bottle with water and spray pets at least twice a day to repel pesky insects.

All-Natural Pet Shampoo

This shampoo will not only get your pet squeaky clean, it will also help with dry skin and hair, as well as repel ticks and fleas!

  • 50 ml castile soap
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 7 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • Water

Mix all ingredients together in a shampoo bottle or other container of similar size and fill with water. Shake before each use.

Doggie Deodorizer

  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

Drop essential oils into a glass spray bottle, then fill with water. Spritz on pets daily to keep them smelling clean. For a dog odour killing room spray, add 20 ml of rubbing alcohol to the mixture.

Natural Flea Collar

  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 2 ml carrier oil (such as grapeseed)

Mix above ingredients and soak a piece of cloth or an un-medicated collar with it. Allow it to dry and place it on your pet. It will need to be re-medicated every 2 weeks or more.

Calm Pet Spray

Yes, pets get anxious too! And no one knows that better than you. Sometimes they have anxiety problems continually, and sometimes they just need a little help for their nerves during thunderstorms. Whatever the cause, keeping some of this on hand will keep your pets at ease.

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 ml vegetable glycerin (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and fill with water. Spritz on liberally to calm your pet or to help him sleep. You can skip the glycerin if it’s not available, but it does help the essential oils stay with your pets longer.

Paw Balm

For pets with tender paws. Also great for dry patches or minor wounds.

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Coconut oil

Whip coconut on high speed until creamy. Add essential oils and store in a glass container. Use when needed to relieve inflamed, scraped or tender paws.

Arthritis Cream

It’s hard to see our pets in pain and not as active as they once were. Keep some of this cream around to soothe pain and reduce inflammation.

  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 120 ml coconut oil

Whip coconut oil on high speed until creamy. Mix in essential oils and store in a glass jar. Soothe onto painful areas once or twice a day as needed.

Dog Ear Treatment and Cleanser

Many dogs have tendencies to get ear infections, and they can be hard to treat. Keeping the ear canal clean can help prevent inflammation and infections.

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 2 ml vegetable oil

Combine mixture in a glass container. Clean ear canals with a cotton swab dipped in the solution at least once a week. For infections and inflammation, apply a couple of drops of the solution along the outside of the ear and down the neck.

Conclusion

Pet products can be toxic, not to mention, extremely expensive. But with some well-planned natural remedies and powerful essential oils, problems can be treated naturally and affordably.

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