Going slightly off the beaten path as far as the benefits of aromatherapy are concerned let’s examine whether our household pets can benefit from being exposed to the essential oils that are at the foundation of the practice of aromatherapy.
The first thing to know is that if you are using essential oils on you or your pet you should make every effort to ensure that the oils you are using are of the highest quality, like those from Aromanoma. Stay away from synthetic products. Some chemicals that are added to low cost oils may contain chemicals that can harm both you and your pets.
That said there are a few ways that your pets can benefit from being exposed to aromatherapy oils.
There are a variety of different types of nebulisers – but the best one for use with pets are the various types of water diffusers. They only need between one and five drops of essential oil and the best thing is that they can be moved from room to room.
Great attention needs to be taken not to supply the pet with too large a dose of essential oils. Typically one drop of oil to two cups of water should be ideal. For smaller household pets 1 drop per litre should be more than sufficient. Always consult a professional aromatherapy expert to get up to date advice on which oils are safe for consumption.
3. Topical Application.
Most pets love to be touched and stroked so this is a great way to expose them to essential oils. A drop or two massaged into the spine is ideal. If you are worried about that approach them try a mister in the areas where your pet spends its time.
Be careful with cats.
Their metabolism isn’t up to coping with large amounts of essential oils. Your best approach is a diffuser and make sure that they are able to leave the room if they are uncomfortable.
Some great scents that they may enjoy are:
Avoid these, they contain d-limonene which can harm your feline friend:
Dogs are not as sensitive as cats and seem to respond well to most essential oils. You can regularly apply highly diluted solutions on their fur with no problem at all, diffuse throughout the house and even a drop in their food to combat infection.
However, stay away from the following oils: