When using essential oils, make sure to base the amount that you will use on the weight of your dog. The recipes described in this chapter are for canines who weigh more than 60 pounds. If your dog is smaller, you should use a higher dilu- tion ratio by increasing the amount of water or carrier oil in the recipe. Also, take note that these recipes, are not recommended for other pets such as cats. Many of these oils are toxic to the liver of felines. Also, don’t use tea tree extract on cats, as even small drops could be fatal.
Essential Oil Dog Shampoo
This shampoo recipe is mainly made of essential oils that can improve the quality of your dog’s skin and coat as well as improve the smell.
1/4 teaspoon pure Vitamin E
1 tablespoon castile soap
2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil
2 to 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
2 to 3 drops chamomile (Roman)
1 to 2 drops of cedar wood scent
1 cup of water (carrier liquid)
Mix all the ingredients in a container (a glass jar will do). The mixture could be watery, but use it similar to a regular dog shampoo. Don’t expect to create some suds, and this shampoo is gentle and very effective in repelling ticks. Your dog will also smell good for several days.
Anti-Itch Essential Oil Recipe
This essential oil recipe can aid in decreasing itchiness and decrease redness of the skin.
2 to 3 drops of pure Vitamin E
4 to 5 drops of chamomile essential oil (Roman)
4 to 5 drops of lavender essential oil
2 to 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil (optional)
5 oz. of olive or jojoba oil (carrier oil)
Mix all ingredients in a glass dropper bottle and apply two to four drops directly to the itching spot at least two times a day. This recipe will not only decrease itchiness, it will also calm your pet and help him sleep at night.
This is also a good moisturizer so you can apply this to dry skin areas. This is very safe and effective, you can even use this on your dry skin. Peppermint Essential Oil Recipe against Upset Stomach Peppermint essential oil is effective for almost all forms of upset stomach in- cluding indigestion, flatulence, gas, and nausea. The oil can relieve the swelling of the GI tract and improves digestion by soothing the stomach muscles.
2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil
5 to 6 drops of olive or coconut oil (carrier)
Mix the ingredients and use a diffuser to allow your pet to inhale the essential oil and relieve nausea. Another application method is to mix the peppermint oil and the carrier oil and use it to massage the stomach of your pet. Be sure to give your pet clean water to decrease the symptoms of upset stomach. You can also mix peppermint oil to dog food, but please consult your veterinarian first.
Lavender Oil Deodorizing Spray
This essential oil spray is highly recommended if your dog has gone outside and starts to stink. You can spray this on before allowing your pet to come in, and he will smell wonderful in no time.
5 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil
5 oz. of water
Pinch of salt
Pour the lavender essential oil first to the salt and mildly stir before adding the water.
Adding salt will help the essential oil to blend well with the water when you add it so it will not just float on the top.
For odor relief, lightly spray this mixture on your dog. Be sure to use a high-quality spray and avoid spraying directly or near the eyes or the genitals.
Essential Oil Wash Spray against Ear Infections
10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil
10 to 15 drops of frankincense essential oil
10 to 15 drops of geranium essential oil
8 to 10 drops arborvitae
10 to 15 drops basil
1 to 2 cups of coconut or olive oil (carrier)
Combine all ingredients in a 2-ounce glass spray bottle. Shake the bottle well before using.
Spray this to your dog’s ears at least once a week to cure ear infection, or at least once a month to prevent infections, especially to breeds who are prone to ear infections such as poodles, cocker spaniels, and golden retrievers. If the ears are severely infected, dilute two to three drops of lavender oil in four to six drops of coconut oil.
Dip a cotton ball to the mixture and mildly apply it to the swollen ear area. This will soothe the pain.
Relaxing Mist Spray
Dog breeds such as Siberian husky, a border collie, and Dalmatian are hyperactive.
There are times when you need to calm them such as when traveling with them, or if they are barking tooloudin the middle of the night. You can use this relaxing mist spray to calm your pet.
5 to 10 drops lavender essential oil
5 to 10 drops chamomile essential oil (Roman variety)
10 oz. water (carrier liquid)
Combine all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle, and be sure to shake the bottle before using.
Aside from calming your pet, this spray mist is also a good de-
odorizer. Remember not to spray this directly or close to the eyes and the genitalia.
Essential Oils and Canine Safety
Please take note that it is crucial to use only high-quality essential oils when you need to treat your pets.
There are numerous brands that claim that they are 100% pure, but in reality, they contain synthetic ingredients that could be harmful to dogs. To be certain, consult a veterinarian first.
Also, take note that the recipes described above are not recommended for lactating or pregnant dogs, or for puppies who are younger than eight weeks.
There are essential oils that could be harmful for young dogs.
These recipes are also primarily designed for dogs, so don’t use them on other pets such as birds or cats. Also, be careful when using them, and always keep them away from children’s reach.