Essential oils are a fantastic solution to many issues, and a simple, safe and respectful way to keep your dog happy and healthy. Providing a level of support that can help your dog fight itchy skin, anxiety, digestive upset and plenty more, essential oils are a safe alternative to harmful medicines. Below are the top five essential oils you can keep on hand (or paw) for your dog!
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
A protecting oil that helps unblock things. For wounds, itchy skin, allergies, stings, bites, to stop bleeding (I use it to stop bleeding if I nick the quick when nail clipping), ear infections, kidney infections, anti-inflammatory for sprains and pulls or arthritis, physical or emotional trauma. Deep blue yarrow is more anti-inflammatory than the paler blue or green one.
Cedarwood Atlas or Himalaya (Cedrus Atlantica or deodara)
Calming and strengthening and a great pest and flea repellent. Antiseptic for the lungs, anticatarrhal, expectorant for coughs, such as kennel cough, stimulates circulation, good for stiffness, arthritis, back pain, stimulates hair growth, clears scruffy skin and dandruff, strengthens kidney function, diuretic, lymphatic decongestant and general tonic, calming, especially for nervous aggression, extreme timidity or shyness or those who need grounding and a sense of inner security.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
The magical antidote to anything irritant or offensive and anything that bites, including other dogs! Antiseptic, heals broken capillaries, soft swellings, broken bones, deeply bruised emotions, resentful anger, anti-viral, anti-allergenic, good for the liver and digestive process, particularly for dogs who tend to vomit, clears mucus from lungs and supports immune function.
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Lemon (Citrus limon)
Uplifting and clarifying, it clears confusion, is an immune stimulant, antiviral, antiseptic, stimulates pancreatic function, antidiabetic, anti-anemic, anticoagulant, antifungal, antisclerotic, antiseptic (air), antispasmodic (stomach), breaks down excess bone deposits, good for arthritis and kidney stones, clears mental confusion, increases concentration and assimilation of new information, increases trust in self and others and is useful with dogs who have moved homes a lot.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
This gentle oil is the most soothing of the essential oils. Soothes skin and states of mind, mildly sedative, relaxing, for burns, bruises, grazes, flea bites, repels fleas, antiseptic, reduces scarring, helps wounds heal well (do not apply to deep wounds until you are sure they are clear of infection), steadies the heart, reduces anxiety, hyperactivity, hotspots and fungal infections. Be sure to buy good quality as lavender is often adulterated.