Diffusing Essential Oils For Pets

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason


Diffusion of essential oils – Aromatherapy for animals

Diffusing essential oils into the air of an enclosed space (such as a room in the house, kennel or aviary) is popularly called aromatherapy.

That’s because the highly aromatic, sweet-smelling molecules of the essential oils are literally breathed into the body, at which point they trigger numerous immune boosting, healing, relaxation or stimulation responses depending upon the specific oils being inhaled and their unique electrical (vibrational) frequencies. (1)

Diffusers work by breaking down the essential oil(s) into micro molecules within a fine vapor and then projecting and dispersing  them into the air to fill a room or space. In this state, they are easily absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. The aroma can prompt the nervous system to transmit signals to the limbic system in the brain – the same part of the brain that houses emotion and memory. The brain may respond by initiating various physiological functions, such as a release of hormones, relief from pain, or a positive boost in mood.

As the oils break down they release natural ozone and, freshen and improve the quality of the air! The particles remain in the air for several hours depending on how long the diffuser was on and how much oil was used.

The sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center. This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses – taste, sight, touch, and hearing are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have unbelievable physiological and psychological effects as they are diffused and inhaled.

When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate the mind and body. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain. Of course, inhalation of essential oils are also able to enter the bloodstream via the lungs, (The lungs govern the immune system).

Dr. Valnet points out that whether applied directly or inhaled, essentials oils have virtually the same therapeutic impact on the body. Dr. Gary Young points out that the body’s response time to inhalation of essential oils can be as quick as one to three seconds! This is why, for many people and their companion animals, inhalation is the preferred method of use of the essential oils.

Aroma’s effect on the brain

In studies performed at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers discovered that sesquiterpenes, a natural compound found in essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Frankincense, actually increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent (Nasel, 1992).

The Japanese have a long tradition of using aroma, and they have much respect for it. In 1985 Dr. Shizuo Torii who, by measuring brain waves, showed that some aromas can have a stimulating effect and some can have a relaxing effect started research into the mind-altering effects of essential oils in Japan.

Japan’s third largest construction company, the Shimizu Corporate, has specialist engineers who incorporate aroma systems into the new ‘intelligent’ building which uses aroma to improve efficiency and relieve stress. In one bank, designed by the company, lavender or rosemary are diffused into the customer areas, while lemon or eucalyptus are used to keep workers alert at their VDUs. Commercial diffuser systems are capable of pumping different aromas into the atmosphere at different times of the day, to relax or stimulate as required.

Another Japanese construction company, Kajima Corporation, blend appropriate fragrances which are diffused into different areas of the building, taking into consideration the time of day and the male-female ratio of any one department. While lavender and rose combination created a calming, stress-relieving and blood-pressure reducing effect for general purposes, the after- lunch drowsiness is combated by the fragrance of lemon and jasmine, which have a refreshing and reviving effect.

Moreover, when oils are diffused in a home, office space, barn, kennel or aviary, they naturally purify the air by removing toxins, metallic particles, and other harmful microscopic debris. They increase the atmospheric oxygen of the air and boost levels of beneficial ozone and negative ions which, dramatically inhibit the growth and reproduction of airborne pathogens.


Heat alters the chemistry,of the oils, rendering them therapeutically useless.

Cold Air Diffusion

Perhaps the most popular and effective method of diffusing oils is to buy a product called a Cold Air Diffuser, which sprays an ultra-fine mist of the essential oil of your choice into the air. The millions of misted particles sprayed from a diffuser are so fine they can hang in the air of your space (home, etc.) literally for hours, spreading from room to room via the normal air circulation that occurs as you walk through your house (or kennel or aviary).

There are many different essential oil diffusers on the market today.  Here are just a few and a little bit about them:

Ultrasonic Diffuser – This diffuser uses electronic frequencies to create vibrations that are carried to the surface where oils are floating. The vibrations vaporize the oil and disperse it into the air without using any kind of heat.

Air Diffuser – A cold air diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil into a nebulizer where it is vaporized. This diffuser can diffuse quickly and efficiently; however some can be noisy and a little messy! It also may not effectively diffuse some of the heavier, thicker oils and can be hard to clean.

Evaporative Diffuser – This diffuser is very basic in operation compared with an ultrasonic diffuser. A fan blows air through a pad or filter where the oil sits and vaporizes the oil on the pad. The biggest problem is that the lighter oils diffuse off quicker than the heavier oils. Most of these can be pretty ineffective compared to the other diffusers, but are great to use in a vehicle while traveling!

Diffused oils don’t just mask odors; they actually alter the structure of the molecules that create odors – rendering them harmless! They also increase the available oxygen in the room and produce negative ions.

Research at Weber State University shows that diffusing essential oils destroy airborne micro-organisms. Diffusing is so effective that many hospitals in England and France diffuse essential oils daily to keep incidences of drug-resistant bacteria low and to keep the air free from micro-organisms.  There are even some veterinarians here in the U.S. that diffuse essential oils in their clinics.

With the threat of super bugs growing ever more resistant to vaccines and antibiotics, our pets are becoming infected as well as we humans are, diffusing essential oils makes more and more sense.

While diffusing essential oils will not stop an animal or even a person from being infected outside of the home, it will/and does create a zone of air within the home that you can use to support and promote a healthy immune system.

Essential oils, such as rose, lavender, Frankincense and ylang ylang can be diffused, just before bedtime if you suffer from insomnia or have a restless puppy or an anxious dog that does not want to “wind down”.

Many combinations of aroma are possible and the effects are beneficial for both our pets and ourselves! Different essential oils can be diffused for different effects.

Essential Oils and “Good Vibrations” or Frequencies

(1) The law of nature states that everything has a vibration. If you’ve taken a chemistry class you probably remember learning about atoms, and that everything is made up of atoms. These atoms are in a constant state of motion or vibration, and depending on the speed of these atoms, things are appear as a solid, liquid, or gas.

Everything in nature vibrates at different frequencies. Scientific research has shown that different body parts and different organs of the body have their own vibrational/frequency signature. In other words the frequency which of the cells of the heart vibrate at are different from the vibrational frequency of the cells of the Lungs.

When parts of the body and/or mind become stressed or weakened, they are no longer vibrating at the correct frequency of wellness; in other words they are not vibrating at their prime (optimal) resonant frequency.

Dr. Royal R. Rife, a brilliant physician and scientist in the 1920s, found that every health disorder has a frequency, and that certain high frequencies can prevent further development of these disorders, by raising the body’s frequencies back into harmony/balance.

When the immune system and the organs that house it are weak and/or compromised, it is going to have a lower energy/vibrational frequency than a strong, vital immune system vibrates at. When disease and illness are present, they may manifest as chemical imbalances. But underlying this is an electromagnetic imbalance that has altered the specific vibrational frequencies of the very molecules, cells, tissues and organs within the body.

A substance with a higher frequency such as essential oils can raise a lower frequency due to the principle of entrainment – the tendency for two oscillating bodies to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony. This principle is key to understanding the effect essential oils can have on the electromagnetic frequency and balancing the immune system.

Clinical research shows that essential oils have the highest electrical/energetic frequency of any natural substance known to man and when used in conjunction with the laws of health/nature, they have the ability to create an environment in which dis-ease, cannot thrive.

For more in-depth information on the using essential oils with your companion animals, you may want to read the book I  co-authored with my two friends and colleagues, Dr. Kim Bloomer and Dr. Sarah Reagan: Essential Oils in Animal Care – a naturopathic approach

Cautions and Disclaimer:


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