Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil User’s Guide (for animals too)

Therapeutic- Grade Essential Oil Users Guide for Animals

Welcome to the exciting world of essential oils! Nature’s purest plant products “essential oils“ have properties that will soothe the senses, invigorate the body, and promote physical well-being. 

What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oil are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs, and tress, through distillation. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using essential oils thousands of years before Christ to heal the sick. They are the oldest form of remedies and cosmetics known to man and were considered more valuable than gold. There are 188 references to oils in the Bible. Science is only now beginning to investigate the incredible healing properties of essential oils.

Healing Properties of Essential Oils: 

Supports a Healthy Immune System
Repel Virus
Repel Bacteria and other microbes
Mood Elevating
High in Antioxidants

Experience the unique benefits of essential oils in the following ways:

Direct Application – (Only therapeutic grade essential oils such as Young Living should ever be used neat or taken internally) Essential oils may be applied topically to promote soothing and wellness of body and spirit. Because they are soluble with the lipid membranes of cells, they have an unmatched ability to penetrate and disperse within minutes throughout the body.
(* CAUTION! topical application not reccomended for cats – check with a qualifed animal aromatherapist or holistic veterinary practionier versed in using essential oils and always use with caution)

Massage – Allowing the body to experience relaxation and soothing through a massage  can bring our dogs (and ourselves) to a condition of rest and transformation. 

*Please note that I personally only ever use or recommend Young Living Essential Oils which are  therapeutic-grade oils, designed to work aromatically and functionally.  (For more on Massage for your dog, you may want to look under our “Doggie Healing Modalities” category.) So go ahead and pamper your dog as well as yourself and get in touch with your senses.

Dietary Supplements – Only essential oils that are identified as Safe for Consumption can be taken as a dietary supplement to promote physical well-being. Some oils (e.g. valerian, lemon, grapefruit, orange, nutmeg, tangerine, etc.) are most effective when taken orally. Essential oils should be diluted in oil-soluble liquids such as vegetable oil, olive oil, Agave, or goat/rice milk prior to ingestion. More or less dilution may be required, depending upon how strong the oil is. Usually, for our dogs,  no more than 1 or 2 drops should be ingested at one time during any 4-8 hour period. Essential oils should not be given as dietary supplements to very young puppies.


To purify the air, kill viruses and enhance the immune system, an essential oils can be diffused. The Young Living cold air diffuser is specially designed to disperse a fine mist of oils that will generally fill a room in a few minutes. Research has shown that diffusing certain oils may also:

* Improve concentration, alertness and mental clarity;
* Help you relax, relieve tension and clear the mind;
* Help with weight management;
* Reduce airborne bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors.

Start by diffusing oils for only 15-30 minutes per day. As you become accustomed to the oils and recognize their effects, you can increase the time diffused up to 2 hours per day. Read more about diffusing here.

Guidelines for Safe Use:

* Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils are in their purest state. Because of the potency of our oils and because skin sensitivity is highly individualized, always skin test an essential oil before applying it topically. Certain oils that may cause a burning sensation on certain individual animals or people and  (e.g. cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, Sacred Mountain, etc.) are better diluted.

* If you have concerns about skin sensitivity, apply one oil or blend at a time when using them for the first time. Then layer oils that are new to you, allow enough time (15 to 30 minutes) for the body to respond before applying a second oil.

* Always keep a bottle of any pure vegetable oil (e.g. olive oil, etc.) handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils can dilute essential oils if the essential oils cause discomfort or skin irritation.

* Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product that is used therapeutically.

* Lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, White Angelica, and other citrus-based essential oils may cause a rash or dark pigmentation if applied to skin that is then exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays within 3 to 4 days.

* Pregnant or nursing animals and/or human women should consult their health care professional before using essential oils and should avoid wild tansy and oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity such as clary sage, sage, fennel and rosemary.

* Those pets (and their people) with allergies should test a small amount of oil on a small area of sensitive skin (such as the inside of the tip of the ear) before applying the oil to other areas of the body. The pads of your dog’s feet (or the bottom of your feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils in many cases.

* Keep bottles of essential oils closed tightly and store in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils maintain their potency and properties for years.

* Keep essential oils away from eye area. Humans should avoid handling contact lenses or rubbing eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Oils with high phenol content (e.g. oregano, cinnamon, thyme, clove, lemongrass, bergamot, Thieves, and ImmuPower) may irritate eyes.

* Dogs (or people) with epilepsy or high blood pressure should consult their veterinary naturopth or holistic health care professional before using essential oils. Depending on your condition it may be recommended that you avoid hyssop, fennel, wild tansy, rosemary and peppermint oils.

* Before taking essential oils that are Safe For Consumption internally, it is recommended that you dilute them with an oil-soluble liquid such as almond oil, olive oil or rice milk.

If You Have an Emergency:

Immediate dilution is strongly recommended if skin becomes painfully irritated or if an oil accidentally gets into eyes.

* Dilute with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or any pure vegetable oil such as olive oil. Avoid using water essential oils are NOT water soluble, and water may cause them to penetrate more quickly into the skin, which will increase the irritation.
* If dilution does not provide relief, discontinue use and contact your health care professional.
* If a child or infant swallows an essential oil:
* Administer milk, Agave or other safe, oil-soluble liquid.
* Consult your veterinary naturopath or qualified natural health care professional about any serious disease or injury before using essential oils.
Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances for serious health conditions that require professional attention.

* Essential oils can also react with toxins built up in the body from chemicals in foods, water and the work environment. If your pet or yourself experience a reaction to essential oils, it may be wise to temporarily discontinue their use and start an internal cleansing program with supervision again from a veterinary naturopath or quailified natural animal health care professional before resuming regular use of essential oils.

I recommend ONLY Young Living Essential Oils due to their pure theraputic quality! To learn more on how Essential Oils can benefit your pets, click here.

To order Young Living Essential Oils, call 800-371-2928 and use the referral number /sponsor # 719671 .

DISCLAIMER: The only oils I use and refer to in ALL our posts, tips and articles is Young Living Essential Oils. I DO NOT use any others and would not state the information I do in my posts and articles about any other brands. Buyer Beware!

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