Animals and pets love the delightful fresh scent and natural healing powers of essential oils.

In this guide you'll find out the best essential oils to use to prevent and treat a wide variety of conditions for your animals and pets.

Each recommended essential oil has a long history of use and known to be free of any toxic side effects.

A few general uses, include: pet wash, grooming spray, flea and tick prevention and treatment, anti-fungal, horseflies, stress and anxiety, PTD, muscle rub, skin rash, burns and other skin conditions, stop hair loss and more.

USE SELF SELECTION OF ESSENTIAL OILS with your animals which means to include them in the selection process of the essential oils to use. Pay close attention and listen to how your animal or pet responds to a tiny amount of an essential oil first before using it.

PLEASE NOTE: Your animal friend’s olfaction process is similar to humans though much more acute. Animals are SUPER sensitive to smells. As animals have extremely sensitive olfactory senses use them in very low percentages of less than 1% to achieve the results desired.

Remember less is more with essential oils. Only a tiny amount is needed for results. 1-3 drops of an essential oil is equivalent to 1-4 cups of plant matter. You must always dilute essential oils in a carrier of aloe vera, jojoba, light coconut oil (or other preferred carrier) for safe skin application. Compresses are also an effective method for using essential oils.

Recommended Essential Oils to Use


FRANKINCENSE ( Boswelia fereana )


Frankincense oil naturally calms the body, mind and emotions by slowing and deepening cellular respiration. Traditionally Frankincense oil has been used to calm and comfort the emotions. Use it when needing to promote a centering effect for your animal friend during times of distress like a visit to the vet for a surgical procedure. Frankincense is useful for relieving insecurity and anxiety. Its calming and rejuvenating influence makes it especially helpful for treating post traumatic stress syndrome.

PLEASE NOTE: Frankincense is the essential oil most highly recommended for emotional support and to relieve grief after the loss of an animal friend.

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LAVENDER ( Lavandula angustifolia )


Apply Lavender pure essential oil immediately to burns to prevent blistering, or scarring, as well as to speed healing of wounds as it stimulates cellular repair and regeneration. Lavender oil has been used to help balance moods and calm emotions and may be useful for relieving intense feelings of nervousness, stress, depression, fear, and irritability.

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NEROLI ( Citrus aurantium )


Neroli resonates with the open nature of the heart’s energy and serves to uplift and inspire. Its subtle vibration can produce immediate results in any stressful situation. Soothing and balancing to the mind and emotions Neroli oil is helpful for relieving anxiety, depression and shock and is beneficial for treating non-responsive and psychosomatic type illnesses.

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CHAMOMILE GERMAN ( Matricaria recutita )


A highly Respected oil for over 3,000 years German and one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory oils in aromatherapy. An analgesic (pain reliever) and an antispasmodic (calms nerves) German Chamomile oil stimulates the production of red blood cells and is known to relieve a variety of aches and pains. German Chamomile oil is my first Choice for treating inflamed, irritated skin conditions. It has a long history of helping skin conditions, such as dermatitis, boils, skin rash, eczema and psoriasis. German Chamomile balances sebum production and is useful for both oily and dry hair and scalp conditions, as well as sensitive skin types and often used in skin care for treating burns and cuts. German Chamomile essential oil sedative action is known to have a soothing, tranquilizing and calming effect upon the mind and emotions.

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Essential oils with a strong medicinal aroma like Tea Tree are okay for treating fungal issues such as a horse hoof fungal infection. Your horse may not like the strong aroma, however using it with your horse to treat a thrush or fungal issue with the hoof that is far enough away from their nose so that the aroma is usually not problematic. Dilute your essential oils in aloe vera as your method of application for hoof fungus.

NIAOULI (Melaleuca quinquenervia )


Niaouli essential oil has an undisputed popular reputation for being a main choice of essential oils when treating fungal and bacterial infections and known as a cure all treatment for many chronic and acute bacterial, fungal and viral conditions. Use naiouli as an antiseptic and to eliminate fungal infections, blend with lavender to enhance your results.

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PATCHOULI ( Pogostemon cablin )

Patchouli oil’s properties make it an effective mosquito and insect repellent, as well as useful for the prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks. An excellent skin tonic Patchouli oil is often used in synergistic skin care formulas. Its regulating properties act to tone and strengthen skin cell tissue, as well as regulate oily and combination skin conditions. As Patchouli essential oil has antiseptic properties it is also useful for controlling skin infections and outbreaks.
treating fungal infections.

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LEMONGRASS ( Cymbopogon citratus )

A powerful astringent use Lemongrass oil to regulate excess oily skin, hair and scalp conditions. Recent research indicates that Lemongrass oil has a sedating effect on the central nervous system. Its vaso-dilating, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties help relieve muscle spasm and promote regeneration and healing of soft tissue. Its strong anti-fungal properties makes Lemongrass good for treating a wide variety of fungal infections. A natural insect repellent Lemongrass oil makes a powerful mosquito and insect repellent, and is useful for preventing and eliminating fleas and ticks from your dogs.


ROSE GERANIUM ( Pelargonium roseum )


Rose Geranium oil is known to be useful in regulating physical, mental, and emotional imbalances and has a calming and uplifting effect on the emotions and is helpful for relieving depression, nervousness and fear. Research to understand the mechanism for why Geranium oil is so effective in promoting balance has been done in Germany where clinical evaluation on the main chemical components found in Geranium oil. The results of these studies showed successful treatment nervous system and hormonal imbalance. Rose Geranium is also has powerful insecticidal properties and effective for preventing and treating fleas and ticks.

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ATLAS CEDARWOOD ( Cedrus atlantica )


Generally Cedarwood oils have a grounding and stabilizing effect to the nervous systems. Long history of use as a natural insect repellent Cedarwood oils have traditionally been used to keep moths out of woolen clothing. Use Atlas Cedarwood for effective protection against mosquitoes and other insects, including fleas and ticks for your dog. Use Atlas Cedarwood oil your favorite dog shampoo (less than 1%) to prevent fleas and to calm your animal friend if they get nervous at bath time. May help stop hair loss, especially if related to stress. Atlas Cedarwood is also an excellent for balancing oily skin, hair and scalp conditions, as well as for treating dry skin conditions. Its sedative properties make it useful for relieving rheumatic and arthritic type pains.

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SWEET MARJORAM ( Origanum marjorana )


A stimulating oil with antispasmodic properties makes Sweet Marjoram effective as a muscle rub oil, or try it in a compress for treating muscle strains and sprains, and to relieve joint stiffness for your animal friends.

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THYME ( Thymus vulgaris )


A powerful immune stimulant and one of nature’s most potent anti-microbials Thyme essential oil’s fierce energy gives it the notable ability to support and protect the immune system unequaled by other aromatic oils. An especially potent anti-bacterial agent Thyme oil’s action to disinfect will destroy staphylococcus bacteria even when diluted 1,000 times!

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Please remember to take especial care when using any essential oils around a cat. They simply can’t metabolize essential oils the way dogs, horses and humans do. When diffusing oils for your own use, make very sure that your cat can exit the room if he/she chooses. Do not diffuse essential oils near a fish tank or bird cage. Some hydrosols, floral waters, on the other hand, may be useful for your feline friends (seek guidance from a professional animal aromatherapist).

Aromatherapy is Nature’s Medicine in its purest and most essential form. Aromatic Oils are the very soul of a plant. Even a drop or two can produce significant results. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance an animal’s health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your veterinarian regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to diagnose.

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Author's Bio: 

KG Stiles is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Founder of PurePlant Essentials organic aromatherapy She develops aromatherapy programs for hospitals, businesses and individuals, as well as offers aromatherapy training and consulting.
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