Animals suffer from colds, flu, arthritis and dental problems just as people do and often what works for us will work for them also. It is always important to remember the highly concentrated nature of essential oils and use sparingly and always follow our safety precautions. We do not recommend essential oils are used topically on cats. It is usually wise to dilute any human recipe before applying it to your pet.
Breath Deodoriser – Dog Toothpaste
- 2 Tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 Drop of Clove essential oil
- 1 Drop of Aniseed essential oil
Mix this up and use as needed with cotton wool (rather than a toothbrush to avoid damaging the gums). Dampen the cotton wool and dip it into the mixture and use on teeth. Afterwards give the dog a drink of water.
To help relieve itching with dogs add 2 drops of NZ Manuka, Tea Tree and/or Chamomile essential oil to 1 tsp carrier oil (such as Jojoba or Almond). Massage into hairless or least hairy area of the skin, such as the armpit, groin or inner thigh, and to affected area if it is not raw. Massage gently for 3 - 4 mins. Use Chamomile if it is particularly itchy.
Mix 1-2 drops of Citronella or Lemongrass to your pets shampoo. Alternatively spray your pet with the Bugs Away Insect Repellent and be sure to spray their bedding as well. You can also prepare your own flea collar by soaking an old cloth collar or even a cotton scarf in a mixture of cedarwood, lavender, citronella, peppermint and/or thyme and four or five garlic cloves. Blend together and add less than a teaspoon of vodka to help blend the oils. Soak your collar in this and then put it on. These collars can work for 10- 30 days.
Use Lavender and/or NZ Manuka. Use NZ Manuka to an infection and once the wound has started to heal use Lavender to help with healing and reduce scaring.
For more information on Pet Care using aromatherapy check out our April 2010 newsletter.