Essential oils have been around and used for centuries for aromatherapy. Today, they have grown in popularity for their beneficial properties and pleasant scents. Many people use essential oils to boost their mood and improve their well-being, or to improve the air quality in their home. Essential oils can help create positive feelings, add tranquility and relaxation, and help to balance and uplift emotions. One of the easiest ways to use essential oils is by diffusing them into our environment. When essential oils are diffused, it means to disperse the essential oil into the air. Diffusing essential oils is a safe and effective way to enjoy their benefits without having to apply them topically.
Did you know that your dog can benefit from diffusing essential oils as well? Our dogs will experience many of the benefits that we enjoy when we diffuse essential oils. Diffusing essential oils around dogs can help calm and relax your dog, promote healthy emotions, support respiratory health, and more. Plus, we are half the equation! Our dogs sense and act on our emotions. If we remain calm and balanced, we help our dogs be that way as well. Diffusing essential oils is also a great way to purify the air and have a great smelling home, even with pets!
There are a variety of ways to diffuse essential oils around dogs.
The easiest method is to become a walking diffuser for your dog by wearing the essential oil yourself. This gets your dog used to essential oils in a safe way. When diffusing essential oils around dogs, it is important to take into consideration their sensitivity to essential oils.
Dogs have an incredibly powerful sense of smell. In fact, their sense of smell is so powerful that they can detect odors that we cannot. This is why dogs are often used as police or search and rescue animals – their noses can lead them to clues that humans would never be able to find. When you wear an essential oil as a perfume, your dog will be inhaling the aroma!
Another way to diffuse essential oils is is to add a few drops of oil to an ultrasonic diffuser designed specifically for dispersing essential oils into the air. These diffusers release a fine mist of oil into the air, which helps to distribute the scent evenly around the room and also dilutes the essential oil for safe use as well. You can check out one of my favorite diffusers from Young Living™, The Desert Mist Diffuser HERE.
When diffusing, always make sure the room is well-ventilated and leave the door open so your dog can leave if they want to. Keep in mind, some dogs will prefer to stay with their owner no matter what, so keep an eye out for any signs that your dog isn't comfortable. For example; sneezing, watery eyes, scratching, pacing, or listlessness. It is important to start slowly and only use a few drops of oil at first. This will help to ensure that your dog does not have an adverse reaction to the scent.
If you're new to diffusing essential oils around dogs, start by diffusing a single oil at a time and a minimal number of drops. You can gradually increase the number of oils you diffuse by creating a blend as your dog becomes more accustomed to them.
Another option is to put a drop of oil on a cotton ball and place it in strategic areas in your home, or near your dog's bed or crate. Wooden clothespins work well too. You can also add a drop of essential oil to your dog's bedding or favorite toy.
You might be asking-Is it safe to diffuse essential oils around my dog?
Yes , diffusing essential oils around your dog CAN be safe. The number one safety factor is QUALITY.
When it comes to essential oils, quality is key. Not all essential oils are created equally and the industry is not well regulated as essential oils fall under cosmetics and trade secret laws. The plant’s location, climate, soil, age, as well as extraction methods and time, all play a role in the essential oil’s composition and potency. It's important to use essential oils extracted from plants that have been grown and processed without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals, and to do your research to make sure that you are using a premium, high quality, and pure essential oil. How do you do that-you ask?
Find a company that you trust and ask the following questions:
- Do you own your farms?
- Can I visit the farms?
- Do you have fully equipped labs?
- Do you have trained staff in aromas?
- Do you visit suppliers distilleries?
- Do you test for peak harvest times?
- Do you harvest at peak times?
- Do you discard mistakes?
- Do you distill without using solvents?
- Do you bottle your own oils?
Remember not all essential oils are created equally and using essential oils safely relies on using a pure, high quality, and premium essential oil that is carefully cultivated from seed to seal.
I use essential oils from the world leader in essential oils-Young Living™. They own many of the farms where their essential oils come from. I've actually been to several of them, and helped harvest and plant. Young Living™ has a Seed To Seal™ guarantee that you can read about HERE. If you want to qualify your own company, make sure to ask the above questions and that you get a yes to each and every one, like I have with Young Living™.
What essential oils are good for diffusing around dogs? Depends on what outcome you are looking for....here's a list of some of the essential oils I love to diffuse on a daily basis for me and my dogs based on desired outcome:
(For more information on each essential oil listed or to purchase the essential oil, simply click on the essential oil. This is an affiliate link and I earn a small commission from your order at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting my small business! I'm so excited to help you get started, that I'll connect with you once you order and send you something special!)
Calmness and Relaxation
Pick Me Up
So, if you are looking for another tool in your toolbox for your dog's health and wellbeing, give diffusing essential oils around them a try! Not only will you benefit by diffusing essential oils around your dog, you will also help affect their emotions in a positive way and support their overall health!
If you're ready to dive in and start using essential oils for yourself and with your dogs, check out my mini course "Oily Dog Intro" where we dive into the what, where, how, and why, of getting started using essential oils with your dog...safely and easily! Check it out HERE!