DIY Dog Care Recipes with Essential Oils: A Path to Natural Wellness

DIY Dog Care Recipes with Essential Oils: A Path to Natural Wellness
Hey there, fellow dog moms! Today, let's dive into the wonderful world of DIY dog care with essential oils. Explore three essential DIY recipes for everyday dog care, crafted to enhance your dog's well-being: a calming spray, a skin-soothing balm, and a homemade dog shampoo—all toxin-free. Not only are these homemade pet remedies easy to make, but they also offer the added benefits of natural ingredients and the soothing power of essential oils.

Why Make Your Own Dog Care Products?

Many commercial dog care products contain harmful ingredients that can jeopardize both our health and our pets' well-being. These products often harbor artificial fragrances, preservatives, and harsh chemicals, posing risks to you and your dog's health. While the quantities of these ingredients may seem insignificant, their cumulative effects over time can lead to skin irritations, allergies, and more serious health issues.

Despite their widespread availability, it's essential to recognize that not all ingredients in commercial products are safe. In today's world, numerous chemicals permitted in these products have been studied for their adverse effects on the body, yet they continue to populate store shelves.

By making your own DIY pet health solutions, you have full control over the ingredients you use, ensuring that they are safe, natural, and free from harmful chemicals. Not only is this better for your dog's health, but it's also better for the environment. By choosing to opt out of purchasing products with artificial fragrances and preservatives, you're sending a powerful message to companies that you demand better products for you, your dog, and the planet.

After an initial investment in essential oils and basic supplies, you'll have everything you need to make these recipes, and usually at a fraction of the cost of store-bought alternatives.

Pet Wellness With Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural extracts from plants that contain the essence, aroma, and beneficial properties of the plant. We include them in these recipes for their wellness benefits, such as calming, soothing, and promoting skin health. 

It's important to note that not all essential oils are created equal. Quality and dilution are the two most important safety factors when using essential oils on pets. That's why I recommend using high-quality, pure essential oils and ensuring proper dilution to avoid any adverse reactions. To dive into the basics of using essential oils with your dog, click HERE.

Safety First

When using essential oils for dogs, remember that dilution is key. By making these recipes, you're diluting the essential oils to safe levels for use on dogs. Quality and dilution go hand in hand when it comes to the safety and effectiveness of pet wellness with essential oils.

Explore Our Essential Oils

If you're in search of pure and premium essential oils for your homemade dog products, I recommend exploring the company I use by clicking HERE. This reputable company takes pride in owning many of its farms, where I've personally visited and contributed to planting and harvesting. Each of their essential oils and products undergoes stringent testing to guarantee purity and potency. Additionally, they offer an exclusive essential oil product line tailored specifically for pets. So, if DIY isn't your cup of tea, rest assured you can still procure high-quality, safe essential oils and products for your beloved pets!

Does your dog get anxious during thunderstorms or car rides? Or perhaps they simply need a little help unwinding after a long day? 

Introducing the calming spray for dogs—a simple yet effective solution to help soothe your dog's nerves. Made with natural ingredients and essential oils known for their calming properties, this spray can be used in various situations to promote relaxation and reduce tension. 

Simply spray it onto your dog's bedding, favorite spot, or even onto your hands and gently massage it into their fur. Plus, the calming spray doubles as an air freshener, leaving your home smelling delightful. 

And here's a little secret—it also works wonders on people! 😉 Remember, if you are calm and relaxed, it helps your dog be calm and relaxed too. Did you know that your emotions are often mirrored in your dog? 

Feel free to experiment with different essential oil blends for dogs to find what works best for your pup. For more tips on using essential oils to calm your dog and additional recipes, check out my dedicated blog by clicking HERE.

Calming Spray For Dogs Recipe
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
Why These Ingredients?
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender, often hailed as 'The Swiss Army knife' of essential oils, is prized for its calming properties and safety for animals. Extensively studied for its ability to soothe and relax tension, lavender oil is also renowned for its skin wellness properties, making it the perfect choice for this spray. Discover even more ways lavender can benefit you and your doggie household by visiting my blog dedicated to using lavender by clicking HERE.
  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: Roman chamomile, known for its calming effects and commonly found in bedtime teas, is a perfect addition to this spray. Its gentle nature and mild scent make it well-suited for dogs, helping to ease tension and promote relaxation. Want to learn more about how Roman chamomile can benefit your dog? Explore all things Roman chamomile and dogs on my blog, HERE
  • Witch Hazel: Witch hazel serves as a natural astringent with soothing properties and acts as an emulsifier, ensuring the essential oils blend evenly throughout the spray. While vodka can serve as an alternative, witch hazel is preferred for skin applications due to its gentleness and skin benefits. It's important to note that essential oils and water don't mix, so be sure to shake the bottle well before each use. Opt for distilled or purified water to remove impurities, although tap water can be used with the understanding that the spray may have a shorter shelf life.
  1. In a spray bottle, combine the distilled water and witch hazel.
  2. Add the lavender and Roman chamomile essential oils.
  3. Shake well before each use.
  4. Spray lightly onto your dog's bedding, crate, in the car, or spray onto your hands and rub a small amount along the spine before stressful situations like thunderstorms or vet visits.
Does your dog have dry, irritated skin? This 'Skin Soothing Balm Recipe' offers a natural way to support your dogs skin or minor irritations. Crafted with gentle and nourishing ingredients, this balm is designed to moisturize and calm your dog's skin, leaving it feeling soft and rejuvenated. Plus, the essential oils can have a relaxing effect, making it a win-win for your dog.

Skin Soothing Balm For Dogs Recipe
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops helichrysum essential oil
Why These Ingredients?
  • Coconut Oil: Provides moisturizing and antibacterial properties, ideal for soothing dry or irritated skin. Its natural emollient properties help to lock in moisture, while its antimicrobial properties can help protect against infections. Additionally, coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, further supporting skin health.
  • Shea Butter: Contains vitamins and fatty acids that nourish and hydrate the skin, promoting healing. Rich in vitamins A and E, shea butter helps to repair and protect the skin's natural barrier, while its fatty acids, including oleic, stearic, and linoleic acids, provide deep hydration and support skin regeneration. Shea butter's emollient properties make it effective in soothing dry, itchy skin and reducing inflammation. Together, coconut oil and shea butter form a powerful duo to nourish and hydrate your dog's skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and healthy.
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil: Known for its skin-regenerative properties, helichrysum may aid in soothing and supporting damaged skin. Helichrysum, also known as immortelle, everlasting, or strawflower, has a sweet and earthy aroma that can also be very relaxing. Helichrysum has been studied for its potential as an antioxidant, making it a versatile addition to support skin concerns.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender essential oil isn't just famous for its soothing and calming properties; it's also been studied for its potential benefits for the skin. As one of my go-to remedies for supporting the skin and coat, lavender holds a special place in my holistic toolkit. Interestingly, the resurgence of essential oils in the modern era can be traced back to René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist. After burning his hands, he submerged them in lavender oil he was studying in his lab. To his amazement, the lavender oil facilitated remarkable healing, sparking a renewed interest in the wellness potential of essential oils. You can read more about the additional benefits of lavender oil by clicking HERE
Copaiba Essential Oil: Alternatively, copaiba essential oil can serve as a substitute for helichrysum. Copaiba offers similar skin benefits, making it an excellent option if helichrysum is unavailable. I've personally found copaiba to be incredibly versatile in caring for my horses and dogs, so much so that I've dedicated a blog post to its uses. Click HERE to read more about how copaiba can support your pets!

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and shea butter over low heat.
  2. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  3. Stir in the lavender and helichrysum essential oils.
  4. Transfer the balm to a clean container and let it solidify at room temperature.
  5. Apply a small amount to areas of your dog's skin that need soothing, such as dry patches or minor irritations.
Looking for a gentle and effective way to keep your dog clean? Start your journey into natural dog grooming with this 'DIY Dog Shampoo Recipe'. It isn't just for your pup—it's good for your hands too! Made with non-drying ingredients, this shampoo helps support a healthy coat and skin while leaving your hands feeling soft and moisturized. Treat your dog to a healthy bath and enjoy the added bonus of nourished hands after every wash. Plus it leaves an aroma on the coat that outdoor annoyances don't like!

Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe
  • 1 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops cedarwood essential oil
Why These Ingredients?
  • Liquid Castile Soap: Derived from the Castile region of Spain, Castile soap has been cherished for centuries as a gentle, natural cleanser. Originally crafted from olive oil, modern Castile soap now incorporates vegetable oils like olive, coconut, or hemp. This biodegradable soap delicately cleanses without stripping your dog's skin of its natural oils, offering a pure and eco-friendly bathing experience free from synthetic additives and harsh cleansers.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil, derived from the meat of mature coconuts, has gained popularity for its wide range of potential health benefits. Rich in medium-chain fatty acids, particularly lauric acid, coconut oil has been studied for antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, making it a useful edition for helping to moisturize and condition your dog's coat, leaving it soft and shiny.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil: Did you know that tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has a long history of use by indigenous Australian Aboriginal people. They crushed the leaves and applied the paste to wounds, cuts, and infections as a traditional remedy. This makes it a worthy addition for helping to keep your dog's skin healthy and clean. And yes, tea tree oil can be safe for dogs-click HERE to learn more!
  • Cedarwood Essential Oil: Cedarwood essential oil offers a calming aroma and is known for its skin-supporting properties, making it a valuable addition to your dog's shampoo. Studies suggest that cedarwood oil may also possess properties that pests find unpleasant. For even more ways to use cedarwood essential oil with your dog, click HERE.
  1. In a bowl, mix together the liquid castile soap and coconut oil until well combined.
  2. Add the tea tree and lavender essential oils, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Transfer the shampoo to a clean, empty bottle for storage.
  4. Wet your dog's coat thoroughly, then massage the shampoo into their fur, avoiding the eyes and ears.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and towel dry your pup.
There you have it, three fabulous DIY dog care recipes that'll support your dog and help you start your journey into natural pet care. By making your own homemade dog products with natural ingredients and essential oils, you can take care of your dog while promoting their health and well-being. Remember, the power to provide the best care for your pets lies in your hands. As their advocate and gatekeeper, you play a crucial role in ensuring their well-being. 

Ready to explore more ways to use essential oils with your dog? I invite you to join my 'Oily Dog Intro Course', where you'll learn how to use essential oils safely, easily, and without overwhelm. Gain practical applications and access to all of my favorite recipes, including essential oil blends for dogs and dog-safe essential oils. Click HERE to get started today and begin your journey into toxin-free dog care!

Is Orange Oil Safe For Dogs?

Is Orange Oil Safe For Dogs?
I recently received a question from one of my readers: 'Is orange oil safe for dogs?' A quick Google search yields numerous articles warning about its potential danger and toxicity to dogs. However, I've personally used orange essential oil with my 5-pound chihuahua for over 8 years, and he's thriving. When it comes to essential oil safety for pets, quality, purity, and proper usage are paramount. So, let's delve into the truth about orange oil and its safety for our animal companions.

Unveiling Orange Oil:

Orange essential oil, what I like to call 'sunshine in a bottle', is extracted from the peel of oranges through cold pressing the rind. Just a whiff can instantly boost your mood and energy levels. The process of cold pressing involves mechanically pressing the peel to extract the essential oil, ensuring that the aromatic and wellness properties remain intact. Cold pressing is preferred for most citrus oils because it yields the essential oil without using heat or solvent chemicals. 

Did you know that additionally, other parts of orange trees are distilled for a unique essential oil as well? Orange blossoms of the bitter orange tree Citrus aurantium amara, yield neroli oil, known for its floral aroma and calming properties, while the leaves of the same tree produce petitgrain oil, valued for its green and woody scent and uplifting qualities. 

The Benefits Of Orange Essential Oil:

Orange is perfect for banishing feelings of lethargy and uplifting your spirits on even the gloomiest of days. Its fresh aroma can help combat unpleasant odors in your home, making it a popular choice for DIY pet-friendly air fresheners and cleaning solutions. Additionally, it also works well as an adhesive remover from non porous surfaces. Orange oil has also been studied as a flea and tick repellant and for its usefulness to skin health. 

Safety First:

Safely using essential oils with your pets always comes down to the quality and purity of the essential oil you are using and how you use it! When used appropriately, high quality, pure, and premium essential oils can be safe for our dogs! Adulterated essential oils used in the wrong manner or in too large of an amount are dangerous! 

So how do you know you have a pure and high quality essential oil? Ask questions and read your labels. The label should have the botanical name and if it lists any additional ingredients other than the botanical name, it isn't a pure essential oil. Find a supplier and ask them the following questions:

  • Do you own your farms? 
  • Can I visit the farms?
  • Do you have fully equipped labs and is each essential oil tested?
  • 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?
These questions provide valuable insights into the practices and standards of your essential oil supplier. It's important to note that you will not find a high-quality essential oil from a company that can answer 'yes' to these questions at your local supermarket or drugstore.

If you're in search of high-quality, pure, and premium essential oils, or haven't found a company that can affirmatively answer every question, I invite you to explore my recommended essential oil supplier HERE. Having personally visited their farms and actively participated in the planting and distillation processes, I can attest to their commitment to quality!

Now that we have a pure essential oil, how do we properly use it?

Utilizing essential oils effectively depends on your desired outcome. To uplift your mood, simply inhale directly from the bottle. For a refreshing ambiance throughout your home, diffuse essential oils using a diffuser, providing both odor control and wellness benefits. Replace conventional cleaning products with DIY alternatives infused with essential oils for enhanced cleaning power and a delightful aroma. You can make your own perfume or muscle rub, possibilities abound!

When using essential oils with dogs, a safe and effective approach is to become a 'walking diffuser' by wearing the oil as perfume. Dogs possess a heightened sense of smell, allowing them to detect the aroma even when you're simply wearing it. Alternatively, you can hold the bottle of essential oil near your dog and observe their reaction. It's important to remember that dogs have a much stronger sense of smell than humans, so using oils in this manner can easily avoid overwhelm for them and by positively influencing your own mood with essential oils, you indirectly impact your dog's demeanor.

Using an essential oil diffuser can enhance your home's ambiance while ensuring safe dilution. There are many essential oil diffusers on the market and you can explore different diffuser options HERE to find the best fit for you. I prefer ultrasonic diffusers, which blend water and essential oils. 

Follow your diffusers instructions and start with a quarter to half of the recommended amount of essential oil. Then monitor your dog's reaction. Dogs have a heightened sense of smell and it's important to introduce them gradually to essential oils and avoid overwhelm. Additionally, each dog is unique and may respond differently to essential oils. Also, keep in mind your dogs size, age, and health condition, as this can affect how they react to an essential oil as well. Always leave a way out of the room and the opportunity for your dog to leave if they choose. For safety guidelines on diffusing oils with your dog, click HERE

This is a favorite diffuser recipe that has really helped bring my nervous chi' BooBoo out of his shell. Orange is known as the 'happy' oil and lavender as the 'relax' oil. Pairing them together on days when he seems extra jumpy and wants to hide, definitely seems to help him relax and have a more positive vibe!

2 drops orange essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil

Topical Use:

Yes, you can apply orange oil topically as well. Properly diluted orange oil can be beneficial and help maintain healthy skin. Orange oil is commonly found in shampoos and conditioners for dogs. You can add a drop to a tablespoon of your natural shampoo for your dog or you can make a roller bottle with a carrier oil and apply to the desired area to support skin. To learn how to make a roller bottle click HERE. I like to add 10 drops of essential oil per 10 ml of carrier oil. For my quick and easy dilution chart, click HERE.

Here's a recipe to try that I like to use to support skin:

3 drops orange essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops copaiba essential oil

Add the above oils to a 10 ml roller bottle (available on Amazon) and fill it with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, which I prefer for its light, non-greasy, odorless, and fast-absorbing qualities.

Note that most citrus essential oils are 'phototoxic,' meaning they can increase sensitivity to sunlight. To err on the side of caution, consider applying them to areas under clothing or during the evening hours.

Orange essential oil as a supplement:

Ingesting essential oils is a hot topic and you might be wondering if essential oils can be taken internally

When considering ingesting Orange essential oil or any essential oil, it's crucial to read the label carefully. The essential oil should be labeled specifically for ingestion and obtained from reputable sources.

Orange essential oil is also on the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) list. The GRAS designation is provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for substances considered safe for consumption in specific quantities. Many essential oils, including orange, are included on this list. These oils have undergone evaluation, and their safety has been established based on scientific evidence and expert consensus. While this list is published for human consumption and doesn't mean its necessarily safe for dogs, its a good place to start.

You may already be ingesting essential oils unknowingly through various everyday products. Orange essential oil, along with several others, is commonly used to flavor food, enhance beverages, and even flavor chewing gum. One of my favorite antioxidant drinks contains orange essential oil, and yes, I give this drink (in an appropriate amount) to my dogs and horses!

Ultimately, the decision to ingest orange essential oil or any essential oil is a personal one. While these oils may offer potential health benefits, it's essential to assess your comfort level and individual circumstances. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with ingesting essential oils, it's perfectly acceptable to refrain from this practice. There are many other ways you and your animal companions can benefit from using essential oils without taking them internally. You can sign up for my weekly newsletter devoted to safely using essential oils with dogs an horses HERE!

Orange essential oil can be a wonderful addition to your dog's wellness routine when used safely and responsibly. By understanding the quality, purity, and proper usage of essential oils, you can harness their benefits for your animal companions. Whether it's uplifting their mood, supporting their skin health, or creating a fresh ambiance in your home, orange oil has numerous applications. Remember to prioritize your pet's safety by sourcing high-quality pure essential oils and diluting them appropriately.

If you're eager to learn more about safely incorporating essential oils into your dog's wellness routine, consider enrolling in my comprehensive online course, 'Oily Dog Intro'. This course is designed to empower dog parents like you with the knowledge and skills needed to use essential oils safely and effectively for your 'kids'. From understanding quality and dilution to easy and practical ways to use essential oils with your dogs, 'Oily Dog Intro' covers everything you need to know to ensure the well-being of your four-legged friends. Join me on this educational journey to create a toxin-free environment and promote the holistic health of your fur kids. Click HERE to enroll now and never wonder how to use essential oils with your dog again!

How can I recognize if my dog is having a reaction to an essential oil?

How can I recognize if my dog is having a reaction to an essential oil?
Hey there, fellow dog moms and wellness enthusiasts! So, today I've had a very good question come in from a gal who's just started diffusing essential oils and noticed her dog started to cough. She was wondering if it could be related, and that's a great question! So, this week's blog is dedicated to what to look for when using essential oils with your dog to make sure it's all going okay. 

This discussion is not meant to deter essential oil use in dogs; in fact, I've been incorporating essential oils into my own dogs' wellness routines for over 8 years now. Take BB, for example, my infamous 5-pound Chihuahua – he's been benefiting from essential oils alongside me every step of the way. Essential oils are undeniably a valuable tool in the wellness toolbox for our furry companions. 

When using premium and pure unadulterated essential oils properly, the likelihood of adverse reactions in dogs is significantly reduced. In fact, when sourced from reputable suppliers and applied with care, these high-quality oils can offer a myriad of benefits to our furry companions. Essential oils have been celebrated for their natural wellness properties for centuries, and when used responsibly, they can be a valuable tool in supporting our dogs' overall well-being. From soothing skin and supporting healthy fur,  to promoting relaxation and emotional balance, the wellness potential of essential oils is vast. 

However, it's crucial to recognize that every dog is unique, and not all essential oils are created equal. That's why my motto when using essential oils with your dog is simple: go low, go slow, and observe. This blog is dedicated to helping you do just that – observing and understanding how essential oils can best serve your dog's health and happiness.

First off, let's talk about why essential oils might cause a reaction in dogs. 

Essential oils are potent plant extracts derived from various aromatic plants and herbs. While these oils offer a plethora of wellness benefits for humans and animals alike, it's essential to recognize that dogs, like humans, can have individual sensitivities and physiological differences that may influence their response to these concentrated compounds.

One primary reason why essential oils might cause a reaction in dogs is their unique physiology. Dogs have a highly sensitive sense of smell and a different metabolic rate compared to humans. Their bodies metabolize substances at varying rates, and what may be safe for us could potentially overwhelm their systems.

Additionally, certain chemical components present in essential oils could have the potential to trigger reactions in sensitive individuals. Common constituents found in many essential oils may cause different responses in some dogs. 

Moreover, the method of application plays a significant role in how dogs interact with essential oils. Inhalation, topical application, and ingestion are the primary routes of exposure. All three methods can be safe and benefit your dog. To read more about the three methods of application, click HERE

If you are just starting out, inhalation is the easiest and safest method. Diffusing essential oils with a diffuser is a fabulous way for you and your dog to enjoy the benefits of essential oils. Using a water based ultrasonic diffuser dilutes the essential oil. Click HERE for my in depth blog about diffusing essential oils with your dog. 

Topical application is another great way to use essential oils with dogs. Diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil minimizes any chance of a skin reaction. Click HERE to read more about carrier oils for topical use. If applied undiluted or in high concentrations, you could see skin irritation or sensitization. If this occurs, simply add more carrier oil, this will further dilute the essential oils and slow the absorption rate to a level your dog can tolerate. 

Ingesting essential oils can provide additional benefits, but it's important to exercise mindfulness when considering this practice. Ensure the quality and suitability of the essential oil, understand your reasons for internal use, and consider your dog's health and condition. Only use essential oils labeled for ingestion, and always read your labels carefully. Working with a holistic veterinarian trained in essential oil use can provide valuable guidance and support for this method. 

Interestingly, many dog foods on the market today contain essential oils as natural preservatives, meaning your dog may already be ingesting them to some extent. While ingestion remains a somewhat controversial topic in the essential oils world, it's essential to understand that you can experience the benefits of essential oils through various methods. If you're uncomfortable with ingesting oils, simply opt for alternative methods. Remember, the skin is our largest organ, and what we apply topically gets absorbed into the body. Likewise, inhaling essential oils allows absorption through the lungs. While ingestion can be a valuable tool, it's not a requirement for reaping the benefits of essential oils.

It's also essential to consider the quality and purity of the essential oils being used. Low-quality oils may contain contaminants or adulterants that can exacerbate adverse reactions in dogs. Opting for high-quality, premium-grade oils from reputable sources can minimize the risk of adverse effects.

Now, you might be wondering, how can I tell if my dog is having a reaction to an essential oil? Here are some signs to watch out for:

  1. Skin Irritation: Keep an eye out for redness, itching, or irritation on your dog's skin after applying or diffusing essential oils. This could manifest as rashes, hives, or hot spots. Pay close attention to areas where the oil was applied.
  2. Excessive Scratching or Licking: If your dog starts scratching or licking themselves more than usual, it could indicate a reaction. Persistent scratching, especially around the ears, face, or paws, may signal discomfort or irritation.
  3. Respiratory Issues: Watch for abnormal breathing signs, such as coughing, wheezing, sneezing, or even heavy breathing. Dogs with sensitive respiratory systems may be overwhelmed with airborne essential oil particles, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces.
  4. Digestive Upset: Keep an eye on your pup's digestive health. Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive drooling could indicate that their stomach isn't tolerating certain essential oils well. 
  5. Behavioral Changes: Pay attention to any unusual behavior exhibited by your dog after exposure to essential oils. This could include lethargy, restlessness, agitation, stupor, or changes in appetite. Dogs may show signs of discomfort or distress through their behavior.
  6. Swelling or Inflammation: Be vigilant for any swelling or inflammation, particularly around the face, muzzle, or eyes. These are common areas where reactions may manifest.
Alright, now that we've covered the signs of an adverse reaction, let's talk about what to do if you suspect your dog is experiencing one:

  1. Stop Use Immediately: If you suspect your dog is reacting to essential oils, stop using the essential oil. If you were diffusing the oil, ensure proper ventilation and remove your dog from the area.
  2. Dilute Further: If the oil was applied topically, further dilute it with additional carrier oil to lessen its potency and slow down absorption, making it better tolerated by the body. Since essential oils do not mix with water, attempting to rinse the oil off can actually drive it further into the skin. Instead, remember that essential oils are lipid-loving (attracted to fat), so adding more carrier oil will effectively bind with the essential oil.
  3. Evaluate: Delve into the specific essential oil you used and its application method. Often, reactions stem from issues related to quality or excessive usage. If symptoms persist despite discontinuing oil use and additional dilution, consult a veterinarian promptly. Your vet can offer expert guidance, recommend appropriate treatments, and provide supportive care to alleviate your dog's symptoms effectively.

  4. Monitor Your Dog: Keep a close eye on your dog and monitor their condition closely. Note any changes in their symptoms and behavior, and be prepared to provide updates to your vet if necessary.
  5. Prevention is Key: Moving forward, take a look at the essential oil you were using, the quality, and how you were using it. You might have just used too much, you might have used an inferior oil with contaminants, or your dog may truly be sensitive to that essential oil. There are over 300 plants that are distilled for essential oils on the market and many have similar benefits, so moving forward consider consulting with a holistic veterinarian trained in the use of essential oils or canine aromatherapist for guidance to use the right essential oil for your dog.
When encountering issues with essential oils, it's crucial to recognize that the root cause is often linked to the quality of the oil and how it was used. High-quality, pure essential oils sourced from reputable suppliers undergo rigorous testing and adhere to strict quality standards, ensuring that they are free from contaminants, adulterants, and harmful chemicals. However, lower-quality oils and those that have been improperly used pose a greater risk of adverse reactions in dogs. 

Additionally, the method of application plays a significant role in determining the outcome. Diluting oils appropriately, using them in well-ventilated spaces, and respecting each dog's individual sensitivities are essential practices to minimize the likelihood of problems. By prioritizing the use of premium oils and employing proper techniques, we can provide our furry friends with the safest and most beneficial experience when incorporating essential oils into their wellness regimen.

Ready to take your knowledge of essential oils and your dog's well-being to the next level? Join me in my Oily Dog Intro course, where we'll take a deep dive into safely using essential oils with your furry companion. Whether you're new to essential oils or looking to expand your expertise, this course is designed to empower you with the knowledge and confidence to support your dog's health naturally. Don't miss out – sign up today and embark on a journey to holistic wellness for you and your canine companion! Click HERE!

5 Essential Oils Every Dog Mom Should Know About

5 Essential Oils Every Dog Mom Should Know About
As a devoted dog mom and an advocate for the wonders of natural remedies, I've heard countless times from fellow pet parents: "With so many essential oils out there, which ones are safe for our furry companions, and where on earth do I begin?" It's a question that's as common as tail wags at treat time. 

The world of essential oils can indeed be a bit overwhelming, but worry not, because we're about to embark on a journey to demystify it all. In this blog, I'll not only introduce you to the top 5 essential oils I think every dog mom should know about but also shed light on their safety and practical uses. So, let's dig our paws into the earthy goodness of nature's remedies and set you on the path to creating a healthier, happier life for you and your four-legged family member. 

What Are Essential Oils?

First things first, let's get the basics down. Essential oils are concentrated, aromatic compounds extracted from plants. They're like nature's potent gifts, packed with wellness properties. These oils come from various parts of plants, like leaves, stems, flowers, and more. 

Essential oils are like the lifeblood of plants, containing a fascinating array of compounds that serve multiple purposes for the plant's survival and well-being. 

Within the intricate chemistry of essential oils, you'll discover a symphony of aromatic molecules, including terpenes, phenols, aldehydes, and more. These compounds not only give each essential oil its unique fragrance but also carry out vital roles for the plant.

For the plant, essential oils serve as natural protectors. They can deter pests, fungi, and other potential threats, acting as a plant's defense mechanism. Additionally, essential oils play a role in attracting pollinators, as the enticing scents lure bees, butterflies, and other critters to aid in the plant's reproduction.

Essential oils also support the plant's overall health by assisting in wound healing and regeneration. They help repair damaged tissues and can have antimicrobial properties to prevent infections.

In essence, these remarkable oils are the plant's guardians, healers, and communicators, and when we harness their power, they can become our allies in promoting wellness for ourselves and our furry companions. 

Safety is paramount when it comes to using essential oils with our beloved pets. Two of the most critical safety factors to consider are the quality of the essential oils and proper dilution.


Ensuring that you're using high-quality, pure essential oils is non-negotiable. Opt for oils that are 100% natural and free from additives or synthetic components. Cheap, low-quality oils may contain harmful substances that can be toxic to your pets. Look for reputable brands that provide detailed information about their sourcing, testing, and purity. While high-quality oils may come with a higher price tag, investing in pure essential oils is paramount for safety. Remember, low-quality oils often fall short in both efficacy and safety.


Essential oils are potent, it can take around 75 lemons to make one 15 ml bottle of lemon essential oil. Proper dilution helps prevent adverse reactions. In general, it's best to always dilute essential oils before using them with your pets. 

By prioritizing the quality of your essential oils and diluting them appropriately, you'll provide a safe and nurturing environment for your furry companions to benefit from the incredible properties of these natural remedies. 

Now, let's meet our fabulous five essential oils:

1. Lavender Oil 💜Known for its calming and soothing properties, lavender is your go-to oil for helping your furry friend relax. It's also great for soothing minor skin irritations. Lavender oil is so versatile that it's also known the "Swiss army knife of essential oils" for its multi-faceted nature. This remarkable oil, derived from the lavender flower, boasts a wide range of wellness properties that make it a must-have in any essential oil collection. Lavender is my go-to for relaxation, calmness, and supporting skin and coat health.

2. Frankincense Oil 🌟Frankincense  essential oil, derived from the resin of Boswellia trees, is truly a gift from nature. Its history is rich and storied, with references dating back thousands of years, including its use in ancient rituals and religious ceremonies.

One of the standout qualities of frankincense is its ability to promote overall wellness. Often referred to as the "king of oils," it's known for its profound impact on emotional and mental well-being. Frankincense has a calming and grounding aroma that helps reduce tension and balance the emotions, making it an excellent choice for moments when you need a sense of inner peace.

In addition to its emotional benefits, frankincense is also a skincare superstar. Its properties make it an excellent choice for promoting healthy skin. Moreover, frankincense has a unique ability to support cellular health and immune function. If you're seeking emotional balance, relief from physical discomfort, or radiant skin, frankincense is a must have. 

3. Copaiba Oil 🌿Copaiba is a powerhouse for relief from discomfort. It's tapped from the resin of South American Copaifera trees. This oil contains high levels of beta-caryophyllene, a compound that has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. This makes copaiba an excellent choice for those dealing with discomfort. It's also has a mild, earthy aroma that even sensitive dogs seem to tolerate well and can promote relaxation and emotional balance. 

4. Peppermint Oil 🌱Peppermint oil is a breath of fresh air. It can help support  digestion and the musculoskeletal system. One of peppermint oil's most celebrated qualities is its ability to support digestive health. Its natural menthol content can also soothe discomfort, making it the perfect addition for a muscle and joint rub. Peppermint oil is also an excellent choice for mental clarity and alertness. When diffused, it can boost concentration and productivity, making it a valuable companion during training sessions. Additionally, peppermint oil has been studied for a natural insect repellent. Results are positive as a deterrent for unwanted pests, making it a great choice for outdoor activities and as an addition to a bug spray.

5. Cedarwood Oil 🌲Cedarwood is like a walk in the forest. This oil comes from the wood of cedar trees. One of cedarwood's prominent attributes is its calming effect on the mind and body. Its warm, woody aroma promotes relaxation and can help ease tension. Cedarwood oil has also been studied for its ability to repel insects naturally, making it an excellent choice for those looking to avoid chemical-laden insect deterrents. Cedarwood is beneficial for skin and coat care. It has wellness properties that can aid in soothing skin. Additionally, cedarwood is often used to enhance focus and concentration, making it another go to during a training session. I always like to smell cedarwood oil and then study my dressage test!

Let's talk about an easy and gentle way to introduce essential oils to your dog's world, especially if you're just starting out on this aromatic journey.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

If you're a newbie to the world of essential oils, it's a great idea to begin with one of the oils we've discussed, like lavender. Before diving into diffusing, consider wearing it as a perfume around your dog. Why, you ask? Well, dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell, sometimes even 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than ours! So, it's important not to overwhelm them.

Wearing an essential oil as a perfume serves two wonderful purposes. First, it allows your dog to get acquainted with the aroma in a subtle and non-invasive way. Think of it as a gentle introduction. Second, it creates positive associations. For instance, if you're using lavender to reduce tension in your dog, wear it during playtime or cuddle sessions. This way, when your dog smells lavender again, they'll associate it with those joyful and calming moments.

By taking these small and considerate steps, you'll ensure that your dog's first experience with essential oils is a pleasant and positive one. 

Making the leap to an ultrasonic diffuser is a fantastic next step in your essential oil journey with your dog. 

Ultrasonic Diffusers

These little wonders are a game-changer when it comes to enjoying the benefits of essential oils. An ultrasonic diffuser is a device that uses ultrasonic vibrations to disperse a fine mist of essential oil and water into the air. It's like turning your favorite oils into a gentle, aromatic cloud.

Here's how it works: The diffuser has a water reservoir where you mix your chosen essential oil with water. The device then uses ultrasonic vibrations to break down this mixture into tiny particles, creating a mist that's released into the air. This mist carries the aroma and wellness properties of the oils throughout your space.

If you're curious about my personal favorite ultrasonic diffuser, you can click HERE to check it out.

For guidelines on diffusing essential oils around your dog, be sure to visit my blog HERE. Starting small is key; begin with just a couple of drops of a single oil and observe how your dog reacts. Personally, I usually use 4-6 drops in my diffuser, but the amount can vary depending on the type and size of your diffuser. If you want more details on the different diffusers available on the market, you can find them HERE.

An ultrasonic diffuser allows you to tailor the atmosphere to meet both your and your dog's needs, whether it's for relaxation, freshening the air, or infusing positivity. Here are some of my top diffuser recipes featuring the essential oils mentioned earlier.

Calm Cloud

2 drops Lavender
2 Drops copaiba

Air freshener

2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint

Grounded and Stable

2 drops frankincense
2 drops cedawood

If you don't have an ultrasonic diffuser on hand, worry not! You can still enjoy the benefits of essential oils by making your very own aromatic spray. It's simple and effective. To guide you through the process, I invite you to grab my step-by-step guide on making your own spray HERE. Additionally, if you're curious about alternative ways to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser, don't forget to check out my blog HERE for some creative and easy-to-follow techniques.

For targeted and convenient topical application, consider making your own essential oil roll-on. It's a breeze! Simply take a 10 ml roller bottle, readily available on Amazon, and add around 10 drops of your chosen essential oil. I personally love using fractionated coconut oil as my carrier oil – it's light, non-greasy, and budget-friendly. Fill the rest of the bottle with this carrier oil, giving you the perfect blend for safe and easy application. If you'd like a step-by-step guide to creating your roll-on, don't hesitate to check out my comprehensive tutorial HERE.

Your journey into the world of essential oils as a devoted dog mom is filled with endless possibilities. By understanding the basics of safe usage, introducing oils in gentle ways, and exploring various applications like diffusers, sprays, and roll-ons, you're well on your way to creating a healthier and happier environment for both you and your four-legged companions.

Now, you might be wondering where to get your essential oils. I invite you to explore Young Living™, a trusted source with their Seed to Seal™ commitment, ensuring pure and premium essential oils. I can personally vouch for their commitment to purity and excellence because I've had the incredible opportunity to visit their farms, roll up my sleeves, and help plant and harvest the very plants that become these precious oils. 

Young Living's™ unique Seed to Seal™ commitment is more than just a promise; it's an open door policy that ensures transparency and trust at every step of the production process. 

Please note that this is an affiliate link, which means I may earn a commission if you make a purchase through these links. As a special treat, I've put together a bundle featuring the 5 essential oils we discussed, a quality diffuser, and my favorite carrier oil HERE. It's a fantastic way to kickstart your essential oil journey with confidence and convenience. Happy oiling, fellow dog moms!

Essential Oil Support for Dogs with Allergies

Essential Oil Support for Dogs with Allergies
A common question I often encounter is, "What essential oils are effective for alleviating dog allergies?" Delving into this topic reveals a complex web of potential triggers, spanning environmental and food-related factors. However, before reaching for essential oils, it's crucial to address the root cause of your dog's allergies. Uncovering the specific allergens and employing natural remedies, such as essential oils, can play a supportive role in the overall process. In this discussion, we'll navigate through the intricacies of canine allergies, exploring essential oils as potential aids while emphasizing the importance of identifying and addressing the underlying causes for a comprehensive and tailored approach to your dog's well-being.

What Are Allergies?

Allergies in dogs stem from an imbalance within the immune system, where this complex defense mechanism overreacts to substances that are typically harmless. The immune system's primary role is to identify and combat potential threats to the body. However, in the case of allergies, it can misinterpret innocuous elements as harmful invaders, triggering an exaggerated response.

This hypersensitivity leads to the release of various chemicals, such as histamines, causing common allergic symptoms in dogs. Itching, redness, sneezing, and gastrointestinal issues are manifestations of the immune system's heightened reaction to substances like environmental factors or certain food ingredients. Understanding this immune system imbalance is pivotal in addressing and managing allergies in our beloved canine companions.

Common Causes of Canine Allergies:

1. Environmental Allergens:
   - People commonly associate environmental factors with external elements like pollen, dust, mold spores, and blooming plants. However, it's crucial to recognize that environmental factors encompass everything your dog encounters in its surroundings. Studies indicate that indoor pollution, stemming from everyday household products, can lead to air quality issues surpassing that of the outdoors. Environmental allergens extend beyond traditional sources to include your personal care items, cleaning agents, air fresheners, and even laundry soap. Essentially, anything within your home can impact both you and your dog.

Therefore, it's essential not only to address external factors but also to scrutinize and choose toxin-free products within your home. Take a proactive approach by reading product labels, seeking and eliminating items containing artificial fragrances, preservatives, harsh cleaners, and unidentified chemical compounds. Opting for cleaner, toxin-free alternatives can contribute significantly to creating a healthier living environment for both you and your canine companion.

2. Food Allergies:
   - Common ingredients such as beef, chicken, wheat, soy, corn, and dairy frequently trigger food allergies in dogs, leading to various symptoms. For a comprehensive approach to your dog's nutrition, consider consulting a holistic veterinarian with expertise in canine nutrition. They can provide valuable insights into the benefits of raw or home-cooked diets, which are considered optimal in today's context.

A holistic veterinarian is well-equipped to guide you through the nuances of crafting a nutritionally balanced raw or home-cooked diet tailored to your dog's specific needs. Additionally, they may recommend alternative protein sources, such as fish or rabbit, to mitigate allergic reactions.

By seeking advice from a holistic veterinarian, you can make informed decisions about your dog's diet, promoting their overall well-being and addressing potential food allergies effectively.

3. Parasites:
   - External parasites like fleas and ticks, or internal parasites such as worms, can trigger allergic reactions in dogs. The saliva from flea bites is a common allergen, causing dogs to bite at their coat and skin, leading to redness and irritation. Intestinal parasites may contribute to gastrointestinal issues, including vomiting and diarrhea. 

Genetics and Canine Allergies

Genetics can significantly influence a dog's susceptibility to allergies, as certain breeds are predisposed to specific allergic reactions. Inherited factors may contribute to an increased likelihood of developing hypersensitivity to environmental elements or certain food ingredients. Understanding the genetic component of canine allergies can help anticipate potential sensitivities and tailor preventive measures accordingly. 

While not all dogs with a genetic predisposition will develop allergies, being aware of breed-specific tendencies allows for proactive care and early intervention. Collaborating with a veterinarian can aid in identifying potential genetic factors and developing a customized strategy to manage and alleviate allergy symptoms in genetically predisposed dogs.

Allergy symptoms:

Allergy symptoms in dogs can manifest in various ways: 

Excessive paw licking

Persistent itching and scratching

Redness and irritation 

Biting at the coat and skin 

Excessive shedding 

Swelling and the appearance of bumps 

Respiratory symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing

If you observe any of these symptoms, consult with your veterinarian for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment plan tailored to your dog's specific needs. Once the cause is determined, natural remedies, including essential oils can be incorporated to provide supportive care. Working hand-in-hand with a vet ensures that any natural interventions align with your dog's individual health needs, promoting a holistic and effective strategy for alleviating allergy symptoms and enhancing overall well-being. 

General Tips for Managing Allergies:

1. Regular Grooming:
   - Keep your dog's coat clean and well-groomed to reduce the accumulation of allergens. This will also help with early detection and prevention of parasites. You can also wipe your dog off after he has been outside. 
DIY dog wipes infused with essential oils can help mitigate environmental factors by gently cleansing your dog's coat after outdoor activities and help keep an accumulation of potential environmental causes at bay. To make your own easy DIY dog wipes, check out my step by step blog post HERE.
   - Tip: Use a hypoallergenic and natural shampoo to soothe sensitive skin. A shampoo full of toxic chemicals can contribute to allergies. For my favorite natural shampoo that utilizes the power of essential oils, click HERE.

2. Clean Living Spaces:
   - Regularly clean and vacuum your home to minimize indoor allergens.
   - Tip: Use pet-friendly toxin free cleaning products and personal care products. What you wear and use directly affects your dog. Their sense of smell is so much greater than ours and if you're anything like me, I love to cuddle and play with my dog which exposes them to anything we are using. You can have a clean home with out using harsh chemicals, head to my blog HERE to learn how. 

3. Balanced Unprocessed Diet:
   - Provide a well-balanced, nutritious diet to support your dog's overall health. If you can, avoid feeding a manufactured kibble and opt for a raw diet or homemade diet, which can be easier than you think. Avoid the common diet ingredients mentioned earlier like corn, beef, and chicken. 

4. Supplements:
   - Consider immune-boosting supplements recommended by your veterinarian.
   - Tip: Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E can contribute to a healthier coat. Dietary supplements play a pivotal role in managing allergies in dogs, offering a holistic approach to support their overall health. Incorporating mushrooms, such as reishi or shiitake, into your dog's diet can provide immune-boosting properties, helping to regulate the body's response to allergens. Essential fatty acids (EFAs), commonly found in fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements, contribute to a healthier coat and skin, potentially mitigating symptoms like excessive itching. Greens like spirulina, rich in antioxidants and nutrients, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, offering a natural defense against allergic reactions.

 Natural Remedies: 
Natural remedies, such as essential oils, can play a supportive role in addressing these underlying issues. For instance, if parasites are the culprit, essential oils known for their pest-deterrent properties can be utilized to create a protective barrier. 

Essential oils can be employed to support and balance the immune system, enhancing the body's ability to come into balance and not overreact against allergens. 

Additionally, their wellness properties can help calm skin, providing a conducive environment for healing. 

Crafting a soothing spray or ointment with skin-friendly oils can provide targeted relief for skin. 

You can improve your home environment by diffusing essential oils, promoting wellness and offering respiratory support. Learn more about safely diffusing essential oils with dogs in my guide—click HERE. This practice not only freshens the air but also aids in supporting overall health and addressing respiratory issues, while effectively eliminating pet odors.

Discover additional natural solutions to banish pet odors and steer clear of the typical 'eau de dog.' Say goodbye to chemical-laden air fresheners by exploring more options HERE.

Essential Oils for Allergy Support: Here are my top 5 essential oils to help support your dog through allergies.

1. Lavender Oil:
   - Known for its calming properties, lavender oil can also help soothe skin.
   - Tip: You can dilute with a carrier oil before applying to your dog's coat or make a spray. This is also a good oil for DIY dog wipes. To make your own easy DIY dog wipes, check out my step by step blog post HEREYou can also add a few drops to your dog's natural shampoo for an extra boost.

2. Peppermint Oil:
   - A natural respiratory system supporter, peppermint oil can aid respiratory health and may be beneficial for dogs with airway discomfort.
   - Tip: Diffuse in the home or dilute with a carrier oil and rub on your dogs chest.

3. Roman Chamomile Oil:
   - With skin and wellness properties, Roman chamomile oil can help with skin discomfort.
   - Tip: Mix with a carrier oil for a soothing massage along the spine. Make a spray and spritz on areas of concern.

4. Frankincense Oil:
   - Good for the immune system and promotes overall well-being.
   - Tip: Use in a diffuser or dilute with a carrier oil and rub along your dogs spine. This is also a good oil for dog DIY dog wipes. To make your own easy DIY dog wipes, check out my step by step blog post HERE.

5. Copaiba Oil:
   - Known for its wellness properties, copaiba oil can help to balance the immune system and may provide relief from discomfort. 
   - Tip: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically to affected areas or rub along your dogs spine.

6. Manuka Oil:
   - With properties known to be beneficial to healthy skin, manuka oil can support skin health.
   - Tip: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically to affected areas or rub along your dogs spine. Add a few drops to your dog's natural shampoo for an extra boost.

For a step by step guide to making a spray, click HERE.

For more tips on diluting essential oils and applying topically, check out my blog on using essential oils for grooming by clicking HERE.

Identifying the specific cause of your dog's allergies is crucial for effective management. Parasites require prompt attention and preventive measures. Dietary changes require advice on different proteins and possibly switching to a raw or home cooked diet. Going thru your home room by room and eliminating artificial air fresheners and switching to toxin free cleaners and personal care products is an important step. Working collaboratively with your vet to uncover the root cause and integrating natural remedies offers a holistic approach to managing and improving your dog's overall well-being.

Curious where I get my essential oils? 

For those interested in the origins of my essential oils, I invite you to embark on the journey with Young Living™. They uphold an unwavering dedication to quality, sustainability, and purity, evident in their Seed To Seal™ process. This unique approach guarantees the highest standards of purity, potency, and sustainability. As a pet parent, ensuring the quality of products for your furry companions is paramount. I personally have visited multiple Young Living™ farms, actively participating in the harvest and planting processes, reinforcing my confidence in the integrity of their products.

Simplifying your experience, I've curated a special bundle featuring the essential oils highlighted in this blog, accompanied by one of my preferred carrier oils. This comprehensive bundle equips you with all the essentials to seamlessly integrate essential oils into your dog's routine and help with allergy support. Click HERE.

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