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Essential Oil Safety for Pets

Owning a pet offers many benefits to our emotional and physical health and in turn we invest greatly in the wellbeing of our animal companions. As we become more aware of and committed to natural remedies for our own health, naturally we consider caring for our pets in the same way.

With the growing popularity of essential oils there are an increasing number of personal stories being shared about the successes and dangers of using essential oils on pets. Professional opinions vary greatly regarding which essential oils to use with animals or if they should be used at all. Some even question whether trace elements of terpenes present in certain hydrosols might be unsafe for pets. When looking further, peer reviewed studies are limited and conflicting information abounds.

Most recommendations for essential oil use are intended for humans.  Our anatomy and size differ considerably from most pets, so it is not safe to simply apply products formulated for humans on animals or to assume that suggested uses and doses on packaging are applicable to animals. Recommendations also vary between species, so what might be fine for one pet does not apply to all.


Cats lack a set of liver enzymes that metabolize and excrete all sorts of chemical compounds including salicin/salicylate present in birch and wintergreen essential oils and hydrocarbon and alcohol terpenes found in a variety of essential oils. Many respected veterinarians and animal aromatherapists advise against the use of the following essential oils for cats: cinnamon bark and leaf, clove, oregano, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, and wintergreen. Other sources also caution against the use of citruses, evergreens, and resin based essential oils. Animal aromatherapist Kelly Holland Azzaro advises against the use of any essential oils with cats, whereas holistic veterinarian Melissa Shelton advocates for blood tests and urinalysis prior to and during treatment to ensure that essential oil treatments are not causing harm.

For dogs, anise, clove, juniper, oregano, tea tree, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow are advised against. These lists are not exhaustive and there are distinct recommendations for other animals: horses, rabbits, reptiles and birds all have specific suggestions. Finally, like humans each animal is an individual and may have reactions to oils that are not on these lists.

If you choose to use essential oils on or around your pet, safe use involves the purity of the oil, an accurate assessment of the ailment, the appropriate oil, and the correct application.

Quality is important. Adulteration is common in essential oils and the only way to be certain you are purchasing pure (and pesticide free) essential oil is to buy certified organic oils. Currently ECOCERT is the most reputable certifying body with regulations for essential oils. The USDA allows ECOCERT certified oils to use the USDA Organic label so it is important to confirm that those oils bearing a USDA label have been inspected by ECOCERT. 

Work with your veterinarian to accurately diagnose a pet’s ailment. Different maladies may have similar symptoms but require unique treatments. With the support of a veterinarian’s expertise and diagnostic tools you can be more certain of the health condition before deciding on a treatment. If you decide that essential oils should be part of the treatment plan, proceed with caution - ideally along with the support and guidance of an experienced animal aromatherapist or veterinarian.

Inhalation, diffusion, and topical are possible safe methods of application. When using essential oil therapies, a light application is best. Beginning with one drop (either neat, diffused, or in a carrier depending on the oil and the animal) will allow one to gauge an animal’s tolerance. When diffusing, ensure there is good ventilation, begin with just one drop for a limited time (20 minutes or less), and allow your pet to leave the room.

Observe your pet carefully following any type of application. Look for signs of irritation (such as sneezing, itching, or physical attempts to remove the oil) or toxicity (such as depression, weakness, vomiting, incoordination, and muscle tremors). If there is any adverse reaction stop using the oil. If you have diffused the oil, remove your pet from the space. If you have applied the oil topically, use a carrier oil such as olive oil to remove the essential oil – do not wash off with water. If you notice a positive result, remember more is not always better – if one drop works it does not necessarily mean increasing the dose will be more effective.

For further information, look to the following web and print resources:


Azzaro, Kelly Holland RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT. “Animal Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Safety” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. http://naha.org/assets/uploads/Animal_Aromatherapy_Safety_NAHA.pdf.

Shelton, Melissa. ADR: The Animal Desk Reference Essential Oils for Animals. Melissa Shelton DVM, 2012.

Tisserand, Robert. “Cats and Essential Oil Safety” Tisserand Institute. 10 Jan 2018. http://roberttisserand.com/2011/06/cats-essential-oil-safety/.

Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. New World Library, 1991.






Top Organic Veriditas by Pranarom Products for Cold and Flu Season:





Germs are everywhere: in the air, on surfaces, on our hands, and around other people. With a little help from the essential oils of select plants we can support our body’s natural defenses and take the pressure off our immune system. Here are Veriditas by Pranarom’s top products to support you and your family’s health this cold and flu season:

AromaForce Immune Defense Solution: A robust blend of certified organic lavandin super, eucalyptus radiata, niaouli, rosemary ct. verbenone, eucalyptus globulus, ravintsara, peppermint, clove bud, and coriander seed.  These oils work together to support and defend immune and respiratory health. May be used topically or diffused. 

Oregano Resistance Capsules:  Oregano Resistance capsules contain certified organic Moroccan oregano essential oil. Oregano’s aromatic molecules carvacrol (44%) and thymol (19%) fortify the body against viruses and harmful bacteria. Expertly formulated by our team of pharmacists, these are safe for internal use. Follow the instructions for use on the box. 

Immunessence Defense Capsules: Immunessence Defense capsules contain certified organic ravintsara, clove, and Moroccan thyme essential oils. The active constituents in these oils are known for their formidable protection against airborne invaders as well as promoting a healthy respiratory system. The blend is formulated for internal use during acute immune system challenges and may assist with chronic conditions as well as shorten recovery times. Instructions for use are on the box. 

Good Samaritan: The organic essential oils of cinnamon bark, clove, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary cineol, and cinnamon leaf support the body’s natural resistance to viruses and harmful bacteria. Use Good Samaritan in house hold cleaning and add a few drops to a diffuser.  

Immunity Boost: Organic lavender, eucalyptus radiata and tea tree essential oils make a child-safe blend to open lungs and sinuses and soothe sickness. Diffuse Immunity Boost to build immunity, soothe stress, and encourage rest.  

Sinus Formula: Sinus Formula is a powerful preparation designed to clear stuffy heads and congested chests. It may be applied directly on the nostrils, upper chest and upper back and can be applied repeatedly through the day as needed. In a base of organic olive oil, Sinus Formula contains organic eucalyptus globulus, peppermint, rosemary cineol, rosemary verbenone, frankincense, thyme linalol, thyme thymol, and inula essential oils. 


  post byNATHAN ROSE

"I am in love with my work sharing the joys of plants and herbs. Assisting others to help themselves with simple, safe, and effective remedies is my passion. Ultimately, I intend to help humanity expand their consciousness and to do my part to heal the Earth. I am a specialist in holistic health, a writer, and an artist. I have extensive training and have practiced as a holistic health practitioner for 10 years as a certified advanced level aromatherapist, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor and herbalist."

Methods of Application



A basic overview of standard aromatherapy techniques.

Diffusing essential oils in an ionic diffuser is highly enjoyable and has many practical benefits for mood and health. A few drops of citrus oil such as Bergamot diffused with water will fill your home with a beautiful and lively scent. How does diffusing essential oils have such amazing effects? The scent alone is impactful as the aromatics from the essential oils enter the bloodstream upon inhalation. But this is just one of the ways essential oils can interact with our bodies to positively affect our being.

Topical application and Ingestion are also pathways for essential oils to directly affect the body. With these methods the essential oil enters through the skin, upper respiratory system, and/or digestive tract before entering the bloodstream, much in the same way as food, supplements and drugs. The essential oil compounds are then sorted and separated for use, filtered out by the kidney and liver, and ultimately excreted through sweat, exhalation, skin respiration and urine.

Topical application is as simple as mixing (aromatizing) 1-3 drops of an essential oil such as Lavender into a teaspoon of lotion or one of Veriditas by Pranarom’s Virgin Plant Oils. The mixture can then be applied to the skin. This kind of aromatherapy is key to unlocking many common uses for essential oils such as skin care, facial care, immunity support and more. Topical application also offers thousands of options for personally formulated body-care products.

Ingestion of essential oils is best experienced through our Pranacaps, a revolutionary line of aromatherapy capsules developed by medical doctors. These certified organic capsules contain essential oils properly blended for maximum results. Try the Pranarom Aromastress Mandarin Capsules, Resistance Oregano Capsules, Immunessence Defense Capsules, and Digestarom Digestive Capsules, following the recommendations on the packaging.

Many Veriditas by Pranarom organic essential oils and Virgin Plant Oils are ingestible; however, one must properly prepare the oils and make sure that are safe for the desired use.

Generally, essential oils are taken in a ratio of 1 drop to 1/2 teaspoon of honey, 1-3 times a day for 5-7 days. After this dosage, a break of 2-4 weeks is recommended to allow the body to respond and achieve homeostasis. Using essential oils internally should not be thought of as a daily supplement; the exception is citrus oils, which may be used ongoing. Always consult with a certified aromatherapist/qualified healthcare practitioner for safety guidelines and discontinue use if irritation occurs. 



 post by | NATHAN ROSE

"I am in love with my work sharing the joys of plants and herbs. Assisting others to help themselves with simple, safe, and effective remedies is my passion. Ultimately, I intend to help humanity expand their consciousness and to do my part to heal the Earth. I am a specialist in holistic health, a writer, and an artist. I have extensive training and have practiced as a holistic health practitioner for 10 years as a certified advanced level aromatherapist, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor and herbalist."







Diluting & Blending with Essential Oils

The most important skill for DIY aromatherapy products is dilution: a basic understanding of dilution will allow you to follow recipes, make homemade blends, and ensure safety. When diluted, essential oils become less concentrated and more suitable for application without the risk of irritation.

Diluting in aromatherapy involves mixing an essential oil with a carrier oil. Pranarom offers beautiful Virgin Plant Oils that make ideal carriers, including Argan oil, Avocado oil, Borage oil, Evening Primrose oil, Hazlenut oil, Calendula oil, and more. These plant oils have benefits of their own that can enhance the ability of the essential oils. Other carriers include water, alcohols, wax, food, and certain essential oils.

Here is an example:

A recipe calls for a 2% dilution of Peppermint in Jojoba oil.

First, choose how much you want to make. The amount to be made is usually determined by the bottle you will be storing your blend in. Veriditas By Pranarom offers empty 2oz amber glass bottles and 10 ml frosted roller cap bottles, but any glass or steel bottle with a cap will do.

For a single use blend, mix 1 drop essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier and rub onto the area of concern. This is equivalent to a 1-2% dilution.

For multiple applications, blend 1oz carrier oil with 18 drops essential oil. This is also a 2% dilution (see reference chart below).

A couple important notes: 

For children and areas of sensitive skin, a 0-1% dilution (1-9 drops per ounce of carrier) is recommended. For general use with adults, a 0.5-7% dilution covers most needs safely and effectively (this is 1 to 62 drops in 1oz of carrier oil).

Certain essential oils are very potent and require dilution rates below 2% to avoid irritation. These oils include Oregano, Thyme ct thymol, Cinnamon Bark and Tulsi. Other essential oils, such as Helichrysum and Lavender, are very mild and can be used without a carrier.

* 1 drop will vary in size depending on the essential oil and the orifice reducer cap. The given amounts are estimated based on average drop size.
 
VIEW our dilution guide here!

Dilution Rates

Carrier oil in ounces
.5% dilution
1%
2.5%
3%
5%
10%
½ ounce
2 drops
4-5 drops
11 drops
13 drops
22 drops
44 drops
1 ounces
4 drops
9 drops
20 drops
27 drops
45 drops
90 drops
2 ounces
9 drops
18 drops
45 drops
54 drops
90 drops
180 drops

Measurements Chart 

1 ml
20-25 drops



5 ml
100 drops
1 teaspoon


10 ml
200 drops
2 teaspoons
1/3 ounce

15 ml
300 drops
1 Tablespoon
½ ounce

30 ml
600 drops
2 Tablespoons
1 ounce
1/4 cup 
60 ml
1200 drops
4 Tablespoons
2 ounces
1/4 cup 
120 ml
2400 drops
8 Tablespoons
4 ounces
1/4 cup 
240 ml
3600 drops
16 Tablespoons
8 ounces
1 cup


 post by | NATHAN ROSE

"I am in love with my work sharing the joys of plants and herbs. Assisting others to help themselves with simple, safe, and effective remedies is my passion. Ultimately, I intend to help humanity expand their consciousness and to do my part to heal the Earth. I am a specialist in holistic health, a writer, and an artist. I have extensive training and have practiced as a holistic health practitioner for 10 years as a certified advanced level aromatherapist, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor and herbalist."