If you read yesterday’s post “Blossom’s Journey”, I mentioned that I use essential oils for her every day. Today I would like to discuss one of the oils I use that has wonderful benefits for her, lavender essential oil.
Essential oils are natural, fragrant chemical components of plants, and are usually extracted from the plant by a process known as distillation. Over the years, lab tests have helped us to understand the benefits for human use, and in recent years interest in essential oils has expanded to our furry companions.
Lavender oil has many beneficial properties and is widely used for a variety of reasons, it has been proven to sooth the central nervous system, and reduce a dog’s excitement as well as vocalization during vet visits, car and plane travel.
One of the most common behavior issues dog owners face is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety has been diagnosed in 20-40% of dogs today and they are usually given medications to control it. These medications have tons of possible side effects, such as agitation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Why cause further unpleasant problems for your pooch and yourself by adding side effects to an already difficult situation? Lavender essential oil amongst several other oils has been found to benefit dogs with separation anxiety without causing any ill effects.
Here is a list of some other benefits of using lavender oil for your dog:
- helps allergies
- aids in the healing of wounds and burns
- relieves insomnia
- reduces car sickness and anxiety
- great anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic
- helps skin irritations and itching
- has astringent properties
- repels fleas and ticks
- reduces anxiety and nervousness
- conditions dogs to a safe space
Lavender essential oil is a universal oil that can be used directly on your dog or diluted. Keep in mind that dogs are more sensitive to smells than we are so less is more when using the oil directly on your pooch. Also, keep in mind the size of your dog and use proper dosage.
For small dogs, it is best to dilute the oil due to it’s potency. You can simply dilute it in water, 3-5 drops of oil for every 4-5 drops of water. For medium to large dogs, dilution is unnecessary.
For flea and tick control, add a drop of the oil to the back of your dog’s neck and a drop to the base of the tail. You can also add 15 drops of lavender oil to a small spray bottle filled with water, and then just spray on your dog’s skin for flea/tick prevention, skin healing, or relaxation.
If you want to freshen dog bedding, just add a couple drops of lavender oil to your laundry soap when you do the wash. It can also be sprayed onto bedding, furniture or carpets to eliminate odors and keep fleas away.
Lavender oil can be diffused for aromatherapy in an oil diffuser throughout your home. You can also add several drops to a bandana and place it around your dog’s neck so they can inhale the smell. This will produce a calming sedative effect.
Most important to note is that this oil is not to be ingested! Make sure to wash your own hands well after use so your dog doesn’t lick it off you and PLEASE consult with your own Veterinarian before using any kind of essential oil on your dog!
Even though lavender oil is considered to be the mildest most versatile essential oil, it is always crucial to introduce it to your pooch slowly and with proper precautions. This way, you can be sure that there will be no negative side effects and you will be helping your furry friend lead a more balanced natural life.
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