Essential Oils for the Pups!

Essential oils for dogs

Essential Oils can be very beneficial for dogs.  When introducing oils, start out with a higher dilution with fractionated coconut oil (FCO).  Keep in mind the size of your dog; smaller dogs need a higher dilution and larger dogs may need less.  Use the oils aromatically; in a diffuser, a spray in the air along with water, or by putting a drop on your hand and allowing the dog to smell.  Topical uses are along the spine, petting hair backwards, behind ears, on belly, between paw pads or back paws, and in the bath.  Oils recommended for internal use can be given by rubbing a drop on the gums, 1-2 drops mixed with food, or 1 drop in 2 cups of drinking water.

Let dogs pick their oils. If diffusing, leave a door open so they have the option to leave if they do not like the aroma of the oil.  Never put oils in the eyes, nose, or inside of ears.  Each dog is unique and some may be more sensitive than others.  Observe their behavior.  Hold the bottle or a drop in your hand and let them sniff the oil.  If they come closer and want to lick it that’s a sign they like it.  If they back away, that’s not the oil for them.  

The efficacy and safety of essential oils is vital.  Use Therapeutic Grade oils on your dogs.  

Clean Paws

Your dog has been playing outside and is a bit dirty.  There may not be time for a full bath.  Use the foaming hand wash; all natural cleanser, gentle on the skin, and non-toxic.  Use a small amount on an unscented wipe and clean paws.  Rinse the wipe with warm water and wash paws once more.  Nice and clean!

Stress and Anxiety

It’s important to be consistent with using oils.  Lavender has calming effect on dogs and is soothing to the central nervous system.  A mix of Serenity and Balance with water in a spray bottle to use on back paws, between paw pads, and behind the ears. Collars and bandanas work great as well, apply beforehand to avoid spraying in face.  It works well for vet visit anxiousness too!  Add these oils or Frankincense in the diffuser when leaving the house.  Frankincense helps with feelings of abandonment and feeling unconnected as well as promotes feelings of peace and trust. 

Keep the Bugs Away…Including Pesky Ticks!

Cedarwood can be used in insect repellent spray by mixing 20 drops of Cedarwood oil with 16 oz. distilled water.  Other anti-bug oils: Peppermint.  Spritz oils along spine, spray on your hand & rub through dog’s coat behind ears, on chest and stomach, on legs and feet.  Fleas hate Lemongrass!  Use 1 Tablespoon of FCO and 2 drops of Lemongrass, rub on neck and back.  

Bites and Stings

Lavender is soothing and healing.  Apply topically along the spine or directly over the area of concern or between the paw pads of the back feet.  Basil may also be used along with Lavender.  


Lavender is a natural histamine balancer, this oil alone helps with many of the uncomfortable symptoms of allergens.  Lemon and Peppermint support clear breathing and congestion.  Diffuse all 3 oils.


Apply Lavender and Frankincense along with fractionated coconut oil to affected area.


Lavender is a great analgesic, anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.  Apply topically to affected area.  Roman Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and anti-parasitic properties.  Myrrh is also healing for the skin.  

Anti-Itch Spray:

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 5 drop Myrrh
  • Add 2 oz distilled water into a fine mist spray bottle

Scrapes and Burns

Correct X is a blend of Frankincense, Helichrysum, Melaleuca (a small amount), Cedarwood, and Lavender. Correct-X provides a moisture barrier that helps protect while simultaneously soothing, healing, and hydrating the skin. Be sure to cover the area with a bandage so your dog is not able to lick it.  

Dry, Cracked Paws

The Essential Oil Twins have the best remedy!  “Bella’s Boo Boo Bomb” is coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, Vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, calendula oil, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Lavender, and Myrrh.  It also works for dry doggie noses.  Get this amazing healing balm here:

Respiratory Support

Use Copaiba in the diffuser or apply topically at a dilution rate of 1 drop Copaiba to 30-50 drops of carrier oil.  Apply the diluted mixture by petting along the spine. For internal use only 1 drop per 8-12 hours mixed with wet food.  Breathe is a blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara

Leaf, Ravensara Leaf essential oils.  Diffuse or allow dog to inhale out of your palms.  

Upset Tummy and Nausea

DigestZen is a blend of Anise, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway, Coriander, Tarragon, and Fennel essential oils.  Use for vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, gas, and constipation.  Apply on belly and on back feet between toe pads.

Fresh Breath

Dilute 1 drop of Peppermint in 100-150 drops of carrier oil.  Apply 1 drop of the diluted oil to 2 cups of drinking water for fresh breath.

Cleaning Products

Your dogs are walking all over your floors,  Perhaps they are also licking them!  It’s important to use non-toxic cleaning products.  The Cleaner Concentrate is designed to be the ideal natural cleaner. It is fortified with the proprietary Protective Blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.  This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors. The multi-purpose cleaner is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.

Oils Not Recommended For Dogs

Oils to avoid topically and internally with dogs: 

  • Birch
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Wintergreen
  • Use caution with “hot” oils: 
  • Oregano
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

To remove an oil that your dog does not like or too much was applied, use fractionated coconut oil or milk to remove.  Do not use water, this will allow the oil to absorb quicker.  


Sara Stine, The Essential Oils Twins

Dr. Janet Roark, The Essential Oil Vet

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