Everything You Need to Know About the Essential Oil Phenomenon
The history of essential oils and aromatherapy goes back to ancient Egypt when the oils were use for emotional, spiritual and medical benefits. Doctors, pharmacists and healers prescribed aromatherapy and essential oils throughout the 1700 and 1800s for their patients and their pets.
Essential oils occur naturally in plants and have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties. Benefits for senior dogs include:
- Relieving stress, which is common in senior dogs with dementia
- Boosting memory and awareness
- Elevating mood
- Reducing inflammation and relieving pain from achy joints
- Normalizing appetite
- Helping dogs relax so they can maintain normal sleep patterns
Essential oils can be applied topically, or are inhaled or ingested (eating or licking).
Regardless of how you administer the oils they’re absorbed into the dog’s bloodstream and make their way throughout the body. Even a small amount can have a powerful biological effect on every system of the dog’s body.
Some common essential oils that are considered safe for dogs include:
- Chamomile – Calms the body and mind
- Lavender – Reduces anxiety and stress
- Valerian – Treats restlessness and insomnia
- Clary Sage – Creates a sense of well-being
- Marjoram (Sweet) – Elevates the spirit
- Myrrh – Encourages a sense of tranquility
- Copaiba – Supports joints, muscles and healthy circulation
- Frankincense – Eases mental and emotional distress
Some essential oils may be toxic to cats and pose a health risk to dogs. Consult with a veterinarian before using essential oils on or near your pets.
Essential oils are concentrated and should never be applied in their pure form. Dilute essential oils before using them. Always check with your vet before changing your dog’s diet or adding supplements.