A Guide to Using Essential Oils with Your Furry Friends

Today’s guest blogger is Ashley Lipman! Ashley absolutely loves essential oils and enjoying aromatherapy benefits. She’s very excited to share her knowledge and experiences of using essential oils around pets with us today!

Essential oils have become a staple for many of us. I was first introduced to essential oils when I was having trouble sleeping. My daughter gave me a diffuser and some lavender essential oil. She explained that all essential oils are not equal. When I began reading about lavender essential oil, it seemed too good to be true, but I had nothing to lose. Within a few days, I was falling asleep faster and sleeping sounder. As a bonus, the scent of lavender keeps mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs away, which is useful if you like sitting on the porch in the evenings or going camping.

Our Fur Babies

We own a dog and a cat that are both indoor pets. My little friends have been part of the family for a long time. When it’s bedtime, they come into my room. The cat will jump up on the bed, allow me to pet her for a moment, and when I am no longer needed, she will curl up and go right to sleep.

The dog is a different story. It seems when the lights are turned off, his energy is turned on. He will get in his bed; then he will get out of his bed and jump up on my bed. He likes to get under the covers and burrow around until he has created a comfortable spot near my feet. And as soon as you think it’s over, he will pop his head out from the end of the bed and jump off the bed to get water. Then his ritual begins again.

Luckily, despite my two fur babies being polar opposites at bedtime, I have found ways to use essential oils with both of them!

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are torture for your pets. If they get infested with these pests, they bring them into your home. Since these pests live off of blood, they will bite you and your children as well. They are what you might call “equal opportunity” bloodsuckers.

The chemicals that are sold to fight fleas and ticks are smelly, oily, and expensive. From my research, I determined that you have to be careful with the essential oils you use on pets. Always dilute your mixture.

Dogs

For dogs, mix 30 drops of essential oil with 1 cup (250 ml) of water. Shake it well, and mist your dog twice a day. When you’re first trying a new oil, begin with only 10 drops; this solution will not be as effective for the dog, but it will give you a test period to see if your dog tolerates the oil well. The best essential oils for dogs include the following:

  • Eucalyptus
    • Bonus tip: if the humans in your house suffer from spring and summer allergies, this oil will help keep your sinuses clear and relieve other allergy symptoms.
  • Peppermint
    • Bonus tip: mist your kitchen cupboards, drawers, and baseboards with this oil, and it will help keep mice out of your home.
  • Cedarwood
  • Citronella

Cats

You must be very careful with the essential oils you use on cats. There are great essential oils to protect cats, but you MUST dilute with a carrier oil. Mix 5 drops of essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) of carrier oil. Mix it well, then rub it on your cat’s fur and legs. Avoid the eyes, mouth, and genitals. Here are some good essential oils to use on cats:

  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary

***Do NOT let your cat ingest the oils.***

Don’t Forget about Your Parrots!

This is probably not something you hear about often. But if you are a parrot lover, you can help keep them happy and healthy with essential oils. You will need to do your research and make sure to use the best quality oil available.

Essential oils can help parrots feel like they are in their natural habitat. The oils we use often come from the plants, trees, and vines that grow in their home.

You will want to use an ultrasonic diffuser around your parrots. This adds humidity to the air, which is good for parrots’ skin. Use 3–4 drops of essential oil in your diffuser. Try one oil at a time for a few days to see if your birds function well with it.

When a parrot stresses, it is usually because it is away from its natural home. Parrots express stress by becoming aggressive, plucking out feathers, screaming for long periods of time, and self-mutilating. Often, if you introduce essential oils, the parrot will settle down and thrive.

The top 3 essential oils for parrots include geranium, lavender, and peppermint.

Final Tips

To help your pets between treatments, use a cloth-like collar on your pet. Place a few drops of oil on the outside of the collar. The pet will get the benefits of repelling insects, but since the oil won’t come into contact with their skin, there is no worry about overexposure. So what are you waiting for? Treat your furry (and feathered) friends to the benefits of essential oils today!

About the Author


Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer delivering awesome content through various niches, one of which is health and lifestyle. Apart from that, she is also an essential oil addict. She loves essential oils and enjoying the benefits of aromatherapy. Ashley uses oils on a daily basis for freshening her living space, hair and skin care, or massages. She especially cannot live without lavender oil, which helped her a lot with her sleeping disorder. Since then, Ashley has been researching the health benefits of essential oils and spreading the word about them.

Sources:
www.madewithoils.com/lavender-essential-oil
www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-sinus-congestion
www.creeklinehouse.com/how-to-use-essential-oils-when-you-have-cats

Image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/birds-nature-colorful-green-camera-3456261/

“Fresh Coastal Air” Diffuser Blend

Even though summer is here, some of us are still stuck in our daily work routines. How about a fresh diffuser blend to help your workday go by? This diffuser blend will help lift your spirits while reminding you of coastal air. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Looking for a new diffuser? We have recently released a whole line of new diffusers with new and modern designs. The diffuser pictured below is just one example of the beautiful variety now available. Click here to shop now!

Seeing so many options of different diffusers can be a little overwhelming. We understand that, so we have written a post full of information about the individual diffusers we carry and how their features compare. Click here to learn more!

Avocado Lime Chicken Salad

This Avocado Lime Chicken Salad takes a twist on a traditional chicken salad, and we love it! The avocado adds a nice creamy texture, and you can’t go wrong with a lime-cilantro flavor. This salad is so tasty, and you can do a lot with it. Serve it alone, in a wrap, on bread, or in countless other ways. This recipe makes a great side, main dish, or a nice snack during the day.

Avocado Lime Chicken Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (250 g) cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup (18 g) thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) fresh lime juice, separated
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) mayonnaise
  • 2 drops lime essential oil
  • 3 drops cilantro essential oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Set the chicken aside in a medium bowl.
  2. Dice the avocados, and gently combine with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining lime juice with mayo, lime essential oil, and cilantro essential oil to form a dressing.
  4. Combine the dressing with the shredded chicken, and stir to coat entirely.
  5. Gently combine the chicken with the avocados and sliced green onions.
  6. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.

If you prefer more sauce on your salad, you can always add more mayonnaise and lime juice to make it a little creamier.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Fennel


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed seeds of this plant. Fennel can be easily identified by its sweet, somewhat spicy, and licorice-like aroma. This essential oil contains the following health properties: antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and expectorant.

Fennel was historically used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans when they awarded victorious warriors with garlands of fennel as a sign of praise. They believed that fennel would bestow these warriors with strength, courage, and longevity.

Common uses of fennel essential oil include blood clots, bruises, digestive system support, gastritis, kidney stones, lactation, pancreas support, parasites, skin revitalizing, tissue cleansing, and wrinkles. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Other possible uses of fennel essential oil include colic, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, digestion (supports the liver), balancing hormones, nausea, obesity, PMS, and stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.

Application of Fennel Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to at least 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Fennel increases and influences longevity, courage, and purification. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Internal Application: Fennel oil is recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption and serves as a powerful flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Repeated topical use may lead to contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy. This oil should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children ages 6 and older.

Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil:

1. Digestive Problems
Fennel essential oil has beneficial digestive properties. It can quickly alleviate bloating, gas/flatulence, and diarrhea. Combine 5 drops fennel essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply over your stomach as needed.
2. Cooking
Fennel has a strong licorice-like flavor and serves as a valuable ingredient in many spices and other recipes. It can be strong, so start small when adding it to your recipes; you can always add more later. Here are a few recipes using fennel essential oil!

3. Bath Oil
This essential oil is known for its ability to revitalize the skin, cleanse tissue, and smooth wrinkles. For this reason, fennel makes a beneficial addition to bath oils and soaps. For a silky-smooth feel after your bath, combine 8 drops jasmine, 8 drops fennel, and 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) jojoba oil in the palm of your hand, and hold under warm running bathwater. Swish the water around with your hand to disperse the oils.
4. Diffuser Blends
With its strong aromatic influence, fennel can serve as a nice addition to a diffuser blend. Its sweet yet spicy aroma can uplift you and fill you with courage. Here are a couple blends for you to try out.

5. Air Freshening Spray
Air fresheners should not only smell great, but also be emotionally uplifting. Combine 10 drops fennel, 8 drops lemon, and 6 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 1 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray the mixture around the room, and breathe in the emotional support.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 63–64.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt

Warm summer days call for sweet cold treats, especially if you can find a healthy one that everyone will enjoy. This Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt is absolutely delicious and super simple! Whether you serve the dessert at your next meal or party, or save the whole batch for yourself, it certainly won’t disappoint.

Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (300 g) frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup (140 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 2–4 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add the frozen berries, greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla to a blender or food processor. Blend for 2–3 minutes, or until creamy.
  2. Add lemon essential oil, and pulse the blender briefly to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container, and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  4. Remove from the freezer, and allow the frozen yogurt to soften for a few minutes before serving.

You can also stir in some crushed berries after blending for an extra fruity flavor and texture.

This frozen yogurt can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

This recipe is a little tart, but you can always add a little more honey until it tastes good to you.

Men’s Cologne with Essential Oils

Essential oils definitely aren’t just for women! We all love the health benefits of essential oils, especially when they smell good. Here’s a simple cologne recipe that smells great and will allow your man to reap the benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Men's Cologne

  • Servings: Yield=10 ml
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add the essential oils to the spray bottle, and then add the emulsifier.
  2. Fill the remainder of the spray bottle with witch hazel.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. Spritz on 2–3 sprays as you get ready each day.

An essential oil emulsifier helps essential oils to bond with water-based products. Witch hazel is great for your skin with a minimal aroma; however, it is water based, meaning that the essential oils will not entirely bond with it. If you do not have the emulsifier, you may alternatively use perfumer’s alcohol in place of witch hazel, or simply shake the bottle well before each application.

A Traveler’s Guide to Essential Oils

With summer upon us, the traveling adventures are beginning. However, being away from home can make our regular essential oil use a little more difficult. But does travel really get in the way? Here at AromaTools, we are dedicated to making your essential oil use more convenient and effective—even when traveling! So here’s what you need to know when traveling with essential oils.

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Must-Have Essential Oils for Traveling:

1. Soothing Blend
Traveling usually involves cramped spaces for long periods of time or more strenuous activity than our bodies are used to. For this reason, the Soothing Blend is an important asset to your travel kit. By having it with you, you can easily apply it to sore muscles, cramps, sore feet, and so on. There’s no need to be in pain when you can find relief.
2. Peppermint
Traveling can be hard on our bodies, and that’s why you need peppermint oil. Peppermint essential oil may assist with digestive troubles, motion sickness, and headaches. You should never leave home without this versatile essential oil.
3. Lavender
If you experience difficulty with adjusting to new time zones, or sleeping in a new bed, this oil is a must for all your travels. Lavender essential oil is not only great for relaxation, but it can also soothe sunburns, bug bites, and allergies.
4. Protective Blend
Since it’s impossible to control sanitary conditions while away from home, bringing this essential oil with you on your travels is super important. You can build your immune system with this blend prior to traveling and continue to use it throughout your trip. This blend is great for fighting colds, sore throats, the flu, and infections.

Essential Oil Travel Tips:

1. Fighting Jet Lag
There’s nothing worse than starting off your travels on the wrong foot. When traveling, we want to be our best self, and that means being awake and alert. To avoid jet lag, the most important thing you can do is stay very well hydrated, but avoid alcohol and caffeine while flying. Next, it’s important to set your internal clock to the location you will be traveling to at the beginning of your flight. That means sleep when it’s night there, and stay awake when it’s day. You can take small naps—no more than 45 minutes—in order to keep your body refreshed. If you arrive in the daytime, you should keep your body active until a reasonable time to retire to bed. Now that you know some general tips, let’s get down to the essential oils.

Use invigorating essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus in the morning and calming essential oils such as lavender and geranium at night. Consider making a sleep blend in a small spray bottle to mist on your pillow when you are having trouble sleeping. You can also add lemon, peppermint, or orange essential oils to your water as an energy and immune booster. You can learn more about using essential oils for jet lag in Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

2. Packing Your Oils
If your travel plans include airplanes, you may want to take special care of your oils. If you’re taking your oils in your carry-on luggage, remember that TSA regulations require all liquids to be under 3.4 oz. (100 ml), and placed in a clear plastic zip-top bag or vanity bag, when carried through security. And you can only have 1 quart-sized plastic bag of liquids. This means you can only take the oils that you absolutely need, so you will need to consider what oils are most important to you while traveling. Keep in mind that the x-ray scanners in airport security will not damage your oils.
If you would like to avoid this potential hassle, you may alternatively pack your oils into your checked bag. We suggest that you still place your oils in a plastic bag in case of leaking caused by pressure changes, and remember to secure the lids tightly. If you have further questions about TSA regulations, click here.

Products to Enhance Your Travel Experience:

Diffusers:
Leaving home without a diffuser is no longer necessary if you have a personal diffuser! Now you can still get the aromatic benefits of essential oils while traveling without bothering those around you. We carry many different options for you to choose from. There are perfect diffusers that will fit in your car ports or USB ports in a hotel room, or personal diffusers that don’t require any power so that you can enjoy your oils anytime.

Carrying Cases:
In order to take your oils with you when you travel, you will need a proper carrying case for the bottles so they don’t get damaged. We carry all sorts of cases for whatever size of bottles you would like to take with you. Keep the airplane travel tips in mind if you are flying, but if you are taking a road trip, any size of carrying case will work depending on your specific needs.

We hope you find these tips useful as you embark on your next journey! Below we have linked a few more blog posts that can help you with all your travel needs.

Essential Oils for Car Travel
10 Diffuser Blends for the Road
See Modern Essentials: Outdoor Travel Tips

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like to share your experience of traveling with your essential oils. We would love to read them! Safe travels!

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

All-Natural Essential Oil Bug Spray

Summer adventures bring lots of bugs, and subsequently, lots of bug bites. Here’s an all-natural bug spray recipe that will keep the bugs away without damaging your health. Our favorite part? It smells so much better than typical bug sprays!

Bug Spray

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (100 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) distilled water
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 7 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 oz. Spray Bottle
  • “Bug Spray” vinyl label

Instructions:

  1. Combine the witch hazel and water in the spray bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils, and shake to combine.
  3. Spritz the bug spray on your skin, and rub in.

Natural Essential Oil “Bleach”

There’s no need to buy expensive, harsh chemicals to remove stains from your clothes when you can make a more natural alternative at home! Lemon essential oil has powerful cleaning properties, and hydrogen peroxide is a known stain remover.

Natural Essential Oil Bleach

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Shake well before each use.
  3. Spray the solution on stains, and scrub it in to help remove the spots; wash as normal.

DIY Essential Oil Deodorant

Many deodorants on the market today are full of harsh chemicals that are doing more damage to our bodies than we think. It is possible to find deodorants that are safer for your body, but they tend to be expensive. We’ve created this all-natural recipe for a deodorant that you can feel good about—for your body and your wallet. You can add whatever oils you want to this recipe to make it your own.

And if your armpits have a hard time adjusting to chemical-free deodorant, we’ve included an armpit detox recipe below.

DIY Deodorant

  • Servings: Yield=5 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax by placing it in a glass measuring cup in a pot of water over medium heat.
  2. Once the beeswax is almost melted, add in the shea butter and coconut oil, and allow it to finish melting.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the arrowroot powder and baking soda.
  4. Add 20–40 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend, and stir well to combine. (Start with 20 drops, and gradually add more until the deodorant reaches your desired scent.)
  5. Before the mixture solidifies, pour it into the deodorant containers.
  6. Allow the deodorant to cool for several hours or until solid and completely cooled.

Extra Ideas:

Make “his” and “hers” deodorant by splitting the mixture in half and adding manly oils for him and feminine oils for her.

A blend that we tried and loved was 20 drops grapefruit plus 15 drops lemon. Let us know what blends you come up with!

It’s important to remember that sometimes your body can have a hard time making the switch from a conventional deodorant to an all-natural kind. If you use your natural deodorant and your armpits become smelly or you get a rash, you may need to do an armpit detox to clean the chemicals from your skin. Here’s a simple recipe to get your armpits clean!

Armpit Detox

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (9 g) bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • Water (optional)
  • Aloe vera gel (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the bentonite clay with the apple cider vinegar to form a paste. If it’s not a paste, you can add a small amount of water to give it a spreadable consistency.
  2. Spread the mixture on your armpits, and let it sit for 5–10 minutes.
  3. Wash off the detox with a damp cloth, or rinse off in the shower.
  4. Once you finish removing the paste, if desired, you can apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to soothe the skin.

Like any other detox, make sure to drink lots of water to help your body detox faster.

You may need to do the detox multiple times to get the full effect.