The information on this page is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injury. Seek professional medical attention if your animal appears to have any disease, illness, or injury.
How Much Oil to Use and Dilution Recommendations
One to two drops of essential oil are all that is necessary for animals, as animals respond much more quickly to essential oils than do humans. Vegetable oil or fractionated coconut oil can be added to extend essential oils over larger areas and to heavily dilute the essential oil for use on smaller animals, especially cats. For more information on dilution, see Modern Essentials.
List of Conditions and Oils Often Used
(The following information has been compiled from the book Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition, pp. 199-200.)
Bleeding: Helichrysum, geranium.
Bones (Pain): Wintergreen, Soothing Blend, lemongrass.
Calming: Calming Blend, lavender, Invigorating Blend. Dilute well for cats.
Cancer (Skin): Sandalwood, frankincense.
Cats: According to Valerie Worwood, you can treat a cat like you would a child. Dilute oils heavily with carrier oil. Avoid melaleuca (also known as tea tree), as it has been known to cause death in cats.
Colds and Coughs: Eucalyptus, melaleuca (not for cats). Apply on fur or stomach. Continue reading