Pet Care with Essential Oils

We all know that essential oils have incredible effects on humans, but we can’t overlook the benefits they bring to our animals. In many cases, pets are our best friends, so they deserve to be taken care of in the same way we take care of ourselves. We’ve done some research so that you can know how to appropriately use oils on your pets without putting them in danger.

Guidelines of Essential Oil Pet Care:

  • Animals absorb essential oils much faster than humans, so you should never use more than 1–2 drops of oil at a time.
  • Dilute your essential oils heavily with a carrier oil. Typically a 1:4 dilution (1 part essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil) is a safe option while you are learning more about appropriate and safe use.
  • Never use melaleuca on cats, and consult a veterinarian before using this oil on dogs.
  • Keep oils away from your animal’s eyes, mouth, nose, or other sensitive areas, unless specifically directed.
  • Use all oils in moderation and with extreme caution, and observe how the animal responds before continuing. If your pet gets uncomfortable, stop immediately.
  • Do not use citrus oils on cats.
  • Avoid using essential oils on puppies, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian.
  • Pay attention to how your pet reacts when you diffuse essential oils. Even though you are not directly applying the oils to your pets, the very aroma of oils could be too much for your pet. Consider diffusing smaller amounts of oils when your pets are around.
  • Don’t use essential oils too often on your pets. Continual use of essential oils on or around pets can cause toxicity, so it’s important to free your home of essential oils for a couple days at a time to give your pets a break.

The information listed here is just scratching the surface. There is a whole world of information out there for using essential oils safely on your pets. Lucky for you, we have gathered a wide range of materials to help you learn more about proper animal care and essential oils! We carry tear pads, books, recipes, and reference cards that contain more specific research on different animals. Click here to view these materials so that you can research for yourself and find out what works best for your pets.

Every animal is different, so it really is up to you as the owner to make educated decisions about how to use oils with your pets—after all, you know them better than anyone else. A general rule of thumb is to be very careful when applying oils. Start with small doses and an extremely high dilution, and work from there.

Here at AromaTools, we like to take care of you and your pets. Have you seen our cute dog collar and diffuser pendant? This lavender-colored, nylon dog collar sports a running motif of paws, bones, and essential oil vials—a fun way to share your love of oils through your pet! The collar is available in adjustable small, medium, and large sizes. A loop on the collar makes it easy to attach our matching dog leash and diffuser pendant. Using aromatherapy with your pet has never been easier! The durable pendant ventilates through its paw-print cutout, providing continual therapeutic benefits. The locket comes with 6 colorful, reusable scent pads—you can change aromas and the background color of the design.

We have also come up with a few other blog posts to help you and your furry friends! Give our Essential Oil Pet Shampoo a try; there’s nothing like cleaning your pet without harsh chemicals. Or you can try out this recipe to make a Homemade Flea Collar using essential oils. Give these recipes a click and try them out!

Diffuser blends can be a great way to expose your pets to essential oils, but remember to follow the guidelines stated above. Here are a few pet-friendly diffuser blends that we have made to help your pets relax. Diffuse these blends in a well-ventilated space with a way for your pets to leave the room if their senses get overwhelmed. Let us know what you think after you try these blends out!

We have written multiple blog posts on this topic that you may be interested in reading. Click on some of the following posts to learn more specifically about what you can do to further enhance your use of essential oils with pets.

We are still learning about using oils with our pets, just like you are, so we’d love to hear about your experiences and what you’ve learned! Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. See Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information about using essential oils on animals.

7-Day Pill Cases and Capsule Blends

A lot of people struggle to consistently take their pills. You can set reminders on your phone, put sticky notes on the mirror, stuff plastic bags of pills in your pocket, and so on. We’ve all done it. But the biggest struggle is having to prepare your pills every time you need to take them. With these 7-day pill cases, you can prepare the majority of your pills at the beginning of the week and carry them with you wherever you go!

These brand new 7-day pill cases make taking your pills much easier. Now you can get your medicine and vitamins on the go. The compact style was designed to fit easily in your backpack or purse, and these cases are super easy to use. You may want to consider having multiple cases—one for morning, midday, evening, etc. That way you can stay organized and keep yourself on schedule. The cases come in 10 color options, so you can even pick your favorite style!

We also carry these convenient pill wallets with 2 separate 7-day slots, perfect for your morning and evening pills. They come in green and purple, and each bag is labeled with the day of the week for easy and organized use.

When it comes to pills, essential oils are your best friend. Many oils are safe for internal consumption, but they should still be diluted when used regularly. If you are still unsure of whether your oil is safe to take internally, Modern Essentials lists this information under the Single Essential Oils and Essential Oil Blends sections, as well as on page 52 (9th Edition, Internal Application section). Filling your own capsules with essential oils is a simple way to take your desired oils internally. However, because the essential oils will dissolve the capsules rather quickly, you shouldn’t attempt to make them up ahead of time.

A simple way of filling a capsule is to drop the oils directly from the bottle into the capsule. This does take some hand-eye coordination, and it is easy to drop too many drops or to accidentally get the oil on the side of the capsule, resulting in the user tasting the oil while taking it and causing the capsule to dissolve more quickly.

A more effective and easier way of filling capsules is to use a glass pipette. Simply fill the pipette with oil, place the pipette inside the bottom half of the capsule, and place the correct number of drops inside. Using a pipette also makes filling your capsules on the go much easier. Just mix up a batch of the blend you want to take, and place it in a 5 ml dropper bottle to carry with you wherever you go. You can use the extra sections in the pill cases to carry your empty capsules.

Capsule blends are a great way to maximize your internal use of essential oils. We have created some capsule blends for you to try out. Drop the essential oils into the capsule, and fill the remainder with olive oil. Our size 0 capsules hold .68 ml (10 drops), and our size 00 capsules hold .91 ml (14 drops).

Pain Relief:
2 drops fir
2 drops copaiba
2 drops frankincense
Hormone Balance:
2 drops rosemary
2 drops frankincense
2 drops clary sage
Antibiotic:
1 drop oregano
2 drops basil
2 drops rosemary
Immune Booster:
2 drops Protective Blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop frankincense
1 drop oregano
Weight/Appetite Control:
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop peppermint
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop tangerine
Acid Reflux Aid:
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
1 drop Digestive Blend
Tummy Ache:
2 drops digestive blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop orange
Allergy Relief:
3 drops lemon
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
Hangover Relief:
2 drops grapefruit
4 drops lemon
1 drop rosemary

There are endless possibilities when it comes to blending oils for internal use. Find what works for you, and make sure to dilute whenever necessary! Consult our “Capsules and Essential Oils – FAQs” post for more information about using capsules.