Pet owners should always be aware of how the products in the home affect their animals. On top of thinking about cleaning and bath products, everyone should also consider how their aromatherapy affects their pets’ well-being. Depending on the species, certain essential oils should be used with animals out of the room so that they do not have a negative reaction to what’s in the air.
That’s not to say aromatherapy should be avoided at all costs for people who care for animals. Many essential oils can be used around pets, and they can even be beneficial for them! But what you should be putting in the diffuser all depends on what kind of pet it is, because different animals have different reactions. As well, essential oils should never be used on pets, no matter the species!
Essential Oils And Cats
As you’ve probably learned first-hand, cats are extremely sensitive animals; just pet one the wrong way! This sensitivity includes how they react to essential oils. Any essential oils that contain polyphenols, a type of bioactive, organic compound, will cause a bad reaction for your cat, because polyphenolic compounds interfere with their liver’s detoxification process. If you’re a cat person, essentials oils like tea tree, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, wintergreen, and clove should be used extra carefully.
Essential Oils And Dogs
Dogs can also be extremely sensitive to certain essential oils, and it goes beyond what they’re sniffing. When diffused in the air, the wrong oil can trigger allergic reactions, causing skin issues and affecting their body’s processes. If you’re a dog person, essential oils to avoid while they’re in the room include clove, garlic, horseradish, anise, wintergreen, juniper, and thyme.
Essential Oils On Their Skin
Under no circumstances should essential oils be applied directly to a pet’s skin. Even if you’ve chosen one specifically with your pet in mind, it should only be used in a diffuser. If you use them on your skin, be very careful when handling your pets. If those oils make contact with your pets’ skin or nose, it could cause a lot of irritation and, worse, damage to mucous membranes and internal organs.
Another mistake is using too much. While they can definitely benefit from diffusing safe oils, their sense of smell is extremely sensitive, much more than humans. If you apply too much to your own skin, they can pick up on it and have their allergies and sensitivities irritated. Whether used in a roller or a diffuser, it should be diluted just enough.
What Essential Oils Can I Use Regardless Of The Pet?
Our apologies if it all sounds negative; pet safety is very important for aromatherapy and essential oil use! Don’t let it discourage you, because there are many of them you can enjoy with your pet in the room. Good choices will have antibacterial properties, promote healthy skin and hair, support digestion, and even relieve common pet problems like arthritic pain. A small sample includes myrrh, peppermint, ginger, sweet basil, sage, and cedarwood.
When choosing a pet-friendly essential oil, make sure you go with high-quality, therapeutic-grade oil are organic. This way, you’ll be sure there aren’t any fillers or harmful ingredients that could trigger your pets (and maybe even you, too!).