Aromatherapy for Dogs

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Aromatherapy can be used in dogs to:

  • To slow or stop diarrhea
  • Ease pain from cancer
  • To reduce nervousness and anxiety
  • To help alleviate the pain and immobility of arthritis
  • Calm an aggressive dog
  • Help reduce hyperactivity
  • To relieve itching of dry skin
  • To reduce nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness

Aromatherapy uses

two different oils.  A carrier or base oil is mixed with several drops of an essential oil.  Good carrier oils are all pure vegetable oils, olive oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oils.  Good essential oils are sandlewood, eucalyptus, juniper, birch, lemon, chamomile, and bergamot.  Be sure all essential oils are properly diluted.  Essential oils should never be used without dilution.

There are two different methods for using aromatherapy in dogs.

The first is by diffusion.  Mixing an essential oil with a carrier oil and allowing the scent to diffuse the entire the house.  Leave the dog in a room with the diffuser for 30 minutes.

The second is by massage.  This involves mixing the essential oil with the carrier oil and massaging it into the dog’s skin.  Massage an area that is as hair-free as possible.  Good areas are armpits, groin, stomach, or inner thigh.

Here is one recipe for a calming oil for dogs.

Calming Oil for Dogs


2 ounce vegetable oil base (any good pure vegetable oil will do)

6 drops valerian oil

6 drops lavender oil

6 drops marjoram oil

6 drops cedar oil

6 drops green mandarin oil

6 drops neroil oil

Mix all ingredients in a dark colored glass container.  (Use dark glass to help keep the oils from turning bad).

Comments (1)


  1. Thena says:

    Way to go on this essay, helped a ton.