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Essential Oil Recipes for Dogs*

Essential Oil Recipes for Dogs*

Essential Oil Recipes for DogsBelow are some DIY homemade essential oil recipes for dogs.  When using essential oils on your dog be sure you are using high quality therapeutic essential oils. This post is about dogs. Do not use any of the recipes here on cats.

Please ensure your favorite or any essential oil is safe to use on your dog.  These recipes contain six different essential oils that  are consistently considered safe for use on your dog.  Always be sure to do your homework (a quick Google search may give you the answer) and/or ask your veterinarian before using any essential oil on your dog.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil repels ticks and prevents tick eggs from hatching. Lavender soothes your dog’s skin and helps prevent infection.  It can also help when traveling with car sickness or car ride anxiety.  May help allergies and insomnia. Please keep the bottle away from your dog. Lavender contains a small amount of linalool which is toxic to dogs.  That being said our vet does use it in his practice and it said it seems to be effective.

2. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil is great for wound and antibacterial healing.  Frankincense is a safer and less potent and a great all-around oil to use with your dogs. Frankincense encourages tranquility and confidence.  Frankincense eases mental and emotional distress, elevates your pup’s spirit when they may be experiencing shyness, fear, irritability, anger and other negative feelings.

3. Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood essential oil can help soothe irritation, inflammation, redness, and itchiness, as well as dryness that causes cracking, peeling, or blistering. It is also known for its sweet and woody fragrance, which has been characterized as warm, comforting, and sedative, thus naturally promoting stress relief, making it great  for calming dogs. This oil is said to have anti-fungal and ant-bacterial properties.

4. Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil is often diffused to repel fleas and ticks and to prevent mosquitoes as well. This oil can eliminate or prevent the growth of harmful bacteria due to its Citral content, which is known to have anti-microbial properties.

5. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile essential oil causes plenty of perspiration, which helps to remove toxins and agents that cause infections while simultaneously cooling down the body and effectively providing relief from fever.  It is a well-known anti-inflammatory that is a great choice for dogs skin irritation. Roman chamomile is effective in calming down, anger, and irritation in your dog.

6.  Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Rose Geranium essential oil using a few drops of this oil can be applied topically to your dogs’ fur to repel fleas.

Essential Oil Recipes For Fleas & Ticks On Dogs*

Recipe #1

  • 1 cup of water (double if your dog is really sensitive to smell)
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil (additional dilution)
  • 2 drops of lavender
  • 1 drop of lemongrass

Mix  ingredients together in a bowl using a wire whisk, then soak cotton bandannas into the mixture and let them dry out  in the sun.  When the collar is dry, it’s ready to put around your dog’s neck.  If your dog is sensitive to smell just tie it to his or her harness before walks (this will get it away from their nose).  This recipe will be make four bandannas.

Recipe #2

Add 5-10 drops of undiluted lavender essential oil to your dog’s shampoo. Diffuse lavender oil in your home to repel fleas and ticks.  Simply add just lavender oil to a bandanna and tie around her dog’s neck.

Recipe #3

The smell of lemongrass essential oil is unpleasant for fleas.  Add 5 drops of oil to water to mix your own spray, then apply the spray to your pet’s coat. You can also diffuse the oil in your home.

Recipe #4

Rose Geranium essential oil applied directly undiluted on your dog is okay. Use 1 drop behind each shoulder blade and 1 drop near the base of the tail.

Natural Soothing Dog Shampoo*

Give your dog a spa day with this easy and natural dog shampoo!

  • 1 cup dish soap – a clean or organic dish soap is best, we use Dawn
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil – this may need to be adjusted depending on the size of your dog
  • Optional – a few drops of essential oils – make sure to use one that is safe for your dogs skin (see above).

Shake the bottle each time you use the shampoo. Lather well on your dog when bathing and rinse well. Remember you don’t want to shampoo your dog too often as you do not want to remove the natural oils of his skin and disrupt the healthy bacteria that live there.  Dogs have different skin just like us, so try using it once to ensure it doesn’t dry your dog’s skin out, then if necessary edit the recipe to fit your dog’s needs.  

Essential Oil Recipes for DogsDog Coat & Skin Conditioner*

If you have a dog with dry, itchy skin this recipe is great for relief.

Mix all the oils then add to a roller ball bottle.  This recipe is also good for dry paws and dry skin on the tummy.

Calming Dog Mist*

When looking for essential oil recipes for dogs this one is a popular topic – calm their anxiety. Consider using this spray before and during stressful events. Such as car rides and visits to the vet. If possible use before a stressful event for best results.  Spray around the dog, never in their face, or spray on your hands and massage their neck, back and chest to help them relax.

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • water
  • 8 oz spray bottle

Mix all the ingredients in your spray bottle.  Shake well.

If you like to diffuse essential oils try 1 drop of cedarwood, lavender, and vanilla with water in your diffuser this not only freshens the air, your dog will be relaxed and possibly sleeping in 30 minutes.  I like using this recipe when folks are shooting off fireworks on holidays.

Doggie Paw Balm*

This recipe is a little more work to make but very beneficial in helping your dogs dry paws.  Use sparingly, you still want your pup to still have some traction on his paws!

  • 1 small glass
  • 1 pot for water
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax
  • 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1-2 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • storage jar

Put the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in the glass and sit in pot and surround with water.  Heat the water with the glass on low.  Just get it hot enough to melt the mixture, which will happen quickly. Stir until contents melted.  Carefully remove the glass from the hot water, add the essential oils and place in your storage jar.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA or AKC and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.