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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.  We compiled a list of 8 essential oils that have consistently made the cut as essential oils safe for your dog here.  There are additional essential oils considered safe for use on your dog and we will use a few in the recipes below and will list any precautions you need to take when using them 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.

Flea & Tick Repellent*

First on our list of essential oil recipes for dogs is a  flea and tick repellent.

  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops citronella essential oil (small quantities not harmful)
  • 2 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil (safe but don’t use too much)
  • 2 tablespoons of carrier oil
  • 12-16 ounce spray bottle (use a 16-ounce bottle if this mixture is too strong)

Add all ingredients to your spray bottle and fill with water. This formulation will need to be applied more frequently than synthetic pesticides.  However, the benefits can far outweigh the exposure to harsh chemicals and toxic side effects.  This spray is great for misting your dog’s legs (and even your own) anytime you are out where fleas and ticks may be found.  As always be sure to keep the spray from your dogs eyes.

Checkout this blog article for a  DIY Essential Oil Flea Collar for Your Pet.

Natural Soothing Dog Shampoo*

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

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil –  gentle, antibacterial, and anti-itch
  • 1 tbsp castile soap
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil – natural skin healer and cooler and repels insects (small quantities not harmful, never diffuse)
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil – natural skin soother & odor fighter (small quantities not harmful, never diffuse)
  • 12 oz water
  • storage bottle


Mix all the essential oils into the castile soap and stir for at least two minutes.  Add your essential oils and soap mixture into your bottle then add the water.

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.

Here are some other safe essential oils you can use in shampoo essential oil recipes for dogs.  Also for a more softening version replace 2 oz of water with 2 oz of aloe vera.

  • Lemongrass: This oil is a natural anti-septic that repels insects! (little goes along way)
  • Rosemary: This oil repels fleas and moisturizes (small quantities not harmful, always dilute)
  • Chamomile: This oil soothes allergies and skin irritation
  • Sweet Marjoram: This oil is a natural anti-bacterial skin healer

Dog 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

Another option:  3 drops of rosemary essential oil 1 drop of Roman chamomile essential oil,  and 1 drop of lavender essential oil.

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

Calm Your Dogs Upset Tummy*

Dogs do have gas!  Also there are times you cannot control their eating every blade of grass in the yard.  This usually happens when your dog has eaten something that hasn’t agreed with his tummy.  You may need to look into changing his diet but this recipe has worked wonders around our house when my fur baby has an upset tummy.

Rub the roller ball on the skin of your pup’s belly (less is best) and massage the oil in with your hands.  You can then stroke you dog’s spine with the rest of the upset tummy recipe on your hand.  This is one of the essential oil recipes for dogs that works wonders and does so very very quickly.

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