Using Oils with animals

One to two drops of essential oil is all that is necessary on animals as they respond much more quickly to the essential oils than do humans. Vegetable oil can be added to extend essential oils over larger areas and to heavily dilute the essential oil for use on smaller animals, especially cats.

The information on this page is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, illness or injury. Seek professional medical attention if your animal appears to have any disease, illness or injury.

Bleeding: Geranium, helichrysum.

Bones (Pain): Birch/wintergreen, lemongrass, spruce.

Calm: Lavender, Roman chamomile (for horses, add to feed). Dilute well for cats.

Cancer (Skin): Frankincense, cumin.

Cats: According to Valerie Worwood, you can treat a cat like you would a child. Dilute oils heavily with vegetable oil. Avoid melaleuca, as it has been known to cause death in cats.

Colds and Coughs: Eucalyptus, melaleuca (not for cats). Apply on fur or stomach.


Anxiety/Nervousness: Lavender, valerian. Rub 1-2 drops between hands and apply to muzzle, between toes, on top of feet to smell when nose is down, and on edge of ears.

Arthritis: A blend of rosemary, lavender, and ginger diluted with massage oil.

Bone Injury: Birch/wintergreen on injury.

Heart Problems: Myrtle, ravensara on back using Raindrop Technique with warm wet pack. Peppermint on paws.

Sleep: lavender (on paws).

Stroke: Frankincense (on brain stem/back of neck).

Travel Sickness: Peppermint. Dilute with massage oil and rub on stomach. Also helps calm stomachaches.

Earache: Blend 1 drop melaleuca (Tea Tree), 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop Roman Chamomile diluted in massage oil. Put in ear and rub around the ear. (Do not use this blend on cats.)

Fleas: Citronella, eucalyptus, lemongrass, pine. Add 1-2 drops of oil to shampoo.


Flies: Idaho tansy mixed with water. Spray over animal to keep flies and other insects away.

Hoof Rot: Blend of Roman chamomile, thyme, and melissa diluted in vegetable oil.

Leg Fractures: Ginger and vegetable oil. Wrap the leg with a hot compress. Massage leg after fracture is healed with a blend of rosemary and thyme with vegetable oil. This may strengthen the ligaments and prevent calcification.

Muscle Tissue/Ligaments: Equal parts lemongrass and lavender on location and wrap to help regenerate torn muscle tissue.

Wounds: Helichrysum.

Parasites: Cedarwood, lavender. Rub on paws to release parasites.

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