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Dog Safety

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  • Puppies under 10 Weeks of Age: Avoid using essential oils; if necessary use hydrosols.
  • Always use diluted oils because dogs are more sensitive than humans
  • NEVER add essential oils to their food or water.
  • When diffusing in a room with a dog, make sure the dog has access to leaving the room if he/she chooses to.
  • Use essential oils with dogs for specific reasons, not as a Preventative measure

According to Using Essential Oils Safely, and the book Aromatic Dog, these are the oils thought to be SAFE for dogs:

  • Angelica Root Angelica archangelica
  • Basil (linalool chemotype) Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool
  • Bergamot Citrus bergamia, Citrus aurantium subspecies bergamia
  • Black Pepper Piper nigrum
  • Cajeput Melaleuca cajuputi
  • Caraway Carum carvi
  • Cardamom  Elatteria cardamomum
  • Carrot Seed Daucus carota, Daucus carota subspecies sativa
  • Cedarwood (Atlas) Cedrus atlantica
  • Chamomile (German) Matricaria chamomilla, Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita
  • Chamomile (Roman) Anthemis nobilis, Chamaemelum nobile
  • Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  • Cistus Cistus ladanifer, Cistus ladaniferus
  • Citronella Cymbopogon winterianus, Cymbopogon nardus
  • Coriander Coriandrum sativum
  • Cypress Cupressus sempervirens
  • Elemi Canarium luzonicum, Canarium vulgare
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus radiata (this is the species specified, but the other species have the same safety issues)
  • Fennel (Sweet) Foeniculum vulgare
  • Frankincense Boswellia carterii (this is the species specified, but the other species have the same safety issues, with the exception of Boswellia papyfera which is not recommended to use during pregnancy for humans)
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium x asperum
  • Ginger Zingiber officinale
  • Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
  • Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum (this is the species specified, but Helichrysum splendidum has similar properties and therefore also should be safe to use)
  • Juniper Berry Juniperus communis
  • Lavender Lavender angustifolia, Lavender officinalis
  • Lemon Citrus limon, Citrus limonum
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus, Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon citratus, Andropogon citratus
  • Mandarin Citrus reticulata, Citrus nobilis
  • Marjoram (Sweet) Origanum marjorana, Marjorana hortensis, Origanum dubium
  • Melissa Melissa officinalis
  • Myrrh Commiphora myrrha, Commiphora molmol
  • Neroli Citrus x aurantium
  • Niaouli Melaleuca quinquinervia
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans, Myristica moschata, Myristica aromatica, Myristica amboinensis
  • Opopanax Commiphora erythraea, Commiphora guidottii
  • Orange (Sweet, Blood) Citrus sinensis, Citrus aurantium var. sinensis
  • Palmarosa Cymbopogon martinii, Andropogon martinii var martinii, Cymbopogon martinii var motia
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin, Pogostemon patchouly
  • Peppermint Mentha piperita
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium
  • Plai Zingiber cassumunar, Zingiber montanum, Amomum montanum, Zingiber purpureum
  • Rosalina Melaleuca ericifolia
  • Rose (Bulgarian, Damask) Rosa damascena (this is the species specified, but it's actually the Rose which needs the most dilution, so it stands to reason the other Rose species are also safe)
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Sandalwood Santalum spicatum, Santalum album (this essential oil was not listed in either book below, but was verified to be safe by Kelly who runs the EO animal group)
  • Spearmint Mentha spicata, Mentha cardiaca, Mentha crispa, Mentha viridis
  • Spikenard Nardostachys grandiflora
  • Tangerine Citrus reticulata, Citrus nobilis, Citrus tangerine
  • Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia  For more info on tea tree please see below…..
  • Thyme (linalool chemotype) Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool
  • Valerian Valeriana officinalis
  • Vanilla Vanilla planifolia, Vanilla fragrans, Vanilla tahitensis
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides, Andropogon muricatus, Andropogon zizanoides, Chrysopogon zizanoides, Phalaris zizanoides
  • Yarrow Achillea millefolium
  • Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata, Cananga odorata genuina


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