Essential oils for dogs 101: part 3

In the previous parts (part 1 & part 2), you learned about what essential oils are, their origins and how you can use them. Now it’s time to learn the different qualities of different oils and what to do with them yourself! To make it easy for you, we divide the oils into different families, but first take a look at the vibration levels of oils.

Mild and strong oils

Every oil has its own vibration level. By taking this into account, we can divide oils into three levels. First level oils are heavy, have a low vibration which lasts longer and are more expensive. These are root oils, such as ginger. Using only one drop of oil is often enough. Second level oils have an average vibration and are moderate in price. These are oils from the labiate family, which have a medium frequency. They are made from the plant’s branch or stem. They often serve as a bridge between two oils and are often used in compositions with multiple oils. Third level oils are light, have a high vibration and are cheaper. These are for instance citrus oils; they don’t have a long effect. They are made from the plant’s blossom or leaves. How lighter the oil, how more drops are needed. But remember, also when working with essential oils: less is more! Let’s take a look at the qualities of different oils from different families now.

The rue family (Rutaceae)

This family consists of essential oils such as lemon, mandarin, neroli, petit grain and orange. With their star-shaped flowers and soft scent, they make you happy. All of them are representatives of the sun’s power, which means they bring light into the body. They soften emotions, bring light into the darkness, give emotional warmth and strengthen the astral body. Also used for heart, liver and stomach problems, but don’t use them internally without consulting a professional. These oils work on skin problems and have an effect on the blood vessels by stimulating and heating liquids in the body. All of the oils in this family are phototoxic, which means your dog will be more sensitive to sunlight. This can lead to burns, so be careful! Do not use these oils when your dog is outside in the sunlight often.

The pinophyta family (Coniferae)

This family consists of essential oils such as cedar, cypress, Scots pine, juniper and Siberian pine. All of them are trees, as you know, and they all use their wood and needles for heat storage. The trees save their oil in their needles and use it for survival and protection. They come from the Northern hemisphere and grow at high altitude. Their oils can be used for making breathing more easily and are soothing and vitalizing. Maybe you are familiar with the feeling you get when standing in the middle of a forest full of pine trees? You feel relaxed and filled with oxygen. That’s what they do! These oils are, almost without exception, used for inhalation only.

The myrtle family (Myrtaceae)

This family consists of essential oils such as eucalyptus, myrtle and tea tree. They all originate from a dry, tropical climate. These plants are sturdy, simple and robust en have bright green, hard wood, also known as tropical hardwood. Their oils regulate excesses and thus maintain balance. They also have a physically disinfecting and purifying effect. These oils are strongly antibacterial and can prevent disease. If you are familiar with the five elements theory, then it’s good to know that myrtle species have a connection with the earth and wood element.

The grass family (Poaceae)

This family consists of essential oils such as lemongrass, palmarose and vetiver. Grasses are important for the earth’s existence. Without grass, there is no life. These are strong plants and can grow anywhere, anytime. You smell their oils when you mow the lawn; the scent of freshly cut grass is the essential oil! The oil makes you feel happy because of the richness of the scent and provide relaxation. These oils give your dog a great sense of reality when your dog is thinking too much or is not down too earth. They are grounding, but also provide sparkle and balance. Physically, they work as insect repellents and can balance the female hormone level. Most of these oils are only used to inhale.

The mint family (Lamiaceae)

This family consists of essential oils such as lavender, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary and thyme. Many of these plants are used as kitchen herbs and have medicinal qualities. They are energy generators and often connect two oils to each other. These plants often grow in the subtropics, such as the Mediterranean. Their oils can be used to aid in digestion, but also balance the central nervous system; they can both give it a boost or weaken it when necessary. They also can be used in systemic infections, such as respiratory tract infections and digestive problems. The oils work as insects repellants as well. Mentally, they ensure balance when your dog is under a lot of pressure or stress or when he just keeps going and can’t stop what he’s doing. Beautiful oils to work with!

The flowering plant family (Angiospermae)

This family consists of essential oils such as anise, dill and fennel. These plants are easily recognizable by their many small flowers. They often flower in spring, grow quickly and are rich in nectar. Their oils contain ingredients that quickly reach a toxic amount and are very powerful, so they are not used much because they can cause problems. Instead, most often these plants are used as a tea herb or used in food. These plants are physically balancing and stimulate digestion and gland functions. Mentally, they are mind-expanding and have an enlightening effect, which is why we don’t use them for our dogs this way.

10 uses of essential oils for every day life

Now that you know more of the essential oil family, let’s get to work! Essential oils are so much fun to work with. Sometimes, they can be a lifesaver, but always use them with caution. Make sure your dog likes the scent; if he hates it, don’t use it! We trust our dogs in knowing what’s good for themselves. If he doesn’t want a particular essential oil when you test it by letting him sniff it, then it’s probably not the right fit (physically and mentally) for your dog. Sometimes your dog likes a scent in the beginning, but after a few weeks doesn’t want to come near it anymore. Then he’s had enough of it. Listen to your dog when working with essential oils and you can come a long way by trying these tips! Remember: always use a good quality oil without any chemicals in it and always test it first before using it on your dog.

  1. Want to combat fleas and ticks naturally? Make a spray with essential oils for your dog!  Mix 10 drops of tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia), 7 drops of lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus), 5 drops of geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) and 5 drops of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) with 2 tea spoons of honey and dissolve this in 2,5 cups (warm) water. Use immediately by spraying a little bit on your dog. Repeat before every walk.
  2. Has your dog a hard time focussing and is it difficult for him to concentrate? Try lemon (Citrus Limonia)! Use an aroma stone diffuser, put 5 to 7 drops of the essential oil in it and place it near his favorite sleeping spot. Make sure he can’t touch it. The scent will spread and will have its benefits on your dog’s concentration. Fill the stone once a week. If your dog doesn’t want to sleep near the stone anymore, remove it. Your dog can tell you when he’s had enough!
  3. Has your dog been too active on a hot day and has difficulty cooling down? That’s where eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) comes in! It calms the system by giving signals to the brain to cool the body down. Use the oil in an aroma stone diffuser or oil burner (5 to 7 drops) and place it near your dog. You can also mix 5 drops with a vegetable oil and put it in a spray with water to cool your dog. Caution: if you’re dog is overheated, make sure you take him to a vet immediately!
  4. Does your dog have a small wound? Try geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens)! Geranium stimulates to growth of new skin cells and prevent scarring. Mix 2 drops of the essential oil with 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, such as jojoba oil. Dab just a little on the wound edges, never on the wound itself. This will enhance healing. Always make sure to disinfect the wound first. You can do that with a drop of tea tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia).
  5. Are you familiar with reversed sneezing? When your dog is experiencing episodes of reversed sneezing, you can work with Scots pine (Den Abies). It works on the respiratory system and relaxes your dog. Try to put 5 to 7 drops on an aroma stone diffuser or oil burner and give your dog the chance to inhale the scent.
  6. Does your dog suffer from incontinence? Juniper (Juniperus Communis) can help, especially with dogs who were spayed at a young age. Mix 1 drop of the essential oil with 1/4 cup of jojoba oil and dab it on the belly area once a day to stimulate the nerves there.
  7. Did your dog burn himself? Use lavender (Lavendula Officinalis)! This is one of the oils you can use pure. Put a few drops on the burn and it will sedate and make the pain disappear. You can use it for yourself as well!
  8. Do you have a rescue dog or does your dog have an emotional trauma? Help him heal his soul with marjoram (Origanum Vulgare)! This oil will bring him comfort and is very powerful in bringing the dog back to who he is when he’s lost. It heals the ethereal body by giving it new energy. Mix 2 drops with 1/4 cup of jojoba oil and put just a little bit once a day on his chest, collar or harness. Pay attention to your dog; when he’s had enough, he will let you know. Don’t use it longer than necessary.
  9. Is your dog car sick? Use peppermint (Mentha Piperita)! Put 5 to 7 drops in an aroma stone diffuser in your car. It will work against nausea and clarifies his head. You can also mix a few drops with water and spray it on his bed or blanket in the car before leaving. This will make the car drive much more fun for the both of you!
  10. Does your dog has kennel cough? Try Siberian pine (Den Siber)! Fill an aroma stone diffuser or oil burner with 5 to 7 drops of oil and put it near your dog so he can inhale the scent. This oil opens the alveoli in the lungs and let them absorb more oxygen. Siberian pine oil is expensive. Therefore, you can also try Scots pine first, which comes from the same family and has similar qualities.

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Charlotte Olsthoorn (1988) has a Master of Science degree in Psychology and Antrozoology and is specialized in the bond between humans and animals. She also has a degree in Complementary Veterinary Medicine. Welcome to! This platform is all about (natural) healthcare. Here you find blogs about a natural lifestyle for you and your pet. Whenever your pet has a medical or behavioral issue, Charlotte helps you online with your questions. Please send an email to for personal contact!

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