Safe Essential Oils for Dogs

Essential oils are good to have for the treatment of a wide variety of dog health problems - from flea infestations, motion sickness, to arthritis, and more. Note that not all essential oils are safe for our pets. This page gives you a list of some safe and beneficial essential oils that you can use on your dogs.

Dog Relaxing on Grass So you want to try using essential oils on your dog, but there are so many essential oils! Not sure which ones to choose from? Unsure which oils are safe for your dog? You have come to the right place! This page will give you information on some safe and useful essential oils for dogs, what they are effective for, as well as some guidelines for buying essential oils.

There are quite a few essential oils for dogs that are safe for use, but you do not have to buy all of them! There are a few "must-have's" that you should get if you want to give your dog aromatherapy. There are also a few "good-to-have's" depending on the kind of healing your dog needs.

With this in mind, here is a list of some safe and basic essential oils for dogs, together with a brief description of their properties and uses for your quick reference.

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  • For information about different safe ways of using essential oils on dogs (e.g. diluting the oils), access this page.
  • Want to try using hydrosols for your dog? Visit our page on Hydrosols for Dogs for more information.
  • Want to try making some oil blends for your dog? Visit our page on Aromatherapy Recipes for Dogs for some easy-to-make recipes.

Safe Essential Oils for Dogs

Essential Oils Properties & Uses
Bergamot Antifungal, soothing.
Excellent for ear infections caused by yeast or bacterial overgrowth.
Caution: Can cause photosensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
Carrot Seed Anti-inflammatory, tonic, with moderate antibacterial effects.
Good for dry, flaky, sensitive skin which is prone to infection.
Can rejuvenate and stimulate tissue regeneration, thus effective for scar healing.
Cedarwood Antiseptic, tonifying, circulation-stimulating.
Good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types.
Flea-repelling.
Chamomile, German Anti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use.
Good for skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.
Chamomile, Roman Antispasmodic, analgesic, nerve-calming.
Good for soothing the central nervous system.
Effective for relief of muscle pains, cramps, teething pain.
A "must-have" oil for dogs!
Clary Sage Nerve-calming, gentle when used in small amounts and properly diluted.
Sedates the central nervous system.
Eucalyptus Radiata Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant.
Good for relief of chest congestion.
Effective in repelling flea.
Geranium Gentle and safe, antifungal.
Good for skin irritations, fungal ear infections.
Effective in repelling ticks.
Ginger Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts, properly diluted.
Good for motion sickness, aids digestion.
Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains.
Helichrysum Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, regenerative effects; extremely therapeutic.
Excellent for skin conditions and irritations (e.g. eczema).
Effective for healing of scars and bruises.
Effective for pain relief.
Lavender Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming.
Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid.
A "must-have" oil for your dog!
Marjoram, Sweet Strong antibacterial, calming, a muscle relaxant.
Good for bacterial skin infections, wound care, insect repelling.
Niaouli Antihistaminic, powerful antibacterial properties, yet less likely to cause irritation than Tea Tree.
Good for ear infections and skin problems caused by allergies.
A "must-have" for dogs!
Peppermint Antispamodic, stimulates circulation, insect-repelling.
Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains.
Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness.
Avoid using in small dogs and pregnant dogs.
Sweet Orange Calming, deodorizing, flea-repelling.
Valerian Nerve-calming.
Good for treating dog anxiety such as separation and noise anxiety.

Buying Essential Oils for Dogs

If you are new to aromatherapy, you may not know where and how to find pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for dogs. There are indeed a lot of places where we can buy essential oils, and you may even notice quite a big difference in price for the same oil at different stores.

The following guidelines will show you how and where to get high-quality essential oils for your dog:

  • Look for essential oils that are bottled in amber, cobalt or violet glass bottles.
  • Look for important information of the oils (either printed on the label, and/or on the store's website, brochure, etc.):
      * Scientific name of the oil (e.g. Lavandula angustifolia);
      * Common name of the oil (e.g. Lavender);
      * How the oil was extracted;
      * Country of origin;
      * Method of cultivation (e.g. organic, cultivated, wildharvested, etc.)
      * The words "100% pure essential oil".
  • Essential oils are generally expensive, so don't go for unreasonably cheap oils since cheap oils are likely to be adulterated.
  • Avoid buying essential oils at supermarkets or health food stores (they may be cheaper but usually of a lower quality).