Have you recently rescued an animal from a shelter? Did you inherit a rescue pet from an owner who can no longer be a pet caregiver?
If that is the case, you know that rescue pets and pets who experience sudden change or a physical trauma can experience agitation and anxiety just like their human counterparts.
So what can we do to assist our furry friends? We can offer the same essential oils support to our animals that we can offer ourselves.
Try this essential oil blend
Peace & Calming is an oil blend offered by Young Living Essential Oils that can be especially calming and comforting to rescue pets, new kittens, puppies and other baby critters, and even performance or show animals, especially after an overactive and stressful day. Some experts have expressed concern about the use of citrus around cats so be sure to check with your veterinarian first.
Peace & Calming includes Tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus sinensis), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum).
- If you have a cool mist diffuser, diffuse in a room with your pet – bedrooms, living areas and/or kennel, and just use a drop or two.
- You can drip 1-2 drops of Peace and calming into one of your palms, lightly swirl the oil onto both palms, and then pet your animal for a calming effect.
- Apply diluted to pads of feet, tips of ears or drip a couple of drops along the spine and give a calming massage.
- If you are concerned about using this oil blend on your pets, you can safely rely on Young Living’s line of essential oil blends for pets- already diluted (AnimalScents).
Try the single essential oil of lavender
Another essential oil that offers great support is Lavender. This essential oil is very well known for its ability to help ease tension. It is one of the more versatile oils and one of the many benefits of lavender is that it promotes relaxation and restful sleep. You can create a dilute solution of 4 ounces water and several drops of lavender and spray the solution on pet bedding to aid good rest.
Whether you are using essential oils for yourself or your pet, be sure to test the skin before applying undiluted. You can do this on your wrist or your pet’s shoulder and if in doubt, you can dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil such as olive or coconut before applying neat.
Some essential oils can be ingested provided the oils are therapeutic grade. If the oil can be ingested the bottle will have a food supplement label indicating so. Always follow the directions on the label. To be safe, always check with your veterinarian before applying essential oils neat or having your pets ingest.
Check out these essential oil blends specifically designed for animals
Oh, and by the way, Young Living Essential Oils also offers Animal Scents™ Care Kit – for large and small animals for all your pet’s needs. You can trust Young Living Essential Oils specifically designed for pets. The Young Living blog offers information as well: Animals and Oils: What You Need to Know and Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick How-to.
Originally published in the Jersey Shore November issue of Natural Awakenings