Aromatherapy safety for Pet Owners

Aromatherapy can have amazing wellness boosting benefits and we as parents to our Fur Babies love to think of our children as part of the family. With this being said here are a few tips to making sure our Fur Children stay healthy

Unfortunately; there are many dangers to using Essential Oils around Cats and Dogs (especially cats), as they do not have the same ability to metabolize essential oils that we as humans do.


Many oils can become toxic to our pets and cause some serious health issues for them if exposed in the right amounts.

Now this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our oils, this just means that we should carefully consider which oils we use and how we use them around our fur children.

A few tips that we suggest is as follows.

  • Never diffuse essential oils in an enclosed space where your pets can not leave.

  • Use personal aromatherapy Inhalers

  • Do not diffuse Essential oils in a room where your pets water bowl is located (even in their absence) as the residual residue Of the diffused oil can build up in their water and become toxic.

  • Be conscious of the oils you apply to your exposed skin (topically) and be sure to wash your your hands before petting your fur baby to insure that it does not come in content with them inadvertent.

Some oils that are generally considered to be “pet safer”


  • Roman or German Chamomile

  • Clary Sage

  • Valerian Root

  • Frankincense.

Some Oils we should NEVER use around our pets include

  • Anise Essential Oil

  • Basil Essential Oil

  • Birch Essential Oil

  • Calendula Essential Oil

  • Cassia Essential Oil

  • Cinnamon Essential Oil

  • Citronella Essential Oil

  • Clove Essential Oil

  • Cypress Essential Oil

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Garlic Essential Oil

  • Grapefruit Essential Oil

  • Juniper Essential Oil

  • Lavender Essential Oil

  • Lemon Essential Oil

  • Lime Essential Oil

  • Myrtle Essential Oil

  • Nutmeg Essential Oil

  • Orange Essential Oil

  • Oregano Essential Oil

  • Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Pennyroyal Essential Oil

  • Pine Essential Oil

  • Rosemary Essential Oil

  • Spearmint Essential Oil

  • Spruce Essential Oil

  • Tansy Essential Oil

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil

  • Thuja Essential Oil

  • Thyme Essential Oil

  • Wintergreen Essential Oil

  • Yarrow Essential Oil

  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil


Never apply essential oils on any pets skin or fur.

Always take note of your pets reactions to essential oils as much like humans not every pet will tolerate every thing the same. If a pet accidentally consumes an essential oil in any quantity, please immediately contact your primary veterinary specialist or seek the help of your local emergency veterinary hospital.

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