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Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are nature’s plant powerhouses.  Essential oils are distilled into concentrated oils from herbs, flowers and plants.  The essential oils contain several natural plant phytochemicals that have healing properties.  There are many benefits of essential oils.  People have been using essential oils for thousands of years because of their long list of medicinal properties.  Chinese, Ancient Egyptian and Ayurvedic traditional healing practices all use essential oils in various ways for treating a wide range of illnesses and maladies – including for hair, scalp and oral problems.  The good news is; essential oils for dogs can be extremely beneficial and effective.  There are many essential oils that are safe for human use.  However; the essential oils safe for our canine counterparts are far fewer in numbers.  Nonetheless, the essential oils which are safe for dogs can have a massive impact on your dog’s well-being.  The list of benefits includes; condition the skin, relief for itchy skin, hydrate fur, soften fur, lift odors, repels ticks and fleas, repels flies and mosquitoes, freshen breath and evoke feelings of calmness.

Beneficial Essential Oils for Dogs

Geranium Essential Oil:

Geranium essential oil has properties to nourish the skin and balance the production of sebum and natural oils to promote hydration.  Helping the skin and fur stay conditioned and soothed against environmental drying.  Geranium essential oil improves moisture retention and overall health of your pet’s fur.  In addition, geranium essential oil repels insects effectively.  The distinctive scent of geranium essential oil acts as a strong deterrent, particularly against mosquitoes, ticks and flies.

Palmarosa Essential Oil:

Palmarosa essential oil promotes strong and healthy fur.  Applying palmarosa essential oil will help eliminate dead skin cells and nourish the hair from the roots, thus making the hair follicles strong and restoring the appearance of thicker and shinier fur.

Lemongrass Essential Oil:

Lemongrass essential oil works as a natural remedy to tackle flaky skin.  Lemongrass essential oil is effective at cleansing and contains antibacterial properties which help to combat unpleasant odors.  Lemongrass essential oil removes bacteria from the oral cavity and prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Astringent properties strengthen the gums and prevent plaque formation and removes existing plaque.  Lemongrass essential oil is well-known to repel insects like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.  Due to its high citral and geraniol content that helps to mask the scents that insects rely on to target hosts which is carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

Rosemary Essential Oil:

Rosemary essential oil infuses new life to thinning fur, helps relieve dry flaky skin and helps relieve itchy skin.  Rosemary essential oil strengthens circulation, resulting in preventing hair follicles from being starved of blood supply, dying off and leading to fur loss.  Rosemary essential oil exhibits insect-repelling properties, containing potent compounds like cineole, camphor, and limonene, known for their mosquito-repelling effects.

Clary Sage Essential Oil:

Clary sage essential oil stimulates the growth of healthier, stronger fur.  Contains properties that fortify the fur to reduce fur loss, strengthen the fur and prevent breakage.  Clary sage essential oil has a rich antioxidant content that tightens and strengthens the skin, resulting in less fur loss.

Lavender Essential Oil:

Lavender essential oil creates a sense of peace and harmony.  Lavender essential oil offers a calming effect on dogs.  This essential oil is soothing to the central nervous system and can effectively help a dog feel in a safe space.  It can ease car ride anxiety and car sickness.  Lavender essential oil is good and safe to use anytime your dog is in a stressful situation, like a trip to the vet or when traveling.

Spearmint Essential Oil:

Spearmint essential oil has properties that make it a strong antiseptic, eliminating germs and helping any oral wounds heal more quickly.  Spearmint essential oil has a minty, cooling, fresh taste and fragrance.  Spearmint essential oil is very effective in combating bad breath.  Spearmint essential oil is excellent to keep your pet’s breath fresh while protecting against oral infections and bacteria.  Spearmint essential oil is a natural fly and mosquito repellent.  Insects detest the smell of spearmint resulting in keeping flying insects away.

Frankincense Essential Oil:

Frankincense essential oil has a powerful ability to regenerate skin cells, working as a healing agent for problematic skin.  Frankincense essential oil can relieve dry and damaged skin, promoting comfort and healing.  Thanks to its antiseptic properties, frankincense essential oil is a natural solution to fighting the bacteria in the mouth that can cause plaque and bad breath.  Frankincense essential oil helps prevent tooth decay and oral infections, keeping gums and teeth healthy.

Citronella Essential Oil:

Citronella essential oil has a lemony grass-like floral scent that is known to keep away fleas and mosquitoes.  Citronella essential oil contains the compound citronellal that helps to mask the scents that fleas and mosquitoes rely on to target hosts which is carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

Cedarwood Essential Oil:

Cedarwood essential oil deters insects such as ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.  It repels insects by a non-toxic mode of action.  Due to the cedar's significant repelling properties, it naturally deters numerous insects.  Cedarwood essential oil interferes with the insects’ body chemistry, resulting in death of the insects. Cedarwood essential oil inherently repels insects and bugs.


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