Many people assume all Essential Oils are safe around Pets because they are made from the beautiful things that nature provides us with like flowers, bark and roots but this is not the case with all essential oils.
Essential Oils are considered natural but in science they are referred to as a volatile chemical compound and are extremely concentrated. Did you know that It takes approximately 3000 lemons to produce 1 kg of essential oil which is obtained by cold-pressing the rind?
While we don’t give much thought to it when using essential oil products for humans, the higher sensitivity and smaller size of animals makes it absolutely crucial that we be aware of potential danger.
Treatments can impact animals differently than they do humans, and there are variable tolerance levels among species as well. When using essential oils, we must research the possible safety issues through reliable sources of information. Misused oils can be toxic or even be fatal.
They should always be administered with the guidance of a professional or some very detailed research. You must also consider age, illness (such as epilepsy) and pregnancy when administering essential oils.
We also suggest you use caution when acting on the advice you read online due to the fact that anyone can post copy online and although their intent may be good, they may have not been properly trained.
Here is a summary of the more deadly essential oils that are sometimes recommended for pets.
1. Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
2. Birch (Betula)
3. Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
4. Boldo (Peumus boldus)
5. Calamus (Acorus calamus)
6. Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
7. Cassia (Cassia fistula)
8. Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
9. Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
10. Garlic (Allium sativum)
11. Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
12. Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
13. Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
14. Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
15. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
16. Mustard (Brassica juncea)
17. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
18. Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
19. Red or White Thyme
20. Rue (Ruta graveolens)
21. Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
22. Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
23. Savory (Satureja)
24. Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
25. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
26. Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
27. Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
28. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
29. Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
30. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Note that these are only the essential oils that have been tested on one or multiple species. Therefore, this is not a comprehensive list.
It is important to keep in mind that many oils that are fine for dogs and horses are not good for cats (such as Citrus and Pine), rabbits or birds. There are high-quality hydrosols for pets that are safer for non-professionals to use on cats and very small mammals so you may want to do some research on these if your intent is to use on them.
Caution should also be used when infusing the air using aromatherapy diffusers, candles and even incense. Closely observe your pets for signs of a negative reaction, use very small doses, and use only for a few minutes at a time. Never use essential oils at full strength on any animal.
The quality of your essential oils is another concern. Essential oils must be obtained from a reliable store that is committed to using only premium suppliers such as our supplier ATL International who tests each batch of oil for purity. As a general rule, if you find an essential oil at a price that is considerably lower than other suppliers, it’s probably a lower grade or at least diluted unless there is a promotion on with your supplier!