Lavender oil is obtained from the flowers of lavender, a very common plant in the Mediterranean. Its relaxing properties are known to all. Even lavender oil for dogs is beneficial as a natural painkiller.
Properties of lavender oil
Lavender oil is one of the best-known oils, and it has been used since ancient times for its many properties:
- Calming. It is its best-known effect, facilitates sleep, relaxes muscles, and helps reduce anxiety and stress.
- Antiseptic. Lavender has antimicrobial properties, acts against viruses and bacteria.
- Painkiller. Lavender oil can be used to relieve pain, especially muscle aches.
- Antiinflammatory. The use of oil on an inflamed area reduces swelling.
- Healing wound, burn, and also to treat acne and dermatitis.
What are the benefits of lavender oil for dogs?
- Natural relaxing. Its aroma has relaxing properties, helps the dog relax and rest.
- Insect repellent. Lavender oil alone or in combination with other essential oils such as artemisia are natural insect repellents thanks to its chemical compounds linalool and cumin aldehyde. We can spread drops of this oil on the carpet or floor to act as a natural barrier.
- Calming. Lavender oil for dogs is a stress reliever as well as skin. It can relieve skin irritated by bites or dermatitis; it is also a good anti-inflammatory and healing wound and burns.
Prepare lavender oil at home
If we have lavender flowers at home, we can prepare oil with them. The process is very easy:
- Harvest fresh flowers and let them dry in the sun.
- Once dry, crush the flowers with a mortar, but without breaking them too much.
- Heat the flowers in a bowl with water or other oil over low heat for a few hours.
- Strain the oil and store it in a jar protected from light.
With this homemade oil, you can make soaps or use it as an air freshener. Of course, instead of manufacturing it, you can buy it in a pharmacy or herbalist’s shop; The purer the oil and the fewer additives it contains, the better quality it will be.
Although you have to keep in mind that, depending on how concentrated the oil is, you will have to dilute it more or less before applying it. Read the instructions before using it.
How to apply it?
It is very important that you dilute the oil in water or other oils so as not to apply it directly to the dog’s skin. You can start testing with a small portion of the skin to check that the animal is not allergic to this substance.
In a diffuser full of water, we can spread a few drops of the oil and use it as a natural air freshener over the house, furniture, pet beds … In this way, we use the oil as aromatherapy for the dog.
On the skin, we can also apply the oil, in a gentle way and not directly, but diluted. Remember to avoid eyes, nose, mouth, and genital and anal areas. You can even perform light massages on the back and belly of the animal.
In addition, there are shampoos and softeners with lavender oil as part of its ingredients; You can use them to wash your dog, as long as they are dog-specific shampoos. These products are usually sold in specialized stores and veterinary centers.
Other oils that have proven beneficial for dogs are chamomile, rosemary, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint … But it is important to remember that essential oils do not replace medical treatments or veterinary diagnosis and that we must apply it in its proper measure.