Dealing with Anxiety, essential oil recipes for calming and relaxation

If you have a dog that suffers from anxiety you are probably well aware of the multitude of treatment options on the market today. Just like people, treating the anxiety is highly individual and trial and error is most likely the best way to find out what works best. Some dogs respond to multiple forms of treatments and others prefer just one, it all just depends on the dog. Thunder shirts, rescue remedy and essential oils are great non evasive options to start with. One thing I like about essential oils in particular is that you can make any blend in a variety of delivery methods, alter the ingredients and strength relatively easily and enjoy them right along with your dog and use them yourself! Here I’m going to share just one simple blend of easily acquired oils. I try to always buy the highest grade oils I can afford but sometimes if I can’t find a particular oil in a brand I trust, I just make sure not to use it for direct skin contact purposes. They have oils now labeled as being “kid safe” and I’m not sure how dependable that is but it’s a place to start if you just want to experiment.

Also dimming the lights and adding a massage can never hurt!

The following combination can be used to make a coat spray, room spray or massage oil.

5 drops lavender oil

5 drops roman chamomile

5 drops rosemary oil (OR 5 drops lime oil for a spray)

For a light coat or room spray mix with 1 cup distilled or purified water.

For a roller oil or massage blend add 2-4 oz of a carrier oil such as jojoba (this affects the scent the least) sweet almond oil, olive oil or fractionated coconut oil. Suggested placement for the oils can be behind the ears, and thigh but if your worried about licking a little on their back or a secured diffuser charm for the collar is a safe bet. I got one of these made for necklaces that attached with no problem. It’s also good to test your dog’s reaction to the oil both aromatically and on the skin just to be sure there’s no bad reaction before using too much. These oils are considered safe but you just never know and they may not enjoy them all. You can also do a scent test before actually making a full batch by mixing one drop of each on a paper towel.

Two other oils that I have just recently worked with and loved are petitgrain and neroli. They are not as common but are great when combined with lavender!

There are literally hundreds of recipes out there so I’ll try to keep posting the ones I have tried and include new ones when I do.

Seeing a dog go through stress is very difficult because we just want to help them. I’ve been told that staying calm is the best support for them however this is not always possible so finding things that help can really make a difference!

Aromatherapy for dogs

When I first heard about this, I was very skeptical. I think about the things my dog likes the aroma of and doubt we’d like the same things lol plus with the intensity of her smelling ability I worry that it would just be too much. That being said, I still try to have an open mind. I love scents (from essential oils exclusively) and I love to make my own beeswax (air purifying) candles so I thought it was a subject worth investigating.

I was right because I was actually blown away at the number of issues that essential oils can actually solve. In a future post about essential oils specifically I’ll talk about some of the medical issues that can be addressed in this way, along with simple massage therapies. For now I’ll stick to aromatherapy because I’ve really only seen it clinically related to stress management. There are a lot of these oil mixes pre-made, diluted properly and available on the market today in sprays, roll-ons, collar diffuser charms, etc but because I’m a DIY kinda gal I’ll start posting recipes for more specific categories tomorrow. I can say I’ve tried a few however I can’t say I’ve tried them all because I have an extremely non-reactive dog. She really never gets upset outside of the vets office but I’ve heard testimonies about these mixes from other dog parents. Just like humans, every dog is different so if one doesn’t seem to help there are others that might. I know at least with these I can enjoy them also!