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Dog Anxiety - Essential Oils Calm and Ease Stress

As with humans, Dog anxiety, separation anxiety, stress, fear and other emotions are very real, equally overwhelming as with humans and can be addressed easily using therapeutic grade essential. If Your dog has anxiety and/or stress it can cause stomach problems, over eating, loss of appetite and effect their overall wellbeing. Therefore it is important to observe how and why your dog is behaving in a certain manner, especially if you see changes to their routines or behavior. It has been suggested to clear the emotional component first due to the general fact the oils will address both emotional and physical components. Dogs generally use the same oils for stress and anxiety that people and horses do. This is a great economical approach when one oil or blend can help the whole family

There are many individual oils and professionally made blends that fit in this category, So it is best to choose one or two to work with and observe the results.



What Essential Oils are Calming for Dog Anxiety?


Oils that are calming are generally grounding and sedating; and act on the central nervous system. Here are some oils suggestions:


What Essential Oils are Calming for Dogs… that go Girl Crazy?


Essential oils that are anaphrodisiac are used to quell or blunt the libido. due to excessive sexual desire. (anaphrodisiac is the opposite of aphrodisiac).


Here are some oils suggestions:


  • Marjoram Essential Oil
    Marjoram has been used for thousands of years to help with the Celibate Lifestyle. Many people have reported that girl crazy dogs (especially when the girls are in heat) stay focused and calm when using this oil and is also excellent for muscle spasms.
    Marjoram combines well with lavender, orange and rosemary.

  • Valerian Essential Oil

  • Peace & Calming Essential Oil

  • Lavender Essential Oil

  • Acceptance Essential Oil

  • Surrender Essential Oil


  • All of the following aromatherapy recipes are very safe and gentle on dogs. However, to be on the safe side, before applying the oils topically, do a patch test to make sure that the essential oils do not irritate your dog. Take one drop of any of the blends and apply it to the sparsely coated area under your dog's "armpit". Check about 24 hours later for any signs of irritation such as redness. There are many individual oils and professionally made blends that fit in this category, therefore it is best to choose one or two to work with at a time, and then observe the results

    When making essential oil blends from these aromatherapy recipes, be sure to have dark glass bottles to store the blends. Also don't forget to clearly label each bottle.



Anxiety-Fear-Separation Blend For Dogs


7 drops Neroli essential oil

2 drops Bergamotessential oil

4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

Add to 1/2 oz. (15 ml) base oil (e.g. virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil)




Standard Original Anxiety-Fear-Separation Calming Blend For Dogs


3 drops Valerian essential oil

2 drops Vetiver essential oil

3 drops Marjoram essential oil

2 drops Orange essential oil

4 drops Neroli essential oil

Add to 1/2 oz. (15 ml) base oil (e.g. virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil)





Calming Dog Blend for Dogs


3 drops Valerian essential oil

2 drops Vetiver essential oil

3 drops Marjoram essential oil

5 drops Orange essential oil

Add to 1/2 oz. (15 ml) base oil (e.g.virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil)



Use this blend topically on your dog. Rub 2 to 3 drops of the essential oil blend between your hands and apply it on the edge of your dog's ears, between the toes, on his inner thighs, or under his armpits.
This aromatherapy recipe is effective for calming dogs who have separation anxiety, noise anxiety, or fear of new places, people, or things.



Calming Lavender Powder for Dogs


6 drops Lavender essential oil

4 drops Bergamot essential oil

4 drops Melissa essential oil

2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

1/2 ounce Almond Oil (15 ML.)



Combine 12 to 15 drops of this essential oil blend with 1 cup of baking soda, or use a blend of baking soda and rice flour.
Stir or shake to mix well.

Use this blend topically on your dog. Rub 2 to 3 drops of the essential oil blend between your hands and apply it on the edge of your dog's ears, between the toes, on his inner thighs, or under his "armpits".
If your dog is stressed during a car ride to the vet, for example, sprinkle the powder on a blanket and put it inside the cage with the dog. If your dog has separately anxiety while you are not home, sprinkle the powder on an old clothes of yours and put it on your dog's bed. Your smell from your old clothes reassures your dog, and the calming effects of the oil blend may help him relax.


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Barbara Elizabeth Essential OilsGeneral Aromatherapy Safety
Though essential oils are safe and 100% natural, yet users are advised to take some precautions while using aromatherapy products. Some general safety guidelines that should be strictly observed are:
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Always ensure the integral dropper is in place
  • Avoid direct contact with eyes and other delicate areas
  • Only for external use

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional attention.