Today, lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the world. Lavender oil comes from lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), an easy-to-grow, evergreen shrub that produces clumps of beautiful, scented flowers above green or silvery-gray foliage. The plant is native to northern Africa and the mountainous Mediterranean regions, and thrives best in sunny, stony habitats. But, it now grows throughout southern Europe, the United States, and Australia. How do we use it? We use lavender oil in our shampoos and conditioners, not only does it smell great it is packed with amazing benefits for your pet. Here are just a few:
- Calming and Relaxing Properties. Lavender has been known to aid in alleviating insomnia, anxiety, depression, restlessness and stress.
- Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Characteristics. These characteristics make lavender oil very beneficial to the skin. Lavender oil has been used to treat various skin disorderslike acne, psoriasis, eczema and wrinkles. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds, cuts and burns. Lavender can also help soothe insect bites and itchy skin.
- Relieve Pain. Lavender can help ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago.
- Natural Pest Repellant. Lavender is a natural insect repellent. For those who prefer a natural approach to pest control, a good place to start is by bathing your dog with lavender pet shampoo.
Is Lavender Safe for my Pet? Yes, however, if you are going to use pure lavender oil, many holistic veterinarians recommend diluting lavender with a carrier oil. The two most commonly used are coconut and olive oil. Studies have shown that lavender oil can be used to alleviate anxiety in dogs and is perfect for dogs who suffer from car ride anxiety. It is important to note while lavender is not poisonous to dogs ingesting too much of the plant (flowers, stems, leaves) could cause distress. Gobbling up your lavender landscape could induce digestive distress particularly if plants have been treated with pesticides. Under those circumstances a veterinarian should be consulted. Lavender oil has been used to calm and relax cats as well, but remember dogs and cats are very different creatures and what’s good for the dog may not always be good for your cat. Before using any essential oils on your pet you should talk with your Veterinarian first.