Essential oils and dogs

In some of our shampoos, paw and nose balms for dogs, we have the addition of of essential oils added to them, which make them have a subtle scent, and additional beneficial properties, some of which in addition to all being organic, are listed below;

Spearmint; also known in Latin as “Mentha Spicata” – is native to Europe. It is similar to peppermint with abilities to stimulate digestion and circulation, ease breathing and clear the mind. Spearmint is more nurturing, gentle, and softer than peppermint. The fragrance of spearmint is that of a warm, sweet herbaceous, spicy green fragrance. It is known to have antiseptic properties.

Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Citratus) – It has an invigorating, sharp, lemony scent, with a grassy, rooty undertone. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic, fungicidal, insecticidal properties.

Niaouli Oil (Melaleuca Viridiflora) –  Niaouli is considered similar to tee tree oil, it has powerful antihistamine and antibacterial properties, and  unlikely to cause irritation like Tea Tree. Good for skin irritation and infections caused by allergies.

Sweet orange (Citrus Sinensis) – Sweet orange has a sweet, fresh and fruity warm odor. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being deodorizing and flea-repelling.

French Lavender – also known in latin as Lavandula Angustifolia, (Lavandula. Officinalis, Lavandula. Vera) The Laveneder 40/42 we use is a blend of Lavender oils of French origin mainly Lavandula Officinalis (lavendula angustifolia).  It has a sweet, floral, but a crisp herbal scent with a balsamic undertone. The safest among essential oils and used extensively on babies and children. It is relaxing and soothing, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation, and still powerful, being mildy antiseptic. Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid.

As essential oils are so potent and pure, they usually have strong effects, using a tiny amount does the job, and is essential for safety that they are well-diluted, as they are in our paw balms and shampoos. In addition, a dogs sense of smell is exponentially more sensitive than that of a humans! Cats are extremely sensitive to essential oils and it is best to never use essential oils with them. 

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