5 Myths of Using Essential Oils On Pets


If you do a quick search online, you’ll find a plethora of information on using essential oils on pets. Some people swear by the magic oils. Others not so much.

Let’s debunk some of those “myths” concerning the use of essential oils on pets so you’ll begin to feel more comfortable using God’s purest gifts.

Myth #1: It’s toxic to diffuse oils around pets.

Animals are definitely more sensitive to aromatic compounds than humans are, so we do need to take their noses into consideration. I recommend leaving the door open to the room where a diffuser is runnin so animals can come and go as they please. Try using only 4 drops of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils diluted in a water based diffuser .

I never, ever, suggest using “pure” essential oils, as these oils are only required to have 5% of an actual essential oil in them. The rest of the bottle can be filled with chemicals or who knows what!

If you have scented candles, air fresheners (Gah! These should be ILLEGAL!), or plug-ins (Ugh), please, please, please, consider the health of your pets. These products can (and do) have a ton of synthetic chemicals. Please visit EWG.org to find out what chemicals are in these products and how these chemicals effect the body.

Myth #2: Never pet your dog or cat after touching oils.

Using CPTG essential oils on your pets is a great way for your pets to receive some awesome health benefits. Placing the oils down the spine or on the tips of the ears is a great way to apply the oils.

If you’re concerned about the essential oil getting into your pet’s eye, just make sure to wash your hands after use. If you’re a big oil user, like our family is, you’re bound to get oil in your eyes at some point. Remember to use a carrier oil, like Fractionated Coconut Oil, or Olive Oil to pull the essential oil out of the eye. Water & oil DO NOT mix, so remember this IF your pet does accidentally touch their eye to the essential oils.

Myth #3: Essential oils can cause liver or kidney damage in pets.

The truth is, using CPTG essential oils can actually SUPPORT the kidney and/or liver in pets. Just like humans, pets can receive some pretty amazing benefits from the usage of essential oils.

Purrfect example:

I left home when I turned 18 to attend college halfway across the country. When I left, I also left behind my cat. Fast forward 12 years…

My mom calls me almost in tears. My cat had stopped walking, eating, drinking, etc. She couldn’t move. Mom drove the cat to the veterinarian’s office and they gave her a few hours to live. So what did I suggest my mom do?

Of course she started diffusing essential oils right away!

My cat ended up living several more weeks because she started to walk, eat & drink again! She actually WANTED to be around the diffuser!

Myth #4: My pet will die if they are exposed to too much oil.

If you’re diffusing essential oils, it’s VERY unlikely your pet will be exposed to “too much” oil. But let’s say your dog was having digestive discomfort & found your stash of digestive oils. This is extremely rare and I’ve never heard of any animal doing this, BUT if they do get into your oils, just watch for any symptoms they may display.

Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing.

Myth #5: _______ oils are harmful to cats.

It’s true that cats lack a liver enzyme that is important for metabolizing certain things, but there is no science to support this claim. I do recommend using caution around cats with essential oils, especially Birch, Wintergreen, Spearmint, Peppermint and hots oils, such as Cassia, Cinnamon, Oregano or Thyme.

From personal experience & research, I have found pets are drawn naturally to certain essential oils that will help support their body during times of distress. For example, farms dogs or cats may search for and eat a certain plant in the pasture to help with digestive discomfort. Animals naturally go towards digestive essential oils if they need digestive support. Let your pet sniff a few bottles of oil and see which one they are drawn too.

Nature provides so many health benefits!

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Beginners Guide: The Best Essential Oils

When searching for essential oils, I had no idea where to turn. I thought ALL essential oils were the same. So I registered for lavender and peppermint essential oils from Target on our baby gift registry.

One huff from each bottle had me stuffing a pillow up my nose! How could anyone find any aromatic calmness from a bottle that smelled like chemicals?

For some reason, I kept the bottles. I still have them on the shelves in my bathroom & I use them for demonstration purposes during classes I teach. When I compare the oils I use now, to the oils I used 2 years ago, everyone can agree that the potency and purity is far superior to that of the Target oils.

So which essential oil brand do I use & what makes them different from all the other oils on the market?

doTERRA.

Have you smelled & felt the doTERRA difference? If not, let’s look at how doTERRA tests their oils. All you science-smart kids out there, this is cool stuff!

CPTG Quality Testing

The purity of an essential oil is its most important characteristic. An essential oil that isn’t pure means you run the risk of putting germs, heavy metals, or adulterants onto or into your body, which can provoke irritation, adverse effects, or even sickness. Without an accepted standard for essential oil quality, doTERRA created its own testing process, calling it CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. The CPTG process certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy. doTERRA even goes a step further, putting all their products and the packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. This protocol ensures potency, purity, and consistency batch to batch.

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Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Analysis (GC/MS)

In Gas Chromatography, an essential oil is vaporized and passed through a long column to separate the oil into its individual components. Each component will travel through the column at a different speed, depending on its molecular weight and chemical properties, and is measured as it exits the column. Using this testing method, quality control analysts can determine which compounds are present in a test sample.

Mass Spectrometry is used together with Gas Chromatography to further determine the composition of an essential oil. In Mass Spectrometry, the constituents previously separated by GC are ionized and sent through a series of magnetic fields. Using molecular weight and charge, the amount of each constituent can be identified, providing additional insights into the potency of the essential oil.

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Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) is conducted to ensure the potency and consistent quality of a batch of essential oil. This testing method identifies the structural components of essential oil compounds. In an FTIR scan, infrared light of different frequencies is shined through a sample of essential oil and the amount of light absorbed by the sample is measured. The quality of the sample is determined by comparing the results from an FTIR reading to a historical database with absorption patterns of high quality samples.

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Chirality Testing

Chirality, a word derived from the Greek word “hand,” is a term used to describe the 3D orientation of a molecule. Just as you have two hands, chiral molecules exist in two forms, distinguished as either the right or the left hand. You may visualize this principle by looking at your hands; when placed side by side, they are mirror images of each other. However, when placed on top of each other, no matter how you turn them, you cannot get them to line up exactly. In molecules, each “hand” has different chemical properties, which affects their physiologic interactions in the body. One hand is produced predominantly in nature. However, in a laboratory environment, the ratio of right- to left-handed molecules is always 50/50 due to their structural similarities. The ratio of right- to left-handed constituents can be determined through a special type of Gas Chromatography. Although not commonly performed on a batch-to-batch basis, this testing method is used to ensure that no synthetic elements are present.

Isotopic analyisis.jpgIsotopic Analysis

Matter is made up of tiny chemical building blocks called elements. Although dozens of elements exist, each one is distinct due to the protons it contains. Sometimes, an element can exist in more than one stable form if it has more or less neutrons. When this occurs, the elements are called isotopes. The element carbon exists in two stable isotopes, carbon-12 (6 protons and 6 neutrons) and carbon-13 (6 protons and 7 neutrons). Because essential oils are organic compounds, they are composed primarily of carbon atoms and will have a certain ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-13 isotopes. This ratio varies based on location around the world.

Using a special type of Mass Spectroscopy, it is possible to determine which isotopes are present in an essential oil constituent and at what amounts. If sourced from the same location, every constituent in an essential oil should have the same ratio of isotopes. If a particular constituent has an isotopic profile different than that of the other constituents, then the quality control analyst will know that the oil contains an adulteration.

Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy Metal testing shows the amount of heavy metal content in the essential oil. When properly distilled, essential oils should not contain heavy metals. ICP-MS testing uses a high-energy medium called Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) to ionize the sample. The sample is then run through a mass spectroscope, which separates the sample into its elemental parts and provides a reading about which elements are present and at what quantities.


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