Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids extracted by distillation from plant components, including the flowers, fruit, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots, of herbs, bushes and trees.  Their purpose in plants is multifaceted, serving as both protection and communication.  They have a complex chemical makeup that varies with each plant, a small molecular structure and are lipid soluble, properties that mean they can pass through cell membranes and cross the blood-brain barrier, to effect physical, cognitive and emotional healing.

Why include essential oils in our holistic tool-kit?  Their power to effect physical and emotional change is tremendous, and in many cases more rapid than anything else.  After studying the science behind their use and learning of the deep way they act in the body, it becomes obvious that these little bottles are more potent than they seem.

At The Natural Vets, we use only oils that are therapeutic grade, and are discovering many ways they can be effectively utilised in practice.

  • We use an ultrasonic diffuser in the consult room and the hospital / ward environments to effect emotional healing, helping to calm stressed or anxious animals, as well as for physical effects (they purify the air after an anal gland expression!)
  • Petting applications, where a few drops of selected oils are rubbed between your palms and then applied to the animal during an introduction, petting, stroking the ears, or a massage session
  • Using them topically, in ear drop solutions, or skin tonics or ointments prepared specifically for your pet
  • Internally, by adding to drinking water, food, applying to mucous membranes, sublingually, or in capsules

Common oils we use in practice include lavender, melaleuca, eucalyptus, helichrysum, thyme and frankincense, as well as some doTERRA blends – Balance, Purify and On Guard are my clinic favourites, as well as the emotional blends Peace and Console.

There are no organisations that regulate or certify ‘therapeutic grade’ oils, and so when using oils that are marketed as therapeutic grade, it is up to the consumer to check that internal and third-party testing as well as independent audits are being carried out.  With doTERRA we have found that they achieve what they have set out to do – produce the best quality oils in the world for health and wellness outcomes.

Both Dr Renee and Dr Natalie, and Nurses Eliza and Tristan are doTERRA Wellness Advocates, and can advise you how you can safely use their essential oils in your home and on your pet for optimal health and well-being.

If you would like to learn more about the safe use of essential oils around your pets, we are launching interactive workshops and webinars on this very topic soon! Please register your interest for these oily workshops by emailing us on