Why do we use Essential Oils?

Their power to effect physical and emotional change is tremendous, and in many cases can be more rapid than anything else.  After studying the science behind their use and witnessing the deep way they act in the body, it becomes clear that these little bottles are more potent than they seem.

What are Essential Oils?

  • The aromatic, volatile liquids extracted from plants
  • Multifaceted purpose, serving as both protection and communication for the plant they are derived from
  • Complex chemical makeup which varies with each extract
  • Small molecular structure and lipid soluble properties allows them to pass through cell membranes and cross the blood-brain barrier, effecting physical, cognitive and emotional healing.

How can you use Essential Oils?

At The Natural Vets, we use only oils that are therapeutic grade, and are discovering many ways they can be effectively utilised for the benefit of pets:

  • Diffusing oils in a pet’s environment can effect their emotions, helping to calm stressed or anxious animals, and also have physical effects (they purify the air after an anal gland expression for example!)
  • Petting applications, where a few drops of selected oils are rubbed between your palms and then applied to the animal by petting, stroking the ears, or a during massage session
  • Using them topically, in solutions or ointments prepared specifically for your pet
  • Internally, by adding to drinking water, food, administering directly into the mouth, or in capsules (NOT WITHOUT VETERINARY DIRECTION)

Common oils we use include lavender, melaleuca, eucalyptus, helichrysum, thyme and frankincense, as well as some doTERRA blends – Purify and On Guard are clinic favourites, as well as the emotional blends Balance, Peace and Console during a euthanasia goodbye.  We prefer to allow animals to SELF-SELECT oils wherever possible, meaning we will offer different bottles of oils and monitor the pet’s response to determine which oils are accepted and likely to be beneficial for that pet.

Essential Oil Safety

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.  It is important that oils chosen for pets are of the highest grade and purity and contaminants can potentially be highly toxic.

Our Holistic Vets have experience prescribing essential oils for specific conditions and can advise you how to safely use essential oils in your home and on your pet for optimal health and well-being.

Want to Learn More?

If you would like to learn more about the safe use of essential oils around your pets, we regularly host interactive workshops and webinars on this exact topic.  Please register your interest for these oily workshops by emailing us on or phoning (07) 5476 7674.