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Essential Oils and Pet Safety: 3 Things to Avoid

As essential oil enthusiasts, it’s essential to be mindful of the safety considerations when using these potent plant extracts, especially around our beloved pets. In this blog post, we’ll explore three essential oils that should be avoided when you have pets at home. By being informed and cautious, we can ensure a safe and harmonious environment for both our furry friends and our essential oil use. Additionally, I’ll share some of my favorite essential oil companies that prioritize quality and pet-friendly options.

  1. Avoid Phenol-rich Essential Oils: like Oregano, Wintergreen, Clove, Mountain Savory, and Thyme
  2. “Hot” Oils like Wintergreen Cinnamon or Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint’s strong scent can be overwhelming for pets, particularly cats and rodents. Inhaling concentrated peppermint oil can cause respiratory issues and discomfort for your furry friends. If you want to use a minty aroma, consider diffusing pet-safe alternatives like spearmint.
  3. Don’t use topically near eyes, mouth, nose, sensitive areas, and don’t diffuse nonstop – it’s best to diffuse intermittently and very low amounts. Always check for reactions like drowsiness and give your pet the option to leave a room if a diffuser is turned on.

Remember, always keep essential oils securely stored and out of your pet’s reach. A lot of the reports of incidents are because of accidental ingestion in large quantities.

When shopping for essential oils, choose reputable brands that offer pet-friendly options and prioritize the well-being of both humans and animals. By being mindful and informed, you can create a safe and harmonious environment for everyone in your household, including your beloved pets.

our favorite essential oil companies

Thanks for reading!

x, T

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