When I first started using essential oils I had no idea that some oils could cause a burn. Crazy, right?
As we head into warmer months and more outside time, remember that some oils are photosensitive and cause a reaction that is uncomfortable when combined with sunlight.
Be mindful when applying the following if you plan to be in the sun. You can still use them, just apply on the feet or a covered area or take internally (I only ingest pure, certified therapeutic grade oils that I am positive have been tested).
Check out this gorgeous ebook for the basics and be sure to drop me a message if you’re not sure which oils are safe I’m happy to help.
When diffusing essential oils around pets, use a diffuser on an intermittent setting (Lumo Diffuser). Allow the pet the option to exit the room by leaving the door open and only use 3-4 drops of oil at a time in the diffuser.
Petting the animal with essential oils on your palm is an excellent way to apply oils topically to your pets. Along the spine or on the ear tips are the most common applications.
Discontinue use of an oil if your pet shows signs of distress, drooling, squinting, rubbing face, shaking, vomiting or diarrhea.
Keep the lids on your bottles and store them in a safe place to keep pets out of your oils.
Cats lack a liver enzyme that is important for metabolizing certain things, so use a bit more caution when using oils on them. Use extra caution with Tea Tree, Birch, Wintergreen, Spearmint, and Peppermint, as well as hot oils such as Oregano or Thyme.
As with any new thing you introduce your pet to, begin slowly. Start with a small amount of a diffused or diluted oil and watch your pet’s behavior.