Dog noses are tens of thousands of times more sensitive to smells than our own, so it makes sense that they would definitely be affected by aromatherapy. But what scents are good to use for your dog? Below is a list compiled by Elyse Horvath, owner of Natural Paws that includes not only the psychological benefits but the physical as well. Remember to talk to your vet and/or certified dog trainer/behavior specialist when trying therapy for behavior or medical problems.
#1 – Lavender
Lavender is a pleasing scent that promotes calmness, reduces stress and nervousness and increases feelings of peace. It also helps with restless sleep, reduces headache symptoms, inhalant for coughs or colds. Anti-septic and anti-fungal if used topically. Improves immunity, blood circulation, and digestion. Repels mosquitoes.
#2 – Cedar
Cedar clears negative energy while harnessing positivity and clarity of mind. Repels many insects, strengthens skin and improves skin elasticity.
#3 – Orange
For many of us, the smell of orange means summer and good things. Turns out, it does for dogs too. Orange produces feelings of happiness and warmth. It also calms nervous digestion problems, stimulates the lymphatic system.
#4 – Lemongrass
Need your dog to focus during training? This one is used for mental clarity. As an added bonus, it supports the circulatory system, Regenerates connective tissue and is insect repelling. Finally, it also relaxes abdominal muscles, thus relieving gas.
#5 – Chamomile
We all know chamomile is calming. It is especially good for impatience or irritability, so if you are raising a puppy, you might want to spray this on yourself too (or have some tea). It also soothes allergic inflammation and eczema, helps wounds heal faster.
#6 – Eucalyptus
Helps elevate mood and up mental stimulation by increasing blood flow to the brain. In addition it is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory if used topically. Good for sprains and stiff muscles. Insect repelling.
#7 – Neem
This is good for stress reduction in dogs that are anxious. Additionally, it aids in healing wounds. Effective treatment for psoriasis, eczema, and poison oak/ ivy. Safely repels insects from people as well as pets and crops.
#8 – Peppermint
While many take peppermint tea to soothe our stomachs or make us feel better when we have a cold, the smell of peppermint will actually make you more alert.
#9 – Frankincense
The pleasing scent reduces stress and depression, so it might be a good scent to have around the house while you are away. In addition, it improves memory, vision, and blood pressure.
#10 – Benzion
Benzion is an anti-depressant, relaxant and sedative, so it may be a good choice for dogs working through fear, reactivity or anxiety. It can also be used as a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, astringent and anti-arthritis.