is chamomile oil safe for cats

The best essential oils that are safe for cats are rosemary, copaiba, helichrysum, oregano, frankincense and cedarwood essential oil. Cats can also tolerate chamomile, lavender, thyme and valerian essential oils at very diluted concentrations.

Which essential oils support which body systems?

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil Endocrine System
  • Frankincense Essential Oil Immune System, Nervous System, Skin, Emotional Balance
  • Geranium Essential Oil Skin, Emotional Balance
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil Skin, Cardiovascular System, Muscles and Bones
  • Learn the difference between Lavender Essential Oil and Lavandin. Benefits: Skin, Nervous System, Cardiovascular System, Emotional Balance
  • Skin, Digestive System, Cardiovascular System, Nervous System, Muscles and Bones, Emotional Balance: Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Valerian Essential Oil Emotional Balance, Digestive System, Cardiovascular System, Skin

Are essential oils safe on furniture?

While diluted oils can be safe for your pet to use on bedding and other furniture, many common applications used by people are not advised.

For instance, while putting some lavender spray on your bed might help you fall asleep, sharing your bed with your pet is not a good idea because the concentrations of essential oils that are safe for humans and pets are different.

Make sure the essential oils you use on your furniture are pet-safe if you do want to apply them safely.

Essential Oils that can be potentially toxic to cats

Because phenols, ketones, d-limonene, and alpha-pinene are inefficiently metabolized by cats, toxic accumulation may eventually result.

Wintergreen, Anise, Birch, Clove, Basil, Tarragon, Fennel, Oregano, Thyme, Mountain Savory, Peppermint, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Calamus, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Eucalyptus citriodora, Parsley, and Ylang Ylang are a few examples of essential oils with higher phenol content. These all contain greater than 8% phenols.

Some essential oils that have a higher concentration of ketones include: Idaho Tansy, Western Red Cedar, Marigold, Spearmint, Thuja, Hyssop, Davana, Sage, Dill, Yarrow, and Peppermint. All these oils contain greater than 20% ketones.

Grapefruit, Bitter Orange, Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, Lemon, Celery Seed, Lime, Bergamot, Angelica, Dill, Neroli, Blue Tansy, Citronella, and Nutmeg are a few examples of essential oils that have higher concentrations of D-Limonene.

Cypress, Cistus, Pine, Douglas fir, Juniper, Myrtle, Rosemary Verbenon, Silver Fir, Angelica, Nutmeg, Eucalyptus, Dill, and Spruce are a few examples of essential oils with higher concentrations of Alpha-pinene. All of these monoterpenes have concentrations of alpha-pinene higher than those of 2015.

Essential oils such as Black Pepper, Cardamon, Carrot Seed, Celery Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Clove, Galbanum, Ginger, Juniper, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, and Western Red Cedar can be used with cats, but proceed with caution (and I strongly advise under the supervision of a holistic veterinarian or certified aromatherapist).

Steer clear of essential oils high in phenols, ketones, alpha-pinene, and D-limonene if your cat has liver or kidney issues.

FAQ

Is it safe to diffuse oils around cats?

Using essential oil diffusers or applying oils on your cat can potentially lead to liver failure due to the fact that they cannot properly metabolize them.

What essential oils are good for cats with respiratory infections?

Eucalyptus and Cardamom are great for upper respiratory infections or congestion in cats. Lavender or a blend that contains Lavender, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang as well as others, is a great help to my dog, Lilly, for storms or anything else that makes her anxious.