Fragrant Christmas Gifting

Fragrant Christmas Gifting

There is nothing like the soothing smell of lavender and at this time of year cinnamon is a favourite aroma added to lots of natural decorations. Essential oils and fragrances make great Christmas gifts for friends and family but some of these essential oils can be toxic to our pets. A well-qualified animal aromatherapist can offer lots of great advice on treating our pets with these wonderfully fragrant oils, they cannot be used in the same way that we might use them.  For now here is some basic information on the ones to avoid.

Cats are particularly susceptible to upsets from essential oils so they are best avoided completely around your feline friends if you can. This is the list of really toxic oils:

  • Melaleuca or Tea tree
  • Peppermint
  • Citrus oils
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lavender
  • Wintergreen
  • Sweet birch
  • Pine
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove

Dogs are more robust but can be upset by these:

  • Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil
  • Pennyroyal
  • Wintergreen
  • Pine

Those of us who swear by Tiger Balm for easing pain – particularly headaches and hangovers, need to wash our hands after applying it before petting the fur baby for that extra bit of comfort.

Diffusers are a very popular way of keeping rooms free from that doggy aroma of an old rug – or worse. They can be used but with care and not for too long when your pets are around. Maybe a better option is to use something designed for the job, VIPPIES stock Powair designed to eliminate all odours safely.