Lavender
Primary Medicinal Uses
Antidepressant, antibacterial, astringent, analgesic, antispasmodic, tonic
Preparations
Diluted essential oils, tea, dried flower bunches, sachets
Common Uses

Lavender essential oils are great for calming an excited or nervous animal. It can also be used to help depressed or aggressive animals.

Lavender can be used to treat respiratory infection or cough.

Lavender can help treat joint inflammation, stiffness or pain topically.

It can also help soothe insect bites and stings, and makes a good tick repellent.

Instructions

For mood boosting, wave an open bottle of essential oil under the animal’s nostrils, or put a few drops on a piece of cardboard near the animal. A small sachet bag can also be used, but is less reliable.

For treating respiratory infection or cough, place a few drops of essential oil in a vaporizer in a closed room.

For treating joint pain, add 10 drops of essential oil into 1 ounce of apricot kernel or almond oil, and massage into the affected area to bring relief.

For treating insect bites and stings, make the oil mixture outlined above and apply. A tea of the fresh or dried flowers, leaves and stems can also be used as a rinse. Make sure the rinse is well diluted, only slightly tinted but still fragrant.

For tick repellent, mix 300mL of olive oil, 500mL of essential oil of terebinth, 100mL of Saint-John’s-Wort infused oil, and 100mL of essential oil of lavender. Massage onto affected areas to help ticks drop off. For a preventative, massage on areas of the dog most likely to be affected by ticks. Do not use on or around cats.

Cautions
Sources
Wulff-Tilford, Mary, and Gregory L. Tilford. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets. Irvine, CA: BowTie, 1999. Print.