In Essence… A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals
By Nayana Morag

This is the first in a series, starting with A and working through my collection, that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.

Angelica root - Angelica archangelica

This is one of my personal favourites and a must for healers. As its grandiose name suggests, this plant's healing powers have been recognised through time. It has been credited with stopping the spread of plague and according to the ancients it 'connects you to the angels'. It has a powerful fragrance and usually animals only want it as an energy medicine (to smell it) unless they have been severely depleted either physically or emotionally, then they may want a few licks. Less is definitely more with this oil.

On a physical level it strengthens the heart and stimulates circulation, is restorative for any general weakness such as anaemia, is an excellent tonic for the digestive system, good for those with 'nervous tummies', soothes the skin and dry coughs, is diuretic and a detoxifier for all the organs of elimination, and improves lymph drainage, making it useful for arthritis. It is also reported to have bactericidal and fungicidal properties.

On an emotional level it opens the heart to healing, being useful for animals who have 'switched off' through abuse of trust, soothes ragged nerves and hysteric tendencies especially in mares, reconnects you with the innocence of childhood, and is very grounding yet at the same time uplifting.

Angelica root is not for use in diabetes, and it is phototoxic. Skin treated topically should not be exposed to sunlight for approximately 12 hours after application. Dilute this oil well, no more than 2% in a base oil. There is also an oil made from the seed of the same plant with similar properties. This is not phototoxic, however it is less powerful.
Be safe! Essential oils are potent chemicals, albeit natural, and should never be used undiluted. Be sure you read the caution for each oil.

A word on quality.... it is very important that you buy essential oils that are pure and unadulterated. Companies that supply to professionals are a good choice. Order oils using their Latin names to avoid confusion.

Familiarity breeds intuition... There are so many essential oils, many of which have similar actions, that I suggest you start with only a few and get to know them intimately, expanding your collection slowly as need or curiosity dictates.

If you want to start inexpensively you can order essential oils in 5% dilution of jojoba oil at Also, or - both these companies are European based but will do international orders. In the USA Chamisa Ridge catalog has a limited range of oils at 800-743-3188.

Nayana Morag is a qualified Essential Oil for Animals Therapist and a member of GEOTA. She lives in the UK and concentrates on educating animal owners in the use of essential oils, either one-on-one or in workshops. She also teaches on the GEOTA certification course and travels worldwide to teach. Visit