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

This is the fourth in a series of articles 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.

Carrot seed (Daucus Carota)

This is one of my most valuable oils, and animals seem to love it. The oil is rich in vitamins and has been proven to rebuild damaged liver cells. I use it whenever there is cell damage anywhere in the body. It is my oil of choice wherever there is a history of malnutrition (even if it was a long time ago) and the subsequent damage to the internal organs. You can offer this oil to any animal who seems run-down, is a poor doer, has poor coat/hooves. It is also a coagulant and will help stem bleeding. It has been used in cases of snakebite. It is also a smooth muscle relaxant and can help in colic-prone horses and is reported to be anthelmintic (expels worms). Animals generally prefer to have it orally and probably the only time I use it topically is as a hoof tonic. Even in the case of slow healing wounds, oral application is preferred.

On an emotional level it is good for animals who have given up on life physically or mentally, especially if this is due to emotional or physical neglect. Traditionally this is the oil of inner vision and it can help those animals who are over-dependent on others or are easily confused.

Physical indications for use: liver damage, urine retention, internal bleeding, slow healing wounds, scarring, proud flesh, poor coats or hooves

Emotional: Despair, loss of interest in life, over-dependency on exterior support

Cautions: Possible dermal irritant, use in high doses (not more than 3 drops per 5ml) when topically applied.

A word on quality.... it is very important that you buy essential oils that are authentic and unadulterated. Companies that supply to professionals are a good bet. Order oils using their Latin names to avoid confusion. Through my website I supply essential oils in 5% dilution that are safe to use with animals.

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. Be safe: essential oils are potent chemicals, albeit natural, and should never be used undiluted; be sure you read the caution for each oil.

Nayana Morag is a qualified Essential Oil for Animals Therapist and a member of GEOTA. She has worked with horses all her life specialising in the ones no one else wanted! She has also developed her own method of teaching riding based on the martial arts and body-awareness techniques and is the author of the "Riding Raps" series of audio tapes. Nowadays she lives in the UK and concentrates on educating animal owners in the use of essential oils and our role in our animals' well-being. She also teaches on the GEOTA certification course. She is presently looking for people who would like to host her workshops in the USA. More info at