A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals

By Nayana Morag

This is one of 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.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

Physical and energetic description: The evergreen cypress tree is picturesque and graceful with a tall, slender conical shape and dark green needles. Native to the eastern Mediterranean it grows wild throughout southern Europe and North Africa. Traditionally it has been associated with cleansing and transformation (death and renewal) by various cultures, used as an incense by the Tibetans, dedicated to Pluto by the Greeks and planted in graveyards as a symbol of continuity. The oil helps us to deal with all change of an inner or outer nature by strengthening the ‘Metal' (Lung's) function of letting in and letting go, and to unearth the fears that block change.

Physical applications: asthma, bronchitis, spasmodic coughing, hormone problems especially irregular cycles or if associated with back ache, excessive perspiration, muscular cramp, oedema, sluggish circulation, insect repellent

Emotional applications: For new homes; any loss through death that has de-stabilized emotions; animals that have shut down due to moving too much or become timid and easily overwhelmed

Safety: Generally held to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.


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 and plans to come back to the USA to teach in 2005. For info on attending or hosting a workshop check out www.essentialanimals.com.