Aromatherapy and Dogs in the Shelter Environment

Aromatherapy and Dogs in the Shelter Environment

Ashley Paradis

The benefits of Essential Oils with Dogs in a Shelter

I’ve been working in animal welfare for well over a year now and I have been granted the opportunity to oversee scent day. Scent day is a new program in the making where Essential oils are used in dog kennels to provide not only comfort, but enrichment for their emotional and mental stability. This is used most commonly by spraying diluted oils (mostly Lavender) on wash clothes and put on their beds. Within minutes, you can hear the difference in the rooms. The high energy dogs seem to settle, and the more nervous canines settle down and can relax.


The therapeutic properties seem to be very much the same in canines as in humans, but precautions still must be made to ensure safety for everyone.

In one study, several dogs were exposed to a handful of diffused oils, such as Lavender and Chamomile and were noted to be more restful and quiet. Other oils such as Rosemary made them more alert and loud which is an unwanted behavior to some adopters.  While noticing this myself as I use Lavender, the calming benefits are outstanding and, in my opinion, a better option to pharmaceutical drugs to promote relaxation and ease nervousness in canines in a shelter environment.

Lynne graham, Deborah L. Wells

2004 Elsevier B.V. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved


Want to become an Herbalist or Aromatherapist? Visit

Articles written by students are the opinions, research and voice of the student and not Heart of Herbs Herbal School. We encourage our students to explore and grow in their profession.
Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Students articles reflect the views of the student and not necessarily Heart of Herbs Herbal School. Educational programs are available at and you can find all of Demetria Clark’s books at Amazon.

Information offered on Heart of Herb Herbal School websites, articles and blogs is for educational purposes only. Heart of Herb Herbal School makes neither medical claim, psychological claim or intends to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Links to external sites are for informational purposes only. Heart of Herbs Herbal School neither endorses them nor is in any way responsible for their content, we are currently not part of any affiliate programs. Readers must do their own research concerning the safety and usage of any herbs or supplements, this is your responsibility as consumer.