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

This is the fifth 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.

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis)

There are several types of chamomile, and they are all quite different and not interchangeable. This is the chamomile that I use the most, probably because my specialty is 'problem' animals. It is a delicate oil of a pale blue colour (yellowing with age) and a familiar earthy floral smell. This is really one of my stalwarts as it is very useful for any animal who is constitutionally nervous or highly strung. I have never met an Arab horse who did not show an interest! If there is also a history of 'nervous stomach' then it is definitely the oil to choose. Calming is my keyword for this oil. It calms both inwardly and outwardly as it is anti-inflammatory and great for skin irritations such as eczema or sweet itch.

On a physical level use for:
irritated, flaky skin conditions
unsettled digestion especially if it is related to outside stimulus
sweet itch
as an analgesic for dull aches and pains
as a hair conditioner/rinse for light coloured animals

On an emotional level:
Animals who are highly strung or constitutionally nervous
box walking
shying for 'no reason'
performance anxiety
animals who are oversensitive to their handler's moods.

Caution: can cause dermatitis in some individuals particularly with overuse.

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