Essential oils for a dog’s hormonal imbalance

Essential oils and animals

A healthy dog selects his herbal remedyIt’s spring time. I guess it’s natural that things ‘hormonal’ should become an issue.

First of all Dharma Dog’s mammary glands expanded, and she was gaining weight. I kept running her recent heat through my memory, checking if whether there had been ANY opportunity for her to have slipped away. Despite being 99.9% sure she couldnt be pregnant, I took her to the vet for a check.

Truth is, I was going to the vet anyway for Bodhi Boy’s pre-operation check up. Yes, it is that awful moment when I am going to take my brimming-with-health, perfect Adonis of a dog to castrate him.

I have been delaying neutering them till they reach maturity because I think it’s healthier. It gives them time to develop physically and mentally. It is hard work managing the natural urges of young dogs, especially as I have a brother and sister living in close quarters. But the extra effort is worth my while, especially as Bodhi Boy lacked confidence. But now it’s time, and so the vet.

The good news is, Dharma is definitely not pregnant. Her hormones are just out of balance. But who cares when you have essential oils? I offered Dharma geranium (pelargonium graveolens) a hormone regulator and sweet fennel (foeniculum vulgare var doce) which balances production of breast milk, and is my first choice for false pregnancies. She had a little sniff of fennel, but the geranium sent her into a deeply relaxed state.

I diluted 2 drops in 10 ml of sunflower oil and sat with this on my hands while she lay in her bed. She put her front paw on me, so I offered to rub the oil into her leg. Which is exactly what she wanted.

I paid special attention to the Triple warmer meridian, which runs down the outside of the front leg, and relates to the endocrine system. I massaged her legs and tummy, in the less furry areas until the whole 10 ml was gone. This is an unusually large amount to be massaging in, but she is a large dog and was definitely asking for it, as she lay on her back and showed me exactly where to go.

The first sign her system was starting to normalise, was that we could eat a meal without her begging. She had become quite food obsessed with the hormonal chaos. I offered the oils again the next day. This time she chose the fennel. She inhaled it for about 5 minutes, then slept deeply.

Today her mammary glands are 90 percent normal and I just offered her the oils again. She refused the geranium, with that wonderful offended look, “As if I’d like that!”. She took a small sniff of the fennel and immediately went to lick her teats, then ran outside to bark at something. I will give her another go with the fennel later, but I expect by tomorrow she will be back to her usual svelte figure.

And tomorrow Bodhi will also be a few ounces lighter! He comes home straight after the operation so I can do the post-op care. I’ll let you know how it goes.

4 thoughts on “Essential oils for a dog’s hormonal imbalance”

  1. Looking for an essential oil to help with balancing my male dogs hormones… He is really struggling…. He is on a raw diet, and is a rescue,……… so they revaccinated him and neutered him in the shelter…. he was 16 month old,…… when this all happened,….. and we adopted him three months ago and I started feeding him raw….. And have had him on a detoxing program for the past month,….. We have sent in a hair sample for analyzes….. And have one more month to go on the detoxing program……. We are trying to do a Homeopathic route to wellness…. And I have also given him five day protocol of Thuja to try and reverse some of the side effects from the vaccinosis…… But he is needing some hormonal balancing, …….. He is always seeming like he is having a hot flash,…… and is sweaty in his arm pits, and groin area….. Which makes him itchy…. I really need some help…..

    1. Hi, essential oils to try would be geranium (cools heat, balances endocrine function, helps feel more secure), cypress (endocrine balancer, excess sweat, letting go of past, or clary sage helps relax especially when hormone related. Let him smell and select for himself dilute well and follow his direction. DO NOT apply topically unless he indicates a spot, it can have bad repercussions if you do. But in general, take it easy, don’t throw everything at him at once. Give him time to heal himself, don’t rush. 3 months is no time at all and a lot has happened in his life.

  2. I am very surprised that you are for neuteuring. Can you explain me why ? My litlle boy 2years1/2 isn’t because my vet thought it was unnatural and could create health issues. I would like to have your opinion about it. Thanks a lot and have a beautiful day 🙂

    1. Hi, that’s a good question, I’m glad you asked 🙂 I wouldn’t say I am for neutering. I believe it should be taken on a case by case basis, and sometimes it is necessary. Anyway, there is nothing natural about how we keep dogs, and sometimes it can cause health and behaviour problems for an entire male when he is never allowed to fulfill his natural desires. I do think that it should be left as late as possible if it needs to be done. In my case, I decided to neuter my dogs rather than keep them in a pen, as we live on a large farm and it would be impossible to ensure that they would not roam, following female scents and produce more unwanted pups in a country that has far too many. I believe them to be happier this way. The basic character of the dog also affects whether he/she is going to be happier with or without sexual drive. Hope that clarifies things for you?

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