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By Heidi Dixon, MIFA

 Many people would love to Exness use essential oils more frequently in the salon but are confused by the vast array of oils that are now available. I have compiled a list of the most versatile oils for salon use. They may not necessarily be the cheapest oils to buy, but I always feel that it is better to have 4 or 5 good quality versatile oils for use, rather than a box of 40 different oils, which prove to be an expensive outlay and go off before they are used.

 Simplicity is the key to using the oils, it only requires 3 different oils to create a blend. Any more than this and they may counter affect the valuable properties of each other. As my tutor told me many years ago,

 "Using more than 4 oils in a blend is totally unnecessary, and you are advertising to the world that you are incapable of making a diagnosis!"

 For example, an itchy dog with a wet eczema like condition. It would be very tempting to use Sandalwood an anti- inflammatory and astringent, Lavender, analgesic and synergistic, Benzoin to heal the skin, Frankincense to calm the dog, Tea Tree as an anti-bacterial and Geranium to cover the smell of the Tea Tree because the owner doesn’t like it etc, etc. Keep it simple, the dog is usually itchy after clipping so add a few drops of Chamomile to the shampoo. Chamomile is an anti-pruritic (relieves itchiness) once you relieve the irritation the rest of the symptoms will clear up and the Chamomile will also calm the dog, alleviate the pain, prevent infection and reduce the swelling and redness.

 Do be selective about the oils you use, ask to smell the oils before you buy. This is especially important if it is an essential oil with which you are unfamiliar. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Find an alternative with an aroma that you do like and feel comfortable working with.

Lavender – The most essential of all the essential oils. It acts as a synergist when combined with other oils. It has analgesic properties and is excellent when used for acute pain. It is the only oil that can be used neat on the skin. Excellent for burns and cuts, as it is antiseptic for cleansing the wound and cicatrising to stop bleeding, (just in case a dog has clipper/brush burn or is nicked by the scissors. Very good oil to use if you or a member of your staff gets bitten by a dog or cat). Lavender speeds up cell renewal and therefore heals wounds quickly and minimises scarring. N.B. It does not speed up cell renewal to such a rate that Mrs Pilkington-White’s Trixie Bell will go home blemish free if you have accidentally, or otherwise, taken a lump out of it!

Lavender is a renowned insecticide and Exness Login Indonesia deodorant. In small doses is a sedative and in large doses it is a stimulant.

– An expensive oil but extremely versatile. It contains azuline, a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Like
Lavender it is an analgesic but more suited to combating chronic pain. It is a good oil to combine with Lavender; it is antipruritic which makes it invaluable in treating dogs with sensitive skins. I always think of this as my Westie oil.

Marjoram – Helps relieve anxiety (for groomer and dog alike). Can be blended with Lavender and used in a hot compress for stiff muscles (groomer and dog alike). A client of mine has Greyhounds in training and he swears by it. It is especially good for lower back pain.

Marjoram is also an anaphrodisiac (quells sexual desire). I use it frequently for my male clients who are suffering from sports injuries but I no longer emphasis this property of the oil. For some reason it did not seem to be contusive to allaying any underlying anxiety! It is useful for dogs that suffer from ‘bonking leg syndrome’.

I have 2 entire Cocker’s that come in for regular grooming. I was using Geranium Bourbon on Rufus because he had undergone major surgery. However there was a certain disadvantage in using this oil as it contains an oestrogen-like chemical which drove his companion Oliver into a frenzy. I combined Marjoram with the Geranium and also used Marjoram on the rampant Oliver and this successfully dampened his ardour.

A useful oil for bitches in heat, both psychologically and physically. It also acts as a deodorant as well.

 Benzoin - Excellent oil for easing exhaustion. It improves the circulation, eases aches and pains. I like to use this oil for its beneficial effects on dry, cracked and aged skin. Good for chilblains and rashes. I like to add this oil to hand creams, it really does help to improve the condition of your hands especially if you are bathing a lot of dogs.

 Carrot Seed - Similar to Benzoin in its use in the salon. It improves the skin by its strengthening effect on the red blood cells, it adds tone and elasticity to the skin. Helps prevent scarring, alleviates weeping sores etc. Also speeds cell renewal. Blend with Olive oil to strengthen nails, (dog’s and groomer’s. Horse owners might like to add some to hoof oil to improve the condition of the hooves, rub into coronary band).

Frankincense - This oil has a profound effect on the exness.my.id breathing, it deepens and slows down the breath. Very good oil to use for nervous animals as it produces a feeling of calm. Helpful in alleviating obsess ional states linked to the past. Particularly good oil to use when dealing with animals that suffer from separation anxiety. It is beneficial in helping the grieving process for pets or owners that have lost an animal or human companion.It’s astringent properties balance oily skin and coat conditions. It is a good anti-inflammatory.

Sandalwood - Has many similar properties and you may prefer the smell of this oil. Compare them for yourself and see which one you prefer. 

Mandarin - A beautiful fragrance and is very safe to use and fairly inexpensive. It is liked by dogs and owners, it is has a mild sedative and calming effect


 When adding oils to shampoos keep the quantities small. If possible store the oils and any blended products in a cool place or refrigerator. Glass containers are better for storage as they are less likely to leech oestrogens, however for safety transfer them into plastic dispensers when in use in the bathing area. Always shake the shampoo well before use to disperse the oils throughout. The maximum dilution to use in a shampoo is 2.5%. For products that are being applied directly to the skin i.e. ear cleaners, etc use a 1% dilution.



The following table will help you calculate how much oil to use in a base product. I have used mls because most bases can be measured accurately to the ml. Remember that if you are mixing 100ml of shampoo to 2.5% dilution that the combined total of drops of oil should not exceed 50 drops. I.e. Lavender 20 drops, Marjoram 10 drops and Sandalwood 20 drops.

I rarely use base oils on animals because it tends to make a sticky mess. Aloe Vera gel or juice makes a good carrier for 

the oils to be applied to the skin. Use 1% dilution. Ear cleansers can be created by blending Lavender or Tea Tree with Aloe Vera Gel, it is quite cooling and soothing. If the ears are very dirty try using a little warmed Olive oil instead of Aloe.

  1% 2.5%
5ml 1 drop 2-3 drops
10ml 2 drops 6 drops
30ml 6 drops 15 drops
100ml 20 drops 50 drops


Toothpaste can be made by adding Eucalyptus or Tea Tree to baking soda, this helps freshen the breath. For inflamed gums Myrrh would be beneficial.



 Electric diffusers are beneficial for the dogs and staff in the salon, especially if you have been dealing with some really smelly animals. You can set a ‘mood’ in the salon by burning a few drops of Frankincense for intense situations (be careful though, it has quite a sedative effect and everyone could fall asleep). Lemongrass (do not use on skin as it sensitises) has a real zingy sherbet pip aroma and can be very invigorating on a busy day with a tight schedule to meet. Bergamot is also a very uplifting oil and can be used on the skin.

 Clients do seem to like seasonal fragrances, I like to make up a blend of Frankincense, Cinnamon (not for use on the skin) and Mandarin for a real Christmas aroma. If you are fortunate enough to have a reception area, use this blend around Christmas time, it seems to create an atmosphere of benevolence and encourages tipping!

 Coat sprays can be blended using Aloe Vera juice, essentials oils and water. A dispersing agent is required to ensure that the oil is evenly distributed through the solution. If you cannot get hold of a disperser use a little vodka and vegetable glycerine.

 I hope this little taster will encourage more of you to use essential oils and enjoy doing so. If you have any interesting or amusing results I would love to hear about them.

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