Organic Aromas Inc BBB Business Review Customer Reviews

Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils Around Birds

Posted on September 08, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 49 comments

Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils Around Birds
For hundreds of years, humans have been using essential oils for medicinal purposes. It has only been in recent years that a handful of holistic veterinarians have been incorporating essential oils into the treatment of animals. Though there have been many studies on the effects of essential oils in treating the mind and body of people, the studies regarding the effects on animals are few and far between.

Holistic Care in Bird Treatment

Most of the material that discusses the use of essential oils on or around birds are written by veterinarians who have taken a holistic approach to animal care. Some vets specialize in working with birds and have additional education in the safety or use of essential oils around them. There are cases of vets who have had phenomenal success in treating birds with essential oils, such as the case of Emmett the Parrot.

The Story of Emmett the Parrot

Emmett was very ill with wart-like tumors throughout his body and was near death when his vet began treating him with essential oils. Dr. Melissa Shelton had recently began using essential oils to treat warts on her spouse and thought that they could work to improve Emmett’s situation.

Dr. Shelton realized that birds in the wild eat leaves, fruits, and flowers that are the source of pure essential oils. For example, if a bird eats the rind of an orange, they’re bound to capture and ingest the essential oil that comes from the rind.

After treating Emmett for a brief period of time, the tumors began to shrink. Not only did this parrot look better, but he also began to act like a new bird; playing, preening, and even leaving his cage.

The essential oils that she used on Emmett, as well as a few other birds in her care, were:

  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Clove
  • Copaiba
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Orange

It is not suggested that you apply essential oils to your bird, or let them ingest essential oils, unless under the guidance and care of a specialist.

Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils Around Birds

Recent Concerns of Essential Oil Use on Pets

With so much concern about essential oil use on and around pets in recent years, people have been hesitant to even diffuse in a home that has a pet. But the research supporting these dangers has been limited. Veterinarians like Dr. Shelton and others have been using essential oils in pet therapy for several years and have the evidence to show the positive effects.

When diffusing around her cats, she did the appropriate blood work to ensure that her kitties were not experiencing adverse effects. She even treated a cat named Cowboy with essential oils that were ingested and was amazed to see how his blood panels came back excellent each time he was screened. The essential oil treatment improved his illness with no adverse effects.

Dr. Shelton expresses that the quality of the essential oil is paramount to success. Low-grade or synthetic oils do not have the same positive effect.

Essential Oil Use in The Home

Essential oils are used by many people on a daily basis for a general sense of wellbeing. They can improve mood, relax the soul, and work to ease many physical ailments.

  • Many people use essential oils to de-stress. Lavender essential oil is a natural relaxer that can also improve sleep.
  • Several essential oils also have antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. Both citrus and pine essential oil are ideal as natural household cleaners.
  • Essential oils can ease symptoms of illness. Peppermint essential oil can reduce nausea and headaches, while eucalyptus essential oil can ease respiratory ailments.

For these reasons, and more, many people use essential oils through their homes on a regular basis.

Using Essential Oils in Your Home Around Your Bird

If you are using essential oils around your bird, be sure you purchase them from a trusted source. The respiratory system of a bird is highly sensitive to synthetic and artificially scented products, so it is imperative that you choose essential oils that are of pure grade. If diffusing, it is recommended that oils are diffused without the use of heat, so choose an essential oil diffuser that does not use heat. To understand what essential oils are the safest, and which should be avoided, use the following as a guideline:

Avoid using these essential oils around your bird:

  • Tea tree
  • Peppermint
  • Tree oils such as - Eucalyptus, Arborvitae, Pine
  • Hot oils such as – Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano
  • Citronella

These essential oils are generally safe to use around your bird:

  • Floral oils such as – Geranium, lavender, ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine
  • Citrus oils such as – Orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bergamot
  • Frankincense

If you have any questions or concerns about using essential oils around your birds, speak with your veterinarian.

Pin It!

Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils Around Birds

Next

Previous

25 Responses

gloria patterson
gloria patterson

October 29, 2019

My brother has a big macaw so I will share this information with him

Dana Rodriguez
Dana Rodriguez

October 29, 2019

Very interesting article. I knew somethings were really unsafe to use around birds but had no idea that some oils were safe for them.

Christina A.
Christina A.

September 16, 2019

I honestly never thought about using essential oils on my pets but that’s a great idea! Interesting info!

Sue E
Sue E

September 15, 2019

I don’t have a bird, but my grandkids do. They don’t know anything about oils. I pinned this so I can explain to them how to keep their feathered friend happy and healthy! Thank you for sharing!

Sue E
Sue E

September 15, 2019

I don’t have a bird, but my grandkids do. They don’t know anything about oils. I pinned this so I can explain to them how to keep their feathered friend happy and healthy! Thank you for sharing!

Sue E
Sue E

September 15, 2019

I don’t have a bird, but my grandkids do. They don’t know anything about oils. I pinned this so I can explain to them how to keep their feathered friend happy and healthy! Thank you for sharing!

Sue E
Sue E

September 15, 2019

I don’t have a bird, but my grandkids do. They don’t know anything about oils. I pinned this so I can explain to them how to keep their feathered friend happy and healthy! Thank you for sharing!

Amy Marshall
Amy Marshall

September 15, 2019

I use my oils around my 3 year old cat and 10 month old puppy and haven’t ever noticed a problem. But, I never thought about birds. Good Information to know about it! Thanks for sharing!!

Jennylyn Gross
Jennylyn Gross

September 15, 2019

I dont have a bird but this is very interesting info

Stephanie LaPlante
Stephanie LaPlante

September 15, 2019

Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. I had recently talked with a friend about essential oils around my pets, including treating them.

Gail Berigan
Gail Berigan

September 15, 2019

Good info

Emila
Emila

September 15, 2019

It’s amazing that educate people about the impact of oils to animals

Margaret Gallagher
Margaret Gallagher

September 15, 2019

Great read – was unsure

Laura H
Laura H

September 14, 2019

Great useful information! Thank you

Eric
Eric

September 13, 2019

I have a macaw, and I did not know this information about EO use around them. I’m happy to learn this before I start using oils around him.

Miri
Miri

September 13, 2019

Very useful information. I do not know how important and dangerous essential oils are for animals.

Scotty
Scotty

September 12, 2019

It is a shame that so many people avoid EO’s around their non-human family members. With some careful research on which ones to avoid, EO’s can have a huge positive impact on them. Thanks for helping to provide info to this end.

Rachael Ferrer
Rachael Ferrer

September 12, 2019

Thanks for this info!

Coline T.
Coline T.

September 12, 2019

Thanks so much for the info. I love my babies too much to take a chance!

barbara brown
barbara brown

September 12, 2019

its nice to know you can safely use this around birds and other animals.

Antoinette M
Antoinette M

September 11, 2019

Very interesting. Thank you!

Ms C
Ms C

September 11, 2019

interesting article

Megan Dunne
Megan Dunne

September 11, 2019

Good luck on tbe giveaway

jason kinnin
jason kinnin

September 11, 2019

Lots of good info

Kate Morris
Kate Morris

September 11, 2019

Good to know.

Leave a comment

Organic Aromas Inc BBB Business Review Customer Reviews