Essential oils are gaining popularity, and for good reason. Essential oils have been proven to have mood-boosting effects, antibacterial properties, and can even act as an anti-inflammatory. It is no surprise that as we learn the benefits of essential oils for people, we also are learning the benefits of using them to help our pets.
Frankincense is one of the more popular essential oils for treating dogs. This powerful plant has several benefits, and when used properly can help promote overall health and well-being for your pet. While I cannot make medical claims about essential oils, the research speaks for itself.
What does frankincense do?
Frankincense comes from hardened gum resins made from tapping Boswellia trees, which are mostly native to India. Frankincense has been studied heavily and has been found to have incredible benefits for people and animals. Some of the benefits include:
- Reducing inflammation and pain. In a study published in the Natural Medicine Journal, researchers found that frankincense oil significantly reduced pain and improved physical functioning in osteoarthritis patients. In fact, a systematic review of data from the same study showed Boswellia extracts are clinically effective in asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis, and collagenous colitis. And, when paired with turmeric, these benefits were actually enhanced.
- Potentially reducing cancer cells while strengthening the immune system. While research is still being done into the use of essential oils to treat cancer and tumors, studies are increasingly finding that essential oils, including frankincense, may be helpful in treating cancer and tumors. One study published by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability – which means that, while still being researched, frankincense showed great promise in treating bladder cancer. Another study by the NCBI found that frankincense may have the potential to successfully treat breast, brain, colon, stomach, and pancreatic cancers and boost the immune system. It is important to note that essential oils to treat cancer is still being researched, and you should speak to your veterinarian or doctor before incorporating oils into your treatment plan.
- Easing digestive discomfort. In a recent study, frankincense was found to not only reduce inflammation (which promotes a healthy gut) but also reduces small intestinal injury. For dogs suffering from allergies and discomfort relating to their food, this can be a big help.
- Reducing anxiety and stress. Frankincense has long been used by people in religious ceremonies and to relax the mind. In fact, diffusing frankincense has been proven to activate channels in the brain relating to happiness and feelings of calm and has anti-depressive properties. These same feelings are activated in a pet’s brain, which can create an overall sense of calm for your pets.
How do you safely use frankincense for pets?
As when using essential oils on people, you should always dilute the oils before using them on your pet or allowing your pet to inhale them. It can also be helpful to start by using only essential oils intended for pets in specific pet products.
It is safe for your pet to ingest frankincense orally, but remember: not all oils are created equally. If the oil is extremely cheap or seems too good to be true, it probably is. Start with just a few drops added to your pet’s water or food per day. A little bit goes a long way when it comes to essential oils.
Frankincense can boost the effects of other essential oils, including CBD oil, and, as mentioned earlier, turmeric. I give my dogs EASE from CBD Dog Health every day and have seen a huge change in their inflammation, allergies, and even tumors. CBD Dog Health combines proper amounts of essential oils with full spectrum CBD hemp oil to help you safely administer the oil to your pet for internal or topical use.
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years, and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.