Dr. Janet Roark

Dr. Janet Roark is a licensed veterinarian from Austin, Texas. She owns Hill Country Mobile Veterinary Services, as well as www.essentialoilvet.com – and is the author of ‘Essential Oils and Safety for Pets’. She is widely known for the use of essential oils in her practice.  In an interview, which can be found at this link she discusses the following:

Can I use essential oils with animals?
“Yes, you can”. However, according to Janet, it is one of those ‘yes, but it really matters which oils and which brand you use’ situations.  Janet Roark, Andy Garcia and Heather Pulsipher all believe that brand is critical when using essential oils on and around animals. These professionals use DoTERRA essential oils in their practices. It is critical to ensure that you only use certified therapeutic grade essential oils, due to the sensitivity of animals.

Oils Dr Roark use in her practice:

  • ZenGest Essential Oil – digestive health
  • Copaiba Essential Oil – supports the cardio-vascular system.
  • Lavender Essential Oil – helps with animals that get a little afraid
  • Balance Essential Oil – Dr Roark use Balance quite frequently. Balance is already diluted. She puts a drop of Balance on her hands, rubs them together, and then pets the animal along the spine.

Application Methods for Animals

So, there’s three different ways you can use essential oils with pets and animals in general. Just like with people you can use it aromatically, topically, and internally. And we typically use essential oils diffused or topically with animals.

In a recent zoom interview Andy Garcia had with us, he spends an insightful hour going through all the aspects of his practice and the oils he uses on various animals. I want to focus on the safety tips from Andy when using essential oils:

  • Use caution around pregnant, nursing, young and elderly animals, or animals on medication.
  • Avoid the following when dealing with pregnant animals:  Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Marjoeram, Peppermint and Oregano;
  • Peppermint must not be used around nursing animals

Heather Pulsipher

Heather is our horse lady.  She and her husband live on a small farm in Idaho and are heavily involved in rodeo. Horses have always been part of their lives. Heather shared with us some very practical advice when it comes to horses and oils. Her interview is available on https://the-best-oils-ever.mn.co/topics/3015737 (members only).

Heather’s advice for mood and behaviour when it comes to horses are:

Introduce oils in a calm setting

  • Rub oils into hand and let them breath it in
  • Rub onto the side of the muzzle and cheeks and onto the ears
  • For behaviour purposes it is important that the horse likes the oil
  • Please remember horses are more sensitive to oils than humans, therefore less is more.

As always – work with your veterinarian, discuss the oils you are incorporating in your animal’s life, ask questions, and read and empower yourself with the best information you can get.  Please feel free to follow Janet, Andy and Heather on Facebook or IG and drop them a mail if you need to get more info



dōTERRA Tangerine

Tangerine has a long history of use in Chinese culture and herbal practices. Tangerine has a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to other citrus oils, ideal to invigorate and energize the senses. A popular and flavourful addition to desserts and drinks – from water to fruit smoothies – Tangerine can be used in any recipe calling for citrus fruits.