How Can Essential Oils Help Prevent Parasites?

By Donna Stanley
In October 27, 2015


So here is the “scoop” – with essential oils and internal parasites.  

 poop...yes, that is poop

I can’t believe how often, in 30 years as a breeder and holistic pet health professional, that I talk about POOP!!! Yes, that is a picture of poop…poop in which you can see parasites with the naked eye…not a good sign. Its necessary I show you this, because if you can see it, its an infestation.  If you can only see it under a microscope, then we are talking a low risk.

We won’t talk about every single parasite in this article, but lets talk about the most important: Roundworms, Hookworms, Bots, Tapeworms, Whipworms,etc… roundworms and tapeworms, by the way, are the easiest to see with the naked eye.   They are contracted in different ways, and so it is important to know where your prevention has to be focused.  With Tapeworms – they are seen, especially with fleas being ingested,  and also with “eating little critters”…  So, we can greatly enhance how much exposure our animals have to a re-infestation or infection by knowing where the worms are contracted, and how to avoid it.  So use of All natural Flea/Tick preventative is called for to prevent tapeworm when it comes to fleas:

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Preventing the eating of small critters is hard if you have a hunting dog, so be vigilant and check often for tapeworm.

And lets not forget, some of the most deadly parasites of all–the bacterial type– in the form of giardia (often found in standing water—drinking puddles!), coccidia (carried by rodents), and campylobacter (can be carried by chickens).

Many ask me, “What can I do for worms with oils?”  The answer does not vary that greatly, but it may be depending on if you are looking to eliminate an active infestation, or if you are looking to prevent one.  And, my answer would be the same for both.

Not only do I recommend people use our “Digestive Blend” on a daily basis to treat and prevent parasites (as well as SO much more…I’ve written many blogs and articles on this product…its so amazing!!!), BUT I also recommend simple, safe things like Diatomaceous Earth, sprinkled on your pets food (we have a human grade dietary version in our “Flea/Tick Bundle” that you can use both topically and on food!)

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Bentonite Clay can be very safe and beneficial as well, but isn’t quite as palatable as the “Digestive blend” or the DE. Its essential to drop off a stool sample, periodically, to your vet to be sure your pet is free of parasites. It only costs a few bucks, and just gives you re-assurance you are doing what you need to do…if it comes back with some parasites, you may need to increase your dosage of the Digestion Blend or the DE to take care of it.

Now, I have had some amazing people in my life who DO go above and beyond the scope of routine monitoring!  I happen to be very lucky to have two veterinarian technicians on my kennel staff, so I have been able to see, first hand, how effective essential oils and DE are on my puppies and dogs.  Most dogs respond wonderfully to this daily dose of EO’s. These are the perfect cases in which to use essential oils in my opinion.  Starting with a pretty much “negative” case – and using essential oils (or other natural methods) to maintain the immune system health and ‘negative’ status, in terms of parasites.  THIS is where essential oils shine.

But I will say this…if you rescue a dog or acquire a dog you suspect is infested with parasites, or is lethargic or not eating or skeletal…GO SEE A VET and give a dose of prescription meds to get this under control. Puppies and dogs can go down FAST if they are infested and proper, quick action is not taken. Then, after you get a “negative” fecal float from you vet, you can safely progress to a preventative program with the DE and “Digestion” blend.

You will NEVER see me say oils are the answer to everything. There are many cases where the need of a veterinarian is imperative, and I will ALWAYS advise a client when I feel this is in order. Even when I decide I am going to treat my pet holistically, I many times make sure I get a diagnosis from a vet, then proceed with my holistic treatment, to ensure surgery is not in order, or a very aggressive treatment, which may be the case, for a life-threatening event.

In the case of felines, they are very sensitive to EO’s and at this point in time, I do not recommend EO’s for preventing or treating cats for parasites—see a vet.

And remember, I only recommend the use of what I term, “veterinary grade essential oils” for use with animals (or humans for that matter), developed with Holistic Veterinarians to be safe and species appropriate.



  1. Do you have a suggestion for cleaning the floors with EOs if a dog has an accident and you find out they have Whipworm?

    1. I would treat for whipworm with whatever your vet recommends, or you can use our Diatomaceous Earth. 1/2 tbsp a day on food. Clean floor with bleach or ammonia.

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