Essential Oils for Chickens: Top Product Suggestions (with links!)

Given the latest research on how essential oils affect chicken health and productivity, it may be worth having some of these top choices on hand as part of an overall chicken health plan.

Look for brands that feature 100% pure essential oils and organic contents. I particularly like the New Roots and NOW brands. Although my post, Essential Oils for Chickens talks about 20 different essential oils for chickens, several oils are particularly outstanding for their health promoting effects.

8 Top Essential Oils That Promote Chicken Health

Here are 8 of the top essential oils useful for promoting chicken health (with links)


Oregano is a potent and fragrant culinary herb. Concentrated as Oregano Essential Oil, it can be effective against a wide range of chicken pathogens including Apergillus, E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and four additional pathogens.

White Thyme

White Thyme is an amazing culinary herb but as White Thyme essential oil it is also effective against a wide range of chicken pathogens including E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and six additional pathogens.


Eucalyptus essential oil has an amazingly fresh scent that reduces orders and provides effective action against Aspergillus, Candida, E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.


For a strong fresh scent, used mostly in cleaning, but with anti-pathogen action, peppermint essential oil is a must have for a chicken medicine box.

Rosemary and Sage

Rosemary and Sage are not just great spices to use in cooking. These essential oils can help improve the health of your chickens, and reduce the pathogens in their environment.

Tea Tree

Not to be forgotten in any chicken health apothecary, Tea Tree Essential Oil provides great antiseptic properties, particularly against E. coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus.


Last but not least, garlic is a well known health promoter in humans and livestock. While you can use fresh garlic mixed in food or water to promote chicken health, Garlic Essential Oil provides a fast and effective alternative that can sit ready on the shelf to use at a moments notice. No peeling or crushing necessary, and you never have to worry about the quality of the garlic if you purchase a 100% pure product.

Garlic oil is particularly effective against infective yeasts like Candida, and pathogenic bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus.

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