Essential Oils

Essential oil is one of the major components of our daily lives today. Everyone is talking about its benefits and uses in our day-to-day lifestyle. New Zealand Native Oils Ltd in Kapiti, Wellington compiled a list of the essential oils that we use in our soaps along with their benefits.


Cedarwood oil is great for sebum production, infection treatment and skin peeling reduction, which can be good for treating eczema. The great thing about using this is that it reduces the signs of eczema whilst simultaneously healing it.

What’s more, it tightens loose muscles and makes skin firmer, fitter and younger-looking. This can also protect skin from bacteria and toxins. You can also use it to ward off mosquitoes, flies and other insects. Just sprinkle it regularly on pillows or sheets so you won’t be bothered by insects whilst asleep.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

To treat joint and muscle pain, eucalyptus oil is your best choice. It is most commonly known for its cooling and soothing effect and thus recommended to people suffering from stiff muscles, fibrosis, nerve pain, aches, rheumatism and more. Simply apply it in a circular motion on the affected areas and you’ll soon experience soothing.

Apart from that, it can also be used to heal wounds, burns, abrasions, sores, ulcers and more. It keeps the affected area safe from infections due to exposure to air. Its properties include the following:

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Decongestant
  • Deodorant

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Stimulating
  • And Other Medicinal Qualities…

Kanuka Essential Oil

You will usually find Kanuka essential oils in the skincare and therapy industries. Amongst its many benefits is it keeps your skin safe from the harmful sun rays and toxins.

As a natural oil, it helps to cure various health problems such as skin diseases, anxiety, inflammation and pain. It also helps treat diarrhoea as well as boosts sound sleep. Kanuka essential oil is also best used to treat the following:

Fungal Infections

Are you suffering from athlete’s foot, ringworm and other fungal infections? Use this oil regularly to treat these skin problems.

Skin Irritations

Heal your irritated skin with Kanuka essential oil. It can treat rashes, insect bites and sunburns, amongst others.

Eczema and Psoriasis

These two inflammatory skin problems are amongst the most common issues. The oil helps nourish and soothe the skin, hence healing it quicker and efficiently.

Good for Acne

Because of its antibacterial constituents, it can ward off dirt and germs and therefore remove acne problems.


One drop does it all. Mix some with your shampoo or conditioner to experience its wonderful effects.

Manuka Essential Oils

Although Manuka essential oils have been used for aromatherapy only recently, it has been used by the Maori for centuries. Its benefits include curing itches, sores, skin diseases and chafing, amongst others. What’s more, you can use it cure muscle and joint pains.

Because it is non-toxic, non-sensitising and non-irritant, it is completely safe to use. Its medicinal benefits include:

  • Anti-Allergenic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-Dandruff
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Histaminic
  • Anti-Inflammatory

  • Bite and Sting Antidote
  • Cicatrisant
  • Cytophylactic
  • Deodorant
  • Relaxant

Lavender Essential Oil

If you’re looking to soothe the mind and spirit, try Lavender essential oil. Its soothing scent helps relax and calm one’s mind and spirit and it is common knowledge to all. If you have anxiety or depression, this oil can calm your brain due to its sedative and anti-convulsive effects. It treats restlessness, promotes relaxation and cures headaches.

Apart from that, it is also known to treat acne and skin inflammation. It is likewise great for treating eczema, relieving the itching and reducing the symptoms on the skin. Lavender oil adds moisture and therefore accelerates the healing process. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it helps to heal burns and scars. You can also use it to heal insect bites and acts as a good insect repellent.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Cracked skin, inflammation, acnes and eczema? This oil can treat all these and more. Known for its calming effect, it has antiseptic, analgesic and calming properties. People have been using it for centuries to calm children to sleep.

If you want to remove the dark circles under your eyes, it has anti-ageing properties that will help in your beauty regime. It also has antidepressant properties that will help you to relax. If you are suffering from arthritis and other pains, this can help ease inflammation and improve blood circulation.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass oil is more than just a perfume oil. Whilst it is commonly used in handmade soaps, natural skincare products and spa items, this oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help treat acnes and minimise large pores. Its natural astringent properties also enhance your skin’s natural glow.

If you are suffering from excessive sweating and has bad body odour, a soap with lemongrass oil can help you freshen up when used on a regular basis. It also makes for the perfect hand sanitizer because of its antibacterial properties that kill bacteria. This is also completely safe for children to use.

May Chang

May Chang has a fortifying, potent strengthening and sedative effect on the whole body. If you want an oil with the uplifting aroma, this one’s for you. It refreshes, revitalises, calms and relaxes the mind and body. Sometimes, people use May Chang with Lemongrass oil to double the soothing effect.

It also makes the best oil for skincare. It rejuvenates and tones the skin, giving it a more radiant glow. If you have oily skin, you can use it in tiny doses to treat acnes, pimples, boils and blackheads, amongst others. You can also use it to revive mature skin.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Known for its unique aroma and distinct medicinal value, peppermint essential oil contains menthol that has a cooling effect. Its stimulating effect helps increase blood circulation and boost pulse rate, oxygenating the organs of the body. People commonly use it to treat a headache. For skincare, it is used to brighten dull skin.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang is believed to help lessen the pain caused by PMS. It has antidepressant and sedative properties that improve your overall sense of wellbeing. If you have combination skin, use it to balance oil production. It can also be used to prevent infection whilst cleaning wounds.