Essential Oils Great for Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is known for helping to enhance the physical and psychological wellbeing of humans. The same goes for dogs. They also benefit from this alternative medicine; hence, New Zealand Native Oils Ltd also offers aromatherapy oils for dogs. Below you will find more details about these essential oils. If you want to learn more, feel free to contact us in Kapiti, Wellington.

How Aromatherapy Works for Dogs

The nose of a dog is more sensitive than that of a human’s. If aromatherapy works for humans, dogs will benefit more from this type of holistic therapy. The oils will evaporate and be inhaled by the dog when applied to its skin. The molecules will then enter the nasal cavity, lungs and sinuses and will be absorbed into the bloodstream.


In our natural dog skincare range, we use no fragrances, only natural and where possible, organic essential oils. We have listed below the essential oils used in our products and their benefits for your dog. Please note that the essential oils are not recommended to be used on cats because they are unable to metabolise essential oils as dogs do.

We have not included any essential oils in our Snoot 'n Boot snout and paw balm. This is because it is applied directly to your dog’s snout. As you can imagine, this is an extremely sensitive area and it is not recommended to apply essential oils directly to the snout.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Apart from repelling fleas and ticks, cedarwood has a relaxing effect on dogs. It also supports healthy skin.

Citronella Essential Oil

This is a well-known natural flea repellent. Citronella comes from the lemongrass family which is why it smells so bright, but it’s actually that same smell that wards off the insect.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus has numerous benefits, including repelling parasites, healing the skin after rashes and stings, disinfecting the skin and controlling pet odour.

Frankincense Essential Oil

When it comes to strengthening the immune system and soft tissue health, frankincense essential oil is the answer. It is a safe option with a range of medicinal properties. It can even affect your dog’s emotional wellbeing, helping to calm its senses especially if it is prone to anxiety.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Although pricey, Helichrysum essential oil is an excellent choice for your dog. Its natural antiseptic properties help treat insect bites and wounds. It can also help in curing digestive problems and anxiety.

Kanuka and Manuka Essential Oils

Both Kanuka and Manuka Oil have properties that not only nourish and moisturise your dog's skin but helps to protect their skin from nasties.

When added to your dog’s shampoo it helps to give them a shiny, healthy coat and provide natural antiseptic and skin protection. Manuka and Kanuka Oils also work as natural insect repellents.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has many benefits including controlling pet odour, relieving dry and itchy skin, repelling fleas and ticks and helping calm dogs when feeling anxious, agitated and fearful.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil treats many emotional and physical conditions. It is antifungal, antispasmodic and antiseptic, amongst others. It cures arthritis and nausea as well.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is known for repelling insects and improving your dog’s skin due to its geraniol and high citral content.


Repel ticks and reduce teething pain with myrrh. It soothes both pain and irritation in dogs.


With its natural deodorising agents, it helps to relieve itchy and dry skin. Also, it supports healthy skin with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Relieving arthritis and repelling insects are just some of the benefits of peppermint. It also helps stimulate blood circulation that benefits the skin and coat health of your dog.

Spearmint Essential Oil

Spearmint essential oil is a gentler option compared to peppermint. Its benefits include treating sickness, stomach upset and nausea.