Pawnacea Canine Aromatherapy

Canine Aromatherapy can help alleviate physical and physiological ailments* in dogs. It can be healing, uplifting, and a great bonding experience for both of you when done properly. 

Let's explore the basics of canine aromatherapy with Matenara's founder and 2x-certified Canine Essential Oils Specialist, Teena. For one-on-one sessions, please visit to book.

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We follow the method of Self-Selection in Pawnacea Canine Aromatherapy. Dogs, despite being domesticated, still possess an innate ability to select plant medicines to heal themselves. Have you ever seen your dog eat a certain grass or soil? That is exactly what they're doing - choosing their medicines!

In Pawnacea Canine Aromatherapy, we respect their instincts and let our dogs choose their own healing aromatics.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and volatile plant extracts that should be respected and used with care. They are not fragrance oils.



Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans that's why Pawnacea Essential Oils and Blends are always safely diluted. Always read the description of each oil or blend before using them on your dog.

Invest in best quality, high-grade and unadulterated essential oils for your dog. For 100% pure single or blended essential oils (no carrier oils), message us to order. 



  1. Start by creating an open, positive environment for your dog. Pick a space that has limited distractions and make sure that your dog can leave freely whenever they want to.
  2. Assess your dog's needs and shortlist 2-3 oils for them to choose from. For example, if your dog seems anxious, you may select Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica), or Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) from the Pawnacea collection.
  3. With the bottles still sealed or slightly opened, offer the oils to your dog from a distance. They will signal with an upturned nose, a lick of their mouth or show keen interest in the oil that they pick.
  4. With clean hands, place 1-2 drops on your palm and rub your hands together until they're no longer shiny. A little always goes a long way! Offer your hands to your dog and watch for signals. They may seem sleepy and relaxed as the blend starts to work. They may also start licking your hand or pointing their head toward where they want you to apply your hands.
  5. Allow them to interact for 10-15 minutes each time. Always observe your dog and record their reactions to different oils so that you could easily revisit what they select.

Another way to introduce essential oils to your dog is by applying the oil on yourself. This may create a positive experience for them because they're associating the oils with their favorite person.

When your dog is comfortable with essential oils, you can start mixing and matching oils!



Once your dog has selected their oil/s, place one to two drops on your palms and rub them together to warm the oil. Apply to the inside of the tips of their ears, lightly on their upper inner foreleg, chest, or back of the neck. Using a roller bottle (like our roller blends) also works. A little goes a long way!



Use the oils indicated to be safe for inhalation. Allow your dog to sniff your open palms.



When diffusing, always do it in a well-ventilated area with an easy exit for your dog. Keep each session within 5-10 minutes following this formula: 1-2 drops pure, undiluted essential oil (single or blended) in 100ml of water.

Only diffuse pure essential oils around your pet. Message us to place an order.



As a general guide, do not use essential oils on pregnant dogs or puppies below 10 weeks old.

If your dog is diagnosed with a medical condition or if they are taking any medications, please consult your veterinarian first before using essential oils.

Store your oils and blends where your dog and other pets cannot reach them.

Never force essential oils on your dog. Doing so may cause physical and emotional stress. Always consult your veterinarian or an expert when introducing something new to your dog.

Monitor for adverse reactions like swelling and redness or shortness of breath. Should these occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Pawnacea Canine Aromatherapy is only meant for dogs and SHOULD NOT be used with/on/around cats and other animals.