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Kanuka essential oil (Kunzea ericoides or Leptospermum ericoides), also called white tea tree oil, belongs to the same plant family as tea tree and manuka essential oils.
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree, which is native to New Zealand.
Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, with an earthy note. The scent is similar to tea tree oil but more delicate and calming.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is kanuka safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is kanuka essential oil safe for children? Consult a professional.
Cautions: Avoid an oxidized oil as it may cause skin sensitization.
Do not confuse kanuka with manuka or kunzea.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1: Use kanuka to help relieve muscle pain and swelling for conditions such as strains, sprains, and sport injuries. The essential oil is beneficial for the respiratory system and may help relieve coughs, colds, and flu. The oil may also help acne heal and help prevent body and foot odor. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, kanuka oil tonifies the Qi and strengthens the Shen.
Suggested essential oils to blend with kanuka:
Aromatherapy Science: Kanuka uses include relief of muscle pain and swelling, sprains, strains, and sports injuries. The oil is relaxing and good for skin care.
Aromatics: Kanuka has relaxing effects useful in blends for muscles and joints. This essential oil also can soothe irritated skin.
Complete Guide to Clinical Aromatherapy and the Essential Oils of the Physical Body: Kanuka may help relieve colds and support the immune and respiratory systems. The oil also helps fight fungus and is a skin astringent.
For colds you can use kanuka as part of a steam inhalation or in a bath blend.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Kanuka balances all energy centers and increase feelings of joy and an abundant life.
Stillpoint Aromatics: Use kanuka for the second chakra to support relationships and creation energy, for the fourth chakra to support unconditional love, and for the sixth chakra to support perspective and balance.
Base Formula: Use kanuka to help relieve fungus and on acne-prone skin. Two suggested blends:
Fungus Reducer Shoe Spray
Blend all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Spritz footwear after use and let air dry.
Winter Diffuser Blend
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