Kunzea essential oil (Kunzea ambigua), also called white cloud, has properties similar to tea tree oil.
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves of a plant native to the coasts of Australia and Tasmania.
Aroma: Woody, eucalyptus-like
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top to Middle
Is kunzea safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is kunzea essential oil safe for children? Yes, for children age 2+, according to Revive Essential Oils.
Cautions: The oil can cause skin sensitization if it becomes oxidized. Do not use old and oxidized oils.
The Heart of Aromatherapy: Uses of kunzea essential oil include supporting the respiratory system, clearing mucous and congestion, relieving sinus headaches, calming inflammation, soothing sore muscles, promoting relaxation and inspiration, and repelling insects.
Working With Unusual Oils: "Kunzea is an essential oil that brings shelter from bodily and emotional pain." The oil has a protective quality that offers safety and peace during tough times and helps relieve nervous tension, stress, and mild anxiety. This essential oil also provides quick relief for insect bites, minor cuts and wounds, and simliar skin irritations. Suggested essential oils to blend with kunzea:
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 2: Kunzea may help relieve painful arthritic and rheumatic conditions involving muscle and tissue tension and is useful for mild-to-moderate stress-related problems, including insomnia relief and mild anxiety relief. The essential oil may also help heal wounds, scars, ulcers, cuts, abrasions, insect bites, acne, and minor burns.
Psychologically, the oil acts as a gentle stimulant in hypotonic/weak conditions involving mental fatigue with loss of concentration, lethargy, low self-confidence, or loss of motivation.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1: Kunzea eases muscle pain and pain from insect bites, minor burns, recurring headaches, arthritis, and soft tissue injuries. The oil can also help reduce nervous tension, stress, and mild anxiety and help alleviate deep emotional pain caused by suppression. Energetically, the oil is cooling and indicated for hot/inflamed conditions. Suggested essential oil blends with kunzea:
Stillpoint Aromatics: Energetically, use kunzea to support the second chakra (relationships, creation energy), fourth chakra (unconditional love), and fifth chakra (speaking truth).
Diffuse kunzea to purify the air and support the respiratory system.
Note: Before using the essential oil on large areas of skin, do a patch test.
Relieve Bug Bites
Combine 30 drops kunzea with 2 tablespoons tamanu carrier oil.
Source: Eden's Garden
Add 1 or 2 drops kunzea to 12 drops of carrier oil. Rub the blend onto your face with a cotton makeup pad, and then rinse face.
Source: Young Living
Adapted from Aromahead
Post-Workout Massage Oil
Calming Massage Blend
Source: Working With Unusual Oils
Arthritis and Muscle Pain Relief Blend
Combine the ingredients in a 1-ounce glass bottle. Shake well. Apply a small amount of the blend to affected muscles and joints every two hours or as needed for pain.
Source: by Anna Doxie, RA, "Using Holistic Phyto-Aromatherapy to Support Lyme Disease," NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Spring 2017.1, p. 47.