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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.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
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.
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 small 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
This is an adult-strength massage oil. For children, add another teaspoon of carrier oil. Adapted from Plant Therapy.
Photo Credit: John Tann from Sydney, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons