What is Australian Kunzea Oil?

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These days as the benefits of essential oils such as Lavender, Clove Bud, and Peppermint become clearer, the use of these oils is also becoming more and more widespread. One such oil that is starting to gain popularity due to its many benefits is Australian Kunzea ambigua oil.

This is an essential oil native to Australia that has a wide variety reported medicinal uses including soothing sore skin, relieving muscle pain and reducing stress.

If you are considering using Kunzea oil yourself, please check out our guide to its benefits. 

What is Australian Kunzea?

Before we can talk about the benefits of Kunzea oil we should do a quick explanation of what it is and where Kunzea comes from.

Australian Kunzea (also known as Tasmanian Kunzea, Tick Bush, and White Cloud) is an essential oil derived from the small twigs of the Kunzea ambigua plant. The plant is grown and distilled throughout Australia’s cooler coastal areas, including Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. In fact, the south-east coast of Australia is the only place in the world where the Kunzea ambigua grows natively. The plant can grow up to three meters in height and it produces eye-catching white flowers when it blooms during Spring.

The story goes that farmers in this region noticed the effect the Kunzea bushes were having on the local animal life and because of this decided to extract the oil and do some experiments. This led to a variety of Kunzea oil being listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and the discovery of the many benefits of this unique plant oil.

It is the organic composition of Kunzea ambigua essential oil that makes it so unique. Certain compounds in Kunzea give it anti-inflammatory properties that are very rare for an essential oil.

Kunzea ambigua plant in its natural habitat

What are the uses of Kunzea ambigua oil?

Kunzea oil has a wide variety of uses. It was first used to relieve the pain and irritation caused by certain skin conditions. It's soothing properties working as a calming force on sore skin.

More recently Kunzea oil has been said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which enable it to relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints.

Some of the uses of Kunzea oil are as follows:

Relief for dry red skin - One of the original uses of the oil is that it can relieve the irritation caused by dry, red skin. As Kunzea oil is a mild oil, it is possible to apply it directly to the problem area. However, if it is your first time using the oil you should first try it by putting a drop or two on the back of your hand.

Relief from muscular aches and pains - The anti-inflammatory benefits of Kunzea oil work to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. This can be an effective painkiller for people suffering from muscular aches. As with when you use this oil for dry skin, the oil's mildness means you can simply rub it directly onto the sore part of your body.

Pain relief from arthritis and rheumatism - Kunzea oil’s pain relieving properties mean that it can also be used to relieve the pain brought about by arthritis and rheumatism.

Relieve nervous tension, stress, and anxiety - As well as its medicinal uses, Kunzea oil can also be used to reduce stress and anxiety. This time, instead of applying it to your skin, you should add the Kunzea oil to an aroma diffusers so you can breathe it in. Alternatively, you can add it to foot-baths and baths for a soothing soak.

Potential future uses - Furthermore, there is also research being done into the effects of Kunzea oil on the pain caused by gout and Crohn’s disease. 

Woman with arthritis in her hand

Kunzea Benefits: Last Word

This Australian native As you can see there are many ways that Kunzea oil can be used to treat your ailments or pains.

There is still so much for us to learn about the compounds within Kunzea ambigua. Throughout the world, researchers continue to be fascinated by this unique essential oil. One thing we do know is that Kunzea will continue to play a major role in alternative medicine treatment.

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