FAQs - Kunzea Products

Kunzea Pain Relief Cream


What is Kunzea Oil? 

Kunzea Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves, twigs and green branchlets of the Kunzea plant. Scientifically classified as Kunzea ambigua, other common names include Tasmanian Kunzea, Tick Bush, Poverty Bush, White Kunzea, and White Cloud.

Regarded as one of Tasmania's best-kept secrets, Kunzea is a natural treasure when it comes to Australian Essential Oils. The plant is a member of the Myrtaceae (Myrtle) family and flourishes in the pristine wilderness of North-East Tasmania. It has a clean, fresh, invigorating aroma and it is the unique ingredient in all of Zea Relief Products

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What are the Benefits of Kunzea Oil? 

Despite being used by native cultures for centuries, the wide-ranging benefits of Australian Kunzea Oil have only begun to emerge. Kunzea Oil has various aromatic and therapeutic uses.

In our blog post, Benefits of Australian Kunzea Oil, we cover 15 uses of this unique essential oil. 

Why haven't I heard of Kunzea Oil before now?

We had not heard of it either until we moved to Tasmania and started learning about it from locals. A naturopath and aromatherapist for 25 years, our co-founder Michelle Brass was convinced of the remedial benefits of the Kunzea ambigua plant after using the pure essential oil on clients in her clinic. Repeated requests for the oil from her clients encouraged the Brass Family to start investigating the full therapeutic potential of the Kunzea ambigua plant. 

Also known as ‘tick bush’, the wild-growing plant is native to the cooler coastal regions of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, and grows profusely in the rugged climate of northeast Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. It is believed that Aboriginal communities traditionally used the Kunzea ambigua plant to relieve irritated skin, muscle tightness and pain.

Michelle experimented with the pure essential oil for a number of years, until she developed a formulation that could be safely used on her clients to help relieve everyday physical ailments. The demonstrated effectiveness of Kunzea Oil has compelled the Brass family to launch their own commercial range of natural products, and thus Zea Relief was born.

Have any studies been conducted on Kunzea Oil? 

In comparison to other essential oils, the medicinal potential of Kunzea Oil is still in its infancy. However, the combination of both anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that there are several proven and promising therapeutic uses of Kunzea Oil.  

This has lead to Kunzea Oil (AUST L 72143) being recognised for the following approved claims:

  • For the temporary relief of the pain of arthritis and rheumatism

  • Relief of the symptoms of influenza 

  • Relief of muscular aches and pains 

  • Helps relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety 

These are the allowable formal therapeutic claims that can be made in Australia. However, these and other therapeutic benefits have been expanded on in our blog post here

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of studies conducted on Australian Kunzea Oil and the various components embedded in its unique organic structure.

It is our vision at Zea Relief to unearth the full medicinal potential of this remarkable essential oil and use this understanding to positively impact the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

Can Kunzea Essential Oil be used undiluted on the skin? 

Like most essential oils, we do not recommend using Kunzea Oil undiluted on the skin. For some people it will be okay, however, everyone's skin is unique and will have varying levels of tolerance and sensitivity to the constitutes embedded in the oil.

Not to mention, the pure essential oil is highly concentrated, so applying it neat to the skin is simply a waste. Our Kunzea Products have been specifically formulated for the intended purpose of using topically on the skin. 

Are there any dangers/cautions I should be aware of when using Kunzea Oil for myself or for my children?

The overall composition of Australian Kunzea Oil, with a low content of cineole, makes it a safe, non-toxic essential oil to use when diluted. There no known medical reason why Kunzea Products cannot be used during pregnancy if diluted, however, if you are uncertain please seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner.

As with all essential oils, keep out of reach of children and consider testing a small amount on the inner forearm to test for adverse reactions before applying the product to the affected area.

As for our Zea Relief Products, they are very safe to apply directly to the skin for both adults and children. However, we do recommend that children using our products are over 6 months of age.

Finally, anyone taking blood thinners should be careful when using our products. We recommend checking with a health care practitioner for advice. If you would like to contact Michelle Brass, the co-founder of Zea Relief and in-house naturopath.  for healthcare advice, please contact her personally and she will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Does Australian Kunzea really work?

Our customers suffering from many forms of pain have found significant relief from Australian Kunzea. Zea Relief products contain the natural benefits of Australian Kunzea Essential Oil. Visit Success Stories to read about what our customers are saying about Zea Relief & Australian Kunzea Oil.

Channel 9 News even approached us to do a story on Zea Relief and Australian Kunzea Oil. See the video below:


How do Zea Relief Products work? 

Zea Relief Products contains the therapeutic benefits of Australian Kunzea Ambigua Oil. Australian Kunzea works to relax the muscles and reduce inflammation to alleviate pain while working to increase blood flow to calm painful nerve endings.

Zea Relief’s natural ingredients target the source of the pain, by deeply penetrating layers of skin to help promote the body’s own healing process! 

What are Zea Relief Products made of?

Our Zea Relief products are made from 100% Natural Ingredients (with the exception of our Original Kunzea Cream). The key active ingredient in all of our products is Australian Kunzea ambigua essential oil.

You’ll find no harmful chemicals, no artificial colours, no synthetic fragrances and no nasties.

How and where are Zea Relief products made?

All of our Zea Relief products are made right here in Australia. The Kunzea ambigua plant is grown, harvested and distilled in North-eastern Tasmania. From here the pure essential oil is shipped to our TGA-certified manufacturer in Northern New South Wales where the formulation happens. 

Do Zea Relief products have an aroma or scent? 

Zea Relief Products have the clean, fresh, invigorating scent of the Australian Kunzea Oil. Unlike Tea Tree Oil and other Pain Relief Products, the Kunzea aroma is aromatically very pleasing. It is often compared to the ‘scent of the Australian bush’.

Why are Zea Relief products a better alternative to other products on the market?

Zea Relief is a family business, owned and operated in Australia. Our products are 100% natural and where possible we use eco-friendly packaging. Unlike other pain relieving products on the market, our products will not burn the skin and are very safe for even the most sensitive skin.

Can you guarantee the quality and safety of Zea Relief Kunzea Products?

Our Kunzea products have been listed with the TGA. This means that our products have been thoroughly assessed for quality and safety, and that we have research to substantiate all our product claims.