FAQs - Kunzea Products

Kunzea Essential Oil

Australian Kunzea Essential Oil

What is Kunzea Oil? 

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

Regarded as one of Tasmania's best-kept natural 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 signature ingredient in all of Zea Relief Kunzea Products

Click here to learn more about Kunzea Oil. 

Is Kunzea Oil organically and sustainably sourced? 

Yes, Kunzea is organically grown, wild-harvested and sustainably sourced from North-East Tasmania. We have long-standing relations with the Kunzea producers and can guarantee no chemicals or pesticides are used. 

Kunzea ambigua being harvested in Tasmania

What are the therapeutic 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 therapeutic benefits and uses.

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

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

We hadn't 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.

The Brass family experimented with the pure essential oil for a number of years, until they 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 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 scientific studies, peer-reviewed research and anecdotal 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 uses 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.

Kunzea ambigua essential oil on Flinders Island Tasmana

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 most 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.

Also, the pure essential oil is highly concentrated, so applying it neat to the skin is simply a waste. Kunzea Pain Relief Products have been 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?

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 cannot be used during pregnancy if diluted, however, if you are uncertain please seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner.

As we recommend with all of our products, 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. We do recommend that children using our products are over 6 months of age.

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.

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

Zea Relief Kunzea Products

How do Zea Relief Kunzea Products work? 

Zea Relief Products contains the therapeutic and pain-relieving 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 Kunzea Products made of?

Our Kunzea Pain 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.

Visit the individual product pages to learn more about specific products and their active ingredients: https://www.zearelief.com/collections/kunzea-pain-relief

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-East Tasmania. From here the pure essential oil is shipped to our TGA-certified manufacturer in Northern NSW where the testing is conducted and the formulation happens. 

Do Zea Relief Kunzea Products have an aroma or scent? 

Depending on the product, the aroma will be different. Each product in our range uses a variety of different ingredients and essential oils, giving them different scents and aromas. 

As the signature ingredient in all of our products, Kunzea Oil has a clean, fresh, invigorating scent. Unlike Tea Tree Oil, Wintergreen, Menthol and other Pain Relief Products, the Kunzea aroma is aromatically very pleasing and well-liked by most people. 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 Kunzea Pain Relief Products be used when on blood thinners?

There are no known contraindications for using our Kunzea Pain Relief Products while taking blood thinners. You should be able to use our products externally without side effects, although with some blood thinners it is important to monitor your INR levels. So, when using any products, or ingesting any foods which may affect INR levels, periodic checks are advisable.

Likewise, The small amount of Vitamin E in our Natural Kunzea Cream should be safe in most cases as it is being applied topically. Although if taking blood thinners, once again, checks should be done periodically.

We suggest that each case be treated individually, as we don't know exactly what we will react too. To date, we have had no adverse reactions reported, however, if in doubt please consult your medical practitioner for advice.

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.

Natural Kunzea Cream for Arthritis, Muscle Pain, Joint Swelling & Inflammation