• Australian Kunzea

    100% Tasmanian Grown & Sustainably Sourced

  • Brief History of Kunzea Oil

    Kunzea was first pioneered by a local farmer in Northern Tasmania. For the better half of 30 years, Kunzea found itself in a few small boutique essential oil brands, but until recently has always been an underachiever in comparison to essential oils like Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lavender. Scientifically classified as Kunzea ambigua, other common names include White Kunzea, Tick Bush, Tasmanian Kunzea, Poverty Bush, Zea Oil and White Cloud.


    The Kunzea plant is part of the Myrtaceae family (Myrtle). It is endemic to Australia and primarily grows in north-east Tasmania and Flinders Islands. It can also be found sporadically along the south-east coast of Australia. The plant is a large shrub that grows up to 5 metres in height.


    The pure essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Kunzea ambigua plant. Aromatically, Kunzea has a pleasant scent with clean, fresh, invigorating undertones. The aroma is often compared to the scent of the Australian Bush. The pure essential oil has a pale yellow tinge that has comparable properties and uses to Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Manuka.

    Therapeutic Properties and Benefits

    In comparison to other essential oils, the therapeutic potential of Kunzea Oil is still in its infancy. However, the combination of both anecdotal and scientific evidence and the increase in new studies being conducted in recent years, demonstrate that there are several proven and promising therapeutic uses of Kunzea Oil.


    While a lot of oils can lay claim to similar benefits to Kunzea, it is the high content of several important sesquiterpene compounds (C15) present in the organic composition of Kunzea ambigua that makes it unique. It is these C15 compounds that give Kunzea its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. The key compounds in Kunzea are alpha-pineol, viridifloral, cineole, alpha-terpineol, bicyclogermacrene, globulol, spathulenol and ledol.

    A typical analysis of the major components in Kunzea Oil are as follows:
    • Alpha-pinene 35-52%

    • 1,8 cineole 9-16%

    • Viridiflorol 7-12%

    • Globulol 7-11%

    • Bicyclogermacrene 4-5%

    • Alpha-terpineol 2%

    Another reason why Kunzea is different from other essential oils is its unusual biochemical properties. Its two major constitutes are alpha-pinene and 1,9 cineole. The pinene is present in a larger percentage than the cineole, which is very unusual. The presence and ratio of these two compounds give Kunzea its powerful properties for treating all manner of respiratory conditions. Its low percentage of cineole also means that it is larger considered non-irritant and safer on the skin than similar essential oils, such as Eucalyptus and Tea Tree.

    In addition to its various therapeutic uses, this refreshing and aromatic oil has a number of key benefits over alternative essential oils. Some key benefits of Kunzea Oil include:

    • Safe and suitable for most skin types
    • Organically grown (without certification) in Tasmania
    • Helps decrease inflammation and pain
    • Aromatically uplifting and invigorating
    Kunzea has been relatively unknown as an aromatherapy essential oil because little was known about it until recent years. The numerous therapeutic and aromatic benefits of Kunzea oil has begun to attract the attention of health and wellness professionals throughout the world, and it has stimulated a great deal of exploration into its usage in conventional medicine, aromatherapy, household products and perfumery.

    References & Studies

    • Webb M. Bush Sense. Self-published, Australia, 2000.
    • Webb M. Australian Essential Oil Profile – Kunzea. Aromatherapy Today, Vol 21 March 2002.
    • Guba R. Kunzea essential oil, Essential News Vol.19 October 2006.
    • Thomas J. et al. An evaluation of the clinical efficacy of kunzea oil formulations in the therapeutic management of psoriasis in adults. Proceedings of the APSA Annual Conference, Hobart, 2009.
    • Thomas J et al. An examination of the essential oils of Tasmania Kunzea ambigua, other Kunzea spp. and commercial kunzea oil. Journal of Essential Oil Research 2010; 22:5. http:/dx/doi.org/10.1080110412905.201.9700351
    • Thomas J. Kunzea Oil: Investigation of composition, bioactivity and therapeutic potential. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania. 2012.
    • Thomas J. et al. Evaluation of repellent properties of volatile extracts from Australian native plant Kunzea ambigua against Aedes aegypti (Diptera: culcidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 46(6):1387-1391. DOI 10.16031033.046.0619
    • Williams CR. Et al. Can kunzea oil (Kunzea ambigua) control head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis)? Parasitology Open, 2016; 2(3):1-5. Cambridge University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/pao.2015.
    • Zeck R. The Blossoming Heart – aromatherapy for healing and transformation. Aroma Tours. Australia, 2004.
    • Jacobson G. Clinical trial of kunzea for onychomycoses treatment – commercial potential. In Essential Oil and Plant Extracts, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation completed projects in 2009-2009, RIRDC Publication no 09/098, September 2009.
  • Product Facts

    Botanical name: Kunzea ambigua
    Common name: Tasmanian Kunzea, Tick Bush, White Cloud, White Kunzea, Zea Oil
    Plant family: Myrtaceae
    Origin: Tasmania, Australia
    Plant part: Leaves
    Extraction method: Steam distilled
    Shelf life: 3-4 years
    Uses: Aroma diffuser, bath, massage oil, spa, saunas, and room deodorisers.
    Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal
    Aroma: Clean, fresh, medicinal aroma, often compared to the Australian Bush
    TSCA CAS: 97553-36-1

    EINECS: 307-193-3

    Density: 0.850 – 0.950

    Refractive index: 1.465 – 1.485

    Optical rotation: 0° to 50°

  • Our Process

    Grow - Harvest - Distil - Test - Deliver



    Kunzea ambigua grows wild in the pristine wilderness of North-East Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands



    It is sustainably harvested at the right time of year to enhance therapeutic properties of the oil



    The leaves of the Kunzea ambigua plant are steam distilled to produce the Kunzea Essential Oil



    We conduct extensive testing on every batch of Kunzea Oil to ensure its high quality and purity



    Our deliver process is fast and quick. Larger sizes may come in aluminium canisters

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