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Kunzea Essential Oil

Kunzea ambigua

Kunzea ambigua

"Kunzea ambigua flowers" by John Tann. Licensed under CC BY 2.0


Kunzea Essential Oil is sometimes referred to as White Cloud Essential Oil, Tasmanian Spring Flower Essential Oil and Tick Bush Essential Oil.

Native to Australia and Tasmania, Kunzea ambigua is a shrub that produces small, fragrant white flowers with intriguingly long stamens.

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Kunzea Essential Oil

Kunzea Essential Oil is particularly helpful when incorporated into my personal blends for muscular and arthritic pain.

I see significant potential for use of Kunzea Essential Oil in emotional and physical applications. Robbi Zeck, ND, writes that Kunzea Essential Oil "helps to defuse deep emotional pain that has grown solid as a result of suppression, creating internal blocks in the body's meridian system." [Robbi Zeck, ND, The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation (Victoria, Australia: Aroma Tours, 2008), 88.]

Aromatically, Kunzea Essential Oil is fresh, crisp and woody. Kunzea subtly reminds me of a combination of Eucalyptus and Fragonia, with perhaps a hint of Manuka.

Kunzea Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

  • Respiratory Support
  • Congestion
  • Sinus Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Sore Muscles
  • Relaxation
  • Insect Repellent
  • Muscular Aches
  • Joint Pain
  • Nervous Tension
  • Emotional Pain
  • Emotional Blockages

Sources: Andrea Butje, The Heart of Aromatherapy (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2017), 69. Robbi Zeck, ND, The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation (Victoria, Australia: Aroma Tours, 2008), 88.

Botanical Name

Kunzea ambigua

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Clear to Pale Yellow



Perfumery Note

Top to Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Kunzea Essential Oil smells fresh, crisp and woody.

Major Constituents

  • a-Pinene
  • 1,8-Cineole
  • Viridiflorol
  • Globulol
  • Bicyclogermacrene
  • a-Terpineol

See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: Private Communication: Condon, 2003. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 468.

Kunzea Essential Oil Safety Information

Tisserand and Young warn that old and oxidized oils should not be used. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 468.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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