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Botanical Name: Kunzea ambigua
Country of Origin: Australia

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Kunzea ambigua or tick bush is commonly found growing on the coastal strip along New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania often forming dense thickets.  Kunzea is closely related to the genus Callistemon (the bottle-brushes) and also bears some similarity to Melaleuca and Leptospermum. There are about 40 species occurring in all states and territories of Australia. One species also occurs in New Zealand – Kunzea ericoides, with the common name of Kanuka.

Australian animals are often found feeding and sleeping around Kunzea as this bush cleanses the animals ticks, lice and other parasites. Hence the popular name “tick bush”

Kunzea is relatively a new essential oil and has a unique composition, with a high content of important sesquiterpene compounds.
Over recent years, a good number of anecdotal reports have been reported relative to the therapeutic benefits of Kunzea essential oil in a variety of common complaints. For the temporary relief of the pain of arthritis and rheumatism; relief of the symptoms of influenza; Sinus headaches from allergens, relief of muscular aches and pains; helps relieve nervous tension, soft tissue bruising, stress and mild anxiety, gout and an excellent insect repellent

This has led to Kunzea oil having been listed with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration for the following approved therapeutic claims.
These are the allowable formal therapeutic claims that can be made in Australia.

Key Points are:

  • The temporary relief of the pain of arthritis
  • Relief of the symptoms of influenza
  • Relief of muscular aches and pains
  • Helps relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety
  • Temporary relief of the pain of rheumatism
  • Helps heal cuts and bruises

However, Dr. Daniel Pénoël, a renowned French physician who specialises in the therapeutic use of essential oils, gives high praise for Kunzea essential oil.
Dr Penoel discusses these and other therapeutic benefits and expands his views and usage.
Please see our blog on anecdotal eveidence Kunzea -Secrets

General Uses:

Kunzea essential oil is probably Australia’s next essential oil wonder.
This Australian Botanical Native Essential Oil has many remarkable properties and is highly mentioned and promoted by world renown aromatherapist Dr Daniel Peneol. Also see blog

Unlike Tea Tree oil, its aroma is very pleasant, it is almost always compared as ‘a smell of the Australian bush’.

Supreme for tired joints and muscles. Relief from stress, anxiety, nervous tension and mental exhaustion.

Kunzea ambigua essential oil has been listed with TGA for relief from, arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, insect bites and insect bite inflammation, symptoms of influenza and a great anti-septic.

Kunzea essential oil is good for irritated skin, good for soft tissue bruising issues.

Therapeutic Benefits

Kunzea ambigua was traditionally used by Aboriginal communities to relieve irritated skin, muscle tightness and pain.
The pure essential oil has been registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as providing temporary relief of the pain of arthritis.

Therapeutic Properties

analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-arthritic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, Insect repellent, gout,

Kunzea Essential Oil has been tested and proven effective against staph, e-coli, and candida.

Typical Chemical Profile of Kunzea

alpha-pinene 30-48%
18-cineole 15%
globulol 7-15%
viridifloral 6-12%
biocyclogermacene 4-6%
alpha-terpineol 1-4%

Also contains small amounts of spathulenol, citronellol, ledol, limonene, calamenene.

Energetics and Chakras

2nd Chakra – relationships, creation energy, 4th Chakra – unconditional love, 5th Chakra – speaking truth, Expansive, Protective, Purifying


Robert Tisserand advises that there are no known hazards.

Please also see our safety first detailed information.

Keep out of the reach of Children.  Store in a cool dark place under 30°

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition.

Additional information

Weight 0.07 kg
Dimensions 2.5 x 2.5 x 7 cm


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