Kanuka Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-K01
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: £5.10
Our Kanuka essential oil is steam distilled from the wild harvested leaves of the Kanuka tree/shrub (Kunzea ericoides originally known as Leptospermum ericoides). The bushy shrub, also known as White Tea Tree, is native to New Zealand and grows wild in the East Cape of the North Island. It is also now cultivated in Australia. Although Kanuka comes from the same plant family as Manuka, they are distinctly different species.
Kanuka is highly valued by the Maoris who have traditionally used various parts of the plant for treating pain and inflammation, digestive issues, wounds and skin diseases, and for calming the mind and promoting sleep.
The essential oil is pale yellow in colour, with a fresh, sweet, herbaceous/earthy aroma that is similar to Myrtle or Tea Tree, which also come from the Myrtaceae plant family.
Although sharing similar therapeutic properties to Manuka essential oil, Kanuka's composition is more closely related to Australian Tea Tree, making it a good alternative to Tea Tree if you’re looking for a more delicate aroma.
Kanuka oil is most commonly used for its analgesic, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Species: Kunzea ericoides
- Plant family: Myrtaceae
- Origin: New Zealand
- Note: Middle
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Non toxic. Tisserand & Young recommend avoiding use if the oil has oxidized.
Kanuka is good for minor wounds and bacterial and fungal infections including acne, athletes’ foot, candida and fungal nail infections. It has also been shown to be active against the Herpes simplex virus which causes cold sores. The oil also helps soothe red, itchy, inflamed or irritated skin conditions such as burns, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, rashes, sunburn, insect bites and stings. Note: do not use on open or weeping skin.
The oil’s calming effect can help clear the mind and increase clarity of thought in stressful circumstances. It is also said to aid more restful sleep.
Kanuka is a strong skin penetrator and excellent for soothing pain and inflammation in the muscles and joints. Its strong anti-inflammatory action is good for sprains, strains, sports injuries and chronic inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. The oil is also useful for colds and flu to help combat bacteria and viruses, clear mucous, reduce swelling and pain (e.g. in the sinuses or headaches) and relieve coughing.
Blends well with:
Rosewood, Plai, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper, Ginger, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, Cornmint.
Citral <0.5%, Eugenol <0.1%, Linalool <2.0%, Limonene <1.0%