Kunzea Essential Oil (Kunzea ambigua)


Kunzea may also be referred to as White Cloud Essential Oil, Tasmanian Spring Flower Essential Oil, Tick Bush Essential Oil. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.


"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 ambiguais a shrub that produces small, fragrant white flowers with intriguingly long stamens.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Medicinal Slightly camphoraceous Slightly citrus Slightly floral Slightly sweet

  • Common Name(s): White Cloud Essential Oil, Tasmanian Spring Flower Essential Oil, Tick Bush Essential Oil
  • Synonyms(s) for Kunzea ambigua: Kunzea corifolia, Kunzea pelagia, Leptospermum ambiguum, Metrosideros abietina, Metrosideros corifolia, Stenospermum corifolium

  • Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Kunzea
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Oxides, Sesquiterpenols
  • Major Compounds: a-Pinene, 1,8-Cineole, Viridiflorol, Globulol, Bicyclogermacrene, a-Terpineol
  • Perfumery Note: Top to Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Australia and Tasmania
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves
  • Shelf Life: 5 years
  • Wild Harvested Wild Harvested
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details


Kunzea Blends:

Angelica Root Rosalina

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Kunzea:

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.]

Safety Precautions for Kunzea:

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. 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. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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