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About Kunzea oil
So what's the fuss about Kunzea oil?
Tasmanian Kunzea Ambigua essential oil has amazing anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Sometimes called 'tick bush', this native shrub grows in abundance in the pristine North East of Tasmania and on the islands. The leaves and stems of the shrubs are harvested and the potent, pure oil extracted through steam distillation. Tasmanian Kunzea Ambigua essential oil has been listed by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration for its relieving abilities - in relation to symptoms of mild arthritis/osteoarthritis, muscular aches, pains and soreness, colds and flu, and nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety. While many more scientific tests on Kunzea are yet to be done, users of the oil also report many other pain and skin issue benefits. The power and potential of this incredibly unique, natural product is only just starting to be realised. Those who have experienced the benefits of this oil have been captivated by it's natural soothing and relieving properties. Kunzea oil has a beautifully clean, woody, medicinal aroma - the essence of the Tasmanian bush.
Why does Kunzea Ambigua essential oil provide relief?
Kunzea Ambigua essential oil contains high levels of key organic molecules. These compounds have anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities, that when combined, work uniquely together to provide Kunzea its powerful ability to relieve pain and inflammation. Kunzea oil can be absorbed through the skin to reach the areas needing relief. It can relax the muscles and reduce inflammation. While other oils may seem to be similar to Kunzea; they don't have the number of these key molecules, nor in the high ratios, that Kunzea does. Kunzea oil also has compounds that are antibacterial, antiseptic, anti fungal and work to relieve the respiratory system.
Can I use Kunzea essential oil directly on my skin?
It is not usually advised to use 'neat' on the skin, except if under medical advice. The pure oil is best used in room diffusers for a beautifully calming Tasmanian bush aroma and for respiratory relief. Otherwise, it is highly recommended that the oil is diluted (eg is a product ingredient) when used topically (on the skin).
Is Kunzea like tea tree oil?
No, not really. Kunzea Ambigua and Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) are both part of the Myrtle (Myrtaceae) family, but so are more than 3000 other trees and shrubs. They also both belong to the Leptospermum genus, but again this includes around 100 different groupings of natives, which are all very different. Kunzea Ambigua oil has a very different make up compared to tea tree oil. In fact only a small few of the many constituents are the same. And these few are significantly lower in concentration in tea tree oil compared to Kunzea oil. The therapeutic properties and benefits of different Kunzea oil constituents, and how they work together, make it quite unique. Another key difference is that Kunzea oil is considered a non-irritant when applied to the skin, whereas for some people tea tree oil may not be well tolerated. Aromatically, Kunzea oil is also more mild and pleasant. So the oils themselves don't have much in common at all!
About Kunzea Tasmania products
What does 'extra strength' mean and how does it compare?
Our products that say 'extra strength' means that they contain at least 10% (100mg per gram) of Kunzea essential oil. This is up to double the strength of some other Kunzea containing products on the market, while still being very safe. Our products aren't double the price though! Given the amount of Kunzea oil in our products, and the small amount used, they are great value. (Reference to: Capzea liniment 4.5%, Zea balm 5%, Zea liniment 5%, Zea cream pot 5%, Zea cream tube 7.5%)
What's the difference between the lotion, cream, liniment and soothe oil?
A key point to note is that they are all ‘extra strength’ so they all have the same concentration of Kunzea oil in them. The choice is a personal preference. Our Kunzea soothe oil androll on liniment areoil blends and come in a serum pump or in a roll on bottle (great for taking with you). They both have the 'extra strength' Kunzea concentration, and the soothe oil also has some other ingredients that enhance the soothing properties of Kunzea. Both are very multi-purpose options. The cream and lotion are water-based products. The cream is a thicker version of the lotion and comes in the pot or tube. The lotion is lighter, comes in the pump packs (great to use at home), and the largest pump is the most economical of all our topical products. So the products have a different skin feel - an oil blend (liniment or soothe oil) verses the water-based cream or lotion; different methods of applying; and different sizes. They can all be used for a whole range of issues and have the same concentration of Kunzea oil in them. It’s really your choice! Please contact us if you’d like to discuss more. Click to buy now.
Do the Kunzea products feel burning on the skin?
No. Our Kunzea products are non-burning. They will feel very neutral and soothing to the skin. Only some people report feeling a very gentle warming sensation once applied. This is most likely the body responding to the oil, rather than the oil itself. As with all products, it is wise to do a patch test first, especially if you have sensitive skin. It is not recommended that the 100% essential oil is applied undiluted (see more info in the Kunzea oil section above).
Are the products suitable for children, or when pregnant or breastfeeding?
Essential oils are classed as an alternative or complementary medicine and so we suggest if you are concerned, that you seek medical advice prior to use. We believe that these products are very safe for most people, but as with any new item, it's a good idea to patch test or be especially aware when using for the first time. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding we always err on the side of caution and suggest you seek independent advice. We are not aware of any evidence that Kunzea isn't safe at these times and many people do use it without issue. All ingredients are skin friendly and the products are non-burning and non-toxic. We recommend keeping them out of reach of children as they shouldn't be ingested.
Are Kunzea Tasmania products vegan friendly?
Yes! Our Kunzea Tasmania products contain no animal products or derivatives of. The wax we use is a plant wax - Candelilla. All other ingredients are also plant or mineral based.
Where are the Kunzea Tasmania products made?
Our products are all made by us in northern Tasmania. We have a clean and efficient product development space, where we make our products in small batches to ensure superior freshness and good quality control.
How are Kunzea Tasmania products tested?
We don't test on animals - we test on ourselves! Considerable time has gone into the careful development and trialling of all of our products before each formulation has been finalised. We have also had our products tested for stability and shelf life, as well as to monitor Kunzea concentration over time. These tests have helped us to be confident in the safety and quality of what we offer.
Where are Kunzea Tasmania products sold?
We sell our Kunzea Tasmania products on our website (and over the phone). Also on most Sundays during the warmer months (roughly October through to May) you can find us at the Evandale markets in northern Tasmania. We also have some businesses stocking and using our products. See our stockists page for more details. Please contact us if you are interested in selling our products.
How do I store Kunzea Tasmania products?
We recommend storing your products below 25 degrees and out of direct sunlight. As with most essential oils, Kunzea oil can deteriorate and lose some of its beneficial properties if heated or exposed to sunlight. This can also cause some pressure to build up inside the packaging, which could get messy! It is best to keep your Kunzea Tasmania products in a cool, dry, and preferably dark space. It's also ideal where possible to keep the temperature fairly stable, as extreme changes in temperature can cause deterioration as well. So perhaps places like your bathroom cupboard, medicine cabinet, desk drawer at work, bedside table/drawer or handbag might be options. Avoid leaving products in the car or on window sills, as these places may get very hot!
Why might my product not look full to the brim?
Our Kunzea Tasmania formulated products are made using weight measures of each ingredient, as this is more accurate than using volume, to ensure correct ingredient ratios. These products are also weight measured during the filling of packaging and weights re-checked again, to ensure all products contain the minimum weight (not including the packaging) listed on the label. So while the lotion for example might not appear to be full to the bottle brim, we can guarantee that it will contain (as a minimum) the weight of product listed on the label.
Can I buy products as a gift and have them sent to someone else?
Absolutely! On each of the product pages there is space to write a 'gift message' if you would like us to include this for you. We will add your message on a special note and put in with the package. No invoices or prices will be included. Please make sure that you let us know the name and address of where the products need to go - either in place of your details in the order, or in the notes section on the checkout page. Use your own email address in the order, so that the order confirmation details (including prices) comes to you when you place the order, and so you know when it has been shipped. Contact us with any questions.
What are the payment options?
When you order on our website, you can pay by credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard or AM EX). We also have PayPal available. Our website is a secure site, and the Square system connected for card payment is highly secure and encrypted. We're also happy to take payment over the phone. If you don't have or wish to use a credit/debit card or PayPal; we're very happy for you to directly deposit into our account. Please contact us with what you wish to order, along with your address to send/deliver to, and we will let you know our account details, the total amount owed, and a reference for your order. Once the funds have been deposited your order will be sent. Cash, cheque or money order payments are also only available if you have contacted us first.
We encourage you to get to know our products by exploring our website and also checking out our stockists page. If you're interested in becoming a stockist, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact us. We will ask some questions to help understand more about your business and send you some stockist information. All the the next steps will be discussed from there. We look forward to hearing from you.