White Cloud, White Kunzea, Tick Bush
Suitable to treat arthritis, muscular aches & pains, strains & sprains, and symptoms of flu.
About the Plant:
Distribution: NE Tasmania, cooler coastal regions of Victoria and SE New South Wales;
Description: A hardy and adaptable shrub that can grow up to 5m tall &/or wide in sandy soils near the coast. Dark green, soft leaves are linear (lanceolate) in shape, and the long, thin branches carry a profusion of small, delicate, white (or very rarely, pink) flowers.
About the Essential Oil:
Aroma: Pleasant - if a little heady - with crisp, Eucalypt-like middle & top notes and earthy, herbaceous bottom notes;
Chemical Composition: Mostly mono- and sesqui-terpenes;
Application Method: Dilute in a topical oil blend or neat on the skin; Aromatic bath blend;
Cautions & Contra-indications: Generally, none. However, as with any oil, people with sensitive skin should do a patch test before using the oil in larger quantities.
- Temporary relief from pain associated with arthritis and rheumatism
- Relief from influenza symptoms
- Relief from muscular aches and pains
- Helps to relieve stress, nervous tension and mild anxiety
- As a disinfectant for a number of common, potentially disease-causing microorganisms, including Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Candida albicans
- As a room deodoriser
- Temporary relief of the itching and pain of insect bites
- As a treatment for eczema, dermatitis and other skin irritations
- Relief from chillblains
- Temporary relief from headaches and migraines
- As an anti-inflammatory and to promote rapid repair of soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains
Clinically, I use this oil along with Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques on clients that have inflammation with oedema (for example: corked thighs, ankle sprains, torn muscles), as well as on clients with trigger points, particularly in the Upper Trapezius and Levator Scapula muscles of the upper back and neck. I have found it to be a wonderful oil that I can use in small quantities neat on the skin, without any prior preparation, to help relieve the pain and inflammation of many soft tissue injuries, as well as a general muscle relaxant.