Christi shares her experience:
I lost my balance and ran into a metal shelf in the production area a little over a month ago resulting in a knee injury for which I am currently being treated. Crutches, leg brace, x-rays, MRI, NSAID’s, and starting physical therapy this week. I’ve supplemented with essential oils, mainly reaching for the “superstar” oils for joint pain without much noticeable success. Sometimes we have to be reminded by our clients about the benefits of particular oils. It is so easy to get into a rut and reach for the same oils over and over again and with over 200 to choose from, outstanding lesser known oils can easily be overlooked.
Yesterday a client called to discuss buying our Kunzea Ambigua (Australian Tick Bush) in bulk and I asked, “What are you using it for?” (I think of it for infections, staph, skincare, mainly.) He proceeded to tell me enthusiastically about how several members of his family used it successfully for joint pain, arthritis, sports injuries, and even fibromyalgia. A light bulb went off in my head! Why didn’t I think of that?
Of course, I KNEW of these uses…that Kunzea is supposed to be analgesic & anti-inflammatory, but I always reach for Helichrysum, Arnica, St. John’s Wort, & Lavender, first! Marge mentions on the website that in Australia, Kunzea is actually registered for temporary relief of arthritis, strains, sprains, muscle aches & joint pain. The oil is high in alpha pinene (analgesic) and 1,8 cineole (anti-inflammatory & pain relief) and often recommended for topical use. Note: Helichrysum is also high in alpha pinene.
Fortunately I work at Nature’s Gift so I was able to immediately get some Kunzea and began using it on my knee. I only wish I had thought of this a month ago! Noticeable relief in less than an hour & quite long lasting, too. I did not apply again until bedtime. Just a few drops rubbed onto the injured area of the knee undiluted. Note: Do not use on broken skin or open wounds undiluted. Dilute in carrier oil for use on a wider area of the body and keep in mind it is recommended for TEMPORARY relief, not long term usage. Which means if using it for a chronic condition like Arthritis or Fibromyalgia, always dilute in your favorite carrier oil before using.
The aroma is medicinal in a way similar to other oils from New Zealand and Australia. Think of it as a scent somewhere between Tea Tree & Fragonia™. It blends well with other Australian oils (Rosalina, Niaouli, Fragonia™, lemon Tea Tree) & Lavender. Dr. Daniel Penoel in France, and other researchers in America, continue interesting research into the many and varied uses of Kunzea for a variety of conditions, which is quite promising. I am fascinated with both Australian oils & Madagascar oils…so much healing potential from nature.
Read more about Kunzea Ambigua & other essential oils here.