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Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua)


Kunzea is one of my favourite oils for easing emotional pain.

Family: Myrtaceae

Synonyms: Tick bush, Ducane kunzea.

Aroma: Clean, fresh.

Colour: Pale to golden yellow.

Kunzea flowers 4Plant: Tall, up to 5 metres shrub with small dark green leaves on long arching thin branches. Flowers are small, white (rarely pink) and profuse being 1.5 cm in diameter and crowded along short lateral bracts.

Main Growing Areas: North East Tasmania, South East mainland Australia.

Major Constituents: alpha-pinene, 1,8 cineole, globulol, viridiflorol, biocyclogermacrene.

Interesting snippets: Native animals seek relief from infestations of ticks by brushing against, sleeping or lying under the trees.

Part of Plant used / Extraction: Leaves, stems and branches by steam distillation.

Therapeutic actions: Gout, insect bites, cuts, minor burns, muscular aches and pains, arthritis, flu, shingles, eczema.

Emotional and Spiritual: Nervous tension, stress, mild anxiety.
Robbi Zeck writes kunzea helps to defuse deep emotional pain that has grown solid as a result of suppression, creating internal blocks in the body’s meridian system. Pain and crisis are part of the human cycle and mindful awareness can transform pain. Pain in the body indicates that something is wrong. Pain can also activate growth and a potential for healing. Pain is often the opening through which you can learn to trust yourself and see yourself differently. Learn to breathe your spirit fully into life. Use your breath to move you through the fear of pain and the pain of fear. There is no such thing as an event or a pain without a feeling associated with it. Where there is pain in the body, there is always an emotion attached to the pain. Kunzea assists in the release of physical and emotional pain and in transforming the immediate shock of accidents.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I acknowledge the pain I feel and gently realease it.


Contemplations for the Soul:


Have you been deeply hurt by the words or actions of others?
Have you done things that have hurt you on an emotional or spiritual level?
Have you suppressed or buried the pain so as not to feel it?
It’s time to acknowledge your feelings, forgive those who caused the pain and let it go.
Release those who are causing you pain in your life.
Find a place where you feel safe. This may include visiting a therapist or speaking to a trusted friend or family member.
Regain your confidence. Know that fear and pain are a part of life but dealing with them when they occur instead of supressing them will allow you to move on and enjoy life.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-toxic.

Sources: Hodges C. Contemplations for the Soul (2016)

Hodges C, Fragrant Change Healing Cards (2015)

Webb, M, Kunzea Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.21 (2002)
Zeck R, The Blossoming Heart. Aroma Tours (2004)

Essential Oils for Cleansing

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September is the month when many people decide to do some spring cleaning here in Australia. You may wish to clear the build-up of negative energy from your home, workspace or self.

There are many essential oils that can help you. These include:
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) – helps clear the mental clutter. She clears and cleanses a room and brings in positive energy.

Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) – helps release and cleanse the physical, emotional and mental clutter.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) – cleanses negativity in people and their environment, giving a sense of freedom and spaciousness.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – helps break ties with the past that may be weighing you down.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) – dissolves emotional energy blocks and heavy negative feelings, especially blame, anger and frustration.

Juniper (Juniperus communis) – cleanses and clears a room or person of negative energies and protects against negativity.

Lemon (Citrus limonum) – clears emotional confusion. Clears and cleanses the room.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) – clears and cleanses a room. Dispels negative energy and releases limitations.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) – clears feelings of agitation and heated emotions. Purifies the mind and body.

Pine (Pinus sylvestris) – clears and cleanses a room. Repels and clears negative energy.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – clears and cleanses a room. Provides protection from negative influences.

Spruce (Picea mariana) – clears and cleanses bringing a sense of spaciousness.

How to Use
Cleansing and Protecting Your Aura
Use juniper or pine to cleanse or protect your aura before or after visiting crowded places, for example a shopping mall or train. Put one or two drops of the oil in the palm of your hands and stroke them lightly over the physical body and/or through your aura. Make sure the strokes touch the ground and sweep away from yourself or the person you are cleansing.

Add up to 6 drops of essential oil to half a cup of full fat milk and add to the bath water. (The milk helps the oil disperse through the water rather than sitting on top of it. You could also use a solubiliser for this purpose). Lay in the bath and breathe in the cleansing aroma. If you use frankincense you could also visualize cutting all the old ties that are weighing you down.

Use up to 4 drops in the vaporiser to clear the room after an argument or heavy healing session.

Make a spray using 50 mls of spring water and up to 15 drops of essential oils to spray your room (don’t spray furniture) or self (make sure your eyes are closed). This is also useful for cleansing areas after you have de-cluttered a space or your wardrobe.

Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)

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Palo Santo belongs to the same family as elemi, frankincense and myrrh.

Family: Burseraceae

Synonyms: Holy wood, incense tree because of the resemblance of the twigs of the tree to incense sticks.

Aroma: Refreshing woody scent with hint of frankincense

Colour: Clear to pale yellow

palo santoPlant: Grows in dry, tropical forests reaching a height of 4 to10 metres. It is densely branched with a smooth, non-peeling bark that is purple tinged but appears to be pale or silvery gray due to a covering of lichens.


Main Growing Areas: Indigenous to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and the Pacific coast of South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and the Galapagos islands).

Major Constituents: Limonene, terpineol, alpha-pinene, menthofuran, carvone, germacrene, carveol, juneol and pulegone.

Interesting snippets: The tree or limb must die a natural death and remain in the forest for 4 to 10 years to decay in order to produce a good quality essential oil. Cutting down the tree and leaving it to decay for the same amount of time will yield an oil of a poor quality.

The wood has been used in South America to make barrels for ageing wine.
The burning wood is used to repel various insect species and to protect cattle from vampire bats.

The Incas and shamans in Central and South America used and continue to use it, as part of their sacred healing rituals to heal, remove or cast spells, and gaze into the future.
In Peru, shamans light palo santo sticks and use the smoke to fumigate the aura of ritual participants in order to clear evil spirits, patterns of misfortune, and negative thinking.

palo-santoPart of Plant used /Extraction: Steam distillation of the heartwood of aged, fallen trees.

Therapeutic actions: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, antiviral, diuretic, reduces fever, sedative, headaches, wound healing, joint and muscle aches and pains, sprains and respiratory symptoms, coughing, bronchitis, asthma, colds.

Emotional and Spiritual: Grounding, calming, anxiety, depression, emotional stress or trauma, panic attacks, clears negative energy.

Safety: Possible skin sensitization if oil is old or oxidized.

Sources: Berkowsky B, Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils
Tisserand R and Young R, Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014