Kanuka Essential Oil
Kanuka Essential Oil, is also sometimes known as White Tea Tree Essential Oil. I've used Kanuka Essential Oil occasionally since the late 1990s, but it is still harder to source than is Manuka Essential Oil or Tea Tree Essential Oil.
If the GC/MS reports that I've reviewed are an accurate representation of most steam distilled Kanuka Essential Oils, the oil seems to be somewhat more closely related in composition to Australian Tea Tree Essential Oil than to New Zealand Manuka Essential Oil. However, Kanuka is much higher in monoterpenes than is Australian Tea Tree. It contains about 5% cineole.
Kunzea ericoides / Leptospermum ericoides
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Sweet, herbaceous, earthy.
Kanuka Essential Oil Uses
- Chronic Inflammatory Conditions Including Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
- Sore Muscles
- Back Pain
- Pain Associated with Burns
- Intestinal Complaints
Source: Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 70.
Source: N.G. Porter, A.L. Wilkins. Chemical, Physical and Antimicrobial Properties of Essential Oils of Leptospermum scoparium and Kunzea erocoides. (Phytochemistry 50, 1998), 407-415. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 316.
Kanuka Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Kanuka Essential Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. 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), 316.]
General Safety Information
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