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Native Australian Essential Oils

Australia is a vast country with a diverse environment which produces a wide variety of unique plants, many of which capable of producing incredible essential oils with fantastic therapeutic properties and beautiful fragrances which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Some, like eucalyptus and tea tree, are world famous and widely used across all the continents for many different purposes.   However there are many other unique oils with which you may not be so familiar,    

Take your time to read our guide to some of the amazing variety of oils which Australia has to offer,  Then why not purchase some and try them for yourself.  You will not be dissappointed.

Please note - the following is intended as a general guide to the oils only.  It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or recommendation for any particular condition.  Always refer to a qualified professional for therapeutic advice regarding your personal situation and whether or not a particular oil is suitable for you.  

​We do not recommend ingestion of any oils.  Always dilute before applying to the skin.   While most oils are safe to use, there is always the rare possibility of an allergic reaction, so test carefully if you have any doubt.

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The unique aniseed-like aroma of this wonderful oil is immediately noticeable.  It is more subtle and pleasant than normal aniseed and blends much more effectively with other oils.   This is a wonderful feminine oil which is hormonally balancing especially for those going through times of fluctuation with symptoms such as hot flushes or emotional imbalance.    It is calming, soothing and balancing, useful in times of stress and anxiety as well as promoting a sense of general calm and wellbeing. Not suitable during pregnancy, breastfeeding or following breast cancer

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Anise Myrtle

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This amazing oil is lesser known but should not be overlooked or undervalued.  It is a distant relative of peppermint and has a fresh, bright aroma full of life and vitality.  It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and is used in aromatherapy for the treatment of colds and headaches..  It is refreshing, enlivening and invigorating great for times of mental fatigue when it can provide a renewed sense of energy and motivation.  Avoid during pregnancy.  Can be skin sensitizing in some individuals.

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Balm Mint Bush

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This oil gets its name from its incredible blue colour which has to be seen to be believed.  It is antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory, the latter making it a great oil to use in sports recovery blends.  However it is the psychological and emotional effects which this oil is most widely recognized for.  It is calming, grounding and soothing yet reinvigorating at the same time.  Blue cypress is ideal for coping with stress and anxiety.   It brings solace and comfort in times of grief, loss or emotional distress and aides the healing process helping you to move forward with your life in a positive way.

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Blue Cypress

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Buddhawood has many similar properties to sandalwood.  It has previously been used as a substitute for true sandalwood in aromatherapy blends however it has a distinct fragrance of its own, as well as subtle differences in its therapeutic properties making it a valuable oil in its own right.  As the name suggests, it is the perfect oil to use during meditation practice.  It has a deep,earthy scent which is strongly grounding and provides an anchor to any blend in which it is included.   It helps provide focus, clarity and draws dispersed energy back to the centre.  It is a perfect choice for anyone wishing to achieve a deep state of meditation or connect with a higher power.

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Buddha Wood

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​A fresh, bright and clean scented eucalyptus from the goldfield areas of New South Wales and Victoria. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties.   It is commonly used for coughs, colds as well as being used in massage blends to ease sore and tired muscles.  Its antimicrobial properties mean that is makes an ideal alternative to chemical cleaning products.  Blends well with tea tree and mint or lemon scented oils

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Eucalyptus - Australiana

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​A fresh, bright and clean scented eucalyptus from the goldfield areas of New South Wales and Victoria. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties.   It is commonly used for coughs, colds as well as being used in massage blends to ease sore and tired muscles.  Its antimicrobial properties mean that is makes an ideal alternative to chemical cleaning products.  Blends well with tea tree and mint or lemon scented oils

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Eucalyptus - Blue Mallee

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Originating in Western Australia, this unique oil is one of the more recent discoveries having only been cultivated for aromatherapy purposes for a few decades despite having a long history of traditional use.  Its popularity is growing fast among aromatherapists and massage therapists throughout Australian because of its anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties which make it a wonderful oil for all those muscular aches and pains.  It also provides a feeling of calmness, emotional balance and general wellbeing - the perfect oil to rid your mind and body of the stress associated with modern life.  Its light fragrance is enhancing to many blends.  

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Fragonia

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​A beautiful, truly unique oil from Western Australia.  A warm, comforting oil with a striking honey fragrance.  This oil is emotionally supportive and comforting in times of stress or illness.  I may help to bring concentration and focus and so is used in study blends.  It blends well with anise myrtle, lemon myrtle or other lemon scented oils.

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Honey Myrtle

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This is another relatively new essential oil.  Sometimes known as tick bush, it first came to notice as native animals will often rest beneath it to ward off ticks.  Research has shown that it is strongly analgesic and anti-inflammatory, making it an ideal choice for treating skin conditions as well as muscular aches and pains.   It is positive and uplifting yet at the same time grounding making it another wonderful oil for stress relief.   Its pleasant fragrance blends well with many other oils.

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Kunzea

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A beautiful  lemon-scented eucalyptus, eucalyptus staigeriana is more subtle in its approach than its better known cousin. It has a pleasant fragrance which blends wonderfully with other oils and is enhancing to blends.  Like other eucalypts, it is known for its antispetic and antiviral qualities.   However it is so much more.  It has subtle yet positive qualities, bringing  peace, confidence and optimism as well as general feelings of calm and wellbeing.  

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Lemon Ironbark

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Lemon myrtle is another well-known oil with a wonderful, uplifting fragrance.  It is often used in products such as skincare and soap due to its beautiful scent while the dried leaves will make a lovely addition to your cooking.  Like many of our native essential oils, it has both antibacterial and antiviral qualities making it useful in cleaning products and the treatment of coughs, colds and flu.  It is energizing, refreshing and uplifting in nature.   It is a wonderful oil in times of stress, anxiety or depression, bringing renewed vitality and optimism. ​May cause skin sensitization in some individuals.

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Lemon Myrtle

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This variety of eucalyptus has a strong, distinctive citrus aroma making it immediately recognizable as soon as you open the bottle. As with most varieties of eucalyptus, its antiviral and antibacterial qualities and is also known for its very high quality of citronella which is the key ingredient in natural insect repellants.  Certainly not an oil that you can ignore, eucalyptus citriodora is positive, assertive and confident and will leave you feeling the same way. ​ This oil can be skin sensitizing in some individuals.

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Lemon Scented Gum

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This beautiful oil has a fresh, uplifting citrus aroma with a strong, powerful quality.   The plant has been traditionally used for colds and flu as well as an insect repellant due to its high citronella content.   It has a bright, fresh fragrance ideal for cleansing any room.  It brings feelings of strength, positivity, motivation and enthusiam and you are sure to feel ready to go out and face the world full steam ahead.

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Lemon Tea Tree

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Nerolina has a fresh, uplifting fragrance reminiscent of eucalyptus.  It has antibacterial and antiviral qualities and is often used to treat coughs and colds while its analgesic qualities are used by massage therapists to treat muscular aches and pains.  Its distinctive scent is both refreshing and uplifting while at the same time having a calming and relaxing effect.  

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Nerolina

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Also found in the wetland areas of eastern Australia, this oil is a gentler alternative to tea tree with many of the same therapeutic properties including anti-bacterial and anti-viral.  It can be used to treat respiratory ailments, skin conditions or in cleaning products.  Blends well with tea tree, eucalyptus or lemon scented oils.

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Niaouli

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Imagine the freshness and liveliness of peppermint combined with the cleanness of eucalyptus.   This wonderful oil combines the best of both.   Traditional peppermint oil can be skin sensitizing and is also considered unsafe for children or pregnant women.   However the eucalyptus dives contains much lower concentrations of menthone, making it much safer to use.  It is used by aromatherapists in footcare preparations and also to encourage clear breathing.    Its fresh, invigorating scent helps to bring feelings of clarity and focus as well as positivity and inspiration.

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Peppermint Gum

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Sometimes known as lavender tea tree, this beautiful oil has a gentle fragrance which is much more subtle than either lavender or tea tree, yet contains many similar therapeutic properties. This makes it an ideal substitute for those who find the other oils overpowering.   It is calming, relaxing and soothing, bringing a feeling of peace and releasing tension and anxiety.  Its gentle nauremakes it a wonderful choice for sensitive individuals who are easily overwhelmed.

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Rosalina

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Sandalwood is one of the most precious and luxurious of the essential oils.   It is far superior to the Indian sandalwood (santalum album) which is frequently used in aromatherapy, but is also critically endangered.  The Australian variety (santalum spicatum), on the other hand, is environmentally sustainable as well as having amazing therapeutic properties and one of the most attractive scents of all the oils.  On a physical level, it has soothing, moisturizing, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties leading to its use in skincare.  However it is also recognized and widely used for its emotional and spiritual effects.   Sandalwood is uplifting, calming, grounding and focusing all at the same time.   It is used in times of stress and anxiety and is the ideal oil for aiding concentration and meditation. 

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Sandalwood - Australian

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Along with eucalyptus, tea tree is one of the best known and most recognizable of all the essential oils.  It is often mass produced on a vast scale which can lead to a loss of therapeutic value so it is important to make sure you only use a good quality oil.  Tea tree is bright, fresh, invigorating and stimulating.  It is well known for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral qualities and is often used in natural cleaning products as well as to treat infections.  Its fresh scent will leave you feeling positive, stimulated and ready to take on the world.

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Tea Tree

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Native to many areas of inland Australia, white cypress is versatile and has many different qualities.   It is fairly unique in that essential oil can be produced from either the wood or the leaves, with both oils having their own distinct properties.   The leaf oil is light, uplifting and refreshing.   It brings with it a sense of optimism, helping to relieve the heavy burden of dealing with everyday stresses and strains of modern life.   The wood oil, on the other hand, is calming and grounding, providing a feeling of strength and certainty.  The wood oil is also a great oil to aid in meditation as it allows the mind to be still and focus.

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White Cypress