Today I’d like to talk about some native Australian essential oils. Some you may have heard of and others may be new to you. I love them all for their unique qualities and the fact that they are grown right here in Australia, where I live. So without further ado, I introduce you to…
Aniseed Myrtle (Backhousia naisata)
This sweet refreshing essential oil shares the same compound as all aniseed-scented plants like Fennel, Aniseed, and Star Anise, anethole. It has antispasmodic, antiseptic, and expectorant properties making it perfect for treating colds, coughs, and cases of flu. It also helps to settle the digestive system. It is stimulating for your mind, enhances creativity and imagination, and visualization. It is great if you are feeling stuck, helping you to rejuvenate, move forward, and live your dream
Blue Cypress (Callitris intertropical)
This beautiful essential oil is blue. It has strong anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is very hydrating for the skin and has been used for centuries by Australian Aborigines to moisturize, protect and soothe dry skin in the harsh climate. It is excellent for eczema, burns, and inflamed or itchy skin conditions and also helps reduce muscular tension and pain. It is relaxing and calming, good for communication, inner wisdom, letting go and harmony on all levels.
Eucalyptus Australiana (Eucalyptus radiata)
This Australian eucalyptus is lighter in aroma than others. It is good for muscular soreness and headaches. It is stimulating for the immune system. It has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and expectorant properties making it ideal for flu, colds, coughs, sinus congestion, and throat infections. It aids the respiratory system and helps to breathe. A “must-have” winter essential oil! It is refreshing, stimulating, and energizing for the mind and healing for the spirit
Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
Possibly my favorite of the Australian essential oils. I often have it burning in my oil burner and find it fabulous to use in my massage treatments. Lemon Myrtle is very cleansing, detoxifying, and refreshing. It also has strong antibacterial properties making it a great remedy for colds and flu and problem skin. It is a great anti-depressant, emotionally uplifting & invigorating, it enhances openness and compassion
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree has a warm, fresh, almost spicy aroma that I love! It’s anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties are great for treating cuts, abrasions, bites, skin infections, and acne. It assists in healing wounds and soothing insect bites. It has a strong anti-fungal effect and can be used for athletes’ foot, thrush, and cradle cap – the scaly skin on the scalp of newborns – and it also great for dandruff in older children and adults. It stimulates the immune system and assists in the relief of coughs, colds, cases of flu, mucous congestion, and respiratory infections. I also find it fantastic for treating mouth ulcers. It is purifying and cleansing for the mind, helping to bring clarity and confidence
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these essential oils. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.