Monday, July 24, 2017

There's a Sucker Born Every Minute



Christi R. Pugh

PT BARNUM is widely credited with saying, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”  (whether he actually said this is debatable but we understand the sentiment). Similarly, 19 th Century bad boy and celebrated author Oscar Wilde once said, “There is only one thing worse in life than being talked about and that is not being talked about.” 

In our “reality tv,” society some may subscribe to those theories.  Nature’s Gift has been around nearly 25 years and there are many occasions when we are flattered to be mentioned as a source for quality essential oils and aromatherapy products in books, blogs, magazines, and other types of media, when the author is someone we respect.  We appreciate folks helping get the word out and are grateful for the validation.

But there are times when we are listed as a source in a book or magazine that dispenses terrible advice, bad safety information (like promoting the use of ‘neat oils,’), or other misinformation. Years ago, a well-known “alleged” charlatan listed us in a widely distributed book, much to our dismay. On one hand, we hope the reader may find us, a reputable source for aromatherapy information, whom otherwise might not have found us.  Then we can help them. On the other hand, Marge cringes every time it happens, for fear of someone being harmed by the information being dispensed with no thought of safe or appropriate use.

Recently she received an email from a sweet Southern lady in need of help with several issues.  This sweet lady found Nature’s Gift because we were listed as a reputable source in a book she purchased about Aromatherapy and essential oils.  We had never heard of the authors and the advice the authors gave was horrific! (We are not naming the book. Why give them publicity?)

A few examples of things they say to do (all dangerous advice):

Ingest Lemon Oil and water for acid reflux. (will make it worse!)
Clove, Peppermint, and Frankincense chest rub for cough. (undiluted! Will burn and sensitize.)
Ingest Peppermint and Ginger with water for nausea.  (only inhalation is needed.  Very scary!)

These are only a few of their “gems.”  Marge exchanged several very long emails with the lady who had come to us because the information seemed “off” to her.  Thank goodness!  Marge could guide her toward safe and appropriate use of essential oils and toward resources for beginners and the woman was truly grateful.

We wonder where these so-called aromatherapy experts received their training!  Are they Clinical Aromatherapists?  What are their qualifications?  PT Barnum also famously said, “A sucker is born every minute.”  Sometimes I, (Christi), wonder how people can justify publishing information that they either know will harm others or which they have no business writing about because they just aren’t qualified!  We seem to have too many self-appointed “experts” these days.  Do your homework, research, and do what I do, no matter what I am trying to study: google for the professional associations associated with that subject matter.  

For instance, AIA, NAHA, and AHNA (for holistic nurses,) are three of the most reputable professional associations for Aromatherapy in the US.  Start there.  See who they trust, use, and recommend.  Don’t randomly buy a book that looks shiny or take advice on social media without first researching!  Is the author a professional, as indicated by membership in the professional institutions above?  Does the author have a verifiable background of study and experience?

Marge’s creed for the 13 years I have worked with her is, “First, do no harm.”  This applies to everything we do at Nature’s Gift, with our clients at the forefront of our thinking, no matter our task.  We work with very powerful natural products.  The oils may be used for good or they may cause harm if used inappropriately.  

Is there such a thing as bad publicity?  I guess we must say both: YES and NO.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Best Sellers

Most of you know we had a big sale on Wednesday July 19th. Now, only the Essential oils, Absolutes, and CO2s were on sale, so other items, of course, didn't sell as well, proportionally.  I am always interested by "best sellers" and thought you might be, too:

Tied for 10th place:  4 oz Atomizers of Rose Hydrosol (not on sale!) and 15 mls of Sweet Marjoram

Tied for 9th place: 15 mls each of Eucalyptus Radiata, Lavandin Super, and Wild High Alt. Lavender

Tied for 8th: 15 mls of Rose Attar and of Frankincense Organic

Tied for 7th: Sandalwood New Caledonian 15 mls (YAY!), Midwestern Peppermint and 1 oz samplers of German Chamomile Hydrosol (again, not on sale.)

Tied for 6th: 2 mls of S'wood New Caledonian, 15 mls of Blood Orange and of Lavender CO2

5th Place:  Sweet Orange

4th Place:  Vetiver Haiti (YAY!)

3rd Place:  Monarda 15 mls

Tied for 2nd place: 15 mls of Sandalwood Tamil 2016 and 15 mls of Organic Lemon

Drumroll please: in FIRST place, our brand new Pink Peppercorn Essential Oil! That was a surprise to all of us.



Thank you to all who participated, and special thanks for all those who shared their good wishes.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What I learned in Boulder Part 6: There's a Fungus Among Us! (and Herpes)

Skincare/Fungus


Fungal infections can range from ring worm, (most common on the skin) deep mycoses (usually at
Typical Ringworm Presentation
hair follicals, red, painful bumps, inflammation.)  Athlete's foot (Tinea pedia) which may be scaly or large blisters with fluid; very contagious!.  Candida albicans, most common in the  mouth (Thrush) and/or the groin area, can develop any place there are skin folds.  (Newer disease, Candida auras, more common in institutions, very serious, can be systemic, cause serious infections in bloodstream or wound infections. Often resistant to conventional anti-fungals.)

For treatment, out of the basic array of carrier oils, best choice is Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) - Madeleine says is anti-fungal in and of itself.  Other bases, borage or evening primrose CO2s, Virgin Coconut or Jojoba. Food grade Aloe Vera Gel can help keep area drier when used as a base.

Best essential oils, either Geranium or Manuka (two first choices.) Depending on the condition you could use German Chamomile for inflammation, Lavender or Peppermint for itching; Helichrysum or Lavender for pain, Sandalwood for itching and soothing, but always the primary oil is one of the two first choice oils. Always a very low dilution!

German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Peppermint or Rose hydrosols may all prove helpful, as may Calendula infused oil.

Suggested using white clay as a dusting powder if area is moist.

Herpes 

Herpes Zoster - Shingles

For shingles, Madeleine recommends Passion flower tincture, or St. John's Wort Tincture, in Food Grade Aloe Vera Gel. (I need to ask if taking the tinctures internally, the way they are usually dosed, would be helpful.)  Reminder,  Dr. R. J. Buckle and Dr.Kurt Schnaubelt both  teach that either Ravensara aromatica or Ravintsara (cinnamonum camphora ch cineole) in a base of Calophyllum Inophyllum (aka Tamanu) is the specific for shingles, in a very strong dilution, even up to 50% initially.

Herpes simplex virus 1 - cold sores
Herpes simplex virus 2 - genital herpes


For both of the above, the preferred base is Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) although Madeleine also recommends Borage, Evening Primrose CO2, or Rose Hip Seed CO2, or Jojoba if Tamanu is not available.    Her preferred essential oils from the basic groupings would be Bergamot or Peppermint, but she also suggests Ravensara aromatica and Melissa.

(Note, Jane Buckle recommended the same treatment for any form of Herpes that she recommended for Shingles.)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tea Tree Oil and Contact Dermatitis

For those still using Tea Tree Oil neat:
 
Re: Review of Contact Dermatitis Associated with Tea Tree Oil Exposure
de Groot AC, Schmidt E. Tea tree oil: contact allergy and chemical composition. Contact Dermatitis. 2016;75(3):129-143. 

Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia, Myrtaceae) essential oil prepared from the leaves or terminal branchlets (branch tips) of the tea tree has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, and analgesic properties. Therefore, it is used for treating common skin diseases like acne and eczema, skin infections such as herpes simplex and warts, wounds, burns, insect bites, dandruff, and nail mycoses. 
Tea tree oil (TTO) is a common ingredient in a wide range of topical medications, cosmetics, and household products. Of all essential oils, TTO has caused the greatest number (over 90 cases) of contact allergic reactions reported in the literature. This article reviews the literature regarding the chemical composition of TTO and allergic contact dermatitis reactions to TTO. 

Over 220 constituents of TTO have been reported in more than 50 studies. The composition of TTO
Tea Tree awaiting harvest 
varies widely depending upon the chemotype, plant part used, and method of distillation. Although six main chemotypes have been recognized, almost all commercial products contain the terpinen-4-ol dominant (type 1) chemotype. The
other major constituents of commercial TTO are terpinolene, γ-terpinene, 1,8-cineole, α-terpinene, α-terpineol, p-cymene, and α-pinene.
 
Exposure to oxygen, light, heat, and humidity changes the composition of TTO over time. The antioxidants α-terpinene, γ-terpinene, and terpinolene are oxidized to p-cymene; the level of antioxidants decreases and p-cymene level increases up to ten-fold; and the formation of peroxides, endoperoxides, and epoxides such as ascaridole occurs. With aging, TTO becomes green-brownish in color, the aroma becomes turpentine-like, and the viscosity changes. Prolonged oxidation and aging leads to crystallization of compounds and formation of long, thin needle-like crystals.
TTO is responsible for causing contact allergy and allergic contact dermatitis. In routine skin patch testing with 5% TTO, the incidence of positive reactions ranged from 0.1% to 3.5% of the population. The highest rates were observed in Australian studies. The relevance to previous exposure to TTO ranged from 20-66% in these studies.

Approximately two-thirds of the case reports were related to the application of pure TTO for treatment of various skin diseases. In some of the reported cases, the allergic reactions were caused by application of topical formulation containing TTO, and six cases were due to occupational exposure to high concentrations of TTO. Studies of the sensitizing potential of TTO have shown that the fresh oil is a weak to moderate sensitizer, but oxidation significantly increases its sensitizing potential. The most frequently reported sensitizers are ascaridole, terpinolene, α-terpinene (and its oxidation products), 1,2,4-trihydroxymenthane, α-phellandrene, and limonene. Other constituents which may contribute to sensitivity include myrcene, aromadendrene, d-carvone, l-carvone, terpinen-4-ol, viridiflorene, and more rarely (<5%), sabinene, 1,8-cineole, and p-cymene. "Most positive patch test reactions to TTO … probably result from sensitization to the oil itself. However, in some cases, they may possibly reflect prior sensitization to an ingredient of the oil.

In addition, co-reactivity to oil of turpentine, as well as fragrance mix I, benzoin (Styrax benzoin, Styracaceae) resin, balsam of Peru (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae, Fabaceae) resin, colophonium, and other essential oils has been reported.
—Blake Ebersole

(still want to use Tea Tree Oil neat? I hope not!)

Monday, June 12, 2017

What I Learned in Boulder, Pt. 5 More on Skin Problems - Itching!

Itching and Dry Skin in Palliative Care:

(Again this doesn't include the basic course material, just notes I jotted in class in addition to the presentation packet.. And although the course was about palliative care, how many of these solutions apply to daily living, not just hospice situations.)

Itching:

Many different causes: Dermatological, infections, can be related to oncological conditions, or other diseases, can be side effect of treatment.  Can be caused by or trigger psychological issues.

Suggest adding Evening Primrose CO2 and Borage Seed CO2 to a base of Jojoba for treatment.

If the cause is known, can better address issues.  Even without that, if cause can't be treated we can still perform good skincare and address psychological issues.

Good base substances:  all the fatty oils,  Madeleine specifically mentioned Almond, Olive and Sesame as part of her 'basic tool kit."    Wheat Bran CO2, Evening Primrose and Sea Buckthorn Berry.

Soothing hydrosols: Witch Hazel, Helichrysum, German Chamomile and/or Lavender. 

Useful essential oils (in *very* low dilution, we don't want to risk irritating already traumatized skin!) German or Roman chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Manuka (especially if infected!) Peppermint, Sandalwood, and, mentioned in class, Rose Attar. (especially when causes of itching re related to psychological issues?)

Dry Skin and Itching:

Bases:  Almond, Avocado, Borage CO2, Evening Primrose CO2, Jojoba or Olive Oil.

Essential oils (very very low dilution) Roman chamomile, Geranium, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, (or Rose Attar.)  Possibly Ylangylang.     (Truly holistic care here,  because we could choose from the list oils that address other issues.)

Skin Maceration:  (long exposure to moisture, causing lesions, example, diaper rash, incontinence.)

Jojoba, with Seabuckthorn Seed CO2 and Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu).      For open wounds, food grade aloe vera gel.

Essential oils:  *Helichrysum*,  German chamomile, Benzoin (my note, Benzoin is a sensitizer, I would avoid.) Lavender (preferably higher in Linalol for analgesic effect as well as healing) Sweet Marjoram, Manuka, again, for infection.





Friday, June 9, 2017

Checking them out

In a Facebook group a long time ago, someone talked about finding a new supplier, and buying a dozen oils for her first purchase. 

I cringed, and I had to comment... because when exploring a new supplier (even Nature's Gift!) it only makes sense to start slowly. 

DON'T order a dozen oils as your first time purchase... order one or two oils.. and preferably ones that you are already familiar with so you have an idea of what they should smell like.  AND, when ordering, request samples! Most reputable companies will allow them – either for free or for purchase. You do NOT have to buy full sized bottles to see if you like something. 

Let's say you are going to investigate companies 1, 2, 3 and 4.
 

From Company 1: order.. (Picking oils at random here) citrus sinensis (sweet orange)...and request samples of .. mentha piperita, (peppermint), Cedrus atlantica, (Atlas Cedarwood,) Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile).
From Company 2: you order the Peppermint, and request samples of Sweet orange, Atlas Cedarwood and Roman Chamomile.


From Company 3: order the Atlas Cedarwood and get samples of the others. This will give you, for a minimal investment, a range of 4 oils from different known suppliers.. and you can test them
aromatically yourself and see if you have a preference. 


YES, you'll pay, proportionally, more shipping by ordering only one oil rather than a dozen... but the point of this exercise is educating yourself.  Think of the additional shipping charges as tuition in your aromatic education.

Does this make sense? It truly is the BEST way to acquaint yourself with new suppliers.

ALWAYS request samples. if a company won't allow you to sample.. I would not buy from them.
Some companies have samples for sale at reasonable prices, some offer them for free.


When you have read about a new oil and are interested in trying it, don't jump in and order 15 mls without experiencing it first.  Find a supplier or two or three who offer it and request samples. In most cases there will be small difference between batches, and you can see if you are drawn to the oil or if your reactions is, "No, I don't THINK so!"   

One last thought - TAKE NOTES!.   I have some small samples on my desk, with a product name, but no producer's name.  Lovely samples, but I have no idea of the source, so I can't order. Partially the supplier's fault for not putting their contact information on their label, but also partially my fault for not listing what they were, who they were from, and my reaction the day I opened them.


Monday, May 29, 2017

What I learned in Boulder (Part 4)

The "basic" essential oils in skincare:


(Madeleine teaches a basic tool kit of ten essentials, all readily available and quite effective. In this lesson she reviewed their best known uses, and mentioned some that I had forgotten.  Emphasis on paliative skincare:)

Blue Chamomile and CO2 (known to us as German Chamomile)

Recommended for sensitive and irritated skin, for itching, *allergic reactions* (we reach for Blue Tansy and recommend this more readily available "blue oil".  Adjuvant for oncological ulcers. She recommends combining the Total CO2 extract and the distilled oil for more effective healing.   There was a question about candida and other fungal diseases.  German chamomile will not kill the fungus, it is not anti-fungal, but will definitely help with the inflammation that results and should be added to anti-fungal blends for this reason.

Roman Chamomile 

Recommended for dry eczema, and for psoriasis and scaling skin. (I tend to reach for Roman Chamomile as a relaxent and don't think of it for skin care.)

 Geranium 

Madeleine says this is the most versatile essential oil for skincare. Powerful anti-fungal, star at wound healing, effective against Staph, Strep, and MRSA.  Use for infected wound. Calming to the nervous system, use it in blends for scarring in nerve-rich areas.  Safe at up to an 8% dilution (although I would patch test first, geraniol is  a component of the "Fragrance Blend" used in allergy patch testing.)    Use for ear infections in an inhaler.  Did you know that if an oil is inhaled through the mouth, not the nose, that it goes directly to the inner ear and can help combat both infection and pain?  Neither did I!  (Need to remember to add this to our Personal Inhaler description.)

Ginger CO2

Use for skin with poor circulation, directly on Stage 1 decubitus (bed sores) or around stages 2 to 4. Best use: Stimulating surface circulation, use at 0.25% to 0.5%, best diluted in either St. John's Wort Macerate/infusion or in Sesame oil.

Lavender  

"For anything that needs soothing."    She recommends diluting in food grade Aloe Vera Gel for use around an ostomy bag, puncures sites, etc. for any site that skin is subject to irritation.   Acne and infected acne. (perhaps with Geranium?)

Sweet Marjoram

Anti-oxidant and antibacterial. Use for any sort of skin infection.  Add to bandaid/bandage, use to cover the wound.  ie, add to the dressing, not directly to the wound itself.    Use for infected wounds, necrotic tissue (to help with the smell) ulcers and abcesses.    Madeleine recommends a blend of Lavender, Helichrysum, Geranium and Sweet Marjoram to add to wound dressings, to clear infections and speed healing.

Peppermint 

Cooling, pain from wound edges, post herpetic pain, itching.  Low dilution!

Pine, Scotch

(May substitute other conifers.)  Use at very low dilution, for candida, for peripheral vascular disease. for poorly perfused skin.

Other valuable oils for skincare, outside of the basic 10:

Benzoin   

An alcohol extract, not a true essential oil. (My note, any "pourable" benzoin is diluted in a solvent, important to know what the solvent is. Most common are phthalates.)   Anti-inflammatory, useful addition to an anti-bedsore cream.  Treating scars.  Use at less than a 1% dilution.

Helichrysum 

Has a cortisone-like effect without the side effects.. Use for the swelling of lymphedeme.  Any sort of inflammation. Swelling of mucous membranes. Anti-histamine.

Manuka

Strongly recommended instead of tea tree. Milder, less prone to oxidation.  Effective against MRSA and fungal infections.  Madeleine cautions us never to use teatree on mucous membranes, that it stings. Manuka is much gentler yet more effective.

Neroli

Highly skin soothing, painrelieving.  Use for skin irritation, and redness, helps control perspiration.  For clinicians - infiltrates and extravasation may be treated by a 1% dilution of Neroli in food grade Aloe Gel.

Rose Otto and/or Rose Attar

Antibacterial and skin soothing. Support self image, love and acceptance.  Acne, post radiation treatment.

Sandalwood

Anti-oxidant, dry and extremely sensitive skin. Use around stomas and moisture lesions.  The high level of Alpha Santalol may be protective against UV damage.










Friday, May 26, 2017

What I learned in Boulder (Part 3)

Base Oils and Macerates:

More information about some familiar carriers, and information about newer ones in our toolbox.

 Sweet Almond Oil: 

Rich in vitamins, and high in Oleic Acid, which promotes skin absorption.  Preferably cold pressed if available, and unrefined.   Very helpful for moisture lesions, like diaper rash and other chronic sores.  A cooling oil.

Avocado Oil:

Helpful for allergic skin, eczema and psoriasis. Good for "stressed skin", ie, under pressure. (My note, wondering if it can help prevent bed sores?)

 
Borage CO2 Extract 

 High in GLA (gamma linolenic acid), anti-inflammatory. Much longer shelf life than the cold pressed oil, and may be frozen! Excellent for infant's skin care, for extra sensitive skin.

Evening Primrose CO2 Extract

High in GLA and in Linoleic Acid. Protective and healing for the skin, very quickly absorbed. Recommended for tight dry skin, in cases of mastitis, lymphedema, etc.  Linoleic acid can irritate very sensitive skin. If irritation occurs, dilute with Borage Seed Oil, or discontinue use.

 Jojoba  

 Anti-inflammatory! (I didn't know that.) Well absorbed, allows for very slow, longlasting release of added essential oils, leading, perhaps, to longer-lasting symptom relief.  Good carrier for all skin types. Helpful for acne.

Olive Oil

Good for dry rough skin, cooling.  Helpful for itching.  Traditional base for macerated oils.

Rose Hip Seed CO2 Extract

Excellent carrier for burnt or damaged skin, scarring, ulcers, acne. Very quickly absorbed.  Do not use alone because it causes skin to regenerate too quickly and will leave the skin over sensitive.  Better to blend with Seabuckthorn Seed oil and Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) for scars.  For deep scars blend Rose Hip Seed CO2, with Calophyllum and Helichrysum italicuum to treat deep seated scars in connective tissue.  (I have had clients report that Rose Hip oil and Helichrysum helped with deep scar tissue and I was surprised.  Here is more evidence.  Seems to me this would be an essential post surgical blend.)  

Sea Buckthorn Seed CO2

Excellent carrier for any pain blend, especially important when treating bed sores, ulcers of any type. Useful for all skincare. Very quickly absorbed.  Use at no more than 5% of a blend, as little as 2.5% will be effective.  Use with Rose Hip Seed and Calophyllum inophyllum for scarring.  Healing for damaged skin and extremely sensitive skin.

(Note, this description is for the Seed extract. Madeleine recommends the Sea Buckthorn Pulp for treating mucous membranes.  More on that another day.))


Sesame Oil

Need to be from white, unroasted seeds.  High in Oleic acid,  Warming.  Excellent for skin prone to atrophy, poor circulation.  Also helpful for psoriasis and eczema.

Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu)

Quickly absorbed. Best wound healer, apply to the edges of a wound, not into an open wound. Soothing for nerve pain, effective against any type of skin infection.  Use in skin products if patient is taking prednisone (to help counteract the thinning and/or fragility of the skin that Predinsone can cause.) Very quickly absorbed.  Necessary for any type of damaged skin.

Macerates (infused oils)

Calendula (and Calendula CO2)

Up to 30% Farideol esters.  Use of the CO2 in a white cream, at only 1/2 of one percent, will turn the cream pink.    Preferably dilute the CO2 in a fixed oil high in Oleic Acid for better availablity.  Preferably use the CO2 at only 1 or 2%.  Blend with Seabuckthorn Seed and Calophyllum.  Add Borage for pain relief.

St. Johns Wort

Useful for post surgical itching, healing in nerve rich skin. Use for muscle and joint pain. Healing for burns.  Useful for skin atrophy.   Macerate should be deep red, indicative of infusing fresh, not dried, blossoms.  The CO2 extract will not give the skin healing benefits of the macerated oil.   Later in the weekend Madeleine referred back to St. John's Wort infused oil for treating ear aches.  Perhaps warmed gently and applied all around the ear, the neck and jawline below the ear.  It would not hurt to dip a wisp of cotton in the warmed oil and insert in the ear.  


 


Monday, May 22, 2017

DuCane Kunzea Oil (Kunzea ambigua) More aromatic history.



Du Cane Kunzea Oil ™ from Tasmanian farmer John Hood: Exponential Healing Potential
By Christi Pugh for Nature’s Gift, Inc. 
May 22, 2017
Over the past fifteen years or so, Australian essential oils have become more and more familiar across the East and in North America as dedicated and professional growers/farmers have begun making us aware of the abundance of unique plants, shrubs, natural woods, and flowers throughout the continent. 
Tick Bush, Spring Flower Bush, or White Kunzea as it is known in Tasmania, Kunzea ambigua is one   It originally gained its nickname from cattlemen who noticed the bush kept certain types of ticks away from their cattle.
Kunzea blossoms
of the up and coming gems being produced from the white flowering branches of the hearty-scruffy shrub which grows best on sandy soil in Eastern Australia.
It shines as a pain reliever and is one of the key ingredients in our, “That’s Better,” blend and the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved it for use as a pain reliever, particularly for joint pain caused by arthritis.  There are many ongoing studies around Du Cane Kunzea Oil ™ and the results are truly remarkable.  The potential for this essential oil is magnificent and some believe it could be the greatest essential oil to come out of Australia. 
For instance: While many folks have heard the story about John and Peta Day’s beloved Australian Fragonia ™ from Paperbark Oil Company, another pioneer, John Hood of Du Cane Kunzea Oil™, has a story that is not *yet* quite as familiar. 
(The Day’s named agonis fragrans, Fragonia ™, and trademarked the essential oil to ensure all the Fragonia ™ that made its way to market would contain the same specific constituents. While the Days initially started with the most famous essential oil export, Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), they soon began exploring benefits of other native Australian species, learning of the aromatic “Coarse Tea Tree,” bush which was actually a previously unnamed Agonis shrub. After an initial planting in 2001, the rest is history. Sadly, fires took out their trees and Fragonia ™ is expected to be scarce till early 2019, at least.)
Ah, but back to the matter at hand…while the Kunzea bush grows frequently in coastal areas on sandy soil and its parts have been used holistically by aborigines for generations; its benefits as an essential oil weren’t truly explored until Tasmanian farmer John Hood noticed a portion of his fence had been spared from rust unlike the rest of his fence.  Wondering why, he realized this portion had been covered and protected by the Kunzea, which seemed to be somewhat oily, where it had rubbed up against the fencing.  This gave him the idea it must be antioxidant and he began producing and testing the essential oil on his large farm.  He found the monoterpene a-pinene or alpha-pinene to be its most abundant constituent, followed by 1,8 Cineole which is also found in Eucalyptus oils.  The a-pinene is believed to be extremely anti-inflammatory and of course the 1,8 Cineole is helpful for respiratory problems including stuffy noses. 
Today Du Cane Kunzea Oil ™ is considered the best quality and of course is produced from the early work John did by experimentation to identify the plants which produced the very best oil.  Thus, he too trademarked his Du Cane Kunzea Oil ™ as it was developed to contain certain constituents.
Du Cane Kunzea Oil™ is not only an amazing analgesic, it is also reputedly antimicrobial, antibacterial, and is helpful battling staph, e coli, and candida.  French physician, Dr. Daniel Pe`noel, has been extolling the use of Du Cane Kunzea Oil ™ for more than a decade.  He suggests it is helpful for bad muscle aches such as aches from influenza or rheumatism.  He also recommends it for healing irritated skin and cuts and bruises. 
The aroma is quite pleasant, very fresh and herbaceous and is said to be helpful for lifting the spirits and easing anxiety, calming, and freeing. 
(Marge’s Comment) We have eagerly been awaiting our newest shipment of Du Cane Kunzea Oil™  (Kunzea ambigua) which was first stuck in customs and now sitting on a truck somewhere in Tennessee. Somewhere.  Not here.  Maybe tomorrow we can put it back online?  We’ve been out of stock for over a month and we need it. So do you!  

I've spoken on the phone several times with John Hood.  It is easier to catch him by phone than get a response to email.  My impression of him? Perhaps a bit of a curmudgeon, but someone I would like to get to know better. (And if I had registered a trademark for a product and found that others were violating it, I might be just a bit irascible myself!)