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Kunzea ericoides


Rheumatism, connective tissue disorders, varicose veins, acne, convalescence, bronchitis, anxiety, lethargy ...


Composition :
Monoterpene, Sesquiterpenol ...100% Kunzea ericoides flos oil essential

Part used :
Leaves and flowers - origin: New Zealand

The White Tea Tree (Kunzea ericoides), aka Kanuka or Manuka, a tree or shrub that is restricted to Australia and New Zealand, is a member of the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae). It typically grows to 10 meters (33ft) in height, with small, prickly leaves and small white flowers. Despite of the name, is is not related with the tea plant. Kanuka and Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) are superficially similar species and often confused with one another (the difference is shown in the foliage; Manuka leaves are soft).

Tea tree oils like Niaouli, Kanuka, Manuka and Cajeput or the Australian Tea Tree are not related to tea plants from which black or green tea is made. The name ‚Tea Tree‘ stems from the Maori and the people from New Zealand who claim that Manuka and Kanuka are the original plants brought there by James Cook. However, tea is also prepared from Niaouli and Cajeput trees and in fact all varieties may be mixed amongst each other or with australian tea tree oil. The effects are similar, but some are somewhat more specific.

White Tea Tree leaves contain monoterpenes, monoterpenoles, sesquiterpenols, sesquiterpenes; they have anti-rheumatic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties. Their effect is similar to cortisone (i.e. immune system suppressant) and they stimulate the adrenal glands.

If you are unable to find the essential oil products themselves, alternatively use the following:

for Manuka - Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha/molmol

for Kanuka - Pine tar/Stockholm tar (Pinus sylvestris)


External (dab on affected areas) ; internal (dilute and swallow one drop with water, several times daily)