Australian Essential Oils
To complement each of the native extracts used in Native Natural Skincare products, gorgeously uplifting aromas have been developed.
Unlike European plants that are known for their floral notes, Australian Essential Oils such as varieties of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree can produce strong, fresh and often medicinal like aromas. Whilst some of these are best used in oil burners, our careful selection and mixing of Australian Native Essential oils has produced some delicate, beautiful, uplifting and fresh aromas.
In developing each product, consideration has also been given to the energetic effect that each oil has upon the body. Moisturizers for day time use have been made with the uplifting aromas of frangonia and lemon myrtle to help you get ready for your day. Native Night Cream on the other hand has a relaxing, calming, dreamy aroma to help you have a good night’s sleep using a combination of Rosalina lavender, Nerolina and Honey myrtle.
Australian Essential Oils have Powerful Actives
In addition to their distinctive aromas, each essential oil contains powerful chemical constituents. The presence of these chemical constituents means that an essential oil can have powerful actions upon the body and are subsequently often used in modern day aromatherapy. For example, they may be anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, anti inflammatory or an aphrodisiac.
Australian Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica):
Found in open woodlands, forests and monsoonal areas of the northern Australia. Blue Cypress is a beautiful blue colour and has a honey, woody or smoky like aroma. Emotionally it is known for its calming, grounding effect and is recommended in times of emotional stress, nervousness and grief.
Fragonia (Agonis fragrans):
Grown in the southern regions of Western Australia, Fragonia was not discovered by non-indigenous people until the 1990’s although the plant was used by the Noongar aboriginals for traditional medicine such as a poultice on wounds. Frangonia is sometimes referred to as the ‘coarse tea tree’. Its aromas are described as fruity, fresh, woody, earthy, spicy with a slight floral odour. The plant is also known to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, analgesic and immune boosting properties.
In addition the French Physician, Dr Daniel Penoel, who specializes in the use of essential oils, believes Fragonia also regulates the body’s natural healing abilities. On an emotional level, Frangonia is considered to be a great balancer with the ability to release blockages, work at a deep level, is anti-depressant and brings about harmony, peace and balance at a physical and emotional (and possibly spiritual) level.
Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca teretifolia):
Honey myrtle has a strong, sweet, honey aroma that is described as delicate, fresh and uplifting. On an emotional level it clears and focuses the mind, aids concentration, is relaxing, calming, relieving for mental stress and anti-depressive. It is also a central nervous system sedative. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in the treatment of infections.
Lemon Myrtle is a Queensland rainforest tree indigenous to the Cairns region. It has a very strong, sweet lemon smell and is widely used in cleaning and personal care products. Lemon Myrtle was first distilled by a German doctor in 1890 and was possibly the first isolation of citral (and hence the oil was named after the botanical name of the tree). Its smell is due to the high levels of Citral (Neral and Geranial) which comprises 90-98% of the oil. Although there are numerous other high citral oils, the odour of Lemon Myrtle is considered to be fresher, livelier and greener than the other citral oils.
Lemon Myrtle is a powerful antimicrobial against a range of microorganisms (Ryan et al, 2000) including Clostridium, Aspergillus sp and Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Candida albicans and other species. It is also antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal. On an emotional level Lemon Myrtle is uplifting, refreshing, energizing and improves concentration. It also assists with relaxation, has sedative actions, is calming, anti-depressive and aids happiness and sleep.
Nerolina (Melaleuca quinquenevia):
Nerolina is related to the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) and is traditionally found in the wetlands and low lying areas of the east coast of Australia. Its aroma is described as woody, earthy, fresh and some say ‘fruit like’ or with floral top notes. Nerolina is considered to be a decongestant, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and immune stimulant. Topically it has been used to treat shingles, cold sores and head lice. On an emotional or spiritual level Nerolina is considered to be calming and relaxing. It also uplifting however, promoting stamina and physical endurance. Self love and confidence is increased with Nerolina as is balancing of the positive and negative energies on all levels.
Rosalina Lavender Tea Tree (Melaleuca ericifolia):
Rosalina is also known as ‘Lavender Tea Tree’ and grows in the wetlands of coastal areas. Rosalina provides a fresh aroma to products. It is considered to be more pleasant than Tea Tree but not as overpowering as Lavender. Topically it is good for acne, skin rashes and bites due to its antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and analgesic properties. Emotionally Rosalina can help release tension, anxiety, is calming, relaxing and assists with sleep. /
Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum):
Sandalwood is native to Australia and is now grown extensively in the Kununurra region of Western Australia but is also still wild harvested and by Western Australian indigenous people. Historically Sandalwood was used by indigenous Australians for its antiseptic properties and pre penicillin was used by pharmacists as an antimicrobial treatment. Sandalwood has a rich, sweet, fragrant, earthy and woody aroma. It is also described as having a balsamic base aroma. Sandalwood is believed to be good for grounding and mental clarity, stilling the mind and aiding meditation. It is calming on an emotional level, helps relieve stress, and promotes relaxation and sleep.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia):
Tea tree oil is widely grown in coastal northern New South Wales. It is largely known for its antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is widely used topically and can help with various genital infection including thrush. Tea tree is also helpful in treating various types of tinea, acne and oily skin. cold sores, nappy rash, dandruff and infected wounds Tea tree has a distinctive odour often described as being medicinal, sharp and fresh. Although it is not widely used in beauty or cosmetic products, small quantities can add an uplifting note.
Wattle Absolute (Acacia dealbata):
Australia has a diverse range of wattle seeds and there are believed to be around 1000 varieties. Our floral absolute is collected from the flowers and the oil is separated to collect the floral absolute. Wattle absolute can be described aromatically as soft, sweet floral, with a honey like woody aroma. When added to our cosmetic products it provides a wonderful rich aroma. It is believed to provide uplifting and antidepressive benefits.
Source: 1. Trevena, G. A Guide to Native Essential Oils, 2nd Edition, 2013. Essentially Australia 2. www.abp.com.au