At Zea, we are dedicated to sourcing and delivering the purest essential oils from around Australia and the world. Our homeland of Tasmania, with its pristine landscapes and rich biodiversity, has become one of our most cherished destinations for discovering exceptional pure oils.
In this article, we invite you to learn more about the essential oils of Tasmania and why they hold a special place in our hearts. From the aromatic Kunzea to the invigorating Coastal Tea Tree, let us take you on a journey through some of the extraordinary pure oils of Tasmania.
Discovering the Essential Oils of Tasmania
Tasmania's unspoiled natural environment provides the ideal conditions for the growth of unique native plants, which give rise to extraordinary essential oils. Here are some of the pure oils of Tasmania that are growing fast in popularity across the world:
1) Kunzea Tasmania - Kunzea ambigua
2) Coastal Tea Tree - Leptospermum laevigatum
3) Tasmanian Peppermint - Mentha piperita
4) Sweet Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare
5) Tasmanian Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis ct. α-pinene
6) Southern Rosalina - Melaleuca ericifolia
7) Boronia - Boronia megastigma
8) Tasmanian Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia
Learn more about each of these pure oils of Tasmania and better understand how you can incorporate them in your daily life.
1) Kunzea Tasmania
At the heart of everything we do at Zea is our beloved Kunzea oil, a true wonder straight from nature. Steam-distilled from the Kunzea ambigua shrub collected from wild-crafted stock in Tasmania's North East, including the remote and beautiful Flinders Island, this oil carries the essence of this remarkable plant. Its unique composition, rich in alpha-pinene, contributes to its woody, medicinal scent, reminiscent of the fresh air on Flinders Island itself.
Kunzea has long been revered by the traditional owners of this land, with oral histories passed down through generations highlighting its incredible benefits. The indigenous community of Tasmania has used Kunzea oil for centuries as an insect repellent and healing agent for various ailments. It has been valued for its ability to provide temporary pain relief from arthritis, muscular aches and pains, insect bites and inflammation, as well as cold and flu symptoms.
Beyond its traditional uses, Kunzea Oil is perfect for diffusing in therapeutic settings such as spas or massage rooms. Its enchanting scent transports you to the heart of nature, offering a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.
At Zea, Kunzea takes centre stage in our best-selling nourishing Kunzea Cream and other Kunzea-based products. As a key ingredient, it infuses these products with its invigorating aroma, capturing the essence of the Tasmanian bush. But Kunzea offers more than just a delightful scent; its soothing properties make it a perfect choice for unwinding and reconnecting with your body.
In our Kunzea Pain Relief Cream, Kunzea oil synergistically works with other natural active ingredients to provide natural pain relief. Its gentle yet effective properties have made it highly sought after in massage oils, bath blends, and skincare products. When applied topically, it can help ease muscle tension, support joint mobility, and improve overall mobility.
Experience the transformative power of Kunzea oil and let it transport you to a realm of natural well-being. At Zea, we are proud to showcase the remarkable qualities of this cherished oil and share its benefits with you.
2) Coastal Tea Tree
Coastal Tea Tree Oil, a truly unique addition to our pure oils of Tasmania. While the term "Tea Tree" might evoke thoughts of astringency and medicinal properties, Coastal Tea Tree stands apart with its captivating and indescribable scent that must be experienced firsthand to truly appreciate its freshness and complexity.
As a member of the Leptospermum family, Coastal Tea Tree offers a distinct aroma and a range of fascinating uses. Although not as widely recognised as its cousins, such as Manuka and Lemon Tea Tree, the oil extracted from the leaves of Coastal Tea Tree is equally aromatic and effective.
We take pride in sourcing our Coastal Tea Tree oil from wild-crafted stock found exclusively in the pristine coastal dune environment of Flinders Island, located in Tasmania. This ensures that we maintain the highest standards of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Through meticulous steam distillation of the leaves and branchlets of this tall bushy shrub, we extract a pure oil that emanates a delightful sweet earthy scent, complemented by subtle woody and citrus undertones.
Beyond its captivating aroma, Coastal Tea Tree essential oil contains compounds known for their beneficial properties, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral effects. This makes it an excellent choice for therapeutic settings such as spas and massage rooms, as well as for aromatherapy applications aimed at promoting overall well-being, reducing stress, and improving respiratory function.
At Zea, we are excited to offer Coastal Tea Tree oil as part of our commitment to providing you with exceptional and unique Australian essential oils. Experience the distinctiveness of Coastal Tea Tree and unlock its therapeutic potential in your daily rituals for enhanced wellness and a renewed sense of vitality.
3) Tasmanian Peppermint
Introducing Tasmanian Peppermint, a powerhouse when it comes to essential oils of Tasmania. This remarkable oil has the ability to simultaneously provide both warming and cooling sensations, creating a truly invigorating experience. With its origins tracing back to the late 1970s, Peppermint oil is crafted from the highly prized Black Mitcham cultivar, known for its exceptional flavour and aroma. We continue to use this heritage cultivar to ensure that our Peppermint oil maintains its authentic qualities.
The ideal growing conditions found in Tasmania not only preserve the original characteristics of the cultivar but also contribute to a more intricate aroma and flavour profile. Tasmania's unique climate and soil conditions imbue Tasmanian Peppermint oil with an unparalleled freshness and complexity.
At Zea, we harness the exceptional properties of Peppermint oil in our range of Zea Active products. Combining the benefits of Peppermint with the anti-inflammatory qualities of Kunzea and the muscle-relaxant properties of Magnesium, the MAGZEA Sports Cooling Spray is a must-have for athletes and active individuals. The synergistic blend of these key ingredients provides a refreshing and revitalising experience, helping to invigorate the body and provide relief during intense physical activity.
Whether you're looking to cool down after a challenging workout or simply seeking a burst of freshness, Peppermint oil adds a touch of zest to a wide range of products. Its uplifting and cleansing properties make it a versatile ingredient that enhances your daily wellness routine all year round.
4) Sweet Fennel
While we don't currently stock Fennel oil in our range, we highly recommend this essential oil of Tasmania, and it is an integral part of our ongoing research and development efforts.
Originating from the Mediterranean region, Fennel has found a thriving home in Tasmania since the 1980s, where it is cultivated to produce a diverse range of oils and extracts. Fennel plants are harvested from late February to mid-May.
Fennel oil has traditionally been used to support women's health and alleviate discomfort associated with menstrual cramps and hormonal imbalances. When diluted and applied topically to the lower abdomen, Fennel oil may provide soothing relief and promote relaxation during times of menstrual discomfort.
Additionally, Fennel oil is believed to have antispasmodic properties that can help ease muscle tension and reduce the intensity of uterine contractions, offering potential relief from menstrual cramps.
We encourage you to explore this natural remedy and consider incorporating Fennel oil into your self-care rituals to support your well-being.
Although our current range does not feature Fennel oil, we actively recognise its value and incorporate it into our ongoing research and development endeavours. We believe in harnessing the potential of this exceptional essential oil to bring you innovative products in the future. Stay tuned as we explore the possibilities and continue to uncover the benefits of Fennel oil from Tasmania's fertile lands.
5) Tasmanian Rosemary
Imagine stepping into a warm and welcoming kitchen after a refreshing hike in the mountains—that's the essence of our Tasmanian Rosemary Oil. Cultivated and nurtured in the picturesque rolling hills of Tasmania, this α-pinene chemotype oil boasts a complex and invigorating aroma, characterised by its robust evergreen notes that energise the senses.
For centuries, Rosemary has held sacred significance in ancient cultures, cherished for its aromatic properties and therapeutic benefits. Our Rosemary essential oil is revered for its renewing qualities that support cognitive functions, enhancing focus and concentration. It also aids in healthy digestion and possesses antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Derived from an artisanal cottage herb cultivar specifically adapted to Tasmania's cooler growing conditions, our Rosemary oil features a chemical profile abundant in α-pinene—a monoterpene known for promoting a healthy immune system and respiratory function. It also contains other primary constituents such as 1,8-cineole, which provides additional respiratory support, and verbenone, bringing balance to its captivating herbaceous aroma. In comparison to Rosemary oils produced elsewhere in the world, our Tasmanian variety exhibits fewer earthy notes and instead reveals cool alpine elements, complemented by delicate floral undertones.
While Tasmanian Rosemary oil is enlivening and invigorating, its aroma also evokes a deep sense of comfort and familiarity, akin to a cozy Sunday roast dinner. This beloved culinary herb pairs perfectly with the bold flavours of meats and game, complements the earthiness of root vegetables, and even harmonises with the sweetness of honey.
We take pride in offering this versatile aromatic oil, sourced from both conventional and organically grown crops.
Experience the captivating essence of Tasmanian Rosemary oil, crafted with care in the picturesque landscapes of Tasmania. Let its invigorating aroma uplift your spirit and infuse your daily rituals with the power of nature.
6) Southern Rosalina
Southern Rosalina, also known as Lavender Tea Tree, is a captivating essential oil that combines the best of both worlds. With its delightful scent reminiscent of both tea tree and lavender, it offers a harmonious fusion of their therapeutic properties. This unique oil showcases the relaxing and soothing qualities of lavender, along with the antibacterial and cleansing properties of tea tree, making it a perfect fit for fragrance and aromatherapy applications.
Melaleuca ericifolia plant can also be found on mainland Australia (See Rosalina Essential Oil) Southern Rosalina from Tasmania possesses its own distinctive charm. The wild-harvested oil captures the essence of its coastal surroundings, resulting in a crisp and native aroma that sets it apart. Tasmania's unique environment lends a special touch to the growth and development of this remarkable oil.
Experience the allure of Southern Rosalina, where the enchanting scent of tea tree and lavender converge, offering a truly unique aromatic experience. Its remarkable properties make it a valuable addition to your aromatherapy routine, creating a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. We plan to add this Tasmanian Essential Oil to our range very soon, so keep an eye out! In the meantime, enjoy the incredible benefits of Northern Rosalina.
Boronia holds a special place in the world of fragrances and aromatics, captivating with its complexity and allure. Its remarkable aroma and versatile applications make it a coveted ingredient in the industry. While we currently do not offer Boronia in our product range, it would be remiss to discuss the essential oils of Tasmania without mentioning this extraordinary botanical gem.
Boronia, the supermodel when it comes to pure oils of Tasmania, possesses an intensely rich and complex aroma within its unassuming brown blossoms.
For over 35 years, local producers have been cultivating and producing this uniquely native essential oil of Tasmania. Through their collaboration with the University of Tasmania's agriculture and plant sciences faculty, they have strived to enhance its yield and consistency, recognising its value and allure.
Boronia is extracted through solvent washes, yielding a waxy substance known as "concrete" which is further refined into its concentrated form or "absolute." Its deep, rich aroma combines the freshness of cassis with the earthy character of ripening hay, evolving into exotic fruit undertones and a woody dry-out. It is a complex and distinctive oil that showcases the expertise and craftsmanship involved in its production.
Boronia's botanical profile shares similarities with high-value absolutes like rose and jasmine. Its earthy and sweet characteristics can enhance floral and citrus notes when blended, making it a sought-after ingredient in perfumery. Boronia absolute is also a specialty flavour that can elevate spirits and liqueurs.
8) Tasmanian Lavender
As the final feature in our article on the pure oils of Tasmania, we couldn't overlook the iconic Tasmanian Lavender. With its distinct, beautifully floral aroma, Lavender has become one of the most universally used essential oils worldwide.
Tasmanian Lavender holds a special place in the essential oil industry on our shores. Originally introduced in the early 1900s, our current crops were cultivated from true French Lavender sourced from the Maritime Alps in Provence, which interestingly shares a similar climate to our own.
Blessed with long summer days and cool ocean breezes that grace our shores at night, Tasmania provides the ideal climate and soil conditions for Lavender cultivation. Through collaborative efforts with the University of Tasmania, the producers of this Tasmanian essential oil have established "Tasmanian Lavender" as its own distinctive sub-species, reflecting the unique characteristics of the land.
Tasmanian Lavender is cultivated at multiple locations across the state, including. To ensure the highest quality, the producers have implemented innovative agronomic practices, refined harvest techniques, and advanced distillation methods. The result is a consistent, aromatherapy grade oil of the utmost quality.
Furthermore, Tasmanian Lavender is not only renowned for its captivating scent but also plays a significant role as a key active ingredient in our best-selling Kunzea Pain Relief Cream. Its soothing properties and aromatic allure enhance the effectiveness of this sought-after product.
Tasmanian Lavender stands as a testament to the rich botanical heritage of our island. With its alluring fragrance and exceptional quality, it embodies the essence of what has become one of Tasmania's fastest-growing industries.
The captivating aromas and therapeutic wonders of Tasmania's essential oils remind us of the boundless potential that lies ahead. While we have shared some cherished oils in this article, the world of these pure oils is an uncharted frontier brimming with botanical treasures.
At Zea, our passion for nature's transformative power drives our commitment to source and deliver the purest essential oils from Tasmania and beyond. We believe these remarkable oils hold the key to unlocking natural well-being and vitality, and we are dedicated to sharing their benefits through innovative products.
As you embark on your journey of learning more about the pure oils of Tasmania, remember that this is just the beginning. Tasmania remains a repository of secrets and treasures, from the elusive Boronia to the iconic Tasmanian Lavender and the therapeutic Kunzea Tasmania. Countless botanical wonders await exploration.
Join us in embracing the beauty and abundance of nature as we continue to discover, learn, and share the remarkable qualities of Kunzea and many other Tasmania's pure oils. Let these extraordinary oils transport you to a realm of endless possibilities and everlasting awe at nature's wonders.