Since moving to Tasmania nearly ten years ago, I became passionate about finding pure, high quality Tasmanian products, which reflected the healthy, sustainable and nurturing environment. I found beautiful food, ingredients, pottery, clothes and homewares but as a dedicated user of essential oils, couldn’t find many from native Tasmanian plants.
Partnering initially with Angus Stewart, one of Australia’s leading native plants experts, we worked to explore the distillation and properties of local Tasmanian plants and their essential oils. We learnt about the extraordinary qualities of some these plants and how they could be used for their therapeutic values and to create a healthy home and personal life.
We believe our oils create an environment which feeds and nourishes all aspects of your life with pure natural essences from the Tasmanian wilderness.
Angus now works across a wide range of areas in Tasmanian horticulture and continues to be our Brand Ambassador, Chief Plant Prospector and Distilling Partner.
Josie, my daughter has also come on board as Marketing Director and we are also working with some local Tasman Peninsula women to create the creams, spritzers and roll ons.
Kunzea ambigua grows all over Tasmania, but particularly in the North of Tasmania and on Flinders Island. This is where our some of our oil is grown, harvested and distilled. Having bought a beautiful property with magnificent Tasmanian Blue Gum Tree, or Eucalyptus globulus, which are the floral emblem of Tasmania, I also am experimenting with the distillation of these leaves and am delighted with the aroma, feel and chemical make up of the resulting oils.
Eucalyptus has been harvested and distilled since the 19th century and acknowledged as a effective decongestant remedy for upper respiratory infections and inflammatory infections, such as bronchitis, as well as a topical ointment for aches, skin problems and even a complimenting and enhancing antibiotics use. There is considerable scientific research into the benefits of its use, especially when we are all seeking different options to treat illness or enhance existing medicines.
Our growing environments are some of the most pure in the world. The properties of the Manuka plant or Leptospermum scoparium are well known, more from the honey created by bees from the plant’s flowers. This plant grows widely in the Tasmanian bush, but due to the very low oil yield from the plant, has not been widely available.
However the leaves of the plant can be harvested and distilled to create a very special oil which, as does the honey, supports the appearance of healthy-looking skin, reduces the appearance of blemishes, and is also antibacterial and anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antihistamine and a relaxant used directly on the skin or with a diffuser or in a bath. It is made from the same plant as Manuka honey, and it believed to share many of the same benefits (though used externally, of course).
This oil has a very pleasant honey scent, with notes of citrus and wood, and is a personal favourite of mine.I have long loved and used tea tree oil from the northern NSW species Melaleuca alternifolia but we have been using a Tasmanian tea tree oil known as Lavender Tea Tree or Southern Rosalina, which is not a blend of tea tree oil and lavender oil, but rather the oil of Tasmanian species Melaleuca ericifolia which has a fresh, earthy, gentle lavender aroma and a mild Eucalyptus and Tea tree scent. It is relaxing, refreshing, calming, good for cleaning surfaces, keeping rooms hygienic, use as an alternative to Eucalyptus or Tea Tree. Use it in an oil burner, air purifier, air freshener, massage oil, for your bath, to clean bathrooms, kitchen benches or to add to water for an all round cleaning product.