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Top 8 Amazing Oils for Pain Management and Inflammation (in Australia!)

Hayden Brass | 21 June

Living with pain can be incredibly challenging, affecting every aspect of our lives. While there are various conventional pain management techniques available, many people are turning to natural remedies for relief.

In Australia, a land known for its abundant natural resources, there is a treasure trove of amazing oils and extracts that have gained recognition for their anti-inflammatory properties and analgesic benefits. Here are our Top 8:

  1. Kunzea Oil
  2. Sandalwood Oil
  3. Nerolina Oil
  4. Blue Cypress Oil
  5. Rosemary Oil
  6. Lavender Oil
  7. Eucalyptus Oil
  8. Peppermint Oil

In this article, we will explore eight incredible Australian essential oils that have become popular for their effectiveness in pain management.

Essentially Australia

1) Kunzea Oil (Kunzea ambigua)

Naturally, we have to start with our significant ingredient at Zea, Tasmanian Kunzea. Derived from the native Kunzea ambigua plant, Kunzea oil has long been revered for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

This amazing oil possesses a fresh, invigorating aroma and is a key active ingredient in our Kunzea Pain Relief Cream for muscles and joints. Its pain-relieving effects are attributed to its high content of alpha-pinene, viridiflorol and cineole, which exhibit anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities.

Kunzea is a promising natural remedy for pain management that is fast growing in popularity and is the key ingredient in our full range of Zea Relief products.

2. Sandalwood Oil (Santalum spicatum)

Australian Sandalwood oil, derived from the Australian Sandalwood tree (Santalum spicatum), is a true gem among the many amazing oils in Australia. Its woody and sweet aroma not only delights the senses but also offers calming and pain-relieving effects. Sandalwood oil is particularly effective in relieving headaches, muscle tension, and general body pain, making it a popular choice for natural pain management.

The main constituent responsible for the analgesic effects of Sandalwood oil is santalol, which exhibits anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It is for this reason why we combine it with Kunzea and Nerolina in our Concentrated Massage Oil for trigger point therapy and deep tissue remedial massage. It is the extra-strength formulation in the Zea Relief range and is recommended for applying to the skin near the source of the discomfort.

Kunzea Concentrated Massage Oil

3. Nerolina Oil (Melaleuca quinquenervia)

Nerolina oil, a member of the Melaleuca family, is an exceptional Australian essential oil that has a multitude of uses and benefits. Similar to Sandalwood, it blends well with Kunzea to enhance its benefits. This amazing oil has a fresh, slightly sweet scent and is extremely versatile in its uses. 

Nerolina is loaded with antioxidants and skin-friendly nutrients that make it a good botanical solution for acne-prone and eczema-prone skin. It is commonly utilised in massage therapy for pain relief. It is an important ingredient in our best-selling Kunzea Roll On Liniment.

The key constituents of Nerolina oil include nerolidol and linalool, which contribute to its pain-relieving effects. Nerolidol exhibits anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities, while linalool possesses soothing and relaxing properties.

Although specific studies on Nerolina Oil's pain-relieving effects are limited, its use in traditional medicine for relieving pain and inflammation highlights its potential as a natural remedy for pain management.

4. Blue Cypress Oil (Callitris intratropica)

Another lesser-known Australian native that is growing in popularity for natural pain relief is Blue Cypress oil (derived from the Callitris intratropica tree). 

With its striking blue colour and woody aroma, Blue Cypress possesses high content of sesquiterpenes, including guaiazulene. With this knowledge we can reasonably expect Blue Cypress to have useful anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary oil, derived from the aromatic herb Rosmarinus officinalis, is another exceptional Australian grown essential oil with anti-inflammatory properties. Similar to Kunzea, it contains high levels of alpha-pinene and cineole.

Rosemary oil is often used topically to alleviate muscle pain, joint discomfort, and even symptoms of arthritis. In addition, its invigorating scent promotes mental clarity and focus.

At Zea, instead of Rosemary Essential Oil, we use Rosemary Leaf CO2 Extract. The benefit of using this antioxidant CO2 extract is that it not only has the anti-inflammatory properties of Rosemary Oil, it is also a natural preservative and helps to increase the shelf life of our best-selling Kunzea Pain Relief Cream. The best of both words!

Kunzea Pain Relief Cream

6. Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender oil, one of the most celebrated Australian essential oils, is treasured for its calming and soothing effects. This amazing oil is widely known for its relaxation properties but also offers significant pain relief benefits. Lavender oil can help reduce headaches, migraines, muscle soreness, and menstrual cramps. Its gentle aroma not only aids in pain management but also promotes overall well-being.

The analgesic effects of Lavender oil are attributed to its major constituents, linalool and linalyl acetate. These compounds possess anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. We combine Tasmanian Lavender with Kunzea,  Rosemary and Vitamin E in our best-selling Kunzea Pain Relief Cream for muscles and joints.

7. Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus radiata and Eucalyptus dives)

When it comes to amazing Australian essential oils, Eucalyptus oil holds a prominent place. However, did you know there are over 700 species of Eucalypt? And of these, several can be distilled into amazing oils with therapeutic properties.

For pain-relief and anti-inflammatory properties, two varieties that we look to at Zea are Eucalyptus Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus dives) and Eucalyptus Australiana (Eucalyptus radiata). We combine these two types of Eucalyptus with Kunzea and Arnica in our award-winning Kunzea Muscle Balm.

Eucalyptol, also known as 1,8-cineole, is the key constituent responsible for the pain-relieving effects of Eucalyptus oil. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. This also explains why Eucalyptus is a popular choice for relieving pain caused by conditions like sinusitis, headaches and muscle strains.

8. Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita)

Among the many amazing oils for pain management and inflammation, Peppermint oil stands out for its refreshing and cooling sensation. This remarkable oil contains menthol, a powerful compound that provides a numbing effect and eases pain. Peppermint oil is particularly beneficial in relieving headaches, migraines, and muscle aches.

The analgesic properties of Peppermint oil can be attributed to its high menthol content. Menthol acts as a natural pain reliever by desensitising pain receptors and reducing pain sensations.

Peppermint is combined with the amazing Magnesium and Kunzea in our MAGZEA range for pre- and post-workout recovery. The MAGZEA Sports Cooling Spray is a best selling in the Zea Active range.


Natural Pain Relief using Amazing Oils in Australia

The abundant natural resources of Australia have gifted us with an array of amazing Australian essential oils that provide effective pain management solutions. From the invigorating Kunzea oil to the soothing Lavender oil and the lesser-known Nerolina, these remarkable oils offer unique properties for pain relief, inflammation reduction, and overall well-being. Incorporating these amazing Australian essential oils into your pain management routine may provide a natural and holistic approach to finding relief from chronic and temporary pain.

Not into DIY and would prefer a ready-made pain management solution? Look no further than our range of Zea Relief and Zea Active products to soothe and relieve the body. Zea is a trusted Australian brand that specialises in creating premium pain relief products using the power of Australian essential oils. Their carefully crafted formulas incorporate the amazing oils we have discussed in this article, ensuring that you can experience their benefits conveniently and efficiently. With Zea Relief and Zea Active, you can confidently choose a trusted brand that prioritises quality, effectiveness, and your well-being.

Say goodbye to discomfort and embrace the wonders of these natural essential oils. Discover the potential they hold in enhancing your quality of life through effective pain management.