Fragonia Essential Oil

Type of plant: Flowering shrub growing up to 7 or 8 feet high with small clusters of white flowers with pink centers

Part used: Leaves and twigs

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: Grows wild along the southern coast of Western Australia and was only recently identified as an essential oil–bearing plant with therapeutic properties. For this reason there has been little scientific research into the various chemotypes of oil that could be produced. However, what research has been done has shown that fragonia is antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. It is distilled when the leaves are fresh. This is a well-balanced, powerfully medicinal essential oil, gentle on the skin, with a pleasant aroma. It has therapeutic similarities to tea tree oil, but its aroma is far more appealing. Sometimes called coarse tea tree.

Principal place of production: Australia

When buying look for: Thin, colorless to yellow liquid with a fresh, green, slightly spicy, balsamic, fruity aroma

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiputrescent, immunostimulant, mucolytic, pectoral, restorative, spasmolytic, vulnerary

Therapeutic uses: Respiratory conditions, bronchitis, catarrh, sinus congestion, colds, bacterial and fungal infection, skin infection, pain, acne, pimples, inflammatory muscular conditions, muscular aches and pain

Blends well with: Basil linalol, bay laurel, bergamot, chamomile german, chamomile roman, elemi, eucalyptus lemon, eucalyptus peppermint, frankincense, geranium, ho wood, lemon, lemongrass, manuka, mastic, orange (sweet), oregano, palmarosa, ravensara, ravintsara, spearmint, tea tree, thyme linalol

Precautionary advice: No contraindications known