Rosalina Essential Oil

Type of plant: Tree growing between 10 and 25 feet high with pale, papery bark, short, needle-like leaves, and scented, creamy-white bottle-brush flowers

Part used: Leaves

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: Native to southeastern Australia and northwest Tasmania, this plant grows well near water, hence its name. It can grow into a tree, although is often pruned into a tall shrub for easier cultivation. As the shoots rise from the roots into thickets, the plant is often used as natural fencing. Rosalina is from the same botanical family as tea tree and is sometimes called lavender tea tree because it seems to have the properties of tea tree yet is calming, like lavender, and sweeter-smelling. Aboriginal people use the leaves and bark in their medicine.

Principal place of production: Australia

When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a soft, herbaceous, woody, floral-type aroma

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, calmative, expectorant, immunostimulant, nervine, pectoral

Therapeutic uses: Respiratory tract infection, sinusitis, sinus headache, coughs, colds, restlessness, nervousness, irritability, acne, pimples, insect bites

Blends well with: Basil linalol, benzoin, black pepper, cajuput, cedarwood, chamomile roman, elemi, fragonia, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavandin, lavender, marjoram (sweet), rosemary, spikenard, thyme linalol, valerian, vetiver

Precautionary advice: No contraindications known