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This cooling oil from Australia makes the perfect muscle massage recipe!

JThis cooling oil from Australia makes the perfect muscle massage recipe

This oil is in several Australian products for muscles and joints.

Are your muscles objecting after a strenuous workout or hike?

Reward them for their hard work with a relaxing self-massage session!

This muscle massage oil recipe is made with Kunzea essential oil (Kunzea ambigua)—a unique oil from Australia that’s sometimes known as “Tick Bush oil.” (It’s said that ticks don’t like Kunzea’s fresh scent, so animals sometimes lay down under the plants to keep the pests away.)

Kunzea’s fresh, crisp, penetrating aroma can really clear the head! 

It may remind you of the most famous Australian oil, Eucalyptus. That’s because Kunzea contains the main component found in Eucalyptus (globulus), which is called 1,8-cineole.

It’s also rich in a-pinene, found in Frankincense essential oil.

Kunzea essential oil loves your muscles! 

Kunzea is cooling, comforting, and physically relaxing, without making you feel sleepy. 

On the contrary—Kunzea oil gets fresh energy flowing through the body, encouraging muscles to release tension.

Kunzea is so effective that it’s the main ingredient in several Australian topical products for muscles, joints, and inflammation.

Kunzea can both relax you, and bring a fresh infusion of energy at the same time. It’s a multi-talented oil! In this muscle rub recipe, we’re blending Kunzea with a few other essential oils that encourage muscles to release tension.

Muscle Rub with Kunzea, Spike Lavender, and Frankincense


  • 1 oz (30 ml) Jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 6 drops Kunzea essential oil (Kunzea ambigua)
  • 5 drops Frankincense Frereana essential oil (Boswellia frereana)
  • 5 drops Spike Lavender essential oil (Lavandula latifolia)


Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.

  1. Pour the jojoba wax into the glass bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils.
  3. Close the bottle and shake gently to blend.

Use it as needed to massage your legs, arms, shoulders, back, or when you have a “crick” in your neck.

Let’s go over why the other oils in this muscle rub recipe are so helpful.

Frankincense Frereana (Boswellia frereana)

Frankincense Frereana
(Boswellia frereana)

If you’re a fan of Frankincense, I highly encourage you to try Frankincense Frereana! 

It’s a unique species of Frankincense (different from Boswellia carterii) that has its own distinct, earthy, musky, irresistible aroma. 

Frankincense Frereana is so highly prized in the Middle East, that it’s rarely made into an essential oil. I want to deeply respect it (as with all essential oils!) and use it in blends that bring out its best properties. This muscle rub recipe is the perfect example.

Frankincense frereana can bring profound physical and mental relaxation. It can also calm the heart so that emotions won’t translate to physical stress in the body.

Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)

Spike Lavender
(Lavandula latifolia)

All species of Lavender are profoundly soothing.

Most are also relaxing, like “true” Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

Spike Lavender is unique. 

Spike Lavender is energizing instead of relaxing. 

While it’s still gentle on skin, and contains one of the main components found in “true” Lavender (linalool), Spike Lavender also includes 1,8-cineole, found in Eucalyptus and Kunzea. 

Take a whiff of Spike Lavender, and you’ll notice its fresh, floral, Eucalyptus-like scent. It can clear your head, support natural breathing, and feels intensely comforting when massaged over tension or spasming muscles.

I hope this massage oil keeps your muscles happy!

And I hope you have fun working with Kunzea essential oil. 

It has a wonderful array of uses, and is a unique, practical oil to keep in your collection.

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Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

Topics: Massage and Essential oils, Muscle tension, frankincense essential oil, essential oils for muscle tension, spike lavender, kunzea essential oil, sore muscles, essential oils for muscle fatigue, muscle massage

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