All About doTERRA’s Kanuka Essential Oil

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The Source of doTERRA’s Kanuka Essential Oil

Kanuka essential oil is derived from the leaves of the Kanuka tree.  Also known as the white tea tree, the Kanuka tree is shrub-like with white and pale pink flowers.  The Kanuka tree is found only in New Zealand.

The Kanuka tree was prized by the Maoris of New Zealand for centuries for its health benefits. It is a part of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, and related to Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Clove Bud.  

In one of doTERRA’s New Zealand Co-Impact Sourcing® locations, Kanuka leaves are harvested and steam distilled to make Kanuka essential oil.

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At present, Kanuka is only available from doTERRA Australia during Limited Time Offers (most recently during September 2021) and is not a part of their everyday range of essential oils. 

It is available in a 5ml bottle with dripolator for everyday use.   Kanuka essential oil can be used aromatically, or topically with a carrier oil. 

It blends well with Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle and Sandalwood.

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Chemistry of doTERRA’s Kanuka Essential Oil

Main Chemical Components: α-pinene

Kanuka oil is rich in alpha-pinene which is classified as an Alkene.  This makes it ideal for low-tox cleaning and supporting healthy skin and tissues.

You can read more about Kanuka essential oil’s main chemical component, alpha-pinene in The doTERRA Essential Oil Chemistry Handbook.

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Kanuka Essential Oil Benefits

Popular in perfumes, Kanuka oil has a fresh, sweet, green aroma that is similar to Manuka, but lighter and softer.  It offers the following benefits:

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Soothing and Beautifying – When applied topically, Kanuka can help calm and soothe the skin and scalp.

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Low-Tox Cleaning – Include in DIY household cleaners for its fresh, green scent.

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How to use doTERRA’s Kanuka Essential Oil

Here are some suggestions for how you can use Kanuka essential oil in your neurodiverse home:


  • Diffuse it with an essential oil diffuser or diffuser jewellery.  Enjoy its fresh, sweet aroma.
  • Diffuse it alone with 3-4 drops in a diffuser or try the diffuser blends below.


  • Add a few drops to shampoo or your favourite skin care products.  Kanuka essential oil may help can help calm and soothe the skin and scalp.
  • Add a couple of drops to your favourite pure-fume blend and wear it as a personal fragrance.


  • Add a few drops to personal and household cleaners.
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Kanuka Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

We here at Support Essentials have created some beautiful Kanuka diffuser blends for you to try.

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