I first came across narrow leaf ironbark oil when I met and befriended an Aboriginal healer in Cairns back in 2015. At that time, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I was searching for ways to heal my body naturally.
I was fortunate enough to spend a week with him and learn ancient ways of healing using the oil of the Crebra Narrow Leaf Ironbark Eucalyptus tree.
I was awestruck at the oils’ ability to do what the Aboriginal healer said it would do, and was keen to try it myself. For the duration of my time with him, I was nurtured and cared for as the oil was therapeutically applied on my body.
I had never felt so alive and peaceful at the same time. I was amazed that no one knew about the astonishing compounds of this oil and was determined to change that!
My Miamba spirit botanicals range was born out of this experience and inspired into creation.
The origins of the oil
Eucalyptus Crebra is commonly known as narrow leaf ironbark. This species is native to Eastern Australia and has been part of the Australian landscape for thousands of years.
The name ironbark comes from the wood of the trees, which is sometimes used in construction and is extremely hardy and resistant to erosion.
The tree itself can grow up to 35 metres tall and the grey green leaves are narrow and plentiful all year round. Miamba wild harvest from the areas around Mareeba, Cairns, and the best conditions and time to distill is around May to July.
Important to the culture, diversity and ecology of Australia
The trees are an important part of the ecosystem, having been around long before white settlement. They are an important source of nectar in the honey industry.
Many birds and insects use the trees’ bark as their home for shelter against predators and against the elements, to live, eat and procreate! The tree is a beautiful home and habitat for many creatures.
These trees were an important part of Aboriginal culture. The bark was often used as a resource, for example for canoes or containers, food implements, shields, temporary shelters on initiation sites, as tomb stones for the dead, and for medicinal use.
Harvesting the essential oil
Our oil is wild harvested (not harvested from a plantation where trees are prone to stress). The trees are chosen for their strength and optimum health.
Our supplier checks out the condition of the trees and soil looking for signs of stress or disease. We only take from the most healthy and hardy trees, which is why the oil itself is very potent and of unmatched quality.
Our lab report indicates very high-levels of anti-inflammatory, relaxant, anti-microbial and anti-fungal compounds. We only take what is needed and the land is not disturbed in any way.
I am forever grateful for the time spent in Cairns and the effect it had on my healing. There are many more gifts that our Aboriginal elders are waiting to share with us. I am looking forward to sharing more of their ancient ways with you in coming blogs!