Botany and history
The discovery of the therapeutic qualities of its essential oil was discovered by a couple of tea tree oil producers, Peta et John Day. They grew and cultivated this tree in a large plantation with the aim of producing tea tree essential oil. However, the price of this oil dropped seriously so they decided to turn their interest towards other local plants. At first, they were attracted by an article in the newspaper. Fragonia did not bear a particular name and was just linked to the family of Agonis. A botanist at the Australian Department of Agriculture identified it as an aromatic species.
A bit by chance, getting interested more by their personal perceptions and their ‘nose’, they decided to give that particular species a go. They planted a large enough quantity so as to produce a quantity of essential oil that could be tested for its properties. In 2001 the species became officially Agonis fragrans. It was introduced in aromatherapy for the first time as late as 2006.
Studies of its properties are fairly recent because, to tell the truth, no traditional use of the plant has been traced.
One of the reasons it has such a good reputation is because of its balancing effect, making it a powerful essential oil in both physical and psychological uses.
Three main groups are the components of Fragonia:
- Pinene monoterpenes (alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, myrcene) – between 25 & 32%,
- Oxides 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) – between 25 & 32%
- Mono-terpenoids, linalool, geraniol, terpinene4-ol, terpineol – between 20 & 30%
Properties of Fragonia EO
In health matters
Respiratory decongestant, expectorant and mucolytic (α-pinene, 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol):
1,8 cineole stimulates mucus secretion and allows to eliminate it. In addition, Alpha-pinene has the property of clearing the respiratory tract.
Usage: ENT troubles and respiratory troubles (bronchitis, sinusitis, thick cough)
Strongly antibacterial and antifungal ++++ (linalool, terpinene-4-ol, 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol)
Fragonia is an antimicrobe EO like Tea Tree EO for example. Its perfume is however much more pleasant.
According to the University of Perth, Fragonia EO has an in vitro activity very similar to the EOs of Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Oregano. It is acting on the bacterial layers such as Acinetobacter baumannii, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus or epidermidis.
-infections of the digestive or respiratory systems
-certain viruses and fungi such as herpes, candidiasis and mycosis
-skin problems such as:
- Cutaneous parasitosis
- Oily skin
- Perspiration accompanied by an unpleasant odour
It inhibits the secretion of molecules that are the cause of inflammation at many levels: muscular, joints or skin. It soothes oedemas and redness
Usage: joint and muscular pain: cramps, muscle elongations, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatism
- Immunity harmonising
It contributes to the increase of immunity responses when faced with external aggressions. As a result, it is advised in diffusion in a sickroom, in cases of convalescence, epidemics, viral or bacterial infections.
- Analgesic, it brings relief to external pain.
- Slight anti-viral action
Soothing and relaxing
Linalool has a calming and sedative action contributing to sleepiness and relaxation.
This EO is recommended in cases of stress, insomnia and assists in female hormone balance, favouring harmony and relaxation.
- Anxiety, deep-set emotions
- Concentration (troubles)
- Self esteem (lack of)
- Latent or seasonal depression, psychological fatigue
- Femininity (female principle) not accepted, excess of Yang
- Sleep (difficulty falling asleep, insomnia…)
- Feminine problems:
- Sexual problems, lack of libido…
- Menstrual troubles (painful, irregular periods or absence of periods…)
- Difficulties in successful conception
- Hormonal troubles
- Migraines at the time of periods
- Hot flushes
- Psychological harmonising
Dangers & counter-indications
It is believed to be well tolerated by the skin, however:
- The presence of mono-terpenes would suggest a diluted solution should be used. This is alleviated by the mono-terpenoids which explains its good tolerance
- Presence of pinenes reputed to be cortisone-like
- Not recommended during the 3 first months of pregnancy
- Not recommended in children under the age of 6.
- Caution for asthmatic people given its content of 1,8 cineole
Usage and administration routes of Fragonia EO
Oral route could be considered upon medical advice for:
- Fungal infections (mycoses) and bacterial infections
- The Candida fungus albicans.
- Respiratory infections
- Dip a toothpick in a bottle of EO then in a fruit juice
- Stir the juice thoroughly and enjoy this aromatic drink
It is possible to have our EO bottles with you on the plane as long as they are placed with other liquids in a plastic pocket or zip-lock bag. The Fragonia trace will have a potent influence on your form upon arrival, especially in the case of jetlag.
- Antibacterial and antifungal properties useful for all skin problems such as mycosis, impetigo, eczema. Its weak antiviral action does make it less useful for cold sores or warts. For these, tea tree EO is much more effective.
- Expectorant (presence of 1,8-cineole). To be used in the same way as Eucalyptus Radiata, Ravintsara or Saro when heavy chest or respiratory infections occur.
- For aches, especially muscular and joint pain (arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatism).
- In the area of gynaecological problems, it has beneficial properties to ease menstrual problems and painful periods.
- In cosmetics it will be used in the same way as Tea Tree EO, for its cleansing properties, especially in the case of acne.
- At a psychological level, it has a sedative and relaxing effect: it will help with falling asleep more easily and deliver a quality sleep. It is also useful in managing jetlag. Using it in a bath is also a possibility.
Cutaneous application, massage
To enjoy the benefits of Fragonia, dilute 1 drop of EO in 4 drops of VO and apply to the troubled area.
- Viral and bacterial infections: massage the back and the foot soles
- To favour sleep (difficulty in falling asleep, insomnia…): massage the back
- For skin problems such as oily skin, perspiration accompanied by an unpleasant odour: apply to the area concerned.
- Arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscular or joint pain: massage the painful area.
- Libido (lack of sexual desire): massage the base of the spine.
- Menstrual problems (painful periods, irregular or absent periods…): massage the lower abdomen.
- Chronic mycoses (candida): 1 drop in 4 drops of coconut VO (itself a good anti-candida) and then massage the lower abdomen and the pelvic floor.
In inhalation, i twill clear the respiratory tract as is the case for all essential oils containing eucalyptol.
In diffusion, it sanitizes the air and prevents ENT infections (especially sinusitis). It has a strong action on the psychological sphere by boosting the libido especially. Relaxing also, it favours a certain internal peace and brings on sleep.
Breathe directly from the bottle, slowly and deeply, and repeat this as often as is necessary. It is of assistance in cases of:
- Libido (lack of desire)
- Self esteem (lack of)
- Concentration (troubles)
From an energy angle, Fragonia EO acts on the upper body chakras: 5th, 6th and 7th chakras. This means it acts on the throat, between the eyebrows and also on the top of the skull. If applied regularly to these points the EO will facilitate dreams and make them more lively.
EO essentially feminine, it symbolises pacifism and allows to recreate conditions of peace and harmony within ourselves.
- Facilitates introspection and allows to improve the quality of psycho-analysis sessions.
- Frees negative energy and destructive attitudes such as old resentments that poison your life, your mind and sometimes your body.
- Helps women to come out of inertia and brings back the wish to live “in the present”.
- Favours reconciliation between people who are in conflict and who think in terms of domination and destruction.
- Allows to stabilise emotions and regulate variations in mood.
- Regulates the Yin and Yang in women.
- Useful in cases of a feeling of persecution, internal conflict, repetitive conflict situations, anxiety, feeling bad, or sad or depressed. Can also improve feelings of overwhelming resentment, negative sentiments, jealousy and possessiveness…
- Helps accept reality as it is.
- Favours the opening of the heart, helps the perception of seeing all what one has received as presents in life and its coincidences, and to free the self of the feeling of need.
- Prevents and lessens Jetlag, fatigue linked to time differences, advised to travellers in association with Kunzea EO.
For Dr Pénoël,
it clearly indicates feminine energy whereas Kunzea is the expression of the male principle. Combined, they represent perfect balance as seen in the Chinese Tao symbol of the Yin and Yang. A person with an excess of Yin (feminine principle) will quite naturally be attracted to Fragonia, whereas a Yang personality will show greater aromatic affinity for Kunzea.
- Feeling of persecution
- Internal conflicts
- Repetitive conflict situations
- Low morale and anxiety
- Feeling of malaise
- Accumulation of resentment and negative emotions
- Excess of Yang
Waking up your feminine principle
Practise an olfactive meditation with Fragonia EO
In diffusion (3×10 minutes per day), on a handkerchief that you keep in your pocket or by breathing directly above the bottle.
Balance the ovarian cycle
By applying one drop of Fragonia EO at the level of the third eye (relevant to the pineal gland) and relevant to the ovaries, a triangle of energy is formed.
Today, aromatherapists consider Fragonia the EO of femininity, capable of reconcile women with their sexuality, regulate mood troubles and free them of negative energies. It is the counterpart to Kunzea EO which symbolises masculinity.
As powerful as Tea Tree EO regarding its antibacterial virtues, even faster in obtaining a result. It has the added advantage of having an more appreciated odour, with a more subtle perfume, gentle and flowery, very pleasant.