Origin: Eastern Australia

Family: Proteaceae
Subfamily: Grevilleoideae
Scientific Name: Macadamia integrifolia

Folk Names: Bauple nut, bush nut, maroochi nut
Indigenous Names: Baupil, boombera, gyndl, jindilli


Element: Earth
Day: Thursday
Planet: Jupiter
Zodiac: Sagittarius

Parts Used: Nut

Magical Properties: Money, protection

Substitutions: Other nuts


Part Used: Nuts
Scent Description: Mildly nutty
Flash Point: 290°C

Perfume Use: Base oil
Shelf Life: 9-12 months
Extraction Method: Steam distillation

Topical Use

Skin Types: All
Absorption Rate: Medium
Viscosity: Medium

Properties: Nourishing, antioxidant, moisturising, regenerative

Warnings: May cause a reaction in some with nut allergies


Macadamia trees are native to the rainforests of northern NSW and southern Queensland.

Type: Tree
Plant size: 8-20m
Leaves: Glossy, deep green leaves, 6-30cm long and 3-13cm wide, arranged in whorls of 3
Flowers: Kambarang to Bunuru: 5-30cm long inflorescence with 10-15mm long white-to-pink/purple flowers, with 4 tepals
Fruit: Round, shiny brown, woody fruits, 2-3cm diameter, containing one nut. The shell is 5x harder than that of a hazelnut.

Etymology: Named for Scottish-Australian chemist and teacher John Macadam.

In the Garden

Type: Evergreen tree
Light: Partial shade
Water: Keep moist
Soil: Nutrient-rich, well-drained soil