Manuka Leptospermum scoparium essential oil is a gentle substitute for Tea tree oil.
The oil is extracted from New Zealand native small manuka tree. The fact that most manuka oil is distilled from wild plants is extremely beneficial as wild grown plants have better therapeutic qualities. The resulting oil shows high levels of sesquiterpenes chemical components which account for its high antimicrobial activity.
The history of the manuka uses
Topical use of the various parts of the Manuka was common among early settlers.
Manuka was renowned for its potent antimicrobial properties.
Manuka tree leaves were applied to the wounds, cuts, and sores. For centuries it has been used to treat rheumatic pains, fevers, burns. Manuka provided its benefits for skin care due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It can soothe skin irritations and infections, inhibit acne-causing bacteria.
It is truly protective not only for skin but the whole body.
Application of the manuka oil today
The therapeutic properties of manuka essential oil are well established. They are:
- Immune stimulant
Because all of these properties there are many ways on how to use manuka essential oil.
Manuka oil is perfect when tea tree oil is too strong.
Due to its ability to reduce skin irritation and promote wound healing it is recommended for treating ringworm, insect bites, athlete’s foot, acne, skin eruptions, ulcers and wounds, cuts, and abrasions.
As analgesic, it relieves muscular pains and aches.
It is beneficial for all types of respiratory tract infections and can be used to relieve coughs, cold and flu.
Like myrrh and cedarwood essential oils, manuka may protect the nervous system and balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves.
Inhaling manuka’s distinctive sweet herbaceous aroma is beneficial for people with sensitive skin and digestive system.
Manuka oil can soothe the scalp
It may inhibit bacteria growth in the body (in respiratory, colon, urinary systems)
It may eliminate fungal infections
It can handle inflammation (in respiratory, digestive, circulation systems)
It calms down allergies, reduces the production of histamine
It heals the scars, promotes new cells growth, and protects the wounds from developing infections
Manuka essential oil is a true marvel of New Zealand nature!
How to use manuka essential oil
The best way to apply is via massage, compress, bath, ointment, skin and hair care, inhalation, direct or through diffusing, steam inhalation.
In massage diluted in carrier: 5drops in a spoon
In compress diluted in water: 5-10drops in a litre
In bath diluted in carrier: up to 10drops in a tablespoon
In steam inhalation: 5 drops in hot water
Diffuser: 5 drops
Manuka oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising.
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