Most common Manuka essential oil uses
Manuka essential oil is a very valuable one. It has a long history of use by Maori people, particularly for bronchitis, rheumatism and similar conditions.
Manuka oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal and highly bactericidal across a wide spectrum. It can be used for all respiratory tract infections: colds, catarrh, sinusitis, bronchitis and the fact that it is also decongestant is a bonus. It can be used in the baths for colds, as a gargle for sore throats and dabbed neat on to cold sores, and all of the uses are proved highly effective.
Because of the pleasant aroma, it is a very agreeable oil to use in vaporisers during an epidemic. It is an excellent antiseptic for use on the skin, and can be applied to cuts, spots, boils and ulcers being particularly indicated where healing has been slow. Manuka can be used neat on the skin when needed, but it does have a drying effect, particularly if used repeatedly.
This can be useful as Manuka essential oil uses for acne and oily conditions of the skin but for general use it should be used well diluted to avoid the drying effect. Between 1.5% and 2% is a suitable dilution for massage, and it is a good idea to use a rich carrier oil, such as avocado or jojoba for people with dry or sensitive skin.
More Manuka essential oil uses
Manuka oil has an anti-histamine action and is anti-allergic generally. It is good for insect bites and stings, and would be worth trying for allergic rashes: possibly for asthma and hayfever. It is good local analgesic, helpful for muscular pain and rheumatism.
Manuka essential oil uses as an effective insecticide and the pleasant scent makes it particularly suitable for use in air sprays or burners.
The delicate scent means that you can blend Manuka essential oil with virtually any other oil that would be therapeutically appropriate. It can be used in situations where the stronger and more medicinal smelling oils might not be welcome.
Manuka essential oil gives us a good alternative to Tea Tree as an anti-infectious oil, which is welcome especially when long-term treatment is needed, though it may not have the same immuno-stimulant properties.