Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) essential oil is also known as New Zealand Tea tree oil.
The oil is extracted from a small manuka tree which is native to New Zealand. Most manuka oil is distilled from wild plants. It has been suggested that high levels of sesquiterpenes chemical components account for its high antimicrobial activity on which the manuka oil benefits are based.
The essential oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree. It has a distinctive sweet herbaceous aroma.
Manuka oil benefits
Manuka oil is renowned for its potent antimicrobial and anti-acne properties. Topical use of the various parts of the Manuka was common among early settlers.
Early Maoris applied the leaves of the manuka tree to the wounds, cuts, sores, and skin ailments. For centuries they have been using Manuka to treat rheumatic pains, fevers, burns. It 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.
Now the therapeutic properties and benefits of manuka are well established. They are:
- Immune stimulant
Manuka oil is perfect when tea tree oil is too strong.
Here are the manuka essential oil benefits
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.
Due to its analgesic effect, 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 is beneficial for people with sensitive skin and digestive system.
You can also use Manuka essential oil to 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 oil is a true marvel of New Zealand nature!
The best way to apply is via massage, compress, bath, ointment, skincare, inhalation, direct or through diffusing, steam inhalation.
Manuka oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising.
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