Manuka Oil Latin name Leptospermum Scoparium is a great oil, I wish we could have it in the United States but for the time being we will have to live vicariously through our friends down under. It makes sense that it would be offered in New Zealand and Australia first since the Manuka bush is native to New Zealand.
In order to make the oil, all the parts of the bush are steam distilled including the flowers leaves and stems. It generally grows next to kanuka bush and care must be taken to seperate the differing plant materials prior to distilling them. History tells us that Manuka was the original tea tree and Captain James Cook, wrote back in the day that the plant has “a very agreeable bitter taste and flavor when the leaves are recent, but loses some of both when they are dried”. It looks like this, and it is so beautiful that I would love to have it in my backyard. Maybe when I buy a vacation home in New Zealand.
Interestingly, I heard about manuka honey before the oil itself, because Manuka Honey is all the rage in the alternative health circles right now. And the great thing is that it’s not even like humans are infusing the honey with plant parts. But the pollen of the manuka bush is so strong that they honey that the bees make from it, as tremendous healing benefits that researchers at New Zealand University at Waikato attribute to higher enzyme content in the honey.
So, thats what it is, but What can it do?
Manuka has been a part of the Mouri medical system or, Rongoa Maori. Rongoa Maori is a holistic approach to health that predates New Zealand’s British collinization, and along with some of their native Mauri arts, this health system is still alive today. One of the plants featured in this system is Manuka, of which the essential oil that is widely used to heal cuts, infections, burns, scrapes, sores and topical problems of all kinds. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, Manuka has been intensively studied by scientists for its first aid applications, for which it is highly effective as was written in this Fox News article. ( disclaimer, I do not usually use Fox News as a reference because I don’t agree with most of what is on the network, but this article was actually good.) And in a 2014 study Manuka was effective in batteling 2 types of candida, staph and e.coli, so it’s a pretty baddass oil.
What does it smell like you ask? Well it has a very rich spicy herbaceous scent that is calming and grounding.
Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil:
- Anti-histamine (think about the antihistamines you take for allergies)
- Natural cough reliever
- Reduces scaring on skin (cicatrisant)
- Cytophylactic (helps regeneration of cells)
10 Uses for Manuka Essential Oil
- Put a drop on a bee sting or insect bit to get relief
- Use it in diy deodorants to keep your pits smelling delightful
- It helps wounds heal and has been administered to patients after surgery to promote healing
- Put a drop in your moisturizer to help with dry skin
- Put a drop in your shampoo to help with dandruff
- Apply with lemongrass to relieve sore or achy muscles
- Mix with water and spritz in sneakers to freshen the smell
- Massage on feet daily to zap toe fungus and athletes fut
- Diffuse in your home to calm your heart and your mind
- Zap a zit. Manuka helps fight acne because of it’s antibacterial qualities
It really doesn’t have any warnings which is awesome, but I still wouldn’t recommend drinking a bottle of it or anything, Use your common sense.
Heal Your Heart Diffuser Blend
- 2 Drops Roman Chamomile
- 2 Drops Frankincense
- 1 Drop Manuka
- 1 Drop Red Mandarine