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Other Names: New Zealand Ti-tree oil
This oil from New Zealand has a long history of use by the Maori people, for bronchitis, rheumatism and similar conditions. It is only very distantly related botanically to Ti-tree. The name is due to the similarities of application between manuka and Australian tea tree. Manuka, however, has properties that Ti-tree does not.
Manuka plants are bushy shrubs that grow wild. The best Manuka oil comes from plants growing at high altitudes. They are more antibacterial than that from lower altitudes. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves. The oil is virtually colorless. It has a sweet and gentle smell.
Properties and Applications of Manuka Essential Oil
Manuka oil is analgesic, anti-allergic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-histamine, anti- infectious, antiseptic, decongestant, insecticide and highly bactericidal across a wide spectrum.
Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal And Bactericidal
Useful for all respiratory tract infections: colds, catarrh, sinusitis, bronchitis, etc. Its decongestant properties
help here too.
Manuka oil can be used in the bath, as a gargle or applied directly over the cold sores or on the skin. It can also be used in vaporisers during an epidemic.
As an antiseptic for use on the skin, manuka can be applied to cuts, spots, boils, ulcers, etc. It is especially indicated where healing has been slow.
Manuka has a drying effect, that is taken advantage of in the treatment for acne and for oily conditions of the skin.
For a good massage dilute the oil with a carrier to get a dilution between 1.5% and 2%.
Use a carrier oil such as avocado or jojoba oil for use on people with dry or sensitive skin.
Anti-histamine and anti-allergic
Great for use in air sprays or burners.
Use it diluted in water with a dispersant, to keep fleas and insects from pets.
Manuka oil is a good alternative to Ti-tree as an anti- infectious oil. However, manuka does not have the same immuno- stimulant properties as tea tree oil.
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