Manuka Oil


Botanical Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtle: shrubs and trees)

Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distilled from the leaves and branches—New Zealand

Chemical Constituents: Monoterpenes: pinenes; Sesquiterpenes: caryophyllene, humulene; Alcohols: linalol, geraniol; Cyclic Triketones (20–30%): leptospermone, iso-leptospermone, flavesone.

Properties: Analgesic, antiallergic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiviral, antihistamine,antiseptic, decongestant, insecticidal, and highly bactericidal (antimicrobial) across a wide spectrum.

Historical Uses: This oil has a long history of use by the Maori people for bronchitis, rheumatism and similar conditions. Also, manuka oil has been used to treat a range of skin problems including chronic sores, ringworm, eczema, fungal infections (athlete foot and fungal nail infections), scalp itch, and dandruff. A decoction of leaves was used for urinary complaints and to reduce fever. The leaves were boiled in water and inhaled for head colds, blocked sinuses, hay fever, and even bronchitis and asthma. Leaves and bark were boiled together, and the warm liquid was rubbed on stiff backs and rheumatic joints. The leaves and young branches were put into vapor baths. The crushed leaves were applied as a poultice for many skin diseases and were directly applied to wounds and deep gashes to enhance healing and to reduce the risk of infection. The young shoots were chewed and swallowed for dysentery. The bark, the sap, and the seed capsules of the manuka were also used extensively for treating various ailments.

Other Possible Uses: This oil may help with abrasions, acne, bronchitis, catarrh, chafing, colds, cuts, dandruff, fungal infections (athletes foot, skin, and nails), infections (staph and strep), insect bites and stings, muscle and joint pains, odor (foot and body), rashes, scratches, oily skin, skin irritation, sinusitis, mild sunburn, and ulcers (Active Manuka Honey, a unique honey produced from the blossoms of the manuka tree, has been shown to naturally kill Helicobacter pylori).

Body System(s) Affected: Muscles and Bones, Respiratory System, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: Manuka helps to calm oversensitive nerves and strengthen the psyche, producing an almost sensual feeling of well-being. It’s stabilizing and calming aroma makes it very good for combating stress and irritability.

Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse. Can also be used in the bath or as a gargle.

Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.

Blends With: All citrus oils, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and thyme.

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