Manuka

(Leptospermum scoparium)

Family; Myrtaceae

Description: Manuka is a shrub or small tree, with flowers that strongly attract bees. Manuka honey — as well as being eaten — is also used for various external healing purposes, such as burns and ulcers, because it contains traces of the chemicals found in the essential oil. The oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and twigs.

Country of origin; New Zealand

Characteristics; Manuka has fresh, spicy, herbaceous top notes with sweet, warm, gentle undertones. It blends well with many other essential oils, as its delicate aroma is easily compatible with other fragrances.

Main therapeutic properties; Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, sedative.

 

Manuka is a fairly recent addition to aromatherapy, although the plant has been used by the Maoris for centuries. Often compared with ti-tree, it is a possible immuno-stimulant (but not as powerful as ti-tree). Manuka is a powerful insecticide and is good for treating insect bites, athlete’s foot, ringworm, cold sores, acne, and chronic wounds and ulcers.
Overall, manuka is healing, refreshing and calming. Useful in massage, manuka has a gentle analgesic effect on sore, aching muscles. It is also good in steam inhalations to treat coughs, colds and flu. Psychologically, manuka is protective and suited to sensitive personalities. It stabilizes and balances the nervous system, so manuka is good in meditations to maintain a healthy emotional balance.

 

Leptospermum scoparium