The Manuka essential oil is extracted from the steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of the Manuka plant. The scientific name of Manuka essential oil is Leptospermum Scoparium. It belongs to the Myrtaceae family. It is native to New Zealand. Here, people have been using it instead and poultice which were made with its leaves as a natural treatment for many different health problems. Manuka is a small shrub. It has small and white flowers.
The main components of the Manuka essential oil are humulene, pinene, geraniol, caryophyllene, Leptospermum, and linalool. The combination of the ingredients in the Manuka essential oil varies with the height on the tree where the leaves were extracted. The extracted oil has an amber color. It has a pungent, spicy, camphoraceous, and herbaceous smell. It has a clear appearance. The Manuka essential oil has antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and this is a reason why it is used in modern skin products, antibacterial lotions, soaps, shampoos, and body oils.
The Manuka essential oil is also used in aromatherapy. The Manuka essential oil can help to reduce the pain and swelling, which will keep the itching and scratching at bay. You can massage warmed Manuka essential oil into your painful back, so you will get relief from the symptoms. If you have sensitive skin, then make a skin patch test before you use Manuka essential oil to see if there are any side effects.
Here are some health benefits of Manuka essential oil:
Soothe a sunburn:
The Manuka essential oil is anti-inflammatory. It has pain-relieving properties which are a great combination for sore sunburnt skin. If your skin is too sore to accept oil being smoothed over its surface, so you can mix Manuka oil with water and spray it onto the affected skin or you can mix Manuka essential oil with soothing Aloe Vera gel.
You can massage the aching muscles and joints with the Manuka essential oil. This can help you to alleviate the pain. Also, the Manuka essential oil works great for backache and rheumatic conditions, like stiffened and painful joints.
The Manuka essential oil is wonderful cicatrisant that promotes faster healing and it can reduce the appearance of scars. This type of essential oil is frequently used by females who underwent a caesarian operation to avoid
The overproduction of sebum is the root cause of acne. It is important to get the bacteria that feast on the sebum in blocked pores under control to reduce the inflammation and improve the appearance and health of the skin. As the hair infects each hair follicle, it produces enzymes that weaken the wall of the pore and cause the pore to burst and spread the bacteria to surrounding tissue. Killing the bacteria is an important part of the acne treatment and the Manuka essential oil can help here.
Urinary tract infections:
It has been said that the Manuka essential oil is effective for bladder infections and urinary tract infections.
The Manuka essential oil can give you a relaxing feeling by fighting against anger, stress, depression, anxiety, disturbances, and nervous afflictions. This is also very effective for people who are hypertensive because their blood pressure shoots up at the least anxiety or tension and it can help to protect the heart.
Body odor and foot odor:
It is a known fact that the Manuka essential oil is effective for body odor and foot odor. You can add 3 – 4 drops of Manuka essential oil into your body wash or 10 drops into the bathwater and this can help you to decrease the strong body odor. If you want to reduce the foot odor, then you can wash your feet with Manuka essential oil soap and soak them in about 2 quarts of lukewarm water mixed with six to eight drops of Manuka essential oil on daily basis, so it will reduce your foot odor.
Also, you can apply mild Manuka essential oil thoroughly on your feet and in between the toes on a daily basis, so it will eliminate the odor as well as any possible fungal infections which may cause foot odor.