Isn’t this a funny name? Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is one of the newest in our roster of oils. It comes from a beautiful plant native to New Zealand, where the Maori people have used it as a remedy for centuries! Our information on Manuka comes from Pompeii Organics and Aromatics International.

Manuka is amazing for skin issues. It combats acne, fungus, poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and cicatrisant (your word of the day! It means skin healing/regenerating 🙂 )

Not only is the herb effective for skin, it’s also wonderful for colds and flu due to its antiviral and decongestant properties. It helps the body get rid of extra mucous and is also sedative, making it helpful for calmness and sleep.

One of the most interesting things about Manuka is that it actually fights allergies. It’s antihistamine properties combat allergic reactions, especially for insect bites or stings.

Manuka is not just used as an essential oil. Tea is one of the oldest ways the herb was used, leading to its nickname as the “New Zealand tea tree” (unrelated to Australian tea tree). Manuka honey has also been an effective remedy (and delicious food!).

Interested in getting some Manuka for yourself? Drop us an email, call, or come by the Oil City Farmer’s Market on Monday or next Thursday! We just got in a small shipment of Manuka and we are always refilling our stock!

What’s your favorite property of Manuka? Have you ever heard of it? What would you use it for?