Manuka Oil

Manuka Oil ... The Māori people, indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, used all parts of the Manuka plant as an important part of their natural medicine. When Captain Cook and his men arrived in New Zealand, they came across the Manuka bush and used it for making tea. It’s the original “tea tree”. Captain Cook wrote about the bush, “It has a very agreeable bitter taste and flavor when [the leaves] are recent but loses some of both when they are dried.”

The Manuka bush is also found in southeast Australia.


     Māori - Hinepare of Ngāti Kahungunu

Hinepare of Ngāti Kahungunu, c.1890

Botanical Name - Leptospermum scoparium

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Leaves and twigs

Note Classification – Middle

Aroma - Sweet, camphorous, shrubby

Largest Producing Countries - New Zealand and Australia

Traditional Use - Used in medicinal preparations for foot fungal creams and chest salves.

Properties - Analgesic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, and vulnerary.

Benefits - Athlete’s foot, burns, colds, flu, intestinal infections, muscular pain, rheumatism, ringworm, skin infections, sore throats, thrush, urinary infections, and wounds.

Blends Well With - Basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile german, chamomile roman, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus (all), geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, marjoram, orange, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme linalol, thyme red, and yuzu.

Safety DataManuka Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. It’s not recommended for internal use.

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