Manuka Oil Uses

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Manuka Oil is a natural: Analgesic, Anesthetic, Antiasthmatic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiparasitic, Antipruritic, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Antizymotic, Aphrodisiac, Deodorant, Diaphoretic, Exanthematous, Expectorant, Fungicidal, Germicidal, Immune stimulant, Insecticide, Nervine, Sedative, and Vulnerary.

Manuka Oil Uses and Information

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Historical Use

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Manuka, as it is called by most New Zealanders, was used in pre-European times by the traditional people of New Zealand, the Maori, and still is. A decoction of the leaves was drunk for urinary complaints and as a febrifuge. The steam from leaves boiled in water was inhaled for head colds. A decoction was prepared from the leaves and bark and the warm liquid was rubbed on stiff muscles and aching joints. The emollient white gum, called pai Manuka, was given to nursing babies and also used to treat scalds and burns. Chewing the bark is said to have a relaxing effect and it enhances sleep.

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Active Constituents

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The main active constituents of Manuka Oil are the Trichetones, Flavesone, Leptospermone, Isoleptospermone, and the highest levels of these are only found in plants ( Leptospermum Scoparium) growing naturally on New Zealand's remote "East Cape".

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Research has confirmed that particularly against bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus  and Pathogenic Fungi, Manuka Oil has higher antibacterial and antifungal activity than Tea Tree Oil ( Melaleuca Alternifolia).

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Important Note:

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It is very important to understand that only East Cape Chemotype Manuka has potent antimicrobial characteristics. Also because of this products unique steam distillation method, a much higher Triketone level is achieved compared with another East Cape Chemotype being sold.

 

The Manuka Oil sold by ManukaOil.com is produced in large quantities and is an "East Cape Chemotype" Manuka Oil

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Therapeutic Action

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Manuka Oil has been shown to be effective when used as an:

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Antibacterial
 
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Antifungal
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Anti-inflammatory
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In the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry (Jan. 1990, v. 38), Molan, Wilkins and Holland researched the components responsible for the exceptionally high antibacterial activity of honey from Manuka flowers. They tested fractions of the honey for activity against staphylococcus aureus in particular, which is the bacteria that causes skin infections such as impetigo.

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Perhaps most interesting with the current emergence of strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is that laboratory tests have indicated Manuka Oils effectiveness as a treatment against some antibiotic-resistant organisms.

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Manuka oil has shown to be effective in laboratory tests against 39 separate micro-organisms (listed below), in particular, streptococci and staphylococcal bacteria and fungi that affect the skin.

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Gram Positive Bacteria
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Staphylococcus aureas
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Staphylococcus aureas methacillin resistant
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Staphylococcus epidermidis
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Streptococcus faecalis
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Streptococcus agalactiae
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Micrococcus luteus
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Sarcina lutea
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Bacillus subtilis
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Listeria monocytogenes
 
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Gram Negative Bacteria
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Escherichia coli
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa
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Klebsiella pneumoniae
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Proteus vulgaris
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Vibrio furnissii
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa
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Pseudomonas fluorscens

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Fungi
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Trichophyton mentagrophytes
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Trichophyton rubrum
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Microsporum canis
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Aspergillus niger
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Candida albicans

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Medicinal Uses

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Manuka Oil has been shown to treat or aid in the treatment of the following:

 

External  Application for Treatment of:

Abrasions - skin
Abscesses
Acne
Bed sores
Blisters
Boils
Burns
Carbuncles
Cold sores

 

Cracked skin
Dandruff
Dermatitis
Ears or body pierced - infection of
Eczema
Fungal infection
Insect bites
Lice
Nail infections
Pimples
Ringworm
Rinitis
Skin - oily
Sores
Sunburn
Tinea
Tonsillitis
Ulcers - varicose

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Instructions and Dosage

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External: - 2-4 drops of Low Aroma Manuka Oil in the bath or placed directly on affected area.

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Mild Sunburn: - Apply cold water to remove heat and gently rub Essential Power Cream into affected areas to help relieve stinging and later itching.

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Fungal infections, Athletes Foot & Nail Bed Infections: - Apply a few drops of Low Aroma Manuka Oil with a cotton ball, twice daily, or alternatively use Essential Power Cream. Continue to apply for 5 days after visible signs of infection have gone.

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Itching Scalp and Dandruff: - Add 10 drops of Low Aroma Manuka Oil to a normal amount of shampoo and massage into wet hair and scalp. Leave for five minutes before rinsing.

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Cuts, Scratches and Abrasions: - Apply Pure Manuka Oil, or alternatively use Essential Power Cream.

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Oily Skin and Pimples: - Wash affected daily then apply Low Aroma Manuka Oil as a spot treatment for problem areas, or use Essential Power Cream as a complete treatment.

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Skin Irritation, Chafing and Rashes: - Wash regularly then apply Essential Power Cream twice daily as required.

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Foot and Body Odour: - For foot odour, rub Low Aroma Manuka Oil or Essential Power Cream into feet 3 times per week. Also protects against fungal infection.

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Insect Bites and Stings: - Apply Low Aroma Manuka Oil or Essential Power Cream to help relieve itching and inflammation and prevent infection.

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Aching Muscles and Joints: - Massage Manuka Oil into tired and aching muscles and joints.

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The Manuka Oil sold by ManukaOil.com does not cause a skin reaction in most individuals (refer to Cautions below) and is helpful for all skin problems where the skin is sensitive.

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Aromatherapy Uses

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Manuka Oil is rapidly gaining popularity in the field of Aromatherapy.

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Some aromatherapists believe that although the effectiveness of Manuka Oil as a bactericide and fungicide is dramatic- Manuka Oil has another side to it.

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A leading German Aromatherapist- Ruth von Braunschweig reports on the sensual, "feel good" side of Manuka Oil, stating it to be beneficial for people with over sensitive nervous systems and those who suffer from stress and anxiety. Conditions that often manifest themselves in allergic reactions. She states that "Manuka Oil" is very effective for many skin problems. It strengthens the psyche and at the same time stabilizes the skin, it makes it more resistant, because it is relaxing for the skin nerves as well as cell activating and regenerating for the outer skin layers. The skin doesn't overreact constantly, - it doesn't come out in a rash so fast. Therefore Manuka is helpful for sensitive skin, especially itching, acne, badly healing skin, inclination to fungal infections, ulcers, bedsores and infections.

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Household Uses

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Manuka Oil is extremely useful as a household disinfectant.

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For an antiseptic action in the laundry, add half a teaspoon of oil to each wash load.

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Perfumery Uses

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Manuka Oil has a honey-like aroma, sweet yet herbaceous and medicinal.

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It blends well with bay leaf, bergamot, black pepper, cajuput, cedarwood atlas, cinnamon, clove bud, elemi, ginger, juniper, lavender, nutmeg, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, vetiver and ylang ylang.

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ManukaOil.com has available a Pure Manuka Oil with lowered aroma.

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Cautions

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Acute toxicity can occur if it is administered in amounts above the stated daily dose.

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It can, in some individuals, produce a mild irritancy to the skin but has a low irritancy compared to Australian tea tree oil.

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In tests conducted in England at Huntington Life Sciences and at the Wellington Clinical School, New Zealand, on application of undiluted oil to the skin of 30 subjects, there were no reports of skin irritancy.

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If irritation or other negative effects occur, discontinue use and consult a medical practitioner before resuming.

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References:

The following references were used to compile this page.

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Cooke A, Cooke MD, Cawthron Institute, An investigation into the Antimicrobial Properties of Manuka and Kanuka Oil, February 1991.

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Perry, N. B.; Brennan, N. J.; van Klink, J. W.; Harris, W.; Douglas, M. H.; McGimpsey, J. A.; Smallfield, B. M.; Anderson, R. E. Essential oils from New Zealand Manuka and kanuka: chemotaxonomy of Leptospermum. Phytochemistry 1997, 44, 1485-1494.

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Perry, N. B.; Van Klink, J. W.; Brennan, N. J.; Harris, W.; Anderson, R.E.; Douglas, M. H.; Smallfield, B. M. Essential oils from New Zealand Manuka and Kanuka: chemotaxonomy of Kunzea. Phytochemistry 1997, 45, 606-1612.

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Porter, N. G.; Smale, P. E.; Nelson, M. A.; Hay, A. J.; Van Klink, J. W.; Dean, C. M. Variability in essential oil chemistry and plant morphology within a Leptospermum scoparium population. N. Z. J. Bot. 1998, 36, 125-133.
 

All care has been taken in compiling this page, but no responsibility can be taken for any errors or omissions.

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