|Latin Name:||Leptospermum scoparium|
Description: Manuka has a fresh, green, sap-like scent that is clean and gently clears the sinuses. This oil is in high demand during the cold and flu seasons, and can be found in many aromatherapy "first aid" kits.
This essential oil can tackle just about anything you throw at it. As a topical healing agent, it can be used for skin abrasions, cuts, abscesses, bed sores, cold sores, boils, blisters, nail infections, sunburn, athlete's foot (and other fungal infections), insect bites & stings (particularly mosquito bites), toothache, warts, wounds, and impetigo. It works as a repellant for fleas & ticks, and as a skincare additive, will assist in treating psoriasis, eczema, cracked skin, and oily skin.
When diffused, or applied in a massage oil or chest/throat rub, Manuka is the "go to" oil for bronchitis, coughs, sore throats, sinus congestion, sinusitis, flu & fever, and is noted for easing asthmatic complaints (though it should never be used in place of a proper inhaler). Additionally, Manuka will be of benefit to those with muscular aches & pains, rheumatism, urinary tract infections, menstrual cramps, arthritis, IBS, some intestinal infections, and may help to reduce bone pain.
Psychologically, Manuka is used to help boost the body's natural libido, diminish fears, soothe anxieties, calm hysteria, and combat stress. There is little on the Energetic uses of Manuka, though it does serve as a gentle cleansing/clearing agent for lingering energies, and could be used in healing emotional or spiritual wounds.
Contraindications: Though we discourage integral usage of essential oils, it is worth noting that acute toxicity may occur if this oil is used beyond any professionally recommended internal amounts. There is a possibility of skin irritation, though the risk is lower than that of Tea Tree, and based on regular undiluted usage.