Uses & benefits of Manuka
Benefits of diffusion: The sweet honey like, herbaceous, lemony, and slightly spicy scent of Manuka Essential Oil is soothing, grounding and induces feelings of joy when inhaled.
Its sedative and calming effect on the nervous system aids stress relief, boosts the libido naturally, calms anxiety and hysteria, diffuses anger, soothes nervous afflictions, disturbances, and symptoms of depression. It is also beneficial for people dealing with blood pressure or heart issues which can be adversely affected by anxiety or stress
It also helps gently cleanse lingering energies and can aid in healing emotional or spiritual wounds.
Its natural antihistamine properties help relieve prolonged, painful coughing, sinus issues, hay fever and other symptoms related to over production of histamine in the body.
Manuka Essential Oil also has anti-allergenic properties to help calm the body’s response to external allergens and allergic reactions to pollen, dust, pet dander (fur) etc.
Its potent antimicrobial properties are beneficial in treating sinus or nasal congestion and other respiratory conditions e.g., coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, flu symptoms etc.
It also helps soothe and relieve inflammation in the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems, in the nasal tracts or wherever else it may occur in the body and is beneficial in relieving toxicity from insect bites, venom or narcotics from entering the blood stream, discomfort from overeating of spicy foods and in preventing fevers, infections, the common cold etc.
Topical use benefits: Apply to cuts, scrapes and other wounds for its antibacterial action which helps inhibit and prevent bacterial infections that cause infections in the respiratory tracts, urinary system, colon and other areas of the body.
Massage into affected areas for its powerful anti-inflammatory action helps soothe and relieve pain and discomfort from arthritis, rheumatism, sports injuries or strained muscles from over training, sore muscles, stiff joints etc.
Blend at a rate of 5 drops in 30ml of base and use as a great natural deodorant for its potent antibacterial action to help combat the bacteria that feed on sweat and create body odor, plus its fresh, herbaceous, earthy, slightly floral scent is appealing to both men and women.
It also shows an amazing antispasmodic activity by decreasing tension and contractions in the diaphragm for smoother muscle contraction in the tubular organs of the gastrointestinal tract. This helps prevent spasms in the intestine, urinary tract and stomach to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Just apply dilution to the localized area.
It is effective in eliminating a variety of bacteria, yeasts and fungi which can cause athlete’s foot, toenail fungus and other foot infections. Massage dilution into the affected feet and cover them with cotton socks twice daily as a great home remedy.
A 2014 scientific study documents its effectiveness against four fungi and bacteria each including Candida, Golden Staph and E Coli. The results confirmed its “potent fungicidal properties”, reporting a 100% inhibition in its actions against each one. It is thus of immense benefit in treating infections, and autoimmune diseases as well as for use as a natural antibiotic.
It is used as an effective antidote for bites and stings, when applied to insect bites or venomous stings by helping to reduce pain, swelling and stopping the spread of toxins from the bite/sting into the bloodstream due to its insecticidal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties help treat and prevent a plethora of skin issues which arise from bacteria, inflammation, irritation etc. including psoriasis, eczema, acne, pimples, chafing, rashes, itchiness, ringworm, athlete’s foot, mites, scabies, contusions, boils, parasitic skin infections, sores including canker sores, bed sores and many more
Manuka Essential Oil helps treat stubborn fungal skin infections, with its potent action against 4 types of fungi i.e. Candida Tropicalis, Candida Albicans, Trichosporon Mucoides, and Malassezia furfur and is thus beneficial in treating issues like athlete’s foot.
It is also a great cicatrizant with amazing wound healing and cleansing abilities to disinfect and protect wounds, cuts, abrasions etc. from infection and prevents possible sepsis. Best used on wounds that are already scabbing over and not to be used undiluted or on open wounds.
Other attributed therapeutic benefits of Manuka Essential Oil include: Anti-dandruff, antidote to insect bites and stings, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, anti-allergenic. cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, and relaxant substance.
Skincare benefits: As a natural skincare ingredient in a moisturizer/serum for its amazing antimicrobial power to help fight off bacterial growth which causes blemishes, eruptions, and acne to keep the skin clear and healthy.
It is an excellent anti-acne treatment as it works to kill the bacteria which feast on excess sebum that mixes with dirt and other external pollutants to block the pores and infect the hair follicles to produce enzymes that weaken the pore’s walls causing it to burst and spread bacteria to surrounding tissue and accelerating the spread of acne. It also helps cleanse the pores to prevent new bacterial growth to keep the skin acne free.
It has powerful skin cell regeneration properties to help accelerate skin cell regeneration and with consistent use can help repair damaged skin and diminish the appearance of blemishes, scars, stretch marks, acne spots etc.
Manuka EO also helps protect the skin against inflammation caused by UV-B rays from the sun and helps soothe pain, itchiness, discomfort, and other symptoms of sun burn.
It also helps replenish and repair aging skin, leaving it clear, radiant, and healthy.
Hair care benefits: It helps maintain scalp moisture and oil balance to stop scalp degeneration, nourishes it to prevent dryness that can cause scabbing and flaking. Its antimicrobial properties help combat yeast, fungus and bacteria that can cause scalp irritation and other infections like dandruff.