Green Valley Aromatherapy


General Properties of Manuka Essential Oil

  • analgesic
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • antihistaminic
  • decongestant
  • expectorant
  • insecticidal
Origin: New Zealand. Steam distilled from the leaves and branches. Middle note.

Description of Manuka Essential Oil

Manuka is a shrub that grows wild in New Zealand. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and is usually colorless. Its main components are caryophyllene, geraniol, pinene and linalol.

Manuka essential oil is a powerful bactericide, as well as possessing anti-viral, decongestant and analgesic properties. Because of this, it is great for treating colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, etc. There have been good results, as well, with application neat onto cold sores.

Manuka essential oil also carries with it anti-histamine properties, which make it valuable for use when dealing with insect bites and stings and as a local analgesic it is good for muscular and rheumatic pain. Insects do not seem to like it, making it a wise addition to your natural bug repellent. This essential oil blends well with most other essential oils and will help to make any aromatherapy blend anti-infectious.

Specific Cautions for Manuka Essential Oil

Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References about Manuka Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Manuka Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Leptospermum scoparium
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.