This is part of an ongoing educational series on essential oils. Today’s topic is all about Manuka Essential Oil. In later parts of this series I will be talking about essential oils for skincare, grades of essential oils and much more. Stay tuned!
Manuka is a prolific low growing shrub from New Zealand and Australia. The tree is producer of a few amazing products. Of course the tree is used to distill essential oils. But this is also the tree that the famous Manuka honey comes from. The bees pollinate the flowers of the Manuka tree to create a delicious and unique honey that has been gaining in popularity, based upon research that the honey contains more antibacterial properties than other types of honey.
Manuka Essential Oil- An Oil for Skin!
I personally love manuka essential oil for skin. If you want to support healthy and beautiful skin, here are a few ways to use the oil.
- Add manuka to your cleansing routine. In one pump of your regular facewash, add 1-2 drops of the oil. If you experience redness on your face, you are in luck as manuka is very calming to the skin!
- Support skin tone- add manuka to a face mask. I love all the charcoal and mud masks these days, as they really seem to help with the firmness of my skin. I love to add manuka to those masks to keep my skin looking young!
- Reduce the appearance of blemishes! Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you can use manuka directly on blemishes. For sensitive skin, dilute the essential oil with a drop or two of carrier oil, like jojoba oil.
- Healthy scalp treatment! Instead of expensive shampoo’s you can help keep your scalp healthy and clear with manuka essential oil. I keep the bottle right in the bathroom. When I shower, I add 3-4 drops into my hand and then a pump of shampoo. Many recipes will call for you to add essential oils to your shampoo bottle directly. Here’s why you should not do that. The oils will be far too diluted to have any affect. Think about the ratio of drops of shampoo to essential oil, even if you added an entire 15ml bottle of essential oils? I prefer not to waste my oils and have them actually work! Additionally it gets hot in your shower. Essential oils begin to lose their potency in hot and humid areas. Instead I keep my oils in a draw so they stay cool and stay powerful. I just grab the bottle before a shower and then when I’m washing my hair I put it outside the shower to put away when done! Simple!
Manuka Essential Oil- For the Mind
Manuka has a lovely woodsy, herbaceous smells and the aroma is comforting and calming.
- To relax in the evening, try some aromatherapy in the bath. Combine 1 or more cups of epsom salts with 2-3 drops of manuka essential oil. Add the salts to your warm bathwater and swirl to mix. Oils and water don’t mix so you need the salts to actually have the oils incorporate into the water. Otherwise they just sit on top of the water. I buy my epsom salts in bulk on Amazon to save.
- Diffuse 3 or more drops in your favorite essential oil diffuser. I love to diffuse calming oils at night, I find I am able to “turn off” my brain much easier this way.
- Apply 2 drops and 2 drops of carrier oil like jojoba to your chest before a meditative yoga practice. I have many clients who love using oils during the cool down of a work out, and during meditation at the end of yoga.
Just like many essential oils, each of us are different and react to oils in a unique way. Here are a few more uses for manuka oil!
- Supports the respiratory system- diffuse around the house to support clean air and easy breathing.
- Can help with odor on the skin. Apply to the bottoms of feet or underarms.
- Add to a roller ball with lavender and cedarwood, roll this on your feet nightly for a great nights sleep! I have these mini roller bottles that I love!
- Add drops to any face and skin care products you use!
One thing to note, in my research manuka is commonly known as a tea tree, but it is NOT the same plant that produces tea tree oil! Very confusing at first! Compared to many essential oils that we commonly use and see, Manuka is fairly new on the scene.
I hope this guide to Manuka Essential Oil has been helpful to you! I only use and support one companies essential oils. You can buy the Young Living Manuka Oil here. It is what I use personally for myself, my husband and family.
P.S. Looking for other essential oil information? Learn how to make your of sugar scrub here!
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