Manuka oil is obtained from the branches and leaves of the manuka tree, which is found in New Zealand. The natives of New Zealand (Maori) have been using bark, teas, sap, and poultice prepared with the leaves of manuka tree for year for treating several health conditions.
Recently it has been discovered that manuka oil is rich in Sesquiterpenes, particularly Leptospermone, Triketones, Flavesone and Isoleptospermone which offers several antimicrobial properties. It has also been proved that synergistic influence of Sesquiterpenes and Triketones can work against anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral effects. This is the reason manuka oil is facilitated in modern skin care products like body oils, antibacterial lotions, creams, soaps and shampoos. It is said that the medicinal components manuka oil differs with the height of the tree.
Health Benefits of Manuka Oil
There are several health benefits that manuka oil has to offer. Some of the most popular and widely tested benefits include:
Anti Dandruff : If you are not getting any relief from expensive shampoos claiming to get rid of dandruff, it is time now to opt for some natural remedy. Dandruffs erupt due to lack of oil and moisture in the head, eruption of infections in the scalp skin. Manuka oil also protects you from all these disorders. It will retain a balance of oil content and moisture in your scalp and also ceases the infection of the scalp skin. This oil can be used by mixing in bathing water and at the same time you can also massage it in the scalp mixing with some oil which you use regularly.
Combats Stings and Insect Bites : If unfortunately you are suffering from any kind of venomous sting or insect bite, administer manuka oil and it will pull all the swelling and pain and swelling from the area and ward off any further deterioration in the situation.
Anti Bacterial : Manuka oil ceases the development of bacteria in human body. It can be used to treat the condition of urinary system and colon along with respiratory tracts.
Combats Fungus : It is quite effective in getting rid of fungal infections as it works against bacterial infections. One of the common infections is running ears. If one or two drops of manuka oil are applied into the ears it can heal faster that too without wasting money on expensive drugs. As per a research conducted at the Cawthron Institute of New Zealand, manuka oil can also inhibit various bacteria, fungi and yeasts which can lead to toenail fungus, athlete's foot and myriads of other foot infections. Therefore, a great natural remedy for foot infection is this oil which should be administered on the affected part of the foot directly at least twice in a day and wrapped with fine cotton or sock to retain its influence. Moreover, dipping the feet in manuka oil can save you from getting infected from any kind of fungal disorder.
Anti Inflammatory : This manuka oil is also considered to be a great natural anti-inflammatory component. It can calm down the inflammation of all types, like respiratory or nasal inflammation. It can also combat common cold and digestive system inflammation due to intake of excess food and spicy food.
Anti Histaminic : This condition is responsible for stimulating coughs and deteriorates the situation by accentuating the exhausting coughs. People are often prone to try very expensive and strange drugs to monitor and treat histamine. Manuka oil keeps the histamine oil production under check and offers instant relief from this tricky condition.
Aromatherapy with Manuka Oil : Studies indicate that manuka oil is remarkably soothing and calming for the human psyche. As per a as German Aroma therapist, this oil is helpful for those who are sufferers of stress and have are coupled with extremely sensitive nervous system. This oil refreshes and rejuvenates human attitude and offers a calming effect on the soul, heat and mind. It also helps in relaxing the outer layer of the skin and simulates them by activating reproducing the cells of the outer layer of the skin.
Back Ache and Rheumatic Conditions : Habitants of Zealand have been facilitating manuka oil as pain reliever. It is also helpful in treating stiff joints, muscles and strained backs along with arthriti pain. If slightly warm manuka oil is applied to the inflamed, hardened and painful muscles, bones and joints, it will offer soothing effects.
Body Odor and Foot Odor : Manuka oil is considered to be helpful for foot and body smell. Applying 10-15 drops of this oil into the bath tub can reduce the strong odor of your body. Same can be applied to get rid of foot odor. Application of manuka oil properly on the feet and between the toes each day can relief you from the bad odor of feet and toes, which is caused due to possible fungal infection.
Nasal Congestion and Respiratory Conditions : A recent study manifested that taking the steams of manuka tea can help enhance the respiratory conditions like asthma, cold, cough and nasal congestion, along with bronchitis. A wide and open dish can be used to add few drops of manuka oil into the hot water to inhale its steam covering your face with any towel to get maximum steam.
Skin Healer : This oil is also termed as skin healer when applied topically into the skin with an intention to heal sores and injuries. It also accelerates the healing process of bed sores, acne lesion, cracked skin and blisters.
Benefits of Manuka Plant : Manuka is the name provided by Maori, the native people of New Zealand. The health benefits of manuka plants are well known to Maori people. They facilitated its bark, flowers and leaves for treating various medical conditions like wound dressings relief from indigestion. European peoples used its leaves for preparing tea after boiling it in water to treat the deficiency of vitamin, which result to scurvy.
Precautions Using Manuka Oil
It should not be used by pregnant or lactating women it may adversely affect the fetus. There are no known side effects of this oil when used in moderate quantity. It is probable that a few people could be allergic to this oil hence it is advisable to consult your physician before using this oil.
Manuka oil is highly beneficial for various medical conditions. It is always advisable to begin using this essential oil after due advice of your medical practitioner. Do avail the benefits of this oil but within prescribed manner and quantity.