All About Manuka
Manuka is in the same plant family as tea tree, but its essential oil is preferred in perfumery. Like tea tree, manuka offers anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. Manuka honey has been studied as a digestive aid and antimicrobial. Manuka may also offer insecticidal action and potential as an ingredient in topical applications.
Manuka Honey and Oil
Latin Name: Leptospermum scoparium
Other Common Names
- New Zealand tea tree, manex, kahikatoe, katoa pata, rauwiri, rauiri, tramanuka
Manuka is a tall evergreen shrub with sharp tipped leaves, pink or white flowers, and grey nut capsules.
Essential Oil Description
Manuka Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves. Aroma varies quite a bit based on geographic location. Smell is slightly similar to tea tree, but with a more complex, citrus, woody, herbaceous component.
- Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
- Terpineol (alpha, beta, or gamma) / Terpinen-4-ol / Terpinolene
- Terpinene / Alpha Terpinene / Gamma Terpinene