Manuka Essential Oil
Everyone knows about the healing powers of Manuka honey right? So what’s the fuss about Manuka Essential Oil? Let me put it this way. The essential oil takes the healing properties of the Manuka plant and provides it directly to you. A bee is involved in first consuming the nectar of the Manuka plant (Leptosperum scoparium), then creating honey, then the beekeeper has to get the honey from the hive, then you get to eat it, or put it on your wound, covered with a dressing. Both are intricate and time consuming but distilling the actual essence from the plant is the most direct, and potent way to get the healing benefits of the plant.
Revered by the Maori people for its many restorative properties, Manuka has been used for centuries in New Zealand for a variety of traditional health applications, but most famously for it’s ability to assist with wound dressing and healing. To listen to an interview about how Manuka honey (not the essential oil) is being used by a research team to replace antibiotics in hospitals, due to it’s antibacterial properties, listen here. Given essential oils are 30 to 50 times more potent, can you imagine the impact that the oil would have over the honey (not to mention a lot less stickier!!)
According to some sources, the honey makes bacteria less resistant to antibiotics, which is a real lifesaver when talking about Golden Staph and other issues in our hospital system. This article is from the Journal of Microbiology.
The difference between Manuka Essential Oil and Manuka Honey
- Manuka Essential oil is more potent than Manuka Honey
- It is not sticky!
- More convenient and portable in a 5ml bottle than carrying around a jar of honey!
- It can be used in a diffuser for emotional and aromatic benefits (assists with coughing)
How to use Manuka Essential Oil:
dōTERRA’s New Zealand Manuka essential oil™ is a pure steam distillation of the potent aromatic compounds found in the flowers, leaves and stems of the Manuka tree. Manuka essential oil has a rich, spicy, herbaceous fragrance that can relieve feelings of stress and promote feelings of relaxation. Use the essential oil to ground and centre energies while shielding yourself in preparation for deep meditation. Manuka essential oil can also be diffused aromatically to help cleanse and freshen the air. Applied topically, it promotes the appearance of smooth, healthy looking skin.
More information about Manuka Essential Oil, and blends
For further information from doTERRA about Manuka you, can read this product information sheet.