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NZ Crop and Food have defined three predominant manuka oil chemotypes (races of plants with different chemistry) throughout New Zealand:
In the far north, the oil has a high pinene content.
Evidence shows that the antimicrobial activity of manuka oil is determined largely by the proportion of triketones in the oil.
The proportion of chemical components in the three regional chemotypes of New Zealand manuka. [i]
Currently most of ManukaRx production of oil comes from wild harvest of the manuka bush on the East Cape, however ManukaRx are now involved in the development of plantations on the East Cape, plantations specifically for oil production. ManukaRx only use 100% pure East Cape Manuka oil in all product formulations
Thanks to its abundant antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, manuka oil could be ( and has been demonstrated to be) an effective natural help for many conditions and preventative care applications such as:
[i] Crop and Food Research ‘Essential oil production from manuka and kanuka