There’s a miracle oil that’s derived from a New Zealand native plant, and it does everything from killing bacteria to encouraging healing and solving acne. This incredible oil is steam-distilled from the manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) and it’s a potent all-purpose fix for skin challenges. More effective than its Australian cousin the tea tree plant (Leptospermum laevigatum), manuka oil is a locally-grown product.
Recently, it’s been harnessed for manuka ointment, the easy-to-use solution for almost every minor skin complaint.
Treats bites and stings
Apply a dab of manuka oil or manuka ointment to an insect bite or sting. The anti-inflammatory properties help the swelling and redness to quickly reduce the impact of the sting, and the anti-bacterial properties ensure you don’t suffer any infection at the wound site.
Removes the bacteria that cause acne
A study conducted at Otago University found that manuka oil kills the bacteria that cause acne. A little oil or manuka ointment on the affected area will help to keep the skin clear of pimples.
Anti-fungal and anti-itch
Fungal infections are common and most can be treated with an over-the-counter medication from the pharmacy. However, if you want a natural treatment, manuka oil is anti-fungal. Try it on athlete’s foot and enjoy relief without resorting to synthetic treatments.
Wound healing and scar reduction
Manuka oil is a cicatrisant. This means it aids in healing, quickly forming a scar over the wound. Not only that, but the oil is a cytophylactic, which means it helps production of new skin cells to form a less-obvious scar. Use after injury to minimise skin damage and encourage rapid healing.
Soothing and healing rashes
Rashes can be caused by friction, an allergic reaction or skin irritation. Manuka oil, easily applied as manuka ointment, soothes and calms the area, allowing the rash to subside. It then encourages healing while protecting against bacteria.
Dandruff can be caused by a variety of issues, including allergies, hair product build-up, and dry scalp. As the scalp suffers it can be itchy, which can lead to skin damage and then more dandruff. Manuka oil maintains moisture in the scalp, soothes irritation and promotes healing of the skin. Massage into the scalp using a carrier oil and wash out later, for a healthy dandruff-free scalp. Alternatively, rub a little manuka ointment between your palms and apply at night to the root area of your hair.
Body odour is caused by sweat, which contains bacteria that produce the smell. While it’s a natural process, in some people the odour can be very unpleasant. Manuka oil kills the bacteria that produce the smell, making it a very effective deodorant. Try rubbing a little ManukaRx ointment in your armpits instead of your regular antiperspirant.
As mentioned already in the article, one of manuka oil’s best qualities is its anti-bacterial affects. It kills the bacterium that causes acne, body odour and a host of other skin issues. A tube of ManukaRx ointment really is the perfect addition to a natural first aid kit.