Every day, new people seek out natural solutions for ailments and applications and turn away from conventional products.
Many people purchase essential oils due to their many benefits, however, they may not know how to use manuka natural oil and others properly.
Although essential oils are generally safe when used correctly, that doesn't mean you should throw precaution out the window.
These oils are powerful and misuse can be dangerous.
Unlike many other essential oils, manuka natural oil doesn't tend to interact with prescription medications or environmental conditions – this makes it extremely safe even for newbies, children, and pets.
Manuka natural oil has everything you love about tea tree oil and so much more. Here's how to use manuka oil to ensure safety and maximum benefits.
Understanding Manuka Natural Oil
Manuka natural oil is very similar to tea tree oil. These plants belong to the same family and come from the same part of the world. While melaleuca (tea tree) is native to Australia, manuka is indigenous to New Zealand.
Both plants have similar smells, benefits, and applications.
These essential oils contain powerful chemical compounds and enzymes called triketones which give the substances their antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here's where the two plants differ.
Studies show that manuka natural oil extracted from plants in New Zealand's East Cape region actually contains 20 to 30 times the number of triketones as tea tree oil. This means that East Cape manuka natural oil is one of the most powerful natural solutions for a broad range of conditions and applications.
What Is Manuka Oil Good For?
Thanks to manuka oil's high concentration of triketones and other properties, it's ideal – and safe. This includes:
- Preventing stubborn acne
- Reducing the appearance of scars
- Bug bites and stings
- Rashes and chafing
- Sunburns and other minor burns
- Minor scrapes, and bruises
- Beautiful nails and cuticles
- Smooth and supple skin
- Soothing sore muscles and aching joints
- Dandruff and dry itchy skin
- Protecting at risk skin on lips, elbows, and knees
- Dental hygiene including oral pain or bad breath
- Perfume or deodorant
- Reducing wrinkles and the appearance of aging
The list above only includes uses on (or in) the body. Many people may not know how to use manuka natural oil for a variety of household applications such as:
- Insect repellent
- Natural herbicide or pesticide
- Disinfecting door handles, keyboards, phone cases, and much more
- Disinfecting shoes, linens, and clothing
- Deodorizing cars, furniture, and homes
- Removing mold and mildew
- Cleaning hard surfaces
- Freshening fabrics and living spaces
- Aromatherapy for relaxation and focus
How to Use Manuka Oil for Optimal Benefits
Many essential oils interact with medications or environmental conditions. Citrus oils like orange, for example, can interact with the sun's UV rays to cause blistering or skin damage.
Studies show that manuka oil can actually help counter the negative effects of UV rays via its anti-inflammatory properties. There are no known interactions with manuka oil. In fact, it's safe for use on dogs and babies. Take special care when using manuka oil on cats and babies due to their small size.
Now that you know about all the amazing manuka oil benefits and possibilities, here's how to use manuka oil.
It's important to keep your bottle or jar sterile. Place a few drops of manuka onto a cotton swab or dip a swab into your salve and apply manuka to the affected area. If you need more manuka, use a NEW cotton swab to avoid contaminating the bottle.
Make sure your fingers, body parts, and any foreign particles do not come into contact with any portion of your dropper bottle (besides its exterior of course). This will ensure that your manuka oil stays pure and sterile for long-term use.
- Massage into fingernails and cuticles after washing your hands.
- Add a few drops to your favorite lotion for an antibacterial boost.
- Massage onto sore muscles and joints.
- Add 10 to 20 drops to a hot bath to soothe muscles, joints, and breathe the relaxing vapors.
- Add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner bottles for shiny and strong hair.
- Apply to blemishes to tame acne.
- Mix 20 drops with alcohol in a brown glass spray bottle for a quick disinfectant.
- Fill a large glass jar with alcohol or witch hazel, 20 drops of manuka oil, and sturdy paper towels for ready-to-use disinfectant or cleaning wipes.
- Mix with other essential oils like sandalwood, cedarwood, rose, or citrus for a custom natural perfume.
- Mix with other essential oils like lavender, vetiver, and frankincense for a relaxing nighttime room spray or diffuser blend.
- Use a few drops to remove leftover glue from stickers or tape from hard surfaces.
- Massage a few onto your scalp to eliminate dandruff.
- Soothe your dog or cat's itchy skin with a few drops.
- Use in a diffuser to calm energetic pets or kids.
- Place a few drops onto a piece of cardboard. Attach to your car's air vent for a natural air freshener.
- Mix manuka, alcohol or witch hazel, and aloe vera into a small bottle for natural hand sanitizer.
- Apply a few drops to bug bites and stings every few hours.
- Mix manuka, tea tree, citronella, and lemongrass oils in a brown glass spray bottle with alcohol or witch hazel to use as insect repellant on humans, pets, or plants.