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The list of amazing qualities that manuka oil has is long and varied. Read on to find out how this New Zealand native plant can assist you with all sorts of skin problems.
Manuka oil contains β-triketones, natural compounds that kill or stop the growth of micro-organisms. These compounds can be broken down into anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. They stimulate immune response in wounds, speeding up healing times.
The most widely studied property of manuka oil is its amazing antibacterial abilities. An Otago University study showed that it was effective against the specific bacteria that cause acne. Another study, published in the Journal of Microbiology, analysed microorganism growth and found that manuka oil significantly inhibited growth of the bacteria S. aureus, S. mutans, S. sobrinus, and E. coli.
In the same Journal of Microbiology study, researchers found that manuka oil has potent fungicidal properties capable of inhibiting growth of fungi. Manuka oil was even found to be effective against some antibiotic resistant ‘super bugs’, including MRSA.
Manuka oil is capable of significantly reducing inflammation without irritating the skin, making it a possible treatment for people with sensitive skin and those who suffer from eczema or psoriasis. The inhibitory effect of manuka oil on some inflammation-producing cytokines means that it is also effective for treating insect bites and stings. The oil is also antispasmodic, meaning that it may be of benefit for treatment of muscle strain or inflammatory conditions. Research is being conducted into manuka oil for the treatment of arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Manuka oil also contains calamenene, which has skin calming and analgesic properties. These properties assist in wound healing and scar reduction. Manuka oil works as a full treatment, first killing or reducing bacteria or fungal growth, then reducing inflammation and calming the skin, allowing for faster healing and less scarring.
I love the results I get from the ointment, but it would be nice if it was not quite as oily. I have eczema on my scalp and find my hair being quite greasy when I use it.