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Melaleuca is a plant that belongs to the myrtle family endemic to Australia and a small handful of nearby Pacific islands. By indigenous, it means that something has originated in one place yet it can be found in another, whereas endemic indicates exclusivity.
Tea tree oil is very safe – yet effective – for many topical and household applications due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Tea tree oil has been used for several ailments and domestic uses. This list is by no means exhaustive but includes:
Manuka also belongs to the myrtle family but goes by the scientific name of Leptospermum Scoparium. This plant is indigenous to New Zealand.
Manuka oil is filled with potent triketones, flavonoids, and other chemical compounds which give the substance powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Manuka oil extracted from plants grown in New Zealand's East Cape region contain higher levels of triketones than oil from varieties grown elsewhere which make East Cape manuka oil one of the most powerful natural antibacterial solutions.
Like tea tree oil, manuka is extremely versatile and safe for frequent use both topically and in several household applications. Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, manuka is great for:
Its antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal qualities also make manuka an ideal natural health solution for many of the same problems as tea tree oil and can be found here.
Triketones, flavonoids, and other enzymes are what give essential oils their antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
The Cawthron Institute in Nelson and the Otago University Microbiology Department have conducted extensive testing of East Cape manuka oil against a wide range of human pathogens and concluded that East Cape manuka oil was:-
20 - 30 times more active than Australian tea tree oil against gram positive bacteria