Manuka essential oil (Leptospermum scoparium), also called New Zealand tea tree, has many of the same benefits as Australian tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). However, the aroma of manuka is different from tea tree.
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of a small flowering evergreen native to New Zealand.
Aroma: Woody, earthy, balsamic.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is manuka essential oil safe to use during pregnancy? I found conflicting information. Consult a professional.
Is manuka safe for children? Yes, for children age 2+. For younger children, consult a professional.
Cautions: None known.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: The scent helps relieve fear and low libido.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Manuka may help relieve bronchitis, mucous congestion, coughs, and flu. The oil may also help get rid of lice and fungus (including ringworm and athlete's foot) and help heal skin wounds, cuts, and contusions.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): In skin care, use manuka to help heal acne and pimples, abscesses, bed sores, blisters, boils, burns, carbuncles, cold sores, cracked skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, and insect bites and stings. The oil may also help get rid of lice, oily skin, and fungus and help relieve aches and pains, muscle tension, joint stiffness, sprains, rheumatism, colds and flu, congestion, and nervous debility.
Aromatherapy Bible: Manuka is healing, refreshing, and calming. This essential oil is protective and suited to sensitive personalities. The oil stabilizes and balances the nervous system and helps maintain emotional balance during meditation.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 2: Manuka is mild and nontoxic. The essential oil is useful for relieving a range of skin conditions and muscle and joint stiffness and pain.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, manuka tonifies the Qi and strengthens the Shen and can help relieve fatigue, lethargy, poor focus, and depression. Suggested oils to blend with manuka:
Aromatherapy Science: The emotional uses of manuka include releasing fear, anxiety, stress, and low libido. The oil helps blend all aspects of self, along with molding and shaping emotion and reality. This essential oil supports patience, calm, caring, and connecting all chakras to the heart chakra.
Ways to use manuka:
Note: If you have sensitive skin, replace the salt with another 1/4 cup sugar.
Blend and gently scrub face:
Massage the blend thoroughly into scalp for 1 to 2 minutes. Shampoo hair as usual and rinse well.
Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils from Eden's Garden
Apply the blend to the upper back and then cover the back with a
warm towel. You can also place a dry towel on top to keep in the warmth.
As the towel cools, you can replace with another warm towel 2 or 3 times.
Source: Shanti Dechen CCAP, CAI, LMT. "Autumn is Here: The Metal Element." Autumn 2016.3, NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, pp. 15–19.