Origin: New Zealand. Steam distilled from the leaves and branches. Middle note.
Manuka is a shrub that grows wild in New Zealand. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and is usually colorless. Its main components are caryophyllene, geraniol, pinene and linalol.
Manuka essential oil is a powerful bactericide, as well as possessing anti-viral, decongestant and analgesic properties. Because of this, it is great for treating colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, etc. There have been good results, as well, with application neat onto cold sores.
Manuka essential oil also carries with it anti-histamine properties, which make it valuable for use when dealing with insect bites and stings and as a local analgesic it is good for muscular and rheumatic pain. Insects do not seem to like it, making it a wise addition to your natural bug repellent. This essential oil blends well with most other essential oils and will help to make any aromatherapy blend anti-infectious.