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A Guide to Using Manuka Oil in Your Skincare Routine


A Guide to Using Manuka Oil in Your Skincare Routine

manuka essential oilYou may have heard of Manuka honey because of all its healing properties, but have you heard of Manuka essential oil? It’s an aromatic essential oil with a fresh, spicy aroma and a ton of amazing benefits for your skin. Manuka is a potent oil that has the ability to help fight seasonal illnesses. Made from steaming the leaves of the Manuka tree, this precious oil has been used as a skin tonic by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, who use it to improve their well-being and to treat health complaints.

History of Manuka Oil

Manuka is a relatively new essential oil in western Aromatherapy, but the natives of New Zealand have known about its health properties for ages. It comes from the same family of trees as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Myrtle. According to folklore, Captain Cook used Manuka leaves in a tea to cure himself and his crew of scurvy.

Manuka oil has countless benefits for overall health and for skincare concerns, which is why its popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years. If you are curious about trying Manuka oil, check out these ways it can benefit your skincare routine.


Manuka oil is full of powerful cleansing properties which make it great for helping to keep the skin clean and clear. It can help to soothe skin and protect against the redness and irritation that comes with blemishes and breakouts.

Dry Skin

This beauty secret of the Maori people can also be a powerful moisturizer. Manuka essential oil helps keep skin hydrated and helps rejuvenate the outer layers. Similar to Tea Tree, Manuka essential oil can help reduce the discomfort, redness, and itching associated with dry, irritated skin. Add 1-2 drops of Manuka to 1 Tsp carrier oil to use as an all-over moisturizer or add 6-8 drops to a tablespoon of your natural lotions and body creams.

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Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you might be under the impression that you need to stay away from topical oils. That’s just not true! It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t use oils on oil-prone skin. But really, if your skin is too dry it can cause your skin to overproduce oil, and that could actually lead to an overproduction of oil. Manuka essential oil helps balances the oil levels in your skin while it moisturizes.

Dry Scalp

Scalp irritation can cause flaky, dry skin that itches. Manuka oil can help prevent scalp irritation and assist in restoring moisture to dry skin. It can also help improve the balance of oils on your scalp, keeping it healthy helping avoid itch. Make a simple Manuka scalp treatment by adding 2-3 drops to 1 Tbsp. of carrier oil, and massaging it into your scalp.


An overproduction of bacteria is the main culprit causing your body odor. Manuka essential oil has a super-power ability to fight germs, which makes it a fragrant natural deodorant when used under your arms in a natural deodorant.

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Bug Bites

Insect bites hurt! If you experience the sting and itch of a nasty bug bite, try applying a small amount of Manuka essential oil diluted to 5% in aloe vera jelly. It can help soothe the redness and irritation associated with bug bite symptoms. Remember to always seek medical attention for more severe bites and stings!

Final Thoughts

There are many ways you can use Manuka oil topically for luscious skin. You can also add it to your laundry when washing your towels and linens to keep the fabrics that touch your skin ultra-clean and fresh. Try diffusing it when you are struggling or stressed. It can help to calm the mind and soothe your senses, promoting well-being. Don’t forget to take care of your emotional health because when we feel good, you look good too!