Manuka oil for medicinal use has a long history in New Zealand. The oil has properties that will protect you from all kinds of nasties. It has been used to reduce inflammation, treat infection and eliminate bacteria.
How do I apply Manuka oil?
Manuka oil is a concentrated essential oil. Like most other essential oils, it can be applied:
- Aromatically - the 'aroma' you breath is a vapor of the oil and contains all the same properties as the oil itself.
- Topically - apply Manuka oil directly to the skin (just a drop will do) or dilute it by adding it to a carrier oil.
- Internally - as a mouth gargle - we do not recommend ingesting!
- Externally - around the home.
Following are some every day uses for Manuka oil:
Abrasions, cuts and scratches - Apply Manuka oil (concentrated or in a carrier oil) after gently cleaning wound.
Acne - Add a few drops to your daily face wash or dab direct'y onto acne as a spot treatment.
Athlete's Foot - Apply a drop of Manuka oil to each affected area twice daily. Continue to apply for 5 days after the visible signs have disappeared.
Bee stings - Apply a drop of oil to relieve itching and inflammation.
Body odour - Rub oil onto areas prone to perspiration daily.
Boils - Apply 2 to 3 drops and cover with a plaster, repeat regularly.
Carpet deodorizer - Combine 5 to 6 drops of Manuka oil with 1 cup of baking soda. Add to a shaker and sprinkle all over your carpet, let sit for 15 minutes then vacuum as usual.
Chafing - After gently cleaning apply 2 to 3 drops to chafed skin. Alternatively apply Goodsport Anti Chafe (A cream already infused with Manuka oil).
Colds - At the first sign of a cold, give your immune system a boost by applying Manuka oil to lymph nodes: below ears, under the arms and at the top of the legs in the groin area. Also apply to the arched area on the sole of your foot.
Coughs - Gargle 3 to 4 drops of Manuka oil in a glass of warm water (do not swallow).
Dandruff - Add 8 to 10 drops of oil to your shampoo and massage into wet hair and scalp, leave 5 minutes before rinsing and drying thoroughly.
Dermatitis - Add 8 to 10 drops to your regular body wash.
Dishwasher - Add a couple of drops to each load to get your dishes extra clean and cut deposits on the inside of your dishwasher.
Foot odour - Rub oil into your feet 3 times a week. Too combat foot odour in shoes add 2 drops to each shoe.
Fungal infections - Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and dab onto fungal infections (including nail bed infection). Apply twice daily, and continue to apply for 5 days after visible signs have disappeared.
Head lice/nits - Add a few drops of oil into your own shampoo and conditioner to deter head lice/nits.
Insect bites - Apply a drop of oil to relieve itching and inflammation.
Joint pains - Massage 3 to 4 drops of Manuka oil into tired, aching muscles and joints, or make a massage oil by adding to a quality vegetable oil (10 drops to every 30 mls of oil).
Laundry - Add a few drops of oil (up to a teaspoon full) to the washing machine to disinfect laundry and eliminate bacteria.
Nasal congestion - Make a hot water vapor/ steam tent to relieve nasal congestion.
Oily skin - As with acne, add a few drops to your daily face wash.
Pet care - Add Manuka oil to your pet's normal shampoo to give them a shiny, healthy coat and provide natural antiseptic skin protection. For horses, cattle and dogs (not cats) apply Manuka oil to wounds, bites, stings and scratches (it's an excellent treatment for horse's hooves!)
Rashes - Add 8-10 drops of oil to bath to relieve irritation, or mix with carrier oil for a soothing balm.
Revitalize - Add 8 to 10 drops of oil to your bath water to relax and revitalize.
Sore throat - Gargle 4 to 5 drops of oil in a cup of warm water (do not swallow) 2 to 3 times daily.
Sunburn - Relieve stinging and itching burned skin by rubbing 2 to 3 drops of oil onto affected areas (or mix with carrier oil to make a soothing massage oil).
Surface disinfection - Soak a dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with 4 to 5 drops of Manuka oil. Wipe surfaces with dishcloth to disinfect and kill germs.
Warts - Use a cotton bud to apply a drop of Manuka oil to warts twice daily.