THE BENEFITS OF
MANUKA ESSENTIAL OIL
FOR SKIN AND HAIR
Manuka oil is a 100% natural essential oil that is derived from the leaves and terminal branches of the Leptospermum Scoparium plant, which is native to New Zealand. The oil is obtained through steam distillation and contains over 100 different natural compounds.
The key compounds that are responsible for providing natural support for skin health and skin wellbeing are triketones, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes.
In this article, we will discuss the benefits of Manuka essential oil, particularly for skin and hair.
Manuka essential oil is well known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. Here are some ways you can use Manuka essential oil to improve your skin health:
Skin Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil
Spot Treatment for Troubled Skin
If you have acne, blemishes, or other troubled skin, you can apply Manuka essential oil directly to the affected area. Dilute 1 part Manuka oil to 10 parts carrier oil (i.e., 1 drop of product to 10ml almond or jojoba oil) for sensitive skin. Always patch test before applying to any troubled skin.
Use in a Bath
Add 10 drops of Manuka essential oil into an emulsifier solution such as a neutral shampoo, neutral bath foam, or neutral bath oil to enjoy the relaxing and calming effects of this essential oil.
Use in a Steam Bath
To use Manuka essential oil in a steam bath, add a maximum of 5 drops to the water. This can help to open your pores and purify your skin.
Antibacterial / Antimicrobial Spray Solution
Mix 10 drops of Manuka essential oil with 100ml of water to make a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial spray solution for your skin.
Hair Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil
Manuka essential oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties that can help to control dandruff and greasy hair and seborrheic dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects the scalp, causing redness, itching, and flaking. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal changes, stress, and even genetics. Manuka oil's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help soothe the scalp and reduce the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis.
Add to Shampoo
Add 1-2 drops of Manuka essential oil to your favourite shampoo or conditioner to give your hair an extra boost.
Apply a few drops of Manuka essential oil directly to your scalp to control dandruff and greasy hair.
If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis, Mauka oil will help control dandruff and reduce the inflammation and irritation as well as help regulate the production of sebum, which is the oily substance produced by your scalp.
In addition to its skin and hair benefits, Manuka essential oil has several other uses. Here are some of them:
Oral Care Routine
Add 1-2 drops of Manuka essential oil to a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it to support healthy gums and prevent bad breath.
Apply a drop of Manuka essential oil directly to the affected area to relieve itching caused by insect bites.
Inhaling the steam from a few drops of Manuka essential oil added to a bowl of hot water can help to relieve respiratory problems.
Add Manuka essential oil to your diffuser to enjoy its calming and relaxing effects effect on the mind and body.. Use 5 drops of oil to 100ml of water for water-based diffusers. Manuka essential oil has a sweet, herbaceous, and slightly medicinal aroma.
Manuka essential oil is generally safe to use. However, a skin patch test is always recommended before use, especially for those with sensitive skin. If you are pregnant or suffering from a medical condition, seek advice before using. Avoid contact with eyes and do not apply to broken or irritated.