Manuka oil is made of the leaves and stems of the manuka tree. The oil is used as an alternative, natural, topical treatment for various skin ailments, has a mild relaxing effect and is a popular massage and aromatherapy oil.
Manuka oil is used commonly as an alternative topical treatment for various skin ailments such as sun burns, rashes, athlete’s foot, dandruff, and other minor skin issues. Other uses are acne, eczema, and ring worm but these are not necessarily proven effective. It is also used as lice treatment.
Besides treating skin ailments, manuka oil is used as an analgesic, anti-histamine, anti-infectious, antiseptic, decongestant, and insecticide.
In a study researchers investigated the antibacterial effects of essential oils on several oral bacteria. They tested manuka oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, lavandula oil, and romarinus oil and determined their minimum repressive concentration and minimum bactericidal concentration. The essential oils inhibited the growth of the bacteria tested, manuka oil being the most effective.
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