Mānuka oil health properties

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Backed by science

Mānuka oil has a range of extraordinary health properties. Before European settlers arrived in New Zealand, Māori used various parts of the mānuka and kānuka trees to treat a wide range of conditions. More recent scientific research has uncovered many health benefits that mānuka oil displays.


Here’s a list of the health properties of mānuka oil. To learn more, click on the links to read the books and research studies where these claims are made:

  • Analgesic - provides relief from pain.
  • Anthelmintic - kills parasites.
  • Antibacterial/bactericidal - kills bacteria and prevents them from multiplying (East Cape mānuka oil also kills antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA due to the high triketone content).
  • Anti-dandruff - prevents dandruff from occurring.
  • Antihistamine - inhibits the effects of histamine.
  • Anti-inflammatory - reduces inflammation and swelling.
  • Antifungal - kills fungus and prevents it from spreading.
  • Antiseptic - prevents infection by destroying microbes.
  • Cicatrisant - promotes healing of the skin by forming scar tissue and encouraging new skin cell growth.
  • Cytophylactic - helps to maintain healthy skin cells by protecting against lytic agents.
  • Deoderant - prevents body odour by killing the bacteria that cause the smells.
  • Expectorant - promotes the secretion of mucus and sputum in the airways. Great for helping to clear a blocked throat.
  • Herbicidal - East Cape mānuka oil is known to naturally kill weeds thanks to the presence of triketones.
  • Immune stimulant - stimulates the immune system.
  • Insecticidal - kills insects such as mosquitos, sandflies and spiders.
  • Relaxant - promotes relaxation and reduces tension.
  • Spasmolytic - relaxes smooth muscle and relieves spasms.
  • Vulnerary - helps wounds to heal.

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