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Should You Use Manuka Oil on Sensitive Skin?

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If you suffer from sensitive skin, or skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, you've likely heard of manuka honey, but have you heard of manuka oil? Native to New Zealand, manuka honey is produced by bees pollinating the manuka bush. Manuka oil is harvested from those the same manuka plant. But what makes it so good for skincare?

In this post, we explore everything you need to know about manuka oil, including:

  • Is manuka oil good for the skin?

  • What's the difference between tea tree oil and manuka oil?

  • How does manuka oil help soothe skin conditions 

Keep reading for everything you need to know about manuka essential oil and how you can use it for your natural skincare treatment.

What is Manuka Oil?

Manuka oil comes from the manuka bush and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. It's one of the most naturally antimicrobial ingredients out there. Manuka oil is extracted from the leaves and other parts of the manuka bush, making it an ultra-concentrated plant essential oil and gives it even more potent manuka benefits. Today, it's not only used in skin care products but can also be used in aromatherapy to alleviate stress. To benefit from manuka oil in aromatherapy, you can diffuse manuka oil on its own or with other essential oils.

Tea Tree Oil vs. Manuka Oil

While tea tree oil and manuka oil are similar, they are derived from "cousin" plants. Manuka Oil comes from the Leptospermum scoparium tree and is native to New Zealand, while Australian Tea Tree Oil, also called Melaleuca, is distilled from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree. In terms of their smell, tea tree oil has a strong and slightly medicinal scent, while manuka oil has a softer smell with a hint of flora. When it comes to healing properties, Manuka oil is known to have stronger antibacterial properties than tea tree oil. Tea tree has more antifungal properties, though both can be effective.

Is Manuka Oil Good for the Skin?

To put it simply, yes! In addition to help reduce face wrinkles, here are some of the many benefits of manuka oil:

Improves hair, skin, and nails

Manuka oil is known to help alleviate inflammation, aid in wound healing, and reduce skin irritation. You can also use manuka oil to soothe a dry, itchy scalp and even dandruff by applying a few drops to your hair. Just be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil first.

Reduces scars, burns, and acne

Manuka oil is most famous for its wound-healing abilities. In fact, manuka oil has been scientifically shown to have even more antibacterial properties than tea tree oil. This makes it the ultimate healing superpower when battling bacteria and fungus. You can use it to treat burns, scars, itchy skin conditions, and infections from scrapes or cuts. 

Acts as a natural deodorant

Manuka oil has a naturally floral, light, and sweet scent, making it an excellent natural deodorant. In addition, it helps eliminate body odor thanks to its strong antibacterial properties.

The Best Manuka Oil Skincare Treatment

One of our best-selling products is our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. This golden pot of creamy goodness is made with six ingredients: organic olive oil, organic beeswax, filtered water, grape seed oil, organic Active 16+ New Zealand manuka honey, and manuka oil. The combination of these natural ingredients, known for their healing benefits, makes it the perfect cream for those with sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash, acne, irritation, chapped skin, and more. In particular, manuka honey is known for its wound-healing abilities, anti-inflammatory properties, and antibacterial powers. 

With its thick, creamy texture, a small amount goes a long way. Kids love the soft, sweet honey smell! Safe and effective, you can use it anywhere on your body to improve your skin health.

Treat your Sensitive Skin Today

Enjoy the benefits of manuka oil to soothe your itchy, dry, or sensitive skin today.