about mānuka



Mānuka (leptospermum scoparium) Oil and Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia) Oil often get mistaken for being similar, but they are in fact very different. Tea Tree Oil is a household name for many people. Mānuka Oil is a relatively new industry and is concentrated in New Zealand,  where leptospermum scoparium, a unique variety of myrtle grows. That said, mānuka is not new to Māori. Māori have used (and continue to use) this plant for many healing applications.

Let’s look at some of the differences:

Mānuka Oil is rich in tannins, flavonoids, triterpenes, and other compounds which give it strong antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Tea Tree Oil also has these properties but at lower levels. High in monoterpenes give this oil its strong odour.

Mānuka is a very effective antimicrobial and has a range of therapeutic actions and medicinal uses. It can be found in all parts of New Zealand from lowlands up to 1800m above sea level. At home in virtually any kind of soil, Mānuka grows well in wetlands, sand dunes, gravel areas, drier climates, and hillsides. When mature, it can survive drought, frosts, flooding, and strong winds.

Mānuka was and continues to be a significant botanical in the rongoā Māori (holistic Māori health & wellbeing system). Although there has been very little scientific research conducted, Māori have passed down generations of knowledge.

Actions of this product -

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Alterative
  • Febrifuge
  • Astringent
  • Spasmolytic
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Diuretic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Sedative

Benefits that may be experienced -

  • Improve breathing difficulty
  • Clear congestion
  • Cough suppression
  • Soothe a sore throat
  • Reduce coughing
  • Relieve a runny nose
  • Expel toxins and pathogens from the body
  • Help with immune complaints
  • Helps many skin disorders
  • Reduce muscular pain
  • Reduce skin inflammation
  • Stimulate appetite
  • Treating wounds
  • Treat some liver and kidney conditions
  • Help to stop bleeding (cuts)
  • Help urinary infections

Ailments that may benefit -
Blood disorder, fever, skin disorders, diarrhoea, congestion, rheumatism, stiff joints, burns, indigestion and digestive complaints, colic, stomach cramps, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fungal infections, COVID-19, flu, common cold, headache, high blood pressure, worms, gum disease, halitosis, gingivitis


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Natures Therapeutics Limited™ incorporate hemp seed oil and/or botanicals traditionally used successfully by Māori to treat ailments and conditions and/or simply aid overall better health and well-being. Our product range has been developed allowing both tradition and science to merge and provide a modern delivery of ancient well-being applications and techniques. Natures Therapeutics Limited™ make no claim that our products can heal/cure any condition or ailment.

Product manufactured, bottled and/or packaged by Medicorp New Zealand Limited™ under licence from Natures Therapeutics Limited.