Manuka, or Leptospermum scoparium, is a scrub-type tree which grows in coastal areas of New Zealand. Manuka has long been popular with the native Maori for the extensive uses of its wood, bark, flowers, and leaves. The sweet-smelling flowers provide an important source of nectar for honeybees, and the resulting honey is touted for its medicinal and healing properties. In this article, I will share 5 uses for manuka essential oil.

5 Uses for Manuka Essential Oil

Shave Oil

This shave oil will not only give you silky smooth results, but can also help prevent razor burn on tender skin. Combine 1/8 cup grapeseed oil, 1/8 cup fractionated coconut oil, and 10 drops of manuka essential oil.

Hand, Cuticle, & Fingernail Conditioner

Many people love manuka for its skin-nourishing properties. For a nighttime hand treatment, combine a few drops of manuka oil with a carrier oil and massage into your hands. Make sure to pay special attention to your cuticles and fingernails. Put on some cotton gloves and leave overnight. Wake up to luxuriously soft, smooth, and moisturized hands.

Honey Face Mask

Manuka honey has been used for hundreds of years to promote healthy skin and prevent blemishes. One option is to  purchase manuka honey to use as a face mask. However, this honey is expensive, so why not make your own? Just combine 1 tablespoon organic honey with 6 drops of manuka essential oil. Gently apply the mixture on your face with clean fingers. Allow it to penetrate your skin for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Follow with a cool water rinse to close pores.

Sugar Lip Scrub

Use this exfoliating lip scrub recipe for smooth, kissable lips. Substituting manuka essential oil in this recipe adds extra benefits for dry lips.

Skin-Nourishing Ointment

Manuka honey is known for its skin-healing properties. Today, we can use manuka essential oil instead of the honey made from its nectar. Try this ultra-smooth Skin Nourishing Ointment for dry, chapped skin or to sooth sores and other skin ailments.


What are your favorite uses for manuka essential oil? Comment below with your ideas.

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