Manuka is a native shrub from New Zealand that has been used extensively by the indigenous Maori and later early European settlers for its ability to aid in healing and fighting infection, a member of the Myrtracae family.
Its oil is extracted from the leaves by steam distillation, today, these ancient remedies and tonics are still used among tribal members.
Manuka being quite oil rich is extracted using the ancient method of steam distillation at low controlled temperatures.
This releases the essential oil from small glands in the leaves, branch lets, and seed capsules.
It is popularly used in modern skin care products, body oils, creams, antibacterial lotions, soaps and shampoos.
It contains anti-dandruff, antidote to insect bites and stings, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, anti-allergenic, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant and relaxant therapeutic properties.