People tend to give their skin a lot more attention than they would to any other organ. They do so mainly because it’s among those few organs that can actually be seen. Thankfully, we have natural solutions for most of the existent skin conditions. Manuka essential oil is one such very effective solution.
It is natural and powerful. These two qualities can ensure one of the best solutions for your affected skin.
Skin appearance weighs a lot on the way people see themselves or how the others see them. When something goes wrong with your skin, you’ll try to mend it and improve its aspect almost immediately.
You’re not alone, don’t worry! In this article, I will talk about ten skin conditions that can be soothed or even prevented with the oil of Manuka.
Also, find out what makes this oil such an obvious choice and then try any of the recipes given. Skin conditions like wounds, mycoses, blisters, allergies, etc. will each have a corresponding recipe. I hope they will help you start treating your skin condition the right away.
About Manuka Essential Oil and Its Benefits (Skin Care Recipes)
The small shrub of Manuka grows naturally in Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. It has some highly fragrant and beautiful flowers, but they are only used for pollination and honey.
The essential oil is extracted through steam distillation. They use the twigs and leaves of the Leptospermum scoparium tree for that. Whatever you do, don’t confuse Manuka with Kanuka essential oil, which is a completely different essence.
The essential oil of Manuka is considered a milder and more fragrant version of Tea Tree. Regardless of how many similarities there may be between the two, they’re still different essences. Thus, you should not substitute one for the other.
What’s even more interesting is that Manuka is considered 20 times stronger than Tea Tree! In some tests, it had killed over 39 strains of bacteria and germs.
But what makes it so potent, you ask. Well, it is its chemical composition. Most of its chemical constituents are characteristic only to leptospermum plants.
Constituents such as:
- And flavesone
They all give the oil its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. They work so well together that many antibiotic – resistant pathogens can finally be stopped. Because of these impressive results, Manuka essential oil is great for a healthy oral hygiene too!
When it comes to the skin, we have millions of bacteria and germs that live on it. Every once in a while, when the skin’s protective barrier gets disrupted, this oil’s properties are welcome.
Manuka oil for skin:
- It acts as a strong antiseptic. This means it can prevent infections and soothe the existent ones.
- The oil is also anti-inflammatory. This means that all skin inflammations can be suppressed and inhibited.
- It also possesses great powers against premature aging, especially when the cause is the UV rays.
- The oil can strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.
- Sensations like itching, dryness, irritation, burning or pain can all be soothed with Manuka oil.
- Being a strong antibacterial and antifungal, the oil can be used against many skin conditions.
They are infections caused by fungi. These fungi or their spores can be inhaled and the infection could localize in the lungs. Or they can colonize certain skin areas and cause it to infect.
Fungal infections are among the most common skin diseases in the world. Take note that they are also contagious!
A good and thorough hygiene usually prevents these mycoses from happening. However, no one is truly safe and there can be many causes for which you too could wake up with a mycosis.
Here’s a blend recipe to avoid this problem. Or you can use it simply to get rid of it a lot faster than with pharmaceutical ointments and medicines.
Anti – Mycosis Aromatherapy Blend
- Manuka essential oil: 5 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 5 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 8 drops
- Tamanu oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix all these ingredients together and shake the blend well before each use. This is a good way of activating the molecules, or “waking” them up, how I like to say.
Apply on the affected area (s) three or four times a day for two weeks. If you want to continue the treatment for a longer time, then you should make a different blend.
The skin tends to get used to what you put on it and the oils could become less effective. By that time, the mycosis should look much better and you could make a milder blend. If the skin gets dry, consider using a fattier carrier oil (like Olive, Jojoba, Avocado, etc.)
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2) Furuncles (or furunculosis)
Also known as abscesses, furuncles are infections of the hair follicles. Multiple furuncles can make up a carbuncle, which is a much serious and deeper skin condition. They are also contagious because the main cause for their formation is bacteria.
Anti – Furuncle Aromatherapy Solution
- Manuka essential oil: 2 drops
- Nigella (black seed) oil: 2 – 3 drops
- Compress and/or bandage
In a teaspoon, mix the oils well and clean the painful area. Massage a small quantity on the painful, swollen furuncle, and then add the rest to your bandage. Keep it on for a few hours then repeat the process 2 – 3 times a day.
If you’re using a compress, you should first moist it with hot water. Add the entire blend and keep it on the affected area for 30 minutes. You could repeat three or four times a day.
This blend is also useful for ulcers and boils. Just the application method may vary.
Another skin infection, shingles usually occur on the sides of the torso. It is caused by a virus called varicella-zoster, and it looks and feels like a painful rash. Shingles are basically localized blisters. Early treatments can shorten the intensity and life of the infection. Thus, the chances of complications are a lot diminished.
The oil’s antiviral, pain relieving, and anti-inflammatory properties are most welcome in this situation.
- Manuka essential oil: 5 drops
- German Chamomile essential oil: 10 drops
- Ravintsara essential oil: 5 drops
- Nigella oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
You can mix only the essential oils and pour half of the amount over the shingles (undiluted). Or you can blend them with carrier and massage it into the affected area for a bit of moisture too. Or you can alternate between the two. Use this blend two –three times a day.
4) Herpes & warts
Both conditions are caused by different viruses. The strong antiviral effect of the oil of Manuka can help kill the viruses and help the skin regenerate. For better results, you could mix the oil with some Manuka honey.
Pour undiluted oil directly on the herpes or wart. Just make sure it doesn’t leak on the skin around it or it will cause it to dry excessively. Or you could dilute it with an anti-inflammatory carrier and apply safely over the affected area.
That way you don’t have to worry about the surrounding skin. The same treatment could be useful against cold sores as well.
Whether they’re sun burns or domestic burns, they can affect the integrity of the skin on various degrees. Of course, serious burns (levels two and three) should always be looked at by doctors. But superficial burns (level one) could easily be soothed with Manuka essential oil.
Soothing Burns Blend
- Manuka EO: 2 drops
- Lavender EO: 4 drops
- Frankincense EO: 2 drops
- Jojoba oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Apply this mixture of oils all over the burn with very gentle movements. Do not cover it with any fabric and make sure your clothes don’t touch the burn either.
Always apply a very thin layer to allow the skin to breathe. Apply 2 – 3 times a day, making sure you don’t rub the skin when you cleanse it.
The skin can suffer from all sorts of wounds. Some may be deep like knife cuts, while others may be superficial like scratches, scrapes or insect bites. Try to leave them alone, don’t scratch and don’t cover with bandages. Just apply a light disinfectant lotion, the drying and scaling will be done by the body itself.
Wound Healing Blend
- Manuka essential oil: 2 drops
- Immortelle (Helichrysum) essential oil: 2 drops
- Sweet Almond oil: 1 tablespoon
Mix these oils well and apply a thin layer over the wound a few times a day. Keeping at it will help the tissue regenerate faster, because both essential oils can stimulate cell growth. They will also help the wound heal without too much scarring.
This is a common skin condition that affects teenagers and adults alike. It is caused by a few types of viruses that live on the skin. Once the pores get clogged with too much sebum, they start developing infections.
The strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the Manuka oil can help kill the virus. They can also soothe the inflammation and help the tissue close up nicely.
Manuka Acne Blend
- Manuka EO: 4 drops
- Frankincense EO: 3 drops
- Myrrh EO: 3 drops
- Cistus EO: 2 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz. (30ml)
The carrier oil in this case needs to be the right type for your skin type. It is extremely important to use the right vegetable oil, otherwise you may worsen the situation. If an oil is too thick it may block the pores further.
Apply the blend on a clean face in a thin layer, each night and/or morning. This blend is meant to help the skin heal and soothe inflammation. It is also meant to kill acne-causing bacteria and prevent premature aging.
They are small pockets of tissue filled with lymph. If you rub the skin forcefully, if you burn it, freeze it or suffer from an infection you’ll get blisters. The oil’s ability to improve the microcirculation can help these blisters slowly dissipate.
Blister Manuka Blend
- Manuka EO: 2 drops
- Immortelle EO: 2 drops
- Roman Chamomile EO: 3 drops
- Carrier oil: 2 tablespoons
Shake the blend well before use and apply a few times a day on the affected areas. Do not cover the blisters and make sure the clothes don’t touch them. No matter how soft or light they may be!
9) Skin Allergies
They are usually characterized by hives, rashes and even eczema. These symptoms can occur after touching something you’re allergic to (plants, metals, fabrics, medication, etc.). You can easily soothe them with the following:
Manuka Skin Allergy Blend
- Manuka essential oil: 3 drops
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 2 drops
- Blue Tansy essential oil: 3 drops
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix all the ingredients together then apply on the allergy a few times a day for 5 – 7 days.
10) Athlete’s Foot
Another fungal infection, this one is localized on the toes, nails and even fingers. This condition is contagious. It is often treated with antifungal medications, and the oil of Manuka is a powerful antifungal.
Athlete’s Foot Manuka Blend
- Manuka essential oil: 6 drops
- Oregano essential oil: 4 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 5 drops
- Nigella oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Shake the blend well before use and apply all over the affected area, 3 – 4 times a day. Make sure you disinfect all the recipients after using the ingredients, the skin and your hands.
In case the condition is localized on the feet, your socks should always be thoroughly disinfected. It is better to even wash them separately.
The oil is very accessible, given its strong nature. From this point of view, it is an even better solution than the Manuka honey. Regardless of its price, the honey also possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
So, no matter the skin condition, there is always Manuka essential oil. You can now imagine how strong an effect you’d get when combining the two. However, it is not safe to use them randomly. You should always seek medical advice first.
How do you find the blend recipes I gave you in this article? Is there something you want to try? I’m looking forward to your comments and questions, if any.