Project Description

(Leptospermum scoparium)

Element:  Metal (Earth)

Physical and energetic description.

A medium size shrub with small spiky leaves and pink flowers, which grows wild throughout New Zealand. The Maoris used various parts of the plant for a wide range of complaints from head colds to fractures, to burns and dysentery. Captain Cook gave Manuka the name of “tea tree” and wrote of it… “the leaves were used by many of us as a tea which has a very agreeable bitter taste and flavour when they are recent but loses some of both when they are dried.” Nowadays it best known in Manuka honey which is recommended by medical practitioners for its immune stimulant and bactericidal properties  and for topical use on wounds and burns. The bactericidal properties of Manuka are much higher in oil produced from the East Cape Chemotype. Energetically it is cleansing and nourishing and settles anxiety, very similar to Tea Tree oil but softer and more feminine.

Synonyms: New Zealand Tea tree.

Extraction: Steam distillation of the leaves and terminal branchlets of the East Cape chemotype of Leptospermum Scoparium.  It is a pale amber oil with a slightly oily texture.

Fragrance: pungent, herbaceous aroma with a subtle spicy undertone.

Principal constituents:
Terpenes: alpha-pinene, cubebene, alpha-copaene, beta-selinene, alpha-selinene, cis calamanene, delta-cadinene, cadina-1,4-diene,
Tri-ketones: flavesone, iso-leptospermone, leptospermone.

Actions: antibacterial (especially gram + bacteria), antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antiallergenic, insecticidal.

Safety: Generally held to be  non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.

Principal uses:
Stress-related skin conditions
ringworm and other fungal infections;
skin eruptions;
ulcers and wounds, cuts and abrasions;
muscular aches and pain;
coughs, cold and flu;
bacterial infections and wound healing.

Think ‘Manuka’ in these conditions:

Animals who are run-down especially if they have eruptive skin conditions or fungal infections or tend to be anxious.
Staphylococcus or other gram-positive infections.