///Manuka essential oil for animals
Manuka essential oil for animals2015-06-02T09:29:56+00:00

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.


  1. Rachel December 16, 2017 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Hello Nayana,
    Where is the best to get a Manucka oil? Do you have a recommended source?

    • Nayana Morag December 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachel, it depends which country you are in. I buy mine from Florihana in France, whose oils are all fabulous.

    • Sandi January 5, 2018 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      I buy my east cape manuka from “Country Manika” distributed in San Bernadino CA and available through Amazon

  2. Trina November 16, 2018 at 5:36 am - Reply

    can i use it on a 13 year old cat who has a flea allergy and her skin is very raw and dry….thank you..oh and if so how please.

    • Nayana Morag November 17, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      I wouldnt use it in this case. I would probably just offer a calendula macerate oil.

  3. Val December 4, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    My 5 pound Yorkie has a persistent yeast infection around her genital area. Would Manuka oil be safe to use in that area? Would it be effective? Is it safe if she liked it off?k

    • Nayana Morag December 7, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Val, persistent yeast infection is probably caused by her diet. Change to a cereal and soy free diet, preferably from fresh food. Add probiotics. Essential oils should not be applied to genital areas. But you could try calendula macerate or bathing with chamomile hydrosol to reduce irritation until the change of diet takes effect.

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