Manuka (leptospermum scoparium) is the only Leptospernum species native to New Zealand. This plant can now be found in Australia. It belongs to the Myrtaceae botanical family, as is the eucalyptus, myrtle and tea tree oils.
Scientists have confirmed that Manuka oil is up to 33 times stronger than tea tree essential oil for protecting against specific strains of bacteria, and also effective against the MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staph. Aureus) bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
Manuka has analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti fungal, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, sedative and vulnerary actions. So you can imagine it's good for a myriad of complaints such as athlete's foot, bed sores, blisters, cold sores, fungal infections, eczema, ringworm, insect bites and stings, lice, nail infections, muscular aches and pains, sprains and stiffness in joints, flu congestion, asthma, hay fever.
Aromatherapy/Home Use example:
To heal herpes cold sores, mix 4 drops Manuka, 2 drops Lemon, 3 drops Chamomile German to 9 drops Wheatgerm and keep in a small glass bottle with a pipette dropper. Put 1 drop of this synergistic blend onto a cotton ear bud and apply directly to the cold sore 2-3 times a day.
Safety: Nontoxic, nonirritant, nonsensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.