Manuka has a lovely, woodsy aroma that has a long history for helping with respiratory support, skin support, and immune support. It is calming to the nerves, strengthens your mental resolve, and promotes an overall well-being feeling. It is stabilizing and calming, which is perfect during stressful moments.
Our favorite ways to use Manuka Essential Oil
- Use with your favorite skincare products to reduce blemishes
- Add to your shampoo to enhance a healthy scalp
- Add to your lotion or homemade balms to help reduce the appearance of scars
- Add to your homemade deodorant for a lovely woodsy aroma and to help curb odors
- Diffuse 4-5 drops for a calming environment (great for pets to calm too)
- Use in any recipe as a replacement for Tea Tree
Manuka essential oil blends especially well with Clary Sage, clove, geranium, lavender, marjoram, nutmeg, pine, rosemary, and ylang ylang essential oils.
Frequently Asked Questions about Manuka Essential Oil
Is manuka essential oil safe to use while pregnant?
Yes. Generally manuka essential oil is considered safe to use while you’re pregnant.
If you’re using oils while pregnant, I highly recommend this reference guide. It contains some great advice for using essential oils while pregnant, plus some DIY Recipes you’ll love too.
Is manuka essential oil safe for kids and babies?
Generally, yes. Though I do highly recommend only using lavender and frankincense on or around newborns.
While essential oils may be safe for kids to use, please do not have your child use an essential oil internally without being under the direct guidance of a naturopathic doctor.
Can you be allergic to manuka essential oil?
There are a few reasons why you would experience an allergy-like reaction to essential oils. Usually, this is caused by not diluting the oil you’re applying (or not diluting it enough). Please refer to our essential oils and allergies article for more in-depth information.
Is manuka essential oil safe for dogs and cats?
Manuka essential oil is considered safe to use with your dogs IF it is in a blend where it is not the majority of the essential oil blend and diluted properly.
If you’re using essential oils around your family pets, be sure to allow them access out of the room and into a room where you’re not diffusing. This way they’re able to escape when they feel they’ve had enough. Please also consider picking up a reference guide specific to using essential oils with animals.
Should you use manuka essential oil if you’re taking medication?
This is a very personal question, and really depend on which medications you’re taking. I have an entire article dedicated to known medication contraindications that I highly recommend you check out… in addition to having a lengthy conversation with your local aromatherapist or pharmacist.
How often should you use manuka essential oil?
This is also a personal question. This depends on what you’re using it for and how experienced you are using it. For beginners, I recommend only diffusing for 30 minutes at a time, then giving your body an hour break. If you diffuse too much, you could end up light headed. Personally, I have a diffuser running most of the day intermittently (using the intermittent setting on our diffuser). Or I’ll wear a piece of diffusing jewelry with 3 drops of oil on it throughout the day (those 3 drops usually last a few days). Check out our article about diffusing essential oils safely for more info.
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Where to Find Manuka Essential Oil
We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach.
Warning: DO NOT purchase your oils through Amazon or similar websites!
Any website that allows anyone to sell on, such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart… etc… are terrible places to purchase essential oils. While you may get a “good deal,” knowing who you’re purchasing from is difficult. There are many counterfeit essential oils being sold that are causing health ailments, major skin reactions, and a lot of misery. These are NOT high quality essential oils. They are fakes being sold purely for profit.
I also do NOT recommend purchasing from grocery stores, Walmart, Target, department stores, or drug stores. Many of the brands found at those stores have been proven to not actually contain any essential oil (which is perfectly legal to do).
I STRONGLY suggest you know the company that makes your oils, how the plants are cared for, what they do for distilling, how and how many times each batch is tested (and when), and their bottling processes. Many companies throw out fancy language for marketing purposes, but actually have no clue how their oils are made because the oils come from a broker (which are almost always diluted in solvents). Transparency is key.
I highly encourage you to check out our How To Find Quality Essential Oils post for in-depth information about why quality matters, and what to look for.
Where we purchase our essential oils, and why
We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach. This company has proven to me time and time again to be the closest thing out there to buying from your local farmer. They are totally transparent in their processes, and even open their farms so you can see for yourself (or involve yourself in the process).
To buy Mankuka, you must have an account first. If you don’t already have a membership with Young Living, we would love to help you get started, and provide you with our exclusive support groups and personal assistance throughout your oils journey.
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