Welcome to Ingredient of the Month, where we explore a great, fresh, natural ingredient produced by Mother Earth herself. This month, we are exploring Manuka Oil.
What Is Manuka Oil?
Manuka oil is a soft oil that is harvested from the manuka leaves and flowers via distillation. The shrub is indigenous to New Zealand and has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. The Maori have used this oil for skin conditions, burns, and even rheumatism as it’s naturally antifungal and antiseptic.
You’ve probably never heard of this oil before as it’s typically pretty hard to find in physical store locations. If you want a better shot at finding it, go online to Amazon or go to your local health food store.
The leaves, flowers, branches, and roots of the manuka plant are all used for different purposes; sometimes, it’s even put into food to heal the toxic body from the inside out.
Skin Benefits of Manuka Oil
Manuka oil is often put into skincare products. The oil is extremely cleansing, which is why you may find it in natural cleansers for oily to combination skin. The oil pulls out extra sebum from the pores, resulting in fewer breakouts, clearer skin, and unclogged pores without any rough abrasions as you would get from exfoliation or a chemical peel.
Manuka oil is also frequently used as an acne treatment. As we mentioned above, manuka oil has extremely strong cleansing properties. Additionally, the oil is extremely soothing and is often used as a redness reducer on inflamed skin, acne, or pores.
This is because the oil soothes the inflammation at the source of the problem and shortens your breakouts. Manuka oil is extremely antimicrobial, which attacks Propionibacterium acnes. These types of acne are usually harder to treat and most people don’t even realize they have it.
Manuka oil stops UV-B-induced production of inflammatory cytokines and the infiltration of macrophages which in turn leaves the body freshly cleansed and ready to work.
Our Favorite Products Containing Manuka Oil
If you like what you just read, you’ll love the products containing it! If you want clearer, brighter, healthier, and happier skin, definitely check out these products and try them for yourself.
- Restorative Cleansing Oil by Ann Marie Gianni to soften, cleanse, and nourish your skin.
- Manuka Essential Oil by Plant Therapy to reduce inflammation and treat breakouts.
- MANUKA OIL Pure Moisturizer by Juiceika Organic to deeply hydrate all skin layers.
DIY Recipes Using Manuka Oil
Don’t want go out and buy already made products? Worry not! Use these DIYs to reach all your skincare/beauty dreams.
Try your hand at your own:
- Pure oil
This isn’t necessarily DIY but buying the oil itself and then just using it is a great way to destress your skin. The oil is great for rejuvenation and reducing inflammation.
- Mix it with other products
Taking the oil and mixing it with your favorite products is great, too! Just take a couple of drops of oil and mix it with your favorite mask, moisturizer, serum, acne treatment, or other skincare you may implement.
- Mix with tea tree oil for a fantastic acne treatment
Tea tree oil isn’t for everyone. If you are allergic to it, do not use this hack. Take a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil and mix it with the manuka oil for a fantastic blemish redness reducer and shorten the lifespan of that pesky zit!