With life threatening instances of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections on the rise, many are seeking safe and effective alternatives in the realm of natural medicine.
Manuka oil is a shining example. Reports of healing attributed to this oil are becoming more commonplace – oftentimes in cases where patients have suffered from MRSA boils, lesions and open wounds that did not respond to antibiotic treatments. Extracted from the leaves and branches of the L. scoparium manuka tree native to New Zealand, this essential oil not only conquers deadly bacterial infections, but also relieves a host of other ailments – from anxiety to eczema.
As a potent healer, manuka oil is making its mark as a remedy far more effective than conventional medical care.
Traditionally, staph infections have been treated with methicillin, but have since become largely immune to the antibiotic with the emergence of the MRSA strain. This creates a dangerous situation as the infection can easily rage out of control, especially for individuals with compromised immune systems.
The MRSA bacteria can migrate from the skin to the muscles, bones, heart and brain – increasing the risk of death. Even individuals with healthy immune systems can become infected with the bacteria.
Stories abound regarding the outstanding healing abilities of manuka oil, particularly with MRSA. One such example illustrates how the oil saved a man from amputation when conventional medicine failed. As reported in the Gaia Health article, “Manuka Honey and Oil: Antibiotic Action So Powerful It Beats MRSA”:
“My friend’s husband – we’ll call him Jeffrey – had contracted a case of MRSA. All the medical establishment’s treatments were for naught. The point had arisen that he was told his leg had to be amputated to save his life, but ending his career as a rehabilitation swimming coach.
“My friend refused to accept that sentence. She insisted on trying manuka oil. She applied it directly to Jeffrey’s wound. Within a day, it became apparent that it was healing. The result was complete healing – and Jeffrey has been back at work for the last year.”
The oil form of manuka is not as well known as the honey, but it’s beginning to gain recognition as an even more powerful defense against the ravages of MRSA. The essential oil can be used undiluted topically or internally.
The therapeutic components include: alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, myrcene, para-cymene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, methylcinnamate, alpha-farnesine, isoleptospermone, leptospermone, sesquiterpenes (cadina-3,5-diene and delta-amorphene), triketones. It exhibits cytophylactic (cell regeneration) and cictrizant (antimicrobial, tissue repair) actions.
Health Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil
The health benefits of Manuka Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti dandruff, antidote to insect bites and stings, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, anti histaminic, anti allergenic. cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant and nervous relaxant.
Manuka is one of the youngest entries in the book of aromatherapy, as its uses in aromatherapy are discovered quite recently. But its medicinal uses were known since long among the original inhabitants of New Zealand, to which this tree is a native.
The scientific name of Manuka is Leptospermum Scoparium and its essential oil is sometimes more priced over the Australian Tea Tree oil, due to its varied medicinal uses. Its essential oil is derived from the leaves of Manuka through steam distillation and the main components of this oil are caryophyllene, geraniol, pinene, humulene, linalol and leptospermone. There is a strange thing about this oil. The concentration of the components in this oil vary with the height in which tree grows from whose leaves it was extracted.
We certainly need not scale those altitudes to know about its medicinal properties. Just have a look at the list given below instead.
Anti-dandruff: You are tired of using those costly anti dandruff shampoos and oils and still they come back. Dandruffs are caused by lack of moisture and oil in the scalp, degeneration of the scalp skin and infections. Manuka Oil can help you with all the three causes. It will maintain the moisture and oil balance in the scalp, will stop degeneration of the scalp skin and will also fight any kind of infection on the scalp, if it is mixed with the bathing water or massaged in the head added with some other oil. This news can make the companies producing the so called anti dandruff shampoos and buy all the oil from the market. So, grab your bottle before it is too late.
Antidote to insect bites and stings: In case of an insect bite or a venomous sting, just apply this oil on the affected spot and you will find that it will reduce pain and swelling in the spot and the situation will not go worse.
Antibacterial: This oil inhibits bacterial growth in the body, such as those giving rise to bacterial infections in the colon, urinary system, respiratory tracts and other vulnerable areas and also helps check their attacks.
Antifungal: It is equally effective in eliminating fungal infections just as it is in case of bacterial infections. A very common fungal infection is the running ears. A drop or two there and watch it heal quickly, without getting heavy on your pockets.
Anti-inflammatory: The Essential Oil of Manuka is anti inflammatory in nature. It can efficiently handle inflammation of any type; be it of nasal or respiratory tracts resulting from common cold or be it of the digestive system caused by overeating of spicy food or be it of circulatory system caused by any toxin (venom, narcotics etc.) getting into the blood stream of be it caused by any other reason such as fever, infection etc. It soothes all inflammations.
Anti-histaminic: Histamine aggravates coughs and gives real bad and exhausting coughs and people often try strangest of medicines to control histamine. This oil checks production of histamine and thereby gives relief from these continuous coughs.
Anti-allergenic: Allergy is nothing but hyper reaction of the body towards certain foreign elements, such as pollens, dust, pets etc. This Manuka oil calms down or sedates these hyper reactions and gives relief fromallergy.
Cicatrisant: This oil helps the scars and the after marks on the skin to fade away by promoting new cell growth in he affected parts and protecting the wounds from infections.
Cytophylactic: The oil promotes new cell growth and thereby promotes overall growth and healing of wounds. Can be given to patients undergone heavy wounds after any accident or surgery.
Deodorant: Manuka Oil drives away body odour and its fragrance gives a refreshing feeling. This is very effective in countering body odour during summers.
Nervous Relaxant: Gives a relaxed feeling by fighting depression, anxiety, anger, stress and nervous afflictions and disturbances. This is also good for hypertensive people whose blood pressure shoots up at slightest anxiety or tension.
Other Benefits: This oil has varied effects on the skin. It can be used to cure itches, rashes, skin diseases, sores, chaffing and other problems related with skin as well as to cure pain in muscles and joints.
Few Words of Caution: It is non toxic, non irritant and non sensitizing.
Blending: The Essential Oil of Manuka blends well with essential oils of Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavandin, Lavender, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Oakmoss, Pine, Rosemary and Ylang-Ylang.