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by Manuka Honey Team March 28, 2022 4 min read

The Benefits of Manuka Oil

You may be aware that Manuka Honey has many unique properties. Well, it’s not just the honey. Manuka Oil has some incredible benefits as well.

What is Manuka Oil?

The Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is native to New Zealand. It’s been
used for centuries in traditional medicine. Rongoa Maori (traditional Maori healing system) uses the oil, seeds, bark and leaves of the Manuka tree.

How is Manuka Oil made?

Manuka oil is produced using steam distillation not chemicals. Small branches and leaves are chopped, soaked and then steam-distilled. The steam contains the oil which is then condensed to release pure Manuka Oil.

What are the benefits of Manuka Oil?

Manuka Oil can be used as a substitute for or alongside Tea Tree oil. It’s sensitive to the skin and can be used in room diffusers.

Manuka Oil is found in many of the skin products we’ve collected for you at Manuka Honey of NZ.

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You can use Manuka Oil as an essential oil, or find it as an ingredient in balms, lotions, beard oils, deodorants and facial cleansers.

Manuka Oil products aren’t just for us. We stock a range of Manuka Oil products that can reduce skin inflammation or itching for your pets.

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Frequently asked questions about Manuka Oil

Manuka Oil: what to look for on the label

MGO or UMF measure the amount of compounds found in Manuka Honey that give its unique properties. In Manuka Oil, it’s the beta triketone fraction that’s thought to be responsible for the properties of Manuka Oil.

M β TK is the classification grading system used for Manuka Oil, and measures the levels of naturally occurring Manuka oil beta triketones. The M β TK quality mark uses the grades 5+, 10+, 25+ and 30+. A grade of 30+ means the oil contains at least 30 per cent beta triketones.

Manuka Oil from the East Cape of North Island, New Zealand has been shown to have the highest concentrations of beta triketone. Choosing products that specify they’re from East Cape Manuka will have the highest health properties.

What’s the difference between Manuka Oil and Tea Tree oil?

Manuka Oil comes from the Leptospermum scoparium tree and is native to New Zealand. Australian Tea Tree Oil is distilled from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree.
While the properties are similar, and Manuka is often called the New Zealand Tea Tree, a comparison of Tea Tree Oil with Manuka Oil showed Manuka Oil to be for effective than Tea Tree Oil.

How should I use Manuka Oil?

The Manuka Oil products we’ve sourced for you include the Manuka essential oil and products that have Manuka Oil as an ingredient. 

  • The Manuka essential Oil can be applied directly to your skin.  
  • Add 2-3 drops to a diffuser to create a healthy working environment

Alternatively you can choose one of our products that includes Manuka Oil as a key ingredient, such as the Abeeco Manuka Miracle Cream.

Are there any side effects from using Manuka Oil?

If you’re choosing a product containing Manuka Oil, check the product details for any cautions. You may be advised to avoid Manuka Oil if your skin is inflamed and broken, or if discomfort occurs after using the product.

Avoid using Manuka Oil during pregnancy because of muscle spasms that it can bring on. Or seek the advice from a qualified and experienced aromatherapist or naturopath.


We don’t just pull our information out of thin air. We make sure that all the information we share with you about Manuka Honey and Manuka Honey products has been carefully fact-checked. If you want to read more about the topics we covered in this blog, here are our sources.

Manuka Oil Beta Ketones website. Accessed March 2020: Accessed March 2020:

Best Practice Journal. 2008. Issue 13. Demystifying Rongoā Māori: Traditional Māori healing. BPACNZ Better Medicine. Accessed June 2019

Douglas, M. H., et al. (2004). Essential oils from New Zealand manuka: triketone and other chemotypes of Leptospermum scoparium. Phytochemistry65(9), 1255-1264.

Harkenthal, M., Reichling, J., Geiss, H. K., & Saller, R. (1999). Comparative study on the in vitro antibacterial activity of Australian tea tree oil, cajuput oil, niaouli oil, manuka oil, kanuka oil, and eucalyptus oil. Die Pharmazie54(6), 460-463.

Kwon, O. S., et al. (2013). Topical administration of manuka oil prevents UV-B irradiation-induced cutaneous photoaging in mice. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2013.

Lis‐Balchin, et al (2000). Pharmacological and antimicrobial studies on different tea‐tree oils (Melaleuca alternifolia, Leptospermum scoparium or Manuka and Kunzea ericoides or Kanuka), originating in Australia and New Zealand. Phytotherapy Research: An International Journal Devoted to Pharmacological and Toxicological Evaluation of Natural Product Derivatives14(8), 623-629.

Maddocks-Jennings, W., et al. (2009). Evaluating the effects of the essential oils Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) and Kunzea ericoides (kanuka) on radiotherapy induced mucositis: a randomized, placebo controlled feasibility study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing13(2), 87-93.

Reichling, J., et al (2005). Virucidal activity of a β-triketone-rich essential oil of Leptospermum scoparium (manuka oil) against HSV-1 and HSV-2 in cell culture. Planta medica71(12), 1123-1127.