Manuka Essential Oil
The Manuka tree is a native tree of New Zealand, that the New Zealand people, the Maoris, have used various parts of for centuries. They have done so because of its known extraordinary health benefits, especially its remarkable antibacterial qualities. The Maoris use different parts of the tree, including its oil, sap, bark and leaves, and have long known that the Manuka tree helps with a wide range of health support, because of the rich source of sesquiterpenes that are responsible for its incredible antibacterial qualities. The Maoris extract the Manuka essential oil through a steam distillation from the tree's leaves and twigs. The Manuka tree is also well known for its extraction of Manuka Honey, which contains the unique antibacterial and cleansing properties as well.
Manuka essential oil is full of natural compounds that have made it highly sought after for its broad range of benefits, including the following:
As well as being known for its physical benefits listed above, Manuka essential oil has grown a reputation in the aromatherapy world for its ability to assist with anxious feelings. With its woody and clean aroma, there is also a sweet honey undertone, which may be exactly why this oil is known to have such a remarkable calming and soothing effect on the heart and mind.
Used by the Maori people for centuries for its germ-destroying properties, and being known as the New Zealand Tea Tree, you can see how this oil is also used for beautifying the skin. You may enjoy this Do It Yourself facial moisturising oil for its ability to help soothe skin blemishes.
Facial Moisturising Oil
Mix ingredients well and store in a glass jar. Apply a thin layer for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin.
Litsea Essential Oil
For hundreds of years, Litsea, which is a plant grown indigenously in East Asia, has been used by the native people of Taiwan in traditional health practices. Like Manuka essential oil, Litsea essential oil comes from a tree. This tree bears pale, lemon scented flowers and small fruits that look like small peppers. For this reason, the Litsea fruit is also known as the "mountain pepper" in Mandarin. Litsea essential oil has a fresh, sweet, citrus-like aroma which promotes feelings of fresh energy and also joins the rest of our citrus essential oils family, as a delicious flavouring when added to water. The first thing you will notice upon opening the bottle, is Litsea’s beautiful aroma. Its long-lasting fragrance contains hints of both spice and citrus.
Litsea can also be added to the following homemade surface cleaner for a fresh aroma:
Homemade Surface Cleaner
Mix all ingredients well, and store in a glass spray bottle. Use to clean kitchen and bathroom counters and sinks!
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