Manuka Essential Oil (Leptospermum scoparium)


Manuka may also be referred to as New Zealand Tea Tree Essential Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium Ct East Cape, Manuka East Cape. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves, twigs/branches.


Manuka oil comes from the Leptospermum scoparium tree. It has a sweet, woody scent. It has an antibacterial effect.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Balsamic Earthy Herbaceous Sweet Warm Woody

  • Common Name(s): New Zealand Tea Tree Essential Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium Ct East Cape, Manuka East Cape
  • Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Leptospermum
  • Chemical Family: Ketones, Sesquiterpenes
  • Major Compounds: Leptospermone, (E)-Calamenene, a-Pinene, Cadina-3,5-diene, Delta-Cadinene, a-Copaene, Favesone, Cadina-1,4-diene, B-Selinene, a-Selinene, Isoleptospermone
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: New Zealand
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves, Twigs/Branches
  • Shelf Life: 6-8 years
  • Wild Harvested Wild Harvested
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Manuka:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Manuka Essential Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 344-345.]

Safety Precautions for Manuka:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


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