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Leptospermum scoparium


Infectious diseases, fungus infections (e.g. Candida albicans), bronchitis, arthrosis, rheumatoid disorders, acne, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, nervousness, exhilaration; general effects are antibiotic, antiviral, anti-mycotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, expectorant, soothing (itch, pain) ...


Composition :
Sesquiterpenes, sesquiterphenoles, triketones, monoterpenes

Part used :
Leaves (distilled) - origin: New Zealand

The Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), aka Manuka Myrtle, New Zealand Tea Tree, , is a member in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae), native to New Zealand and southeast Australia. It is typically a shrub growing to 2 - 5 meters (7–16ft) tall, but can grow into a moderately sized tree, up to 15 meters (49ft) or so in height. It is evergreen, with dense branching and small leaves 7 - 20 mm long and 2 - 6 mm broad, with a short spine tip. The flowersare white, occasionally pink, typically 8 - 15 mm in diameter, with five petals.

This species is often confused with the closely related species Kanuka; the best way to tell the difference between the two species is to feel their foliage: Manuka leaves are prickly, while Kanuka leaves are soft.

It is cultivated in New Zealand for Manuka honey and for the pharmaceutical industry.

Tea tree oils like Manuka, Kanuka, Niaouli and Cajeput are not related to tea plants from which black or green tea is made. The name ‚tea tree‘ stems from the Maori and the people from New Zealand who claim that Manuka and Kanuka are the original plants brought there by James Cook. However, tea is also prepared from Niaouli and Cajeput trees and in fact all varieties may be mixed with each other and/or with australian tea tree oil. The effects are similar, but some are somewhat more specific.


Apply (dab) sparingly to afflicted area or take repeatedly one drop diluted in water.