Unlocking the Secrets of Manuka Oil – a Multi-Beneficial Skin Health Ingredient
Written by Dr. Suki Harding

When it comes to holistic skincare, nature often provides the most potent solutions. One  such gem is manuka oil, distilled from the leaves of manuka trees (Leptospermum  scoparium). Given its broad-based therapeutic, antiaging and beautification properties, manuka  oil has become a highly sought after skincare ingredient worldwide.  

Antibacterial, Antifungal and Antiviral Properties  

Manuka oil that originate from trees in the East Cape and Marlborough regions of New  Zealand are celebrated for their potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties,  primarily attributed to high concentrations of beta-triketone compounds. These manuka oils  are highly effective in combatting various skin conditions caused by bacteria, fungi and  viruses, such as impetigo, sores, acne, athlete’s foot, cold sores and much more. 

Wound Healing  

Manuka oil is renowned for its ability to accelerate the skin’s natural healing processes. It  aids in the repair of damaged skin, making it an excellent choice for use in remedies for  minor cuts, burns and wounds. Its anti-inflammatory properties further help reduce redness  and swelling. 


Inflammation is at the root of many skin problems, including eczema and psoriasis. The anti inflammatory properties of sesquiterpene-rich manuka oil can help soothe and alleviate  these conditions, providing relief to those suffering from itchy and inflamed skin. 

Skin Hydration 

Manuka oil is a natural emollient, which means it helps lock in moisture and prevents  dehydration. Regular use of skincare products containing manuka oil can result in soft,  supple, and well-hydrated skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Acne Control  

The antibacterial properties of manuka oil extend to acne-causing bacteria. It not only helps  in eliminating existing acne but also prevents future breakouts. Its skin compatibility makes it suitable for use in sensitive and acne-prone skin formulations. 

Scar Reduction  

The regenerative qualities of manuka oil assist in minimizing the appearance of scars and  blemishes. It promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells, gradually fading scars and  imperfections. 

Natural Cleanser  

Manuka oil is a natural cleanser that can help remove dirt, grime, and makeup while  maintaining the skin’s health and natural moisture balance. It is therefore ideal for  incorporation into everyday skincare products.  

Relaxation and Stress Relief  

Beyond its direct skin benefits, the aroma of manuka oil is known to induce relaxation and  reduce stress. Aromatherapy with manuka oil can have a positive impact on overall skin  health by reducing stress-related skin issues. 

GNZ Bioscience Hero Ingredient  

Manuka oil is a hero ingredient in many of GNZ Bioscience’s skin health and personal care  formulations. It is truly a gift from nature that offers a holistic approach to skin health,  aligning perfectly with the trend toward natural and sustainable skincare solutions.

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