The high antibacterial activity of Manuka honey is linked to plant compounds obtained by bees from the Manuka plant itself, which supply's the healing compounds for effective skin care.
Traditionally, the parts of the plant used were the bark, twigs and pods, which make a beautiful red pigment.
Modern uses for Manuka and Kanuka.
Great for skin care, all of those little cuts, scrapes, bites, and stings over the summer. Manuka is well known for it's healing properties and wide range of uses as an external healing gem. Topically and locally for wounds and cuts, sores, slow-healing ulcers, bacterial and fungal infections, such as tinea and candida, burns, sprains and strains, breast engorgement, and possibly eczema, arthritic conditions, and parasitical infestations such as head lice and menorrhagia.
Manuka trees relationship to manuka honey.
The manuka plant itself is highly regarded for its healing and antiseptic properties, making it a great skin care ally. The high antibacterial activity of manuka honey is linked to plant compounds obtained by bees from the manuka plant itself. The use of manuka leaves by sailors on board the first English ships to visit Aotearoa as a substitute for tea, lead to its acquisition of the name “Tea Tree”. Manuka and the closely related kanuka, however, are quite distinct from the well-known “Tea Tree” of Australia, melaleuca alternifolia, and other melaleuca species. All are from the same myrtaceae family and share some medicinal properties. Some 85 recognised species of leptospermum occur, particularly throughout Australia, South East Asia, and New Zealand.
Various parts of the manuka tree were used by the early Māori.
Various parts of the manuka tree were used by the early Māori as topical applications for wounds, cuts, sores, and skin diseases. Topical use as vapour baths and poultices of various parts of manuka for sprains, strains, and swellings, burns, broken limbs, and rheumatism, was commonplace among early Māori and settlers. A slight analgesic effect has been reported by some users, and manuka infusion was also used topically to reduce congestion of the breasts .Various parts of the common manuka shrub or tree in Aotearoa were used by Māori for a large number of medicinal complaints.
How we make our Manuka - Kanuka Balm.
For our Manuka - Kanuka Balm, we use whole plant manuka and kanuka extracts, which supply a broad range of active healing plant compounds for skin care and to treat many different skin ailments. Manuka tea and extract have a lovely deep red color, fruity taste, and smell. We love working with these plants and are constantly surprised by the many amazing smells and medicinal effects.
All ingredients for this balm are organic and grown in New Zealand. Ingredients include; Organic New Zealand Beeswax, Organic New Zealand Cold Pressed Olive Oil, and Wildcrafted herbs, that's all!
With the added bonus that beeswax contains Vitamin A, which heals skin tissue and moisturises without blocking the pores, while olive oil contains natural Vitamin A and E - both have antioxidant and healing properties.