Manuka | Latin Name: Leptospermum Scoparium | Family: Myrtaceae | Extraction: Distillation | Plant Part: Leaves
Manuka Essential oil is a pale yellow oil with an antiseptic but pleasantly sweet aroma that is delicate and subtle.
It is a small shrub that grows in the bush at fairly high altitudes. It has alternate leaf formation and bears white flowers in spring. A distant relative of tea tree. The wood was often used for tool handles. the sawdust imparts a delicious flavour when used for smoking meats and fish. It is cultivated in New Zealand for honey, produced when honeybees gather the nectar from its flowers, and for the pharmaceutical industry. It is also used for carving. An essential is produced by steam distillation of its leaves.