Latin Name: Leptospermum scoparium
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the leaves
Extracted by distillation of the leaves, Manuka has a cleansing but pleasantly sweet aroma that is delicate and subtle. Manuka is calming and circulatory. Used as an everyday tonic.
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.