A Guide to Using Manuka Oil in Your Skincare Routine

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A Guide to Using Manuka Oil in Your Skincare Routine

manuka essential oil You may have heard of Manuka honey because of all its healing properties, but have you heard of Manuka essential oil? It’s an aromatic essential oil with a fresh, spicy aroma and a ton of amazing benefits for your skin. Manuka is a potent oil that has the ability to help fight seasonal illnesses. Made from steaming the leaves of the Manuka tree, this precious oil has been used as a skin tonic by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, who use it to improve their well-being and to treat health complaints.

History of Manuka Oil

Manuka is a relatively new essential oil in western Aromatherapy, but the natives of New Zealand have known about its health properties for ages. It comes from the same family of trees as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Myrtle. According to folklore, Captain Cook used Manuka leaves in a tea to cure himself and his crew of scurvy.

Manuka oil has countless benefits for overall health and for skincare concerns, which is why its popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years. If you are curious about trying Manuka oil, check out these ways it can benefit your skincare routine.


Manuka oil is full of powerful cleansing properties which make it great for helping to keep the skin clean and clear. It can help to soothe skin and protect against the redness and irritation that comes with blemishes and breakouts.

Dry Skin

This beauty secret of the Maori people can also be a powerful moisturizer. Manuka essential oil helps keep skin hydrated and helps rejuvenate the outer layers. Similar to Tea Tree, Manuka essential oil can help reduce the discomfort, redness, and itching associated with dry, irritated skin. Add 1-2 drops of Manuka to 1 Tsp carrier oil to use as an all-over moisturizer or add 6-8 drops to a tablespoon of your natural lotions and body creams.

woman scrutinizing jawline skin

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you might be under the impression that you need to stay away from topical oils. That’s just not true! It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t use oils on oil-prone skin. But really, if your skin is too dry it can cause your skin to overproduce oil, and that could actually lead to an overproduction of oil. Manuka essential oil helps balances the oil levels in your skin while it moisturizes.

Dry Scalp

Scalp irritation can cause flaky, dry skin that itches. Manuka oil can help prevent scalp irritation and assist in restoring moisture to dry skin. It can also help improve the balance of oils on your scalp, keeping it healthy helping avoid itch. Make a simple Manuka scalp treatment by adding 2-3 drops to 1 Tbsp. of carrier oil, and massaging it into your scalp.


An overproduction of bacteria is the main culprit causing your body odor. Manuka essential oil has a super-power ability to fight germs, which makes it a fragrant natural deodorant when used under your arms inn a natural deodorant.

woman using body spray

Bug Bites

Insect bites hurt! If you experience the sting and itch of a nasty bug bite, try applying a small amount of Manuka essential oil diluted to 5% in aloe vera jelly. It can help soothe the redness and irritation associated with bug bite symptoms. Remember to always seek medical attention for more severe bites and stings!

Final Thoughts

There are many ways you can use Manuka oil topically for luscious skin. You can also add it to your laundry when washing your towels and linens to keep the fabrics that touch your skin ultra-clean and fresh. Try diffusing it when you are struggling or stressed. It can help to calm the mind and soothe your senses, promoting well-being. Don’t forget to take care of your emotional health because when we feel good, you look good too!

89 thoughts on “A Guide to Using Manuka Oil in Your Skincare Routine”

  1. Great post. I’m really hoping to get Manuka in my next order. I’m almost certain it will become a staple in my collection!

  2. Love manuka, a native plant where I live (New Zealand), recently using it with other oils to help ward off a cold. Great for when you have respiratory issues.

  3. I have been interested in Manuka for awhile now, but have several essential oils. Is Manuka more effective than Tea Tree or just an alternative with similar properties?

    1. Amber, I wouldn’t say one is more effective than another as a general statement. They are from two different plants, and while they have similar benefits, one could be more effective than another, depending on what you are looking for in the oil.

  4. This is definitely going on my wish list! So many uses and I had no idea you can use it for deodorant. I use manuka honey but had no idea there was an EO. <3

  5. I look forward to using Manuka oil for balancing my combination skin type. I could even use it to even my skin tone due to acne scars.

  6. This post is super helpful since I just picked up this oil with the 15% off code. I have some pretty stubborn adult/hormonal acne (thank you, PCOS) so I am planning to include this in my skin care routine. Thank you, PT!! ❤️

  7. Oh wow never thought manuka can have an essential oil! Yes I’ve only heard of manuka honey. This oil will be in my next purchase! I love tea tree and probably will like this too.

  8. It seems Manuka is just what I was looking for – an oil to add to my hands lotion to aid the dryness and reduce scars mark. I’ll add this to my wish list. Thanks for the informative post.

  9. Man! I just heard of Manuka, and I loved reading about all of its uses. I’m going to look into the deodorant aspect of the oil because I have three middle school boys!

  10. This is great, really inspiring me to make some DIY items with my new bottle. Will def like to try in a deodorant. Do you have any recipes for this?
    Also, does Manuka even out skin tones?

  11. Thanks for all the great ideas for Manuka essential oil. I plan on adding it to my “Boo Boo” blend. I use it for all the little bug bites, scrapes and even eczema. Also manuka smells better than tea tree so that is a great addition.

  12. Thank you for all the uses for Manuka eo. I have been using this oil in my cuticle balm and now will add it to my hair serums.

  13. I love that I learned something new on your blog! I never knew manuka could be used for bug bites. I will certainly keep this in mind. Thank you!

  14. I added a drop of PT’s Manuka Oil to a couple teaspoons of shampoo. It took care of my itchy dry scalp after using it just one time!

  15. I’ve been loving this as part of my facial serum at night with Younger Glo! How would I make the underarm spray? What would be the carrier liquid? Thank you:)

  16. Manuka is on my wish list. I am so excited about reaping all the benefits, as I have dry scalp, combination skin, and would like to try my hand at homemade deodorant as my underarms are very sensitive,

  17. I enjoy all the wonderful info you provide us! I had been using manuka for my dry cuticles. I think I’m going to give it a spin in a deodorant and add some to a facial moisturizer. Thank you

  18. I too have been curious about this oil; with manuka honey being such a “big thing” these days. I know you aren’t allowed to give advice on safety with pets, so can I ask you this? If you had a cat in your home & tea tree is a big NO; would you feel comfortable using manuka as an alternative?

    1. Nikki, that is a great question but as we are not currently trained on the use of oils with animals, I do not have a safe answer to that. I would recommend doing further research to ensure it would be safe for the animals in your home.

    2. The Animal Desk Reference II by Dr Melissa Shelton says “at this time, Manuka is not commonly used with animals, but it does appear to be of low concern”. I hope this helps.

  19. As you know, oil and water don’t mix so, I believe you need to add 1) an emulsifyer to your deodorant, as you are basically using the oil neat on your skin and 2) a preservative.. or you can use 190 proof alcohol and accomplish both!

  20. I have a large bottle of Manuka that I have wondered about using, I know now I will be adding it to some skin care–thanks!

  21. I just bought this oil as well, so I’m glad I came across this post! I’m definitely going to try it with the scalp treatments and face serums I’ve been trying. I bet my son would love to add it to his bug bite roller, too!

    1. Krista, I also have naturally oily skin. I would dilute between .5-1% for the face, and use a carrier oil with a low comedogenic(pore cloggin) rating. I use Argan and Grapeseed 🙂

        1. Evie, at this time we only have the DIY for the stick deodorant. I would be happy to pass along a suggestion for a spray though! You may be able to find other recipes for that online 🙂

  22. So many uses in one bottle! I can’t believe how this one oil covers so many of my household issues. Irritated skin, dry/itchy scalp,allergies can all be helped. This is definitely going to become a staple in our house.

  23. Just signed up at PT. Just recently learn about oils and trying different brands. I might stay on PT because of its Kids safe as I have a 2.5 year old and wanted him to get the benefits of the oils too and make sure that the oils he is inhaling is safe for him. Thank you also for sharing about the Manuka, putting it on my basket now.

  24. Recently got manuka oil and it already worked wonders on bug bites – itching, redness gone within an hour. Also noticed calming, soothing properties when diffused. Can’t wait to try it in other applications. A definite keeper!

  25. Just learned about Plant Therapy Oils, so excited to try all the spotlight oils! Especially this one… never heard of it until now, but it sounds like a must have! Thanks PT!

    1. You’re welcome! Stay tuned as we will have a new Spotlight oil announced tomorrow! This is a great way to learn about oils that may be overlooked

  26. We’ve been trying a blend of lavender, frankincense and tea-tree diluted in FCO to combat my son’s eczema, I wonder if this would be a good addition to the roller?

    1. Lindsey, I think Manuka would be an excellent addition to your roller bottle! Just be sure you are diluting properly for your son 🙂

  27. Thank you for this post! I knew Manuka had great skincare benefits, but I wasn’t really sure how to go about using it! Now I have lots of ideas. I especially love the one for bug bites! I am a mosquito magnet!!

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