25 Days of Essential Oils – Day 18
Day 18 looks at an essential oil I prefer for kids over the traditional tea tree.
Tea tree essential oil from New Zealand is one of my favorites for my kids. It is genuinely known by the name, Manuka essential oil. Manuka is my choice when blending for kids due to the lower amounts of 1,8-cineole compared to the traditional tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) many are familiar with. Manuka would be a great essential oil to use in a diffuser to cleanse the space in your home. If you already have some of your favorite recipes using tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), try using Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) in its place. This essential oil does not smell have the medicine type smell as tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). This would also be useful to add to your cleaning products when the essential oil is expired. Make sure you look at the Latin name to ensure you have the right one I am talking about here if you would like to try it out.
Essential Oil Common Name: Manuka
Latin Name: Leptospermum scoparium
Part of Plant Used: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Notes (Scent and Staying Power): Middle
Safe for Ages: Safe for all ages, but there are some general guidelines when it comes to children and essential oils. But still, use caution when using topically for children under the age of 2. Sensitivities can still occur. Read here on how to do skin patch testing. If you create a blend for yourself, use a quarter of the amount of essential oil for children as a safe guideline.
Safe for Pregnancy: Yes
Safe for Breastfeeding: Yes
Topical Max: There is no topical max for this essential oil, but always dilute before applying it to the skin.
Shelf Life: 7 Years
Key Therapeutic Properties/Actions: Analgesic, Antianxiety, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Expectorant
Contraindications: This essential oil has no known contraindications.
Where to purchase: Manuka here
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Love and Nature,
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