Manuka – the medicinal plant of the Maori

The South Sea myrtle (Leptospermum scoparium), also called Manuka, is native to the mountainous regions of New Zealand.

The Manuka Plant – the “New Zealand Tea Tree” has been used by the Maori for centuries due to its strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Even back then, the Manuka- plant was used in many ways.

Origin East Cape

Various species (chemotypes) of the Manuka Plant grow on the North- and South Islands of New Zealand. The Manuka type from the northeastern region of the East Cape particularly stands out. Nowhere is the concentration of the active ingredient triketones as high as here.

Scientific studies show that the antibacterial activity of Manuka Oil is largely determined by the proportion of triketones. The “EAST CAPE” declaration of origin has established itself in recent years as a seal for Manuka Oil of the highest quality.

Geographical variation in the content of Beta- triketone in Manuka plants in New Zealand (by Douglas et al. 2004). Link to the study

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