What are Warts?
Caused by a form of infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV), warts are small flesh-coloured bumps that can appear on the surface of the skin. They are caused when the HPV infection enters a damaged section of the outer layer of the skin and allows the wart to develop. As with other viruses, warts are spread via contact. This means that anyone could potentially come into contact with the virus and if their skin is damaged then they could potentially be putting themselves at risk. Factors that can increase the risk of coming in contact with HPV include:
- Using public showers
- Working with meat
- Eczema or broken skin
- Low immune system
- Sharing personal items
Many strains of the virus also thrive in warm and damp environments which makes them particularly popular amongst swimmers and those that share locker rooms and similar areas. The best way to deal with warts is to take preventative measures to avoid contact with the virus, however this is not always possible. Many try to remove warts themselves using primitive home treatments, however this can lead to scarring and other potential infections. There are also options to remove warts surgically or using chemical peels but these are usually expensive and painful so are often avoided, which is why natural products have been rising in popularity.
Whilst manuka honey has become a popular product in premium skincare, manuka oil is less commonly known but can still be just as beneficial. Manuka oil is usually rarer to find than the honey as the oil is only made in the remote East Cape in New Zealand where these particular plants are known for their unique antibacterial properties. Only a certain amount of manuka products can be sustainably made from this area each year making it more rare to find.
Often compared to its Australian essential oil cousin tea-tree for both being said to possess antibacterial properties, many can be more inclined to choose manuka due to it’s high levels of triketone compounds. Manuka products as a whole have been widely studied for their antibacterial properties and as the essential oil is a more concentrated version, it can also be preferred over the honey because of this. Over the years manuka oil has had many traditional use by the Maori people. These have included:
- Bites and stings
- Damaged skin
- Muscle pain
- Body Odour
Pure East Cape Manuka Oil
While many essential oils are watered down, this Pure East Cape manuka Oil is a 100% manuka essential oil meaning that it is a concentrated form. There are many products out there that try to pass themselves off as genuine but often add artificial additives, but we can guarantee ours is 100% authentic and pure. This product also strives for high quality as it is produced by a steam distilled process using wild harvested manuka plants. The Manuka plant (also known as Leptospermum scoparium) is grown in the North Island of New Zealand with the highest quality oil produced in the remote East Cape region. This area is what makes it unique as the oil produced in the region has seen the highest levels of naturally occurring triketone compounds.
This unique oil was studied by the the Cawthron Institute in Nelson and the Otago University Microbiology Department via in-vitro testing of East Cape manuka essential oil against a wide range of pathogens. Their research concluded that this manuka oil was:
- 20 - 30 times more active than Australian tea tree oil against gram positive bacteria
- Several times more effective against strains of fungi
- Effective against gram negative bacteria and viruses
This research also showed that this pure manuka oil can be used to support the skin's natural immunity to a number of infections including:
- Jock Itch
- Athlete's Foot
- Cold Sores
- Body and Foot Odour
For more information on the scientific studies, please click here.
How to use
As this is a 100% pure essential oil, to use simply apply the oil to the desired area of the skin straight from the bottle or dilute with vegetable oil if preferred for more sensitive skin. For some other ways you can use your manuka essential oil here are some suggestions:
- Add eight to ten drops to your bathwater and soak to aid muscle pain or body odour
- Add like any other essential oil to a diffuser for your home
- Add two or three drops to your shampoo or conditioner to aid dandruff
- Add a few drops to a footbath or massage diluted oil into the feet to aid foot odour or fungal infections
This pure manuka oil is intended for external use only and we suggest to patch test before use. Avoid contact with eyes. Each bottle contains 10ml so is perfect size for travel and discreet storage and can be an ideal addition to any home and essential oil collection.