The volatile oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and terminal branches. Odour is very sweet and gentle, with woody, mossy notes. Similar to Tea Tree, but Manuka has extra properties. Use where a pleasant rather than medicinal smell is appropriate - good to use where long term treatment is required. Contains leptospermone, which is insecticidal - insect repellent / insect bites and stings. Highly bactericidal across a wide spectrum. A few drops in the baths as a pick-me-up for winter blues. Use with avocado or jojoba for people with dry or sensitive skin, good for oily skin - dilute well before use. Great to use in air sprays or burners. Long use by Maori people of New Zealand. Properties: Anti-viral, anti-fungal, bactericidal, insecticidal. DILUTE TO 5% OR LESS IN A CARRIER OIL BEFORE SKIN APPLICATION. KEEP OUT OF EYES. DO NOT SWALLOW.