**Mānuka Oil (Leptospermum scoparium):** Mānuka is a native New Zealand tree renowned for its healing properties. Mānuka oil is another essential component of Rongoa Māori that can be used to treat fungal infections. Mānuka oil is extracted from the leaves and branches of the Mānuka tree and is valued for its potent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. When it comes to treating fungal infections, Mānuka oil can be employed in various ways:
- **Topical Application:** Mānuka oil can be diluted with a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil) and applied directly to the affected area. It can effectively combat fungal skin infections, including ringworm and toenail fungus, thanks to its antifungal properties.
- **Foot Soaks:** For fungal infections like athlete's foot, adding a few drops of Mānuka oil to a foot soak can help relieve itching and combat the underlying fungal infection. Soaking the feet in warm water infused with Mānuka oil is both soothing and effective.
- **Nail Care:** To treat toenail fungus, a mixture of Mānuka oil and a carrier oil can be applied to the nails and surrounding skin. This helps penetrate the nail bed and address the fungal infection.
Incorporating Mānuka oil into Rongoa Māori treatments underscores the deep connection between indigenous knowledge and the environment. Mānuka trees play a crucial role in New Zealand's ecosystem, at Whenua Honey our oil is harvested sustainably, respecting the environment and the delicate balance between humans and nature. Branches are cut in such a way that the bush maintains it's integrity, making way for new growth and harvesting for the next season.