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Natural Solutions Ltd was formed in 1994 to develop and market a range of natural skin care products based on the Manuka Oil produced at Te Araroa on the East Cape of New Zealand's North Island. This followed the discovery that the Manuka trees growing in this small isolated area on the East Cape contained an essential oil in their tiny leaves that possessed powerful curative properties.
"Manuka" is the Maori name for Leptospermum Scoparium, a native tree of New Zealand. It grows widely throughout the country and is found at altitudes ranging from sea level to subalpine and in many varying climates. Its role in the native forest is to nurture, protect and enrich the other native trees during infancy as a new forest is regenerated.
These trees grow prolifically on the East Cape. They are often found in harsh and exposed terrain and subjected to wild, wet and windy climatic conditions and still they thrive! The stubborn strength of these trees is imparted to the essential oil, which is stored in their leaves, which in turn protect the tree from attack by bacteria, fungi and insects. At flowering time these plain sometimes scraggy trees emerge heavily cloaked in small, delicate white flowers attractive to the bees which collect its nectar to produce a rich amber honey which is also known for its health giving properties.
Through their essential oils, leaves and honey the East Cape Manuka have begun to share their secrets with us and to share the source of their profound strength and durability.
You can also now share the strengths of this wonderful plant through Natural Solutions East Cape Manuka products.
The Maori people were very adept at using native trees and plants for food and for curing many illnesses that inflicted their people. Originally knowledge of medicinal plants was held exclusively by the Tohunga (Maori Doctor) but the Maori could soon realise by the plants that he ordered them to use what special value a plant had for a certain disease. This knowledge was kept alive and passed down by the older women of the tribes. Many Maori continue to use these old remedies today.
Manuka was used extensively by the Maori and later by the early European Settlers as a medicinal plant, alone and in combination with other native plants.
Its uses have included the treatment of a range of skin problems such as chronic sores, ringworm and eczema. A decoction of leaves was drunk for urinary complaints and to reduce fever. The young shoots and seed capsules were chewed for dysentery. Vapour baths including Manuka have been used for treating blocked sinuses, hay fever and even bronchitis and asthma. Crushed leaves were often applied as a poultice for many skin diseases and were directly applied to wounds and deep gashes to enhance healing and reduce the risk of infection. The inner bark was also used as a mild sedative.
Captain Cook gave manuka the name of "tea tree" and wrote of it..."the leaves were used by many of us as a tea which has a very agreeable bitter taste and flavour." Early settlers gave it the name "tea tree" as they too made a drink of it.