Mānuka: unleashing New Zealand’s biodiversity

New Zealand’s indigenous Māori people has long revered the mānuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) for its myriad medicinal properties. Here, Organic Bioactives presents a novel cosmetic active made using mānuka leaf extract, promising high-efficacy in skin, scalp, and hair care

The bountiful biodiversity and rich cultural tapestry of New Zealand is interwoven with the healing traditions of the indigenous Māori people, who have long revered the mānuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) for its myriad medicinal properties.

Mānuka has long been recognized for its medicinal properties, particularly in the form of honey. However, the lesser-known yet equally potent source lies in its leaves.

Recent studies have delved into the bioactive compounds present in mānuka leaves, unravelling a treasure trove of cosmetic applications potential. Among these compounds, β-caryophyllene has emerged as a key player in conferring anti-inflammatory properties to the mānuka leaf. This article explores the unique bioactive compounds found in mānuka leaves, with a special focus on β-caryophyllene and its role in combating inflammation.

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