Manuka (New Zealand Tea Tree) - The Flowers

The Magic of Flowers: A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses & Properties - Tess Whitehurst 2013

Manuka (New Zealand Tea Tree)
The Flowers

Although it’s a totally different plant, like the Australian tea tree (from which tea tree oil is obtained), it’s said that New Zealand tea tree, or manuka, earned its moniker when Captain James Cook used its leaves to make a tealike drink for his crew. The two plants are also aligned when it comes to their antifungal and antibacterial properties. However, while the two are both used medicinally, manuka is more commonly used for decorative purposes as well.

Magical Uses

Body Chemistry

Manuka honey has been medicinally employed to help heal bacterial and fungal infections. Similarly, the vibration of manuka blossoms can help support healing related to yeast and bacterial infections, as well as skin conditions such as acne and dandruff. In addition to your other natural healing efforts (such as taking probiotics for yeast infections or applying Australian tea tree oil to acne or skin infections), try taking the essence or carrying a charm such as the following.


Dry five manuka blossoms in the sun. Then place them on a small square of natural-colored, natural-fiber cloth. Add an aquamarine crystal and a clove of garlic (be sure to empower both in sunlight first). Tie closed with hemp twine. Hold the charm in both hands and envision it glowing with very bright golden-white light. Say:

Perfect balance, perfect healing, perfect clarity.

I am safe, I am empowered, I am clean, and all is well.

Keep it close to your skin (perhaps safety-pinning it under your clothes) until the healing you desire has occurred.

Emerging from “Desert Periods”

A desert period might be defined as a time when we don’t feel connected to our inspiration, our happiness, or our natural flow of good fortune and luck. Because desert periods are usually the result of an emotional block of some sort (created subconsciously as a method of shielding us from pain), manuka can help, as she’s an expert at helping dissolve blocks of this sort, which helps reconnect us with our inner reserves of energy and joy. For this purpose, take five drops manuka essence under the tongue once per day, plant manuka in your yard, spend time around a blossoming manuka, or create a charm with manuka blossom crafted with this intention in mind.

Emotional Detoxification

Even painful emotions like sadness and grief are not toxic when they are pure. But feelings such as guilt, blame, self-punishment, self-loathing, and denial are tainted by the ego and therefore are not pure. In fact, they are not really feelings at all but externally imposed concepts that are not in alignment with our true identity, which is love. In other words, they seemingly disconnect us from the eternal flow of love that is our true nature. This seeming disconnection is unnatural and, just like harmful chemicals sprayed in the garden, feels harmful and toxic.

Of course, since the human experience is characterized by ego (or the illusion of separation), we all have these feelings at one time or another. The trick is not to fight them or give in to them but simply to recognize that they are based on illusion and have nothing to do with the truth of your being, which is love. This is what leads to emotional detoxification.

For help with this process, try spending time with the plant, taking the essence, or working fresh blossoms into a charm.

Holistic Balance

Whether it’s your priorities, your schedule, your physical health, your state of mind, or all of the above, maybe you just plain old feel “out of whack.” If this is the case, manuka can work on the vibrational level to help realign you in a way that feels nourishing, positive, and balanced in all ways. For example, you might try placing five fresh manuka blossoms in your bath water, along with ten drops Bach Rescue Remedy, one moss agate crystal, and one-half cup sea salt. Then soak for at least forty minutes.

Magical Correspondences


Element: Air

Gender: Female

Planet: Mercury