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Mānuka Oil Production
To produce Arapaoa Island mānuka oil, foliage is trimmed off wild-sown mānuka trees, trees grown without the use of any pesticides or chemicals. After trimming,
the tree remains alive and healthy and can be trimmed again in one or two
We Kānuka and Mānuka Oils Separately
"Mānuka" actually refers to two species - Kunzea ericoides ('Kānuka' or 'White Mānuka') and Leptospermum scoparium ('Mānuka' or 'Red Mānuka'). Unlike some other mānuka oil producers, we distill mānuka and kānuka oils separately. This lets us combine or separate the properties of the two oils as best suits each product. We can also offer both oils in pure form for separate sale.
We Use Gentle Steam Distillation
At Arapaoa Island Mānuka we use a gentle ambient-pressure distillation process. It is common to use super-heated steam for fast oil extraction, but while our lower temperatures take longer to release the oil, they result in a much nicer and more fragrant oil, without heat damage or a 'burnt' smell.