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organic certified Manuka Leaf powder in a wooden spoon. Product of New Zealand

Organic Mānuka leaf, the powder and its many uses

The Mānuka tree has a variety of uses...


The mānuka tree is native to New Zealand and has been used by the Māori people for centuries. It is well known historically for its medicinal properties.

Although all parts of the tree was used for medicine our focus is on the small spiky leaves.

Mānuka leaves are small and spiky and somewhat humble, yet this native shrub continues to generate interest from those seeking natural health options for ailments and illnesses.

Mānuka leaf powder

Creating a powder from the leaves of this unique plant has provided us with more ways to utilise its health properties.  

How is mānuka leaf powder is made?

Mānuka leaves are hand harvested, then sent off for processing to an organic certified freeze-drying facility in New Zealand.

Once the leaves have been thoroughly dried they are then processed into Mānuka  powder. The final product is 100% powdered certified organic Manuka leaf.

What properties are in organic Mānuka leaf powder?

Mānuka powder contains a variety of health benefits. One being its relaxation and calming benefits.  

Mānuka leaf from the Native Tea Farm contains special flavonoids on the waxy surface of the leaves. These flavonoids have been known to interact with the GABA receptor in the human brain. This reaction causes a natural calming effect.

Native Tea Farm mānuka leaf also contains the free amino acid GABA (y amino butyric acid) GABA is the main neurotransmitter in the human brain. It is known for its anti anxiety properties.

Native Tea Farm mānuka leaf also contains antioxidants, antiviral, anti bacterial properties, nutrients and vitamins.

How can mānuka Leaf powder be used?  

Mānuka leaf powder is a concentrated and versatile version of the whole leaf. We use mānuka leaf powder not only as an instant tea but also in our native salt collection.

While our mānuka leaf powder is food-certified, it is an excellent ingredient for cosmetic applications. Face-masks, oil infusions, bath bombs and soaps alike.

How is the leaf powder different from whole mānuka leaves?

The leaf powder releases more of its flavour from that of the whole leaf. It is quicker to release its properties due to its powdered state.

What does mānuka leaf powder taste and smell like? 

Mānuka leaf powder has a unique taste and contains all of the benefits of the whole leaf. It has a sweet herbaceous and floral aroma. The flavour of manuka leaf powder differs from that of the whole leaves. Manuka leaf powder is slightly bitter in hot water with the same floral notes as the whole leaf. It is a concentrated version of the whole leave and only a small amount is needed per serve.

Natural flavour booster:

Mānuka Leaf contains the natural form of the flavour enhancer MSG.  It is great at enhancing and helping to bring out the flavours within foods.

What is the colour of mānuka leaf powder?

The leaf powder has a beautiful deep green colour. It also has a long shelf life.


Mānuka trees in Spring.  



Whole mānuka leaves on a spoon

gabanuka Manuka leaf tea in a spoon



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