Manuka honey is one of my favorite, natural staples and one I always keep in my house! It truly does it all from cooking and baking, putting in tea and coffee, healing medicinal purposes, and so on. I keep discovering more ways to use honey, especially manuka.
So what is manuka honey? Manuka honey is native to New Zealand and it is produced by bees who pollinate the flower commonly known as the manuka bush (Healthline). According to Comvita, a New Zealand based honey company, the manuka flower only blooms 2-6 weeks per year (Comvita). The difference between regular, local honey versus manuka is within the nectar of the manuka flower. Comvita mentions that the nectar gives manuka honey it’s distinctive non-peroxide activity properties. This means the nectar gives manuka its special anti- bacterial effects.
There are multiple different levels of Unique Manuka Factors (UMF) you can get. UMF essentially details key identifiers of the properties within the manuka honey (Comivita). The higher the UMF number, the higher the level of compounds present. These properties include Methylglyoxal (MGO) which biologically contains active anti-bacterial elements. ⠀
With that being said, here are some of the benefits of Manuka honey:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here is an idea on how to use it for your skin when it needs some TLC! The Pure Life, by Sisley Killam, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Health & Wellness Blogger, suggests using a raw, honey mask 2-3 times per week to help with skin. With manuka’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it works like magic for irritated, broken out skin. All you have to do is put a good layer all over your face and leave it on for about 15-30 minutes. The honey she recommends, which is also a personal favorite of mine, is the Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey.
Another one of my favorite ways to incorporate manuka honey into my diet is through tea. I suggest brewing a pot of Pukka tea, especially the Three Mint or Three Ginger. Let that steep and add in a teaspoon of manuka honey. Not only will you get the health benefits of the mint or ginger tea, but also the soothing benefits such as aiding in digestion and boosting your immune system from the honey.
All in all, I would say Manuka honey has been used and has shown amazing results for me, especially with my BII symptoms. It has helped with softening and feeding my scars, as well as helping my body heal through incorporating it into my everyday diet. ⠀⠀⠀
It is important when buying manuka honey, you watch out for where the product is made. As mentioned earlier, the honey is pollinated by a specific flower native to New Zealand, therefore, that is what you want it to say on the bottle.
Much like all holistic remedies, you should consult your natural health care provider or doctor when seeking to use an all natural medicine. For example, if you have diabetes, you should consult with your doctor before using manuka honey on your skin or in your body!⠀⠀
7 Health Benefits of Manuka Honey, Based on Science- healthline.com
Manuka Honey 101: All Your Questions Answered- comvita.com
Author- Clean Beauty Babe By Jenn