Honey, sweet honey… We absolutely adore it. That deliciously sweet liquid can conjure the taste of tantalising nectar all the while acting as a powerful natural medicine. Not all honey is the same though, so what makes Manuka honey stand out from the rest and why is it all the rage in the world of healing and wellness? As one of nature’s richest antimicrobial sources, cultures from all around the world have historically praised Manuka honey as an amazing healing treasure. There is some super impressive research behind its health benefits and even more emerging in recent times. Here are our top 6 health picks for putting that jar of Manuka honey to good use…
1. Inflamed Skin
With its proven antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Manuka honey has been traditionally used to help soothe and heal inflamed skin, including skin conditions like acne and eczema, as well as wounds, burns and ulcers. Applying high-quality Manuka honey directly to the affected area of your skin for a small bout of time then rinsing off with warm water may do the trick, or alternatively you can find Manuka in a lot of natural skincare ranges. Repetitive use of Manuka honey on your skin may help calm and clear these areas of inflammation.
2. Immune Boosting
There is a component in Manuka honey that has been found to stimulate your immune cells, hence the old wives’ tale of taking a spoonful of honey when you’re feeling under the weather. It can be particularly soothing to an irritated throat or to help suppress a cough overnight. Consume a teaspoon straight out of the jar or add it to hot water or your tea of choice as a natural First Aid treatment.
3. Natural Beauty
Looking for that glowing skin from within? Us too! Taken on a regular basis, Manuka can have an elixir effect that will boost vitality, youthful energy and help improve your complexion. It can be used in a number of ways as your natural beauty regime. Use a teaspoon on damp skin and massage into your face and neck with clean hands before removing with a clean, wet cloth. Boost the nutritional value of your shampoo with some Manuka to give your hair that extra shine. Use it in a homemade face wash or mask to exfoliate, detox and fight free radicals in your skin. Or our favourite… Drink it in a wellness drink like Manukee for a tasty, refreshing beverage with the added health benefits. So many options for including honey as a regular in your natural beauty routine!
4. Improved Sleep Manuka
has been proven to promote deep, restful sleep. It does this by slowly releasing stored glycogen to help with essential bodily functions during sleep. Adding a dollop of honey to your bedtime tea helps the body release melatonin (your sleepy hormone) into the brain, thus regulating your natural sleep patterns and promoting undisturbed sleep.
5. Oral Health Because of its strong antibacterial properties, Manuka can penetrate biofilms and be used in your mouthwash to help improve your dental health, particularly if you experience symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease. If you already practice oil pulling for oral and overall health, try adding Manuka honey to your oil of choice and see if you (or your dentist) notice a difference in your teeth. Studies have also found that Manuka can decrease plaque by up to 35%. Clean, healthy, white teeth = Yes please!
6. Healthy Digestion
By now you are well aware that Manuka honey has natural antibiotic qualities, which makes it a great remedy for bacteria-related symptoms. Therefore, taking Manuka honey can be beneficial for reducing reflux and balance your digestive system to promote more of the friendly gut bacteria.