What’s so Sweet about Manuka Honey?

You’ve heard of the many benefits of honey for your health, helping with allergies and sore throats. But did you know that Manuka honey is touted as one of the healthiest honeys in the world? As one of nature’s antimicrobial sources, the many uses of this raw honey include: clearing acne, repairing scars and free radical damage, easing sore throats, healing eczema, curing gingivitis and periodontal disease, and treating staph infections.

So what’s so special about it? Manuka honey is made by bees that forage on the flower of the Manuka bush (also known as the tea tree) in New Zealand. Most honey you buy off the grocery shelves is not much different from high fructose corn syrup. Did you just cringe like I did when you saw that? Here we are trying our best to rid our diets of bad stuff and what we’re putting in isn’t much better.

The best local raw honey can be found at a farmer’s market, co-op, or health food store. This honey helps with seasonal allergies as well as some of the healing benefits mentioned above. Some adventurous souls even consider cultivating their own bee hives, although this isn’t an option for most of us. One large differentiating factor of Manuka honey is that the nutritional content is over four times that of regular honey and is marked with a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor.) The UMF is a guarantee that the honey being sold is medicinal quality. It is also the global standard of identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka.

To get all the medicinal benefits, purchase a honey that lists a UMF of 10+ which indicates its concentration of beneficial compounds and antioxidants. The higher the number, the stronger the antibiotic effect. ·

10-14 Supports natural healing and bacterial balance

15+ Superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic depending on what you are trying to heal

Keep in mind if there is not a UMF or a number listed, then the honey is not the real deal. The rating guarantees you are receiving all the nutritional benefits such as: vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, amino acids, magnesium, zinc and much more.

Good news for acne sufferers. Manuka honey also contains higher levels of enzymes that create natural hydrogen peroxide which in turn works as an antibacterial. Manuka honey’s antimicrobial and healing properties can help by oxygenating pores to draw out bacteria and reduce inflammation and redness. It also works wonders for eczema.

Apply the honey on affected areas for a few minutes per day, then wash off and pat dry.

Manuka honey mask

Manuka honey repairs cellular damage, helps heal scarring, works as a humectant drawing moisture into the skin and hydrating without making it oily, and also inhibits enzymes that destroy collagen. It also repairs free radical damage, and helps to protect against further damage. This will improve skin tone and texture. Honey, together with natural hydrogen peroxide – helps to stimulate new cell repair and growth.

  • Use as a face mask – mist face with rosewater to help spread the honey easier, and leave on your face for 15-20 minutes. 

When you need your beauty sleep, put Manuka honey in warm milk at bedtime to help release melatonin into the brain for a good night’s rest. There are so many health and beauty benefits of Manuka honey, from face mask to hair masks to sleep aids to detox drinks, so take internally and externally to receive the most benefits of this amazing jar of sweetness.