Ever heard of Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a mono floral honey (mono floral is a type of honey which has a distinctive flavour or other attribute due to the fact that it is predominantly from the nectar of one plant species.) produced by the manuka tree located in New Zealand and Australia. Typically, manuka honey is dark in colour and has a strong flavour.
How is Manuka Honey good for you?
Manuka Honey has become known as the ‘healing honey’ and its therapeutic qualities have now become well documented.
In particular, active manuka honey provides you with powerful, natural, antibiotic and antiseptic properties. It can be used both internally, for example it is good for digestive problems and peptic and stomach ulcers, or externally, such as on cuts / wounds, skin infections and leg ulcers. It can even be obtained in a sterilised form in a tube for external use.
What gives Active Manuka Honey its special antibacterial and antiseptic properties?
All honey contains a level of hydrogen peroxide. However,the level can vary widely between different honeys.
Active manuka honey contains an additional antibacterial property, refered to as the ‘unique manuka factor (UMF), which can only be found in honey sourced from the Leptospermum plants. To determine if this additional factor is present, and to what extent, the manuka honey undergoes a test for its level of antibacterial activity. If the antibacterial activity is found to be sufficiently high, then it is given a UMF label and a number (eg 10+, 20+) that indicates the strength of antibacterial activity in the honey.
What conditions can Active Manuka Honey help you with?
You can get different products that are aimed at either internal or external uses. If you have an external condition such as a cut or wound, or a burn, then you should choose a sterilised active manuka honey.
Some of the conditions it can assist you with are:
Research has shown that Manuka honey has the ability to draw moisture out of the acne-causing bacterial cells, making it impossible for them to survive. It rids impurities from the skin, along with unclogging pores and clearing breakouts. Manuka honey acne treatment functions by penetrating deep in the blocked follicle, killing the bacteria, and unblocking the follicle to release the infection. As the follicle is cleared and sterile, the acne heals rapidly while reducing, and sometimes preventing the formation of scars.Many acne products contain certain ingredients that can dry the skin and cause other negative side effects. Manuka honey has been found to cause none and is very moisturizing. The hydrating quality of Manuka honey helps to decrease the irritation caused by acne and other skin problems. It’s anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce redness, pain and swelling. By applying Manuka honey to affected areas, blemishes and acne scars will disappear, restoring your skin to its original form.
Using Manuka honey for pimples, blemishes and acne scars is a gentle way of ridding dryness and cleansing your skin.
Tips on how to choose Quality Active Manuka Honey
Proper UMF Active Manuka Honey complies with all 5 of the following criteria for Genuine UMF Manuka Honey as recommended by the Active Manuka Honey Association.
1. It has the name UMF clearly stated on the front label.
2. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand.
3. It is from a New Zealand company licensed to use the name UMF.
4. It has the UMF licensee’s name on the front label.
5. It has a rating of UMF10 or more.
Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipes
For Firming the Face
- Manuka Honey (1 tablespoon)
- Egg White (1 egg)
- Glycerin (1 teaspoon)
- Flour (¼ cup)
Directions: Mix the honey, glycerin and egg white to make a solution. Then add flour and mix well, creating a paste. Apply evenly to the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
As a Facial
- Manuka Honey (1 cup)
- Oatmeal (Uncooked, 1 cup)
- Olive Oil (¼ teaspoon)
- Avocado (½ cup)
Directions: Mix the honey, olive oil, oatmeal and avocado in a bowl. Apply to evenly the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
As a Moisturizing Pack
- Manuka Honey (2 tablespoons)
- Whole Milk (2 teaspoons)
Directions: Mix the honey and milk into a smooth consistency. Apply evenly to the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
For Fighting Acne
- Manuka Honey (2-3 tablespoons)
- Cinnamon Powder (3-4 tablespoons)
Directions: Mix the honey and cinnamon powder into a smooth consistency. Apply directly on affected areas or the entire face before sleeping. Leave on for the entire night and wash it with warm water the morning after.
As a Nourishing Mask
- Manuka Honey (1 tablespoon)
- Aloe Vera Juice (1 tablespoon)
- Kelp Powder (1 tablespoon)
Directions: Mix the honey, aloe and kelp powder to the desired consistency. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes before use. Apply a thick layer onto the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Wait for 30 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Make sure that you do not use soap to wash your face.
It is important to use raw, unprocessed Manuka Honey as ordinary honey is heated and pasteurized during the packing process. This destroys the enzymes and natural healing properties that are present in honey. Additionally, Manuka Honey contains far more healing properties than any other type of honey. It is recommended that you use Manuka Honey with a UMF rating between 10 and 16. Less than 10 is not potent enough and more than 16 is too potent.
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