Manuka Honey is the new buzz word in superfoods. Manuka honey comes from New Zealand where beekeepers set up their hives in wild uncultivated areas in which Manuka bushes grow. The bees gather nectar from the flowers of the Manuka bush, which is indigenous only to New Zealand.
It has unique antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, stomach-healing, wound-repairing, and overall health-promoting properties that make it an amazing "superfood" worthy of further investigation.
I’ve had a jar of Manuka honey in the cupboard for months and it’s only in the last few week that I’ve begun to use it. Waking up on Sunday with a sore throat and a cough I’ve been taking 3 teaspoons a day and found it really soothes a tickly cough. If you’re not keen on swallowing teaspoons of honey try dissolving it in warm water with a slice of lemon, its pleasant tasting and eases sore throats.
Apart from easing sore throats Manuka honey has a variety of uses
Acid reflux is also known as heartburn, when the stomach acids flow back into the oesophagus and throat. This results in a burning pain in the chest and top of the stomach. Manuka honey is used as a home remedy to alkalinize the stomach and coat a protective layer over the stomach preventing stomach acids to cause pain, and keeping acid reflux at bay.
Because Manuka honey has antibacterial properties and high hydrogen peroxide content, it has an ability to heal external wounds on the body. It has been used in hospitals as a successful treatment for slow healing ulcers.
With its anti-inflammatory properties, Manuka honey is often used as skin care ingredient for products targeting those who are eczema prone. Besides being a natural skin softener, it helps promote a healthy and balanced skin and reduces redness and inflammatory. Manuka honey is very helpful for eczema as it soothes and moisturizes the skin, stopping dryness and itchiness when used.
Since honey is has a low pH of around 4.5 it is said to be pH balanced and helps to maintain the optimum pH of the skin. To use Manuka honey as a cleanser, place a small amount on your hand and apply to the face using circular motions. Then grab a muslin cloth and soak it with warm (not hot) water and place the cloth on your face. The heat of the cloth should open up your pores for deeper cleansing. Remove the muslin cloth from your face and rinse it and gently wipe the honey off of your face. The heat of the water and the texture of the cloth will remove the honey from your face leaving skin cleansed and baby soft.
Using Manuka Honey as a face mask has many benefits for the skin. The anti-bacterial and healing properties make it a effective treatment for acne helping to treat and heal breakouts. It also supports the skin in the production of collagen which helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply thin layer to the face avoiding the eye area, leave for 10 mins and rinse well with warm water.
We love Golden Hills 10+ Manuka Honey, €9.49 for 250 g, which is a high quality Manuka Honey from New Zealand.
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