Celebrities, industry insiders and health and beauty experts have long praised the benefits of Manuka Honey, with some even calling it a life-changing elixir. But where exactly does it come from, and what makes it so miraculous?
Manuka is a scrub-like tree that grows around coastal areas of New Zealand, and Manuka Honey is produced by bees that pollinate this specific bush. Used first by the Maori people native to New Zealand, Manuka Honey is also considered to be one of the oldest natural products discovered in history.
The most popular characteristic of Manuka Honey is its healing properties. It consists of antibacterial and antioxidant properties that act as a defensive shield for open wounds, preventing microbial infections. Research has found that Manuka Honey boosts and increases the healing process. It also regenerates tissues as well as cools down burns. Results show that the size of the wounds decreases by 88% after the application of Manuka Honey.
In terms of skincare, Manuka Honey lowers inflammation and irritation that is caused due to acne, while providing a moist environment for any blemishes or open wounds to heal. It can directly be applied to your skin by putting a thin layer of honey on the affected part. You can mix the Honey with mashed avocado or brown sugar to create an easy DIY face mask.
Manuka Honey can also be used to treat and soothe eczema, and even holds some anti-ageing properties, due to the fact that it stops enzymes that destroy collagen. The stimulation of collagen production in skin cells results in youthful and glowing skin. Manuka Honey is also known to be a great moisturiser, as it locks in the moisture, making your skin hydrated and smooth.
So how do we introduce more Manuka honey into our lives to reap these benefits? The top two ways to do so are through diet and skincare routines.
According to the experts, in order to reap the Manuka honey benefits, we should be taking a dose of 1-2 tablespoons per day. For an intense hit of the good stuff, you could just take it straight but perhaps slightly more sustainable way of doing so is by introducing it into your diet whether spreading on toast, drizzling over yoghurt or adding it into to marinades.
Arguably one of the most rewarding ways to bring more manuka honey goodness into your life is through your beauty routine. Combine it with coconut oil and avocado for an intensely hydrating mask or for an exfoliating effect, throw some in with brown sugar and olive oil. Keep manuka honey balms on hand to minimise skin irritation, help with daily cuts and scrapes and stored in a tube, is great for travel or days out and about with family. With 100% pure tea tree oil it’s a naturally sourced antiseptic while the Manuka Honey provides a moist, low pH environment to promote wound healing.