Honey is undoubtedly one of my favorite and simple ingredients of life that go a long, long way. It’s extensive ability to be used for a variety of tasks that include anything from cleaning wounds due to it’s antibacterial qualities, as a dietary supplement, as a gel for super sleek hair or to the perfect condiment for tea, it’s dynamic ability proves importance when concerning everyday living. And while everyday honey is great for all of these things, I’ve learned not all honey is created equal.
There is a newer type of honey that is quickly gaining popularity and for its purity and potency: Manuka honey—produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the Manuka tree. The more potent the honey, the stronger and more dynamic it is. So as a honey that contains an extra and natural occurring active ingredient that makes it distinct from other honeys, Manuka honey stands strong. (Most honeys’ benefits are easily restrained and/or destroyed when exposed to heat and light—where Manuka’s potent powers maintains it’s abilities). This is why my current obsession is Manuka honey.
Its special quality is known as UMF and the higher the UMF, the more potent the honey and its powers (enthusiasts say that you need a UMF of 10 or higher for the honey to be properly effective). So when doing your honey research, take this measurement and apply it towards your discoveries and findings.
When considering Manuka honey in skin care products, this is an ingredient you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Because it contains an ingredient with powerful antibacterial, anti microbial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties, it benefits are dynamically endless and favorable, especially because Manuka honey can:
• Treat skin blemishes/acne
• Promote glowing skin
• Protect skin from sun damage
• Treat Burns
• Moisturize severely dry skin
• Provide vitamin and mineral rich goodness, including copper, iron, silica, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium
• Prevent scarring
• And tone the skin and tighten pores
The benefits don’t stop there and are endless. Our everyday living can be affected greatly when we understand honey and it’s various forms and how it can be best applied to our specific needs and towards our health. Luckily, we can be certain that it’s definitely good for breakfast–but we should feel encouraged, honey can definitely go beyond that.