What is Manuka honey?
You may be wondering what the difference is between Manuka honey and other honeys on the market. With many natural healing benefits and an outstanding nutritional profile, Manuka honey is a truly unique and remarkable honey produced in New Zealand.
Each genuine Manuka honey contains a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Rating. This helps distinguish the level of antibacterial activity in the product. To collect the full benefits of this superfood, it'll be important to understand how to choose not only the right UMF rating per your needs, but also a genuine brand.
Think of it like picking out an essential oil brand. Many essential oil brands are not worth the purchase because they may be filled with toxic ingredients, or are watered down. (To learn more, click here to watch our video on this topic, plus learn the oils we recommend for stress relief.)
Some regular honeys on the market might contain harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, so make sure that the Manuka honey you choose has a clear UMF rating on the front or top of the package, and is clearly marked that it is from New Zealand.
We've broken it down the UMF ratings for you to easily understand:
Now... Onto Five Benefits!
1.) Combats sore throats, immunity, & allergies
Manuka honey contains healing antibacterial properties that can both prevent and treat the common cold! Studies have also shown that this unique product contains substances that stimulate the production of cytokine, which aids in combatting pathogens and certain diseases.
Our recommendation? To help prevent the common cold as well as combat a sore throat or other cold symptoms, take one tablespoon of Manuka honey and mix with some fresh lemon water! You can even take a spoonful by itself as well.
2.) Helps with low stomach acid issues & IBS
As these two disorders relate to an imbalance in bacteria, Manuka honey's antibiotic properties are naturally beneficial to both. It also has been proven to reduce acid reflex and balance the digestive system!
3.) Improves acne and eczema
Manuka honey has helped others treat their eczema by reducing inflammation and moisturizing the affected area, both which promote healing.
In addition, it can help to balance the skin's PH levels. Combined with it's anti-inflammatory nature, it has also been known to reduce acne.
Our recommendation: Apply the honey to the affected area and let sit for a few minutes. Gently wash off with soap and water.
4.) Manuka honey can reduce hair loss
Honey locks in moisture and reduces breakage. Due to Manuka honey's richness in various antioxidants, it also combats hair loss by preventing damage to the scalp. You can use it by mixing in your shampoo or applying directly as a hair mask!
5.) It is an excellent natural source of:
If you're allergic to bees, you may want to skip on the Manuka honey or proceed with caution to avoid an allergic reaction.
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