Manuka Honey is made by European Bees 🐝 who gather pollen from the nectar of Manuka trees.(aka Tea Tree) These trees grow wild in New Zealand and Southeastern Australia. You’ll find that Manuka Honey is thicker, creamier, and has a more earthy and a bit pungent or mediciney flavor than traditional honey. If you’ve never had it, the initial surprise of this flavor may be a turn off – but give it a chance, it’s worth it!
Tea trees (remember, actually the same thing as Manuka) are often used for their medicinal qualities – a magnificent and potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory; you’ll find its essential oils used in various natural remedies, skin care, and hair care. The Tea tree’s essential oils should NEVER be swallowed.
Manuka honey has been shown, in scientific studies, to carry many of the same properties of the Tea (Manuka) tree. These studies prove it to be antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and a tasty sort of natural medicine!
Because Manuka honey is so special and sold for a premium price – of course there are imposters that simply do not have the same healing benefits. You’ll want to stick with brands you can trust like Manuka Health from New Zealand. The best Manuka honey clearly labels the MGO (Methylglyoxal – that healing component we love so much), and you’ll reach for the highest number, since that will have the greatest potency. Remember also that these trees grow in New Zealand or Australia, so you’ll want for location of origination as well.
This, as with all honeys, will be most powerful when raw, as the active enzymes will also have a benefit, but I do often use this honey in my herbal teas.
How to use:
To support wound healing
According to an article published on Healthline: In 2007, Manuka honey was approved by the FDA as an option to help with wound healing and if applied topically, Manuka effectively treats wounds, burns, and ulcers and may prevent MRSA.
- Use directly on a wound or in a wound dressing. Change the wound dressing often.
Promotes oral health
- Has been shown to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria associated with plaque formation and gum disease.
- Manuka honey does not harm your teeth or gums as it doesn’t behave in the body like processed sugar.
- Make your own mouthwash using Manuka honey 🍯: Mix 1 teaspoon Manuka honey with 1 teaspoon warm water. Blend and swish for 30 seconds, then spit.
- Make your own Manuka honey oil for oil pulling: Blend 1 teaspoon Manuka honey with 1 teaspoon coconut oil. First thing in the morning before eating or drinking, put oil mixture in your mouth and swish (for as long as you can!) for up to a minute, then spit.
- Even dentist recommended! https://applespringsfamilydentistry.com/blog/dental-health-benefits-manuka-honey/
Supports beautiful skin
- Use as a face mask: Massage 1 tablespoon honey onto your freshly washed damp face and neck. Leave on for ten minutes then wash off with warm water.
- Use on your chapped lips like a balm. (Try blending with coconut oil for even greater effects)
Other noted benefits of using Manuka Honey include:
- Helps with SIBO
- Helps with IBS
- Eases sore throat
- Improves immunity
- Eases seasonal allergies
- Improves sleep
I’ve kept Manuka Honey in my household as a base for natural remedies for years and believe in it’s benefits whole heartedly. With this honey, you definitely get what you pay for.
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**This article was inspired by Manuka Health who provided a free jar of their honey for me to try and do research on.**Thank you to Manuka Health for letting me try your honey!**