13 May Manuka honey properties, benefits and uses
You have probably heard of manuka honey from New Zealand. If you have not heard of it yet, do not worry. In the future, you will discover this famous type of honey.
Why is special this type of honey? In this article, you will discover what manuka honey is, what properties it has and what its benefits are.
What are you waiting for to discover it? Set aside 3 minutes to discover everything that manuka honey can offer you!
What is Manuka honey?
Manuka honey comes from bees that pollinate the manuka tree (Leptospermum – scoparium) of New Zealand. Actually, the manuka tree is a wild bush with white and pink flowers that belongs to the Myrtaceae family.
As the cold of winter decreases, beekeepers relocate the hives near areas where the manuka bush will flower. With the heat of summer, the bees absorb the pollen from the flowers of the manuka and deposit it in their hives. The nectar, mixed with natural sugars and substances produced by the bees, is stored in the combs.
During autumn and as the flow of honey ends, beekeepers collect the honey and check the health of the hives. Beekeepers collect manuka honey from the combs using a natural decanting treatment. Manuka honey is obtained without adding any artificial ingredient, is 100% natural and free of pesticides. The extraction process is audited to ensure it meets the standards established in the Risk Management Program registered by the Ministry of Primary Industries (NZ). During the winter the hives are taken to warm areas with flowers and pollen so that the bees can feed themselves.
But, what makes manuka honey special? It has properties that other types of honey do not have. The Maori people, long before the arrival of the Europeans to their lands, already knew the properties of the manuka and used it to prepare curative lotions. Numerous doctors and scientists have analyzed the properties of manuka honey. And they have discovered that it possesses specific properties that can not be compared to those of other types of honey.
One property of manuka honey is that it regenerates and moisturizes the skin. Moreover, it is very effective in the treatment of burns or acne, since it has a great power to repair, and regenerates the skin adding collagen. Manuka honey also improves the digestive process and has a high antiseptic power to fight infections and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
This article explains all manuka honey properties, benefits, and possible uses.
Manuka honey properties
The different types of honey have differences determined by the pollen and the nectar used in their production. Manuka honey comes from the New Zealand and is rich in vitamins (B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid), proteins and minerals. It also has amino acids and enzymes. Manuka honey provides calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Manuka honey contains hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal (MGO), which makes it a potent antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Manuka honey benefits
All the properties mentioned previously have a direct effect on the organism. For example, manuka honey has large concentrations of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that help to prevent deficiencies in the organism. But it also has antioxidant, antibacterial, immunostimulant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Below we will detail the main benefits of the use of manuka honey.
Regenerator and moisturizer
Manuka honey is a product that contains a large number of antioxidants that help to regenerate and nourish the skin, filling it with vitality. Manuka honey makes the skin look younger and smoother, and has a perfect composition for all skin types. Antioxidants also help protect the skin and keep it hydrated and smooth.
For example, its doses of collagen make manuka honey very suitable in people with dry and scaly skin, since collagen penetrates deeper layers to regenerate the dermis. Collagen also provides elasticity and vitality to the skin. Manuka honey has a high content of flavonoids, an element that helps rejuvenate the skin and fight against aging. But it also helps remove impurities from the pores of the skin.
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing
Cuts and wounds
Maori have used manuka honey to heal cuts and wounds as it is a natural antibacterial due to its hydrogen peroxide content. Hydrogen peroxide is a product used in hospitals and health centers to treat bacterial and viral diseases. The manuka acts on the wound controlling the possible infections and the bacteria that cause them. For example, a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy shows that manuka honey helps keep wounds free of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, an antibiotic-resistant bacterium. It also accelerates the healing and regeneration of the skin and stores water on the surface of the skin.
Another study published by the Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products shows that manuka honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties when applied to bandages on burns.
PH regulator of the skin
Manuka honey helps to balance the natural pH of the skin and can be of great help for people with sensitive skin or with a problem that causes variations in the pH of the skin. Due to its antibacterial properties, manuka honey is able to eliminate the bacteria that cause the pH imbalance.
Manuka honey can also help relieve skin irritations, such as eczema, dermatitis or other irritations or skin lesions. The honey acts on the skin as an anti-inflammatory reducing the redness and itching of the skin. In addition, manuka honey acts on the dermis without having negative side effects caused by the chemicals added to the products.
Manuka honey is effective for treating throat irritations, swallowing discomfort or a dry cough. And it may even be beneficial to treat gingivitis as demonstrated by a study published by BMC Oral Health.
Improvement of the digestive transit
Manuka honey can also lighten intestinal transit, as it is ideal to soothe stomach ulcers, reflux or indigestion. But it is also convenient in cases of irritable bowel. Manuka honey contains sugar that reacts positively with the enzymes of the intestines, being effective to treat all types of digestive problems.
Source of vitamins
Manuka honey has a large number of vitamins (B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid) and minerals. Manuka honey has more vitamins than any other type of honey. Moreover, these minerals and vitamins provide energy and vitality to meet the challenges of everyday life.
Manuka honey uses
Manuka honey has been used for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples of New Zealand, using all its benefits to create natural treatments.
Manuka honey can be used externally or internally and has regenerative and moisturizing properties. But it also acts as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing agent. This multitude of properties has made the uses of manuka honey unlimited in the field of medicine and cosmetics, but manuka honey is also suitable and beneficial for human consumption.
An element to keep in mind when using manuka honey is its antibacterial power. Manuka honey has a numerical pattern that indicates the antibacterial power, called UMF (unique manuka factor). This scale measures the ability of honey to fight against bacteria. And it is regulated and its authenticity validated by the Honey Research Unit belonging to the University of Waikato (New Zealand).
Manuka honey has the following UMF factors:
- UMF-0: this honey does not have medicinal value to fight against bacteria.
- UMF-5: factor five honey has therapeutic properties but is not for medical use.
- UMF-10: this factor helps to improve the conditions of the skin and strengthens the immune system of people as it helps the defenses. It is recommended for all kinds of external applications, such as wounds, burns, herpes, etc.
- UMF-15: honey that has a factor of 15 is the most suitable for medical use due to its antibacterial action. It is highly recommended for colds, coughs and throat infections.
- UMF-20: this type of manuka honey is indicated for certain medical treatments. It has a high antibacterial power that fights all kind of germs. It is ideal for internal use and problems of the digestive system.
For all the reasons listed above, manuka honey is considered the best honey in New Zealand and one of the bests in the world. Because of the benefits that manuka honey can bring to the skin, KLAU Beauty has three products that contain manuka honey:
The manuka honey used for the manufacture of KLAU products has the Molan Gold Standard™ that guarantees 100% pure manuka honey. With this registry, the New Zealand government assures and certifies the purity and quality of the honey as well as the antiseptic effects of the declared methylglyoxal (UMF). Hence, consumers can have full confidence in the products.
Discover all that the manuka honey from the New Zealand can offer to your skin with the products of the KLAU Beauty New Zealand edition. And remember, wake up your natural beauty!