What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a monofloral honey produced from the nectar of the manuka tree native to Australia and New Zealand. Manuka honey has a vicious texture; the highest among all honeys.
Manuka honey is dark cream/dark brown in colour and has a strong flavour, which some people find a bit much. As a natural treatment, Manuka honey is one of the food items you should include in your everyday life.
Benefits of Manuka Honey For Skin
- Regular honey contains amino acids, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Manuka honey, on the other hand, contains up to 4 times that amount of nutrients.
- Manuka honey has antibacterial properties which is beneficial for treating acne prone skin by calming inflammation and irritation.
- Manuka honey contains a substance known as MGO which helps heal wounds on the skin.
- It helps even out scarring and discolouration from previous acne.
- It’s packed with antioxidants that help fight cell damage from free radicals.
Manuka Honey UMF
Manuka honey UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is the global standard for identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka. The UMF is a guarantee that the honey is of a medicinal quality and suitable for health purposes.
Manuka honey with UMF 10 – 16 is considered extremely beneficial while UMF 16+ is considered superior quality. There are Manuka honey varieties with ratings below 10. They are also beneficial but not quite as much.
How to Identify UMF Manuka Honey
As with all trends, the popularity of Manuka honey has led to a number of counterfeit products around the world being labelled as genuine Manuka honey. When in doubt, here’s what to look for:-
- The UMF trademark should be clearly visible on the product label.
- The label should be from New Zealand and from a licensed company.
- The UMF rating should be between 10 – 16+.
- Genuine Manuka honey isn’t cheap. The world market price for a kilogram of Manuka honey is as high as $1,000.
If the Manuka honey you purchase is missing any of these things, it likely isn’t the genuine article. You can find out more at Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association.
Manuka Honey Mask for Skin
This is one of the best ways to utilise Manuka honey for your skin. You will need 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder and rosewater or lavender water.
- Mix all the ingredients together then apply to cleansed and damp skin.
- Leave for for 45 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
- Follow up with your nighttime moisturiser.
Use this mix 2 – 3 times a week. If you find the mix too strong, skip the cinnamon. Alternatively or in combination with above, you can eat 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey every morning or mix it in with tea or a smoothie.