Gone are the days when Manuka Honey was sought after mainly by hippies at health food stores. While the benefits of medicinal honey date back to over 4000 years, today Manuka Honey has a variety of uses ranging from dressing wounds, as a natural sweetener added to food or drinks, or as a skin saviour in beauty products.
A national treasure
Created by nature, Manuka Honey is formed by bees collecting nectar from Manuka bush flowers (also known as Leptospermum scoparium), a New Zealand native. Manuka Honey isn’t only world renowned for its distinctive flavour, it’s a power-house of antibacterial and healing properties. Scientists have proven that honey produced from New Zealand native Manuka bush has one of the world’s richest sources of antimicrobial activity found in nature, not found in other types of honey.
Like a one-stop-shop for health treatments, Manuka Honey can support the body against a myriad of health conditions like Acne and Eczema, staph infections, burns, wounds, tooth decay and gingivitis, acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), sore throats, and allergies. Manuka Honey is also a beauty treatment, health tonic, immune booster and even helps to promote sleep!
Extensive scientific research has proven Manuka Honey to be naturally abundant in antimicrobial and biologically active qualities. Being edible, you can be rest assured Manuka Honey is safe to apply to your skin. Its powerful healing properties enhance skin’s ability to repair, accelerating skin healing to support healthier skin. Manuka Honey also functions as a humectant, which means that it helps retain moisture in the skin. It’s these special qualities of Manuka Honey which are abundant in high grade Manuka Honey, making it an ideal for skincare products to optimise skin’s renewal ability. This is why it has many remarkable skin benefits including moisturising, healing, rejuvenating and protecting the skin.
There is also well documented research on the bioactive components of honey to support its reputation as a powerful healer, particularly for acne. Manuka Honey can also soothe irritated skin and can help diminish acne scars through enhanced cell repair. These properties mean Manuka Honey is particularly sought after by those suffering from acne.
Due to international demand for honey there are now many forms widely available. However, buyer beware – not all honey is created equal.
To establish quality and ensure product authenticity of Manuka Honey, look for the number on the label which represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of the Manuka Honey. This will ensure the honey’s purity and quality.
The Active Manuka Honey Industry Group (AMHIG) was formed in NZ to establish different rating systems to determine the strength or level of activity of Manuka Honey.
There are two different ways of rating the bioactivity of Manuka Honey. UMF and MGO are both credible measures of the biological activity of Manuka Honey and measure the methylglyoxal (MGO or MG) content.
Generally speaking, products containing high strength New Zealand Manuka Honey contain higher MGO content which gives Manuka Honey its powerful healing qualities.
As a guide to the equivalence of UMF and MGO, look for honey with a minimum of UMF 5+ which is equal to approximately 80 MGO for general health benefits. Honey with a UMF 10+, equal to approximately 260 MGO will enhance natural healing and optimise bacterial balance. For superior highly therapeutic honey, look for honey with a minimum of UMF 15+ which equates to approximately 500 MGO. As a general rule of thumb the higher the MGO or UMF content the more powerful the properties of Manuka Honey.
While all Manuka Honey contains some degree of activity, it pays to be selective when considering which Manuka Honey meets your needs best for optimal health and beauty benefits.
The new BioHoney skincare range was carefully designed with high grade Manuka Honey to nourish and rejuvenate your skin.
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