Manuka honey is a unique and specific honey, native to New Zealand. It comes from the bees that collect pollen from the manuka flower and has been scientifically proven to have antibacterial properties. On top of that, manuka honey has antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Traditionally it has been used to treat wounds. We use it in most of our skincare products, because of it’s natural ability to help draw moisture into the skin. Not to mention it’s packed full of handy vitamins and amino acids which are fantastic for the skin.
Here are 7 science-based health benefits of manuka honey.
1. Aids Wound Healing
Applied topically, manuka honey effectively treats burns, ulcers and non-healing wounds. It has also been shown to combat antibiotic-resistant strains of infections, such as MRSA.
2. Promotes Oral Health
Research shows manuka honey inhibits the growth of harmful oral bacteria that can cause gingivitis and tooth decay. Unlike refined sugar, it has not been shown to cause tooth decay.
3. Soothes a Sore Throat
Manuka honey can help treat sore throats. Research shows it attacks bacteria that causes soreness. Especially in patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.
4. Helps Prevent Gastric Ulcers
The research is mixed, but manuka honey’s potent antibacterial effects may help treat gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori. It may also prevent alcohol-induced gastric ulcers.
5. Improves Digestive Symptoms
Manuka honey may decrease inflammation in individuals with IBS. It may also be effective at attacking unhelpful gut bacteria.
6. May Treat Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
Manuka honey has been shown to attack harmful bacteria that cause upper respiratory infections in individuals with cystic fibrosis. Further studies are needed though.
7. Treats Acne
Manuka honey’s ability to treat acne appear favourable given its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
And here are some of our favourite products that use manuka honey as it’s key ingredient;