Updated: Feb 17, 2018
Benefits of Manuka Honey
We love eating our delicious Raw Honey, just as it is, but there are many other amazing and beneficial uses for this wonder food. Our honey is raw, which means that it is brimming with all the natural benefits that we associate with honey.
A report in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine further backs the benefits of raw honey with their opinion: “The therapeutic potential benefits of pure, raw honey is grossly underutilized. It is widely available in most communities and although we don’t totally understand why it can heal various health conditions we know that from studies it has many benefits. The time has now come for conventional medicine to lift the blinds off this ‘traditional remedy’ and give it its due recognition.” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume 82 July 1989.
Honey's often thought of as a healthier sweetener, but you might be surprised to learn that this ingredient has tons of skin and hair benefits, too. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from flowers, honey could help moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds. Raw honey contains more active phytonutrient antioxidants and enzymes for enhanced benefits. We have pleasure sharing with you a few ways to use our honey (sometimes with the help of some other natural ingredients).
RAW HONEY AND SALT SLEEP AID
HONEY POTION TO RELIEVE INSOMNIA:
If your sleep is disturbed and you wake up frequently during the night, this could mean that your stress hormone levels are out of kilter. They should follow the natural peaks and troughs but when they go out of control your body suffers.
Take a small teaspoon of raw honey and sprinkle as much Himalayan Rock salt onto the honey that sticks. (Approx. 5 Honey to 1 Himalayan Rock salt ratio). Try this just before bedtime for a deeper sleep.
RAW HONEY HEALING WOUNDS AND BURNS
Honey can be used to cure wounds and burns by applying externally. It works in the same way as silver sulfadiazine.
The antibacterial property of honey and the drying property of simple sugar working together, creates such effect. You will also get some instant pain relief when applied to the burn.
HONEY COUGH / COUGH SYRUP
Everyone knows the tried and tested mothers recipe for coughs, but just in case you have forgotten, here is the remedy.
Dissolve 2 tbsp. Raw honey in 1/4 cup of lukewarm water and the juice of half a lemon.
Add a dash of brandy or whisky, if you feel so inclined. Sip this as required to soothe away your cough.
HONEY ACNE MASK TREATMENT
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that thwart bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation.
Try it: Apply a dab of raw honey to affected areas, and sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.
HONEY LIP BALM
You can use honey as a lip balm. Mix raw honey with a few drops of olive oil, vitamin E oil and glycerine and you will have a wonderfully moisturising lip balm or gloss. If you prefer the stick version of the balm, then use beeswax.
If you have had too much alcohol and are suffering from a hangover, take a spoonful of raw honey and the fructose will speed up the body's metabolism of the alcohol. You will soon be in the road to recovery.
The enzyme glucose oxidase in honey slowly releases hydrogen peroxide, an ingredient known to lighten hair color.
Try it: Mix three tablespoons honey with two tablespoon water. Apply to clean, damp hair, and let sit for an hour. Rinse well.
The enzymes and nutrients in raw honey give dull hair shine without weighing it down. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft to condition and smooth the cuticle and give your strands the luster you crave.
Try it: Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons coconut oil. Apply thoroughly to the bottom two-thirds of damp hair, starting at the ends and working up. Let sit for 20 minutes, and rinse well.