Top Four UMF Manuka Honey Applications

manuka honey and hair

#1: Manuka Honey Hair Treatment

Many people use Manuka honey on their hair. UMF Manuka honey’s moisturizing properties can help repair dry, damaged hair and minimize the appearance of split ends.i  It can also aid scalp conditions like dryness and itchiness, or eczema. For a luxurious hair treatment, combine one tablespoon of UMF Manuka honey with one to three tablespoons of coconut oil and apply evenly to hair, rinsing it out after about 15 minutes.ii This combination can also be used to improve oral health.iii

manuka facial mask

#2: Manuka Honey Facial Mask

UMF Manuka honey also makes a great face mask. Simply combine a mashed avocado with one tablespoon of UMF manuka honey and apply to the face and neck for clearer, softer skin.i UMF Manuka honey’s antimicrobial properties make it an excellent treatment for dry, acne prone skin as part of a mask, or alone as a spot treatment. UMF Manuka honey is also an effective treatment for redness, swelling, and inflammation on the face.ii It can also give you healthier looking skin and a more even skin tone.

manuka honey wound care

#4: Manuka Honey Wound Care

Therapeutic grade Manuka honey is also excellent for treating scrapes, cuts and burns. It fights infection at the source, reduces inflammation and its associated tenderness, and is itself resistant to bacterial growth.i This ensures that any wound treated with UMF Manuka honey will stay clean and infection free, allowing it to heal better and faster than some other treatments.

All honey is naturally acidic, with a pH of between 3.2 and 4.5. This means that honey can promote healing when used topically. The acidity of UMF Manuka honey promotes healing in two ways. First, it prevents the breakdown of the peptides and proteins the body needs to heal itself. Second, it draws fluid out of the wound, killing off any foreign invaders.ii If you have diabetes, you may not want to treat your wounds with Manuka honey, as some research indicates that it may delay healing for patients with this disease.iii

manuka honey lotion

#3: Manuka Honey Lotion

If you’re prone to dry, itchy skin like so many others in the world or suffer from eczema, you may want to  consider UMF Manuka honey lotion. Not only does Manuka honey have wonderful moisturizing capabilities, its antimicrobial properties can help to keep your skin clean and balancedi while also helping to reduce inflammation and boosting your skin’s immune response.ii

What is Manuka Honey?

manuka honeyHoney is a well know folk remedy for many maladies like sore throats, allergies, and digestive issues. We all know bees make honey from the nectar of different flowers, but there is a special kind of honey with special medicinal properties that is made from the manuka flower, which is native to New Zealand.i Manuka honey has unique properties that make differentiate it from regular honey, defined by its UMF, or unique manuka factor.

All raw honey is full of nutrients like calcium, iron, potassium, B6, B5, riboflavin, niacin, amino acids, and zinc. Manuka honey’s nutrient content can be up to four times that of regular honey and significantly higher amounts of enzymes as well. Those enzymes in turn generate natural hydrogen peroxide that has antimicrobial properties that preserve the honey. some strains of Manuka honey also contain methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone, which also have strong antibacterial and antifungal properties.ii

All honey has antimicrobial properties, but Manuka honey contains considerably higher amounts of enzymes that supercharge its antimicrobial properties.iii UMF measures the strength of Manuka honey’s antimicrobial and other medicinal properties. However, this doesn’t mean that all Manuka honey is created equal. UMF Manuka honey is medicinal grade, and anything without a UMF rating below 10 is pretty much plain old honey.iv

Because of its antimicrobial properties, UMF Manuka honey is a preferred remedy for several ailments for many people including, digestive problems, respiratory issues, skin problems, immune health, colds and flus, and minor cuts and burnsv, as well as allergies, oral care, or sleep issues, and even some more serious conditions. vi

UMF Manuka honey is also a popular ingredient in skin and hair care products, like hair treatments, lotions, and face masks. It fights the effects of free radicals on the face, and can improve skin tone and evenness, whether taken orally or applied directly to face.vii UMF Manuka honey has even been shown to treat some types of skin ulcers and mild to severe acne, as it fights against infection, reduces inflammation, and encourages healing.viii

Other Traditional Uses for UMF Manuka Honey

There is some anecdotal evidence of UMF Manuka honey’s effectiveness in traditional uses of some ailments, studies have only focused on its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, results from those studies seem to indicate that an additional benefit of UMF Manuka honey is that it does not cause an antibiotic resistance like some prescription medications.i The methylglyoxal in UMF Manuka honey may also give it antiviral properties which are boosted by its hydrogen peroxide and beneficial bee enzymes.ii Manuka honey has also been traditionally used for digestion, help to improve gut health, and help with the prevention of cavities and gingivitis. Although none of this has been proven thoroughly, by the US government.  iii

If you’re looking for genuine therapeutic grade UMF Manuka honey, be sure to keep an eye out for the following things:

  • A UMF trademark on the container
  • A licensed UMF company located and labeled in New Zealand
  • A UMF rating of 5 to 15, otherwise it isn’t therapeutic grade
  • A UMF rating of 10+ for medicinal grade honey
  • The name and license number of the UMF company on the label

And of course, if you’re allergic to honey, you’ll probably have to miss out on all the benefits UMF Manuka honey can offer.iv

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