Have you tried manuka honey?
I first heard about it early last winter when I had diverticulitis. Some people believe that honey that comes from bees that pollinate the local manuka bush has healing powers in treating wounds and other infections. Honey including the regular honey that most of us use has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Manuka honey contains more of an antibacterial component, methylglyoxal (MG), that’s present only in small quantities in regular honey. The MG is derived from the conversion of dihydroxyacetone, a compound that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. The higher the concentration of MG, the higher the antibiotic effect. In fact, honey producers have devised a rating scale, UMF – Unique Manuka Factor – to reflect the potency of manuka honey. Not all honey that contains manuka honey contains enough to be considered therapeutic.
Manuka Honey for Eating!
Several weeks ago, I received two jars of manuka honey from Pacific Resources International to try: one is rated 5+ and the other is 10+. They also make manuka honey that is rated 15+ and 20+. According to what I learned on WebMD, manuka honey must be rated 10+ to be considered therapeutic although it may be that 5+ manuka honey is also considered therapeutic by some sources. Regardless, I am enjoying eating both of the honeys that I received. From a health standpoint, I can’t really tell the difference.
Both have a different flavor from the mostly orange blossom honey or honey from a variety of flowers from the U.S. that I’m used to. Although it is still sweet, it has a deeper scent and flavor. Also, it is cloudy and somewhat crystalline rather than smooth and clear. Yet it is just as delicious as the American honey I’m used to.
Some have suggested that manuka honey may have beneficial health effects for those with gastrointestinal problems, and that’s what got my attention. Fortunately, my diverticulitis has resolved after I took two courses of antibiotics, and even my IBS seems better. But I am happy to eat manuka honey in case it does help my GI system stay healthy. Plus it tastes great.
Skincare Products Made with Manuka Honey
Just last week, I received another package from Pacific Resources International. This time, it contains skincare products made with manuka honey: hand cream and soap.
I am so excited about the hand creams that I couldn’t wait to tell you about them.
There are three scents:
- Simply Manuka
- Manuka Cool Citrus
- Manuka Tropical Coconut Lime.
Simply Manuka is unscented and the other two have very, very mild scents so if you’re not a scent lover, you’d be fine with any of these.
What I love most is the consistency of these hand creams! They feel rich but they immediately absorb into the skin and leave nothing behind – no greasiness whatsoever. Yet they are so hydrating even for someone with very dry skin like me. The formula with botanical oils from Bamboo and Lotus Extract are combined with the healing power of manuka honey, and it’s an amazing combo!
They come in small, flat plastic tubes that are perfect to throw in your purse or even carry in your back pocket. Plus they’re TSA-approved for travel. $3.99 each.
I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a fan of bar soaps. So I was happy to receive two different soaps:
- Propolis Soap with Manuka Honey and Tea Tree Oil
- Manuka Honey and New Zealand Sea Salt Soap.
Although I’ve heard about propolis, I wasn’t sure what it was so I looked it up. Here’s the definition: “a red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds, used by them to fill crevices and to seal and varnish honeycombs”. Like manuka honey, it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Both soaps are natural and suitable for all skin types and, I believe, they’re both handcrafted. Like the hand creams, they’re made in New Zealand. They lather beautifully but rinse clean and are not drying. I use them in the shower and on my face especially after I’ve been working in the garden. They smell slightly sweet but very clean. I love them both. Propolis Soap is $6.99 and Manuka Honey Soap with New Zealand Sea Salt is $8.09.
I’m so glad I discovered these terrific manuka honey products from Pacific Resources International. I checked out their website, and they sell other products from New Zealand such as sea salt, food products, toothpaste, wound and burn dressing, and manuka honey candy. Also, for Amazon shoppers, I discovered PRI products there as well. Do check them out!