What Is Manuka Honey, And Why Is It Good For You?

It's the *best* all-natural beauty + health & wellness wonder.

Cleopatra may very well be the queen of self-care. After all, the queen loved bathing in milk and having her servants massage some royal jelly or beeswax on her skin. If this OG fan of kohl eyeliner indulged in these honey-enriched products , then she must be onto something. (Women from ancient Egypt swear by honey and milk masks!)

Honey or pulot is not difficult to come by in the Philippines. In fact, many of our provinces produce and sell honey for table consumption. Those in search of more exotic honey options need not look far. Our neighbors way down in New Zealand are best known for their Manuka honey.

What is Manuka honey?

Manuka honey is a kind of honey that is native to New Zealand. It is a pollination by-product from the Manuka bush or to be more specific, the flower called Leptospermum scoparium

What can Manuka honey do for you?

Traditional honey has been around since ancient times. It was popularly consumed as food and as medicine. Granted that many of these benefits are present in all kinds of honey, what separates Manuka apart is its antibacterial properties that are aren’t present in your average honey. Below is a list of its top benefits:

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  • It’s great for improving digestion.
  • It’s been known to prevent gastric ulcers.
  • Its antibacterial properties can help heal cuts and scrapes and clears infections.
  • Intake of Manuka honey helps promote oral health.
  • It can soothe sore throats.
  • It helps boost the immune system.
  • It can help ease stomach aches.
  • Its antimicrobial qualities can treat acne.

How do use Manuka honey?

Aside from its health benefits, many turn to honey for various beauty and self-care needs. Cleopatra may not have Manuka as an option but she has been known to favor the use of honey as a part of her beauty regimen.

Facial cleanser: Mixing a pea-sized portion of Manuka with several drops of water creates a dilution that can work well as a cleanser. Gently massage the mixture in a circular motion all over your face, rinse, and then pat dry.

Spot treatment: Apply a small amount of Manuka honey directly on the affected area. Leave and use as often as needed.

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Haircare: Following a 1:1 ratio of Manuka honey and coconut oil, create a heated mixture by combining the ingredients vigorously. Cool before applying the solution to the tips of your hair before massaging throughout the hair and scalp. Bundle your hair up in a clip or use a shower cap. Leave on for 30 minutes before washing and rinsing off.

Nails: Use a teaspoon each of honey + apple cider vinegar + coconut oil to treat cuticles that are cracked, dry, and in dire need of hydration. Rub the concoction onto your cuticles and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

If you’re ready to include Manuka honey to your self-care regimen, check out these picks:  

  1. Foreo Manuka Honey Revitalizing Mask

    Packed with nutrients this Manuka-rich mask, soothes, softens, and moisturizes the skin while promoting elasticity. The rich honey, vanilla and floral notes further make each application feel like a spa day.


    Foreo
    Manuka Honey Revitalizing Mask, P1,240, Sephora

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  2. St. Ives Apricot & Manuka Facial Cleansing Stick

    Get a natural glow all while removing buildup from dirt, grime, and makeup with this refreshing cleansing balm.


    St. Ives
    Apricot & Manuka Facial Cleansing Stick, P520.00, BeautyMNL

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  3. Trulife Collagen Manuka Max

    Improve skin structure from the inside with this Manuka-infused collagen supplement. Boost your immunity while reducing fine lines, redness, and wrinkles.


    Trulife
    Collagen Manuka Max, P150, Watsons

  4. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo

    Certified organic, this shampoo is rich in antioxidants and acts as a humectant. It also works in fortifying the hair, thanks to its Vitamins A, C, D, E and F components. Don’t forget to pair the shampoo with the Shea Moisture Manuka Conditioner for that back to back protection.



    Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo, P950, Lazada

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  5. Manuka Health Manuka Honey MGO 250

    Nothing beats a jar of pure Manuka honey. Use this relieve colds, sore throat, as an antibiotic for skin concerns, cuts, wounds, eczema, acne. etc.


    Manuka Health
    Manuka Honey MGO 250, P2,000, BeautyMNL

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Sources:

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Marie Claire UK

National Center for Biotechnology Information

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