But what makes Manuka that much better than your average honey? It’s all in the nutrient composition. Raw honey has a multitude of beneficial nutrients: Amino acids, B-Vitamins, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc to be exact. But in Manuka honey, the density of these nutrients is over four times greater than your average honey, so your body is getting a powerful dose of enzymes that fight inflammation and bacteria and boost your immune system. Manuka Honey even has a rating scale, called UMF, which measures the medicinal, anti-bacterial capabilities of the honey. If you purchase Manuka, keep an eye on that UMF rating- it scales from 0-16, 5 indicating low levels of the unique healing properties, whereas 16+ is a highly potent batch with very high healing capabilities.
For the skin, a good UMF rating means your skin will receive incredible benefits - the anti-inflammatory quality of Manuka honey is proven to improve skin texture and tone.
When consumed orally, your body will absorb these nutrients, and you’ll receive the many benefits of this healing honey, all of which have been proven through clinical trials. These benefits include:
Relief from inflammatory digestive issues like IBS
Relief from Acne and Eczema
Healing of Staph Infection
Healing of Burns, Wounds, and Ulcers
Treatment of Tooth Decay and Gingivitis
Boosting Immunity & Healing Sore Throat
Beauty Treatment and Cell Repair for Skin and Hair
Improvement in Sleep
To experience the benefits of manuka honey on the inside of your body, consume 1-2 teaspons each day. You can put it in your tea, spread it on your toast, or add it to your oatmeal or granola to start the day off on the right foot.
Remember, beauty begins on the inside. What we put in our bodies has tremendous impact on our outward appearance, our self-confidence, energy levels, and overall vitality. So start by incorporating Manuka Honey into your diet.
Stumped for ideas on how to add Manuka to your cooking routine? Try this recipe from Teresa Cutter on her blog The Healthy Chef!