3 Reasons Manuka Honey Will Be Your Best Friend This Winter
Meet your new oozy beauty saviour
Think this humble ingredient is just for spreading on your toast? Think again – manuka honey is a special kind of honey from New Zealand that’s supercharged with antibacterial benefits – due to it having a significant amounts of ingredients like methylglyoxal and hydrogen peroxide, known for their bacteria-fighting prowess. (Tip: check for the ‘UMF factor’ on the jar – a global standard in measuring manuka honey’s antibacterial benefits. It should be at least 10 or above.) So it’s safe to say, the beauty and health benefits of this sweet spread are second to none. Here are three reasons to add it to your cupboard this winter…
Use it as a mask for combatting spots
Due to its bacteria fighting and anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey is great for problem skin and can help ease the symptoms of acne. Simply cleanse your skin, add a thin layer of manuka honey (one teaspoon should be enough for your whole face) and leave on for 20 minutes. Afterwards, you can simply wash off with warm water.
Boost your beauty sleep
Finding it hard to get some shut-eye? Try mixing hot milk with a spoonful of manuka honey before bed – this helps release melatonin that encourages the brain to go into ‘deep sleep’ mode. And with better quality sleep comes better skin, increased energy levels and boosted immunity, so you’re less likely to catch colds. Plus you’ll be far less grouchy too!
Soothe a sore throat
Due to its stellar healing properties, studies have shown that a spoonful of Manuka honey is said to inhibit the growth of ‘Strep’ bacteria (the type that causes sore throats). It can also stimulate the immune system, so add some to your Lemsip the next time you’re feeling under the weather.
For more info, visit manukahealth.co.nz
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