Using Manuka Honey For Better Wellbeing This Winter
You may have heard quite a lot about Manuka honey being ‘a superfood’ – able to be used in a multitude of different recipes, it provides a unique taste twist to any age-old dish that you may be thinking about creating. However, what makes Manuka stand out amongst other types of honey, is its use for many other applications – from a winter support to skincare products, helping along the natural healing process of damaged skin.
Here we’re going to look into a few of these Manuka goodness and explain, how they may help to contribute to general wellbeing this winter.
The Natural Goodness of Manuka Honey
Using the soothing honey during winter has been passed down through generations. Whilst all honey has hydrogen peroxide, it is not stable and can be effected by a number of different factors – including being exposed to light and the time it sits on the shelf. Manuka honey, on the other hand, does not rely on Hydrogen Peroxide, its goodness is provided by Methylglyoxal (MGO).
Leptospermum scoparium, the plant which honeybees collect the nectar from to create this special honey, is only grown in specific parts of New Zealand. The untouched splendour in which they are able to grow (along with the climate and soil composition) help it to reach its full potential.
As a world-renowned creator of Manuka products here at Comvita, we are constantly researching and promoting genuine Manuka. We collect the nectar from a number of different hive locations across New Zealand, predominantly from the bush of the Kaimanawa mountain range on the North Island. Our honey is subjected to tests by the UMFHA – whose UMF ratings system is the only Manuka test that looks for all three authenticity chemical markers that are comprised in genuine, high-quality Manuka honey.
Everyday Winter Wellness Uses
If you would like to add Manuka honey to your everyday routine, here are a few ways in which you can do so:
A support during winter. These colder months provide a difficult experience for those of us who need that something extra to support our immunity. A specially-formulated Manuka honey elixir, with added zinc which contributes to the normal function of immune system. It also contains Vitamin D, which may provide extra support if you don’t get a lot of sunlight during winter.
Help with skincare. The cold weather can play havoc with our skin – drying out moisture it needs to keep it soft, clear and healthy. The issue with some moisturisers is that they might contain a number of chemicals that not everybody’s skin is suited to – so finding the right one can be very trial and error (as well as expensive). Being produced naturally, with no added artificial chemicals, Manuka honey lotion may help to moisturise skin, leaving soother, and softer skin.
A great example of the effectiveness of Medical Grade Manuka Honey wound care products, is its use in hospitals and clinics around the world as a contributor to promote the healing process of broken skin, including grazes, small cuts, burns, ulcers. Our antibacterial wound gel, for example, creates a moist, low pH environment that works in conjunction with dressings to promote healing, cleaning it of bacteria and tissue, and creating a barrier against infection.
As a natural sweetener or ingredient. Honey is obviously well-known for its use as an ingredient to provide a sweet twist to any dish it’s added to; from breakfast toast to pancakes, porridge and fresh fruits, or even as a glaze for a meat dish. Honey can also be used as a sweetener or sugar substitute – its lower Glycemic Index level won’t raise blood sugar level as quickly as the average white sugar. Now imagine those taste benefits amplified by one of the most unique types of honey around?
Those are just a couple of Manuka honey uses this winter. If you would like to learn more about this gift from nature or about anything you may see on our website, please continue to browse our blog. We have lots of information about different aspects of Manuka rearing, production and testing.