Smart ways to get the most from this wonder product
Manuka honey’s proven antibacterial properties can make it a natural skin soother and active ingredient in face masks. And when eaten, Manuka honey may be beneficial to your mouth, throat and stomach, and contains vital amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Unlike other nectars, those produced by the Manuka bush’s flowers – native to New Zealand – mean bees can create a honey containing high levels of methylglyoxal (MGO), which has antibacterial properties. The higher the MGO rating (all certified by independent labs, down-under), the higher the antibac punch.
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So what are the best ways to make the most of this buzzy fuel?
1. Straight off the spoon
The higher the MGO of your honey, the more potent it may be. It’s recommended to sip your honey from a teaspoon, and repeat five times a day. Hold a spoonful on your tongue and let it melt away if you feel like your mouth needs a little TLC, and avoid other food and drink for at least 15 minutes.
2. Stirred into a smoothie
Due to the honey’s sweetness, you might want to reduce the amount of berries in your smoothie. But otherwise, pick your favourite recipe, blend and you’re good to go!
Avoid storing any leftovers in the fridge or the honey could begin to crystallise. If this happens, just remove the lid and gently warm the jar and stir until the crystals melt (sticking the jar in a pan of warm water does the job). Do remember that like all honeys, Manuka is not recommended for children aged under 12 months.
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3. Smeared onto skin
For any issues with your skin – or just to moisturise – apply directly to skin in a smooth, even layer. It’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties make it a soothing feast for your face. Manuka honey can also be applied direct to sore spots on skin. Just try not to lick it off.
4. As part of a DIY facemask
The facemask trend is still abuzz in the beauty world; not only are masks beneficial to your skin, but you get the perfect excuse to sit back and relax.
Manuka honey is a favourite ingredient among the DIY crowd thanks to its cleansing and soothing properties, so you get more from your own, bespoke mix and a recipe that’s right for your skin’s needs (and there’s no packaging).
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5. In your next meal
If you’re still looking for inspiration on how to use Manuka honey, when baking, switch sugar for a half measure of honey and reduce the oven temperature by 15C to prevent it browning too much. Do be aware though that cooking honey at high temperature may damage natural enzymes in the honey.
With liquid recipes, swap the amount of sugar for the same of honey. Or enjoy the benefits of Manuka honey by just adding it to salad dressings to taste!
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