You have probably heard of or seen Manuka Honey, but did you know that this natural ingredient is actually much more than just another variety of regular Honey? Manuka makes an incredible ingredient in everything from lip balm to soap, so I've put together this guide to the best natural Manuka Honey skin care and body care.
Honey has long been used as an ancient remedy for ailments and infections, but did you know that Manuka Honey is more than just another different variety? Derived from the nectar of Manuka trees, this special type of Honey is known for its powerful qualities, with its naturally potent active components working to provide outstanding antibacterial activity. This is why it is such an amazing ingredient in natural skin and body care and makes an ideal staple for your natural medicine cabinet!
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey is known as one of nature's greatest healers, with natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities that work to help eliminate bad bacteria and superbugs, thanks to its key active component MGO. When consumed, Manuka has a range of therapeutic properties, providing anti-inflammatory and prebiotic support for the immune and digestive systems. Its antibacterial benefits also make it a favourite for soothing skin conditions such as rosacea, mild forms of eczema and dry skin when applied topically.1
Natural Manuka skin care
SKIN by ecostore Nourishing Manuka Lip Balm
Enriched with soothing New Zealand Manuka Honey and Beeswax, the SKIN by ecostore Nourishing Manuka Lip Balm deeply moisturises and softens dry and cracked lips. Ideal for daily use, this creamy liquid balm also works to plump and firm lips and provide lasting protection against environmental damage, with a natural sweet Honey scent.
Sven's Island Kanuka Honey
Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, the Sven's Island Kanuka Honey can be consumed daily as a delicious supplement which may help support the immune and digestive systems, as well as used on the skin as a face mask to calm acne, rosacea or inflammation. Rich in phytonutrients, this Kanuka Honey is 100% natural and sourced from New Zealand, and is known to be even more potent than Manuka Honey. Take two teaspoons daily as a supplement or apply one teaspoon to the face and leave for up to an hour.
Sven's Island Miracle Manuka Medi-Salve All Body Ointment
The Sven's Island Miracle Manuka Medi-Salve All Body Ointment is designed to help soothe and relieve skin conditions including mild forms of eczema, dry skin and skin rashes with the naturally antibacterial qualities of Manuka Leaf Oil and soothing Chamomile and Calendula. With a base of nourishing Beeswax and Shea Butter, it may help to calm dry, itchy and inflamed skin and can also be used to help treat practically everything from insect bites to minor grazes.
Ecostore Boxed Soap - Manuka Honey & Kelp
Perfect in either the shower or the sink, the Ecostore Boxed Soap - Manuka Honey & Kelp harnesses the antibacterial powers of Manuka to help remove dirt, grime and bacteria without stripping the skin of its natural protective oils, so it won't dry the skin out like many mainstream antibacterial soaps do. Great for sensitive skin types, it also contains Seaweed and Wheat Bran to provide a deep clean while soothing and softening skin.
Manuka Biotic Nourishing Natural Hand Cream
Ideal for dry and eczema prone hands, the Manuka Biotic Nourishing Natural Hand Cream combines reparative Manuka and Kanuka Oils with cooling and soothing Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Cucumber to help rehydrate cracked and over-worked skin. Deeply nourishing, this gluten free formula may also help relieve dryness and restore moisture without feeling sticky or greasy, leaving hands feeling soft, smooth and replenished.
Source: 1 The Conversation.