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- Everything you need to know about Manuka Honey -

Last week, I told you why honey is great for your skin. To get the best possible results, one honey beats them all - Manuka Honey.

Definition

Manuka Honey comes from bees which pollinate the Manuka Bush. The Manuka Bush is unique to New Zealand meaning that only Manuka Honey made in New Zealand is authentic.

 

What makes Manuka Honey so special

Like I explained last week every honey has an antibacterial component which is called hydrogen peroxide. Manuka Honey, however, also contains methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone, two additional chemical substances with high antimicrobial action. In contrast to hydrogen peroxide, these two antibacterial components are more stable and don't get neutralised by heat, moisture or enzymatic action. Therefore the antibacterial action in Manuka Honey is many times higher as in other sorts of honey.

Furthermore, Manuka Honey has a bacterial resistance, and bacteria can't develop a tolerance to this effect.

UMF Rating

The antibacterial potency of Manuka Honey is measured by the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF ) which begins at five. The higher it gets, the better it works on the skin. Unfortunately, a higher UMF raises the price per glass. 

 

To get the skin benefits mentioned in last weeks post the fastest way possible, I use raw Manuka Honey with a very high UMF.

 

Will you give it a try?

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