What is so special about Manuka Honey?
While all honey is a natural antibiotic, what sets the Manuka honey apart is the fact that it has “non-peroxide activity” (a highly stable and very powerful antibacterial activity which is not found in other honey). This makes Manuka honey a lot more potent than the average honey.
Manuka honey is said to have benefits in boosting your energy, detoxing your system, lowering cholesterol, improving your sleep, increasing skin tone, reducing hair loss and even preventing split ends.
Studies done on Manuka Honey have proven it to be effective in treating infected wounds, burns, eczema and other skin problems.
Research conducted on Manuka honey has shown that it not only attacks and kills germs, but prevents the formation of antibiotic resistant superbugs (staphylococcus aureus and MRSA).
Why is Manuka Honey so expensive?
Manuka honey comes from bees that feed exclusively from the Leptospermun scoparium plant (common names include Manuka tea tree, Manuka myrtle, New Zealand tea tree). The plant is native to South East Australia and New Zealand.
The Manuka tea tree takes 4-5 years to begin flowering and 6 years to reach full potential. The Manuka tea tree also only has a relatively short flowering season of 2 to 6 weeks.
Bees can only collect pollen from the plant for a short time and convert it into honey, so the cost of Manuka honey needs to factor in the scarcity of the plant, the short flowering season, and the supply of honey the bees can produce during the season.
So taking in to account the skill, planning and resources it takes to produce Manuka honey a higher price is understandable.
Why are Manuka products good for the skin?
The MGO, which stands for methylglyoxal (a naturally occurring compound found in Manuka honey) gives the Manuka a higher level of antibacterial properties than other honey products. The higher levels of antibacterial properties then gives Manuka products a greater ability to combat skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Manuka is also anti-inflammatory too, which can help soothe red and irritated skin.
Why is Manuka beeswax good for the skin?
Beeswax forms a protective coating on the skin and seals in the skin's natural moisture without smothering and clogging up the pores. Beeswax carries antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that are essential in comparing chapped skin and bacterial infections. Beeswax also contains vitamin A which has been proven in multiple studies to reduce wrinkles and age spots while re-hydrating and reconstructing damaged skin cells.