7 household uses for Manuka honey

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We all know that Manuka honey is delicious when spread over toast, used in hot drinks and eaten straight of the spoon. Chances are you might already know one or two other uses for your tasty honey – but let us introduce you to 7 uses for your Active Manuka honey, you might have never known existed.

1. Stomach issues?

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Are you feeling bloated & uncomfortable, suffering from stomach cramps, pains or heart burn? Whatever digestion problem you may have, simply stir a teaspoon of Active Manuka honey daily into a hot cup of water or tea to help relieve your symptoms.

2. Tickly Throat time?

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Trying to fight of a cold or sore throat? When taken orally, Manuka’s natural antibacterial properties can help attack and stop bacteria in its tracks before having time to infect you. If you are already suffering from a sore throat or nasty cold, Manuka honey can help soothe the pain and reduce inflammation with the help of hot water and lemon. .. or just a tablespoon. The higher activity level of the manuka will provide more anti-bacterial protection.

3. Skin Problems?

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Be it the kid’s acne, eczema, dry skin or rashes Manuka can be used to help treat irritating skin ailments by directly applying the honey to the affected area. There is no bacteria that is resistant to Manuka Honey, making it more effective than antibiotics and other traditional forms of medication.

4. Salon Facials are a ‘nice’ to have?

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Believe it or not Manuka honey can work wonders for your skin in many ways. When used as a face mask Manuka honey hydrates and softens the skin while its natural proteins, vitamins and minerals provide deep nourishment. After cleaning your face spread a thin layer of Manuka honey, leave for 10-20 minutes then rinse your face with warm water. It will be the nicest tasting facial you will ever have (we recommend licking your lips after applying the mask… yum)

5. Sugar high?

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It’s no secret that everyone loves dessert and if you’re looking for a way to create healthier desserts by cutting out the sugar but you still want that deliciously sweet taste, Manuka honey is the perfect substitute.

When substituting sugar for honey in your next recipe use ½ to ¾ cup of honey in place of 1 cup of sugar and reduce the liquid used by ¼ cup.

6. Ouch… that was hot. Burns?

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Whether it’s a minor burn from cooking last night’s dinner or something more serious, Manuka Honey’s antibacterial activity help protect a burn from becoming infected. It has the ability to repair damaged skin and regenerate new tissue. Manuka ‘s anti-inflammatory properties also help in reducing the pain associated with burns.

The best way to apply honey to wounds is to spread it on a dressing pad and then place it on the wound. Daily apply another layer of honey, on top of the current layer – cover and dress.

7. Accident prone family?

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Cuts and scrapes occur all the time, sometimes without us even realising. You could be working in the garden when your hand brushes over a sharp stem or your child may have taken a tumble in the playground. Whether they hurt or not they are definitely irritating, but by applying Manuka honey directly to the wound 3-4 times a day, its active healing properties will help protect the cut from further infection and allow it to heal faster.

Because not all honeys are created equal, you have to be careful about what to look for when purchasing Manuka honey. NPA (No-peroxide Activity) reveals how strong and potent the active enzymes with the Manuka honey are at fighting bacterial infections and inflammation. On a jar of honey you may see ‘TA’ or Total Activity. This number is calculated by combining both the peroxide and non-peroxide Activity levels of the Manuka honey and should not be mistaken for representing the strength of the honey.

Basically, you can’t go wrong by using brands that display the UMF trademark. In order to differentiate between the type of Manuka honey that has the special non-peroxide antibacterial activity and those that don’t, Dr Peter Molan coined the term UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). The UMF number reflects the level of non-peroxide activity. Medicinal strength Manuka Honey produced is certified and rated with an official UMF number that can only be used by licensed producers and distributors who have to meet a strict criterion of both quality and standards.

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