If there were an award for best multi-tasking superfood, Manuka honey would definitely be the winner. Produced exclusively in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, this particular type of honey has been used as a natural remedy for generations. Due to its unique antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is a medicine cabinet must – it can be used to treat everything from a sore throat to cuts and burns. And it doesn’t stop there; it also makes a great face mask as well as a delicious snack. Here are our 5 favorite ways to use this remarkably resourceful superfood.
Drink it – Manuka honey helps to improve digestion, boost immunity, and increase energy. Adding it to a warm cup of water with lemon in the morning is the perfect way to start your day on a healthy note. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar for added benefits.
Rub it on – Have a scrape or cut? Manuka honey acts as natural neosporin, killing bacteria and promoting faster healing. It also works wonders for eczema, burns, and insect bites.
Take a Bath – Dissolve 2 tbsp of honey in warm water and add to your bath. The natural antioxidants will help repair and protect skin.
Eat it – A spoonful of honey can be your belly’s best friend. It helps to nurture the gut and remove inflammation, allowing the body to rebalance naturally. A simple spoonful will also go a long way for a sore throat.
Wear it – Manuka honey is truly a miracle product for the skin. See a pimple creeping in? Put a dab of honey on it. See a dark spot or discoloration? Put a dab of honey on it. To make a mask, simply apply to your whole face (about 1 tbsp worth), let sit for 15 minutes, and remove with warm water. Skin should look brighter and feel softer.
Things to know:
At the end of the day, honey is still a form of sugar, so like all things, use in moderation. If you’re vegan or allergic to bees you’ll probably want to stay away. Manuka honey is also not for infants under 12 months.
Your Tuesday Truce, by Blaire Molitor