What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey: Virtues and benefits. Is it really the best honey in the world?
If you are new or new to this blog, please know that I came across this product in 2014, and it has drastically changed the way I consume and take care of myself. No more drugs, no more diets, and above all no more industrial products with lots of things not tiptop in them ! Read my page on the best natural products;)!
Of course, there is not only manuka honey in life, there are also vegetable oils, fruits and vegetables, other types of honeys, essential oils, and so on! But manuka honey has such benefits, whether for the skin or hair (acne, eczema, scars, conditioner) or health (ulcers, digestion, well-being) that he deserved a blog of his own. alone!
Where to buy quality manuka honey?
You can find it in a lot of shops in big cities (I live in Lyon, I see it almost every day!). On the other hand, it may be a bit expensive. I buy it online, and generally on Amazon because the delivery is fast, often free, and above all the price is lower than on other sites.
I have concocted for you a small summary table of the manuka honeys that I find the most effective, with my favorite at the top of the table (that of counters and companies, I have no connection with the brand!)
Best Manuka Honey Brands
|Photo||Marque||Prix||Poids||UFM||MGO||Note /5||Lien Amazon|
|Comptoirs et compagnies||<50€||250||18||4.8|
|Watson & son||58.9||250||20||550||4.4|
|Comptoirs et compagnies||32.95||250||15||3.8|
|Watson & son||37.9||250||15||400||3.7|
The ratings, out of 5, are calculated based on Amazon reviews, online store reviews, and my own personal essays.
You can click on the photos or the links to go to the corresponding page.
I recommend these products because either I or my friends have tested them! I also try to provide you with the best prices, with promotional codes from time to time!
The table does not include organic products, it is quite simply because you can find them here .
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey comes straight from New Zealand. It contains active enzymes that other honeys don’t have, and that help your body function naturally. The bees collect the nectar from the flowers of the Manuka plant ( Leptospermum scoparium ).
It can only be found in this region of the world, in a geographic area that is difficult for plants. This is why the product is relatively expensive to buy (you have to count the shipping costs). On the other hand, when we compare the price compared to the purchase of health cosmetics, anti acne, moisturizer, etc., we quickly took into account !
Besides, the indigenous Maori tribes have used Manuka Honey for centuries in their traditional medicine to treat all kinds of diseases and even more serious conditions.
Benefits of honey: What does it really heal for your health ?
Consuming it because it’s good, it’s one thing …
But it is when we realize all the benefits that manuka has that we understand the enthusiasm for the product. To give you an idea, it is used directly in hospitals in New Zealand as an antiseptic!
What is the difference between normal honey and manuka honey?
The property of Honey in general is to contain a specific enzyme : hydrogen peroxide. This enzyme is a known and recognized antiseptic, but ineffective on humans … But luckily for us, Manuka honey has more than one trick to play.
It has one more molecule, which comes from the manuka plant: Methylglyoxal . This is what gives this power to this honey and which gives it virtues that other honeys do not have! Note that the power of manuka honey is different from one honey to another. Some labels have therefore set up indices, such as the UMF, MGO or IAA labels .
I recommend not to take the indices lower than 10.
It would be like buying a basic honey, for a price too expensive in the end. On the other hand, above an index of 10, honey can be used to treat most diseases, thanks to its many antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can use it for example to fight against
- intestinal diseases
- Crohn’s disease
- The bacterium Helicobacter Pylori ( stomach ulcer among others)
- The cold
- stomach aches and pains
- internal inflammations
- allergies (not suitable for allergies that produce an anaphylactic reaction)
- certain intolerances.
If you suffer from stomach ulcers, for example, you probably have Helicobacter pylori bacteria in you. Manuka honey can help you fight this bacteria. The product is also particularly effective in helping people who have a weakened immune system, such as fatigue, or certain autoimmune diseases. It also promotes the immune system of the digestive system and prevents sore throats, for long winter evenings, it is ideal. Tested and Approved!
Some even use it as a bandage, applied directly to the skin or to external wounds.
- This honey relieves burns and cuts .
- You can also use it for its healing qualities, which prevent the appearance of ugly scars that are not all beautiful.
I have several friends who have confirmed its healing benefits on persistent wounds. The anti-inflammatory properties of honey can also help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and is ideal for damaged joints, for people with arthritis or osteoarthritis.
In general, count 1 to 2 scoops per day for active and daily prevention.
In the event of declared illness, you can switch to 3 days per day. If you have a cold, for example, you can take the 3rd th just before going to sleep !
Regarding an external application, to take care of your skin, face or body, I advise you to read this article on how to look younger .
I just wrote an article on how fight pimples and another is coming soon on eczema, so share your adventures with me if you wish, and in the meantime I recommend this article (on another blog than mine) on a manuka honey cure .
You can find the list of 27 uses of manuka honey that you may not know
Is there organic manuka honey ?
You may encounter organic honeys, like this one in a 500g jar (still from DR. THEISS, index 16+) . I personally prefer non-organic honeys which I find more active. I know a little about manuka plantations, and I therefore know that even if these honeys do not have the “organic” label, they respect the same criteria!
Be careful, however, to verify the origin of New Zealand. You don’t want a Chinese honey full of chemicals!
10+, 18+, 25+, 500 … How to navigate the different powers and indices
The most important thing with the product is to make sure that you are taking the most suitable strength for you. Be careful, some people tell you about the virtues of honey with a level lower than 10 +… No need to buy it, this manuka honey will not be better than any other.
- Below 10+, you will only use it for nutritional qualities.
- If you are looking for energy gain, a boost , or to take care of your daily health, then levels of 10+ to 16+ are ideal, depending on your your state of health.
- If, on the other hand, you feel that your body needs extra help, or if you have a specific disease that honey can cure, then I recommend a stronger honey, 18+ to 25+ .
You can find quality honeys in this table , in according to their strength and their labels
What is the difference between UMF, active and MGO?
Oulala… We get lost in all these appellations, these labels, these codes ! Help ! For more details on all labels: read this article . In summary, the UMF takes into account all other factors. So you can directly trust this index, that’s what I do myself
Have the properties of this honey been demonstrated ?
This specific action of manuka honey was discovered by University of Waikato researcher Peter Molan. The Active Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) of New Zealand has made it a trademark that allows indexing the content of UMF des honeys , and guarantee its authenticity.
It was Thomas Henle, German Professor at the Technical University of Dresden, who discovered by chance in 2008 what was the cause of the activity of this honey… It is the Methylglyoxal molecule. Since this beautiful discovery of the professor, the content of Methylglyoxal honey is indicated under the label MGO (MGO Manuka honey).
Dosage: 9 ways to consume Manuka Honey
Another benefit of this product, you can use it in so many ways… For you, I have selected 9.
- If you can, eating it with a spoon is certainly the easiest and the best way, so as not to dilute it. On the other hand, this honey is less sweet and thicker than the usual honeys … The spooning might not suit you.
- The safest way to consume Manuka Honey is to incorporate it in drink . & gt; & gt; & gt; & gt; Be careful ! Beyond 40 ° C, honey loses its active enzymes and therefore all its benefits ! It is therefore not recommended to mix honey with a boiling drink… In general, count 1 teaspoon for a glass of cold or hot drink, to be diluted. You can of course mix it with tea or coffee, as long as the drink is not hot!
- You can spread it on toast , for 4h. Easy to spread, easy to eat, and easy to share with family and kids. They will be delighted, and then it’s better than Nutella !
- On cereal for breakfast . Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You can take the opportunity to create a routine to combine your daily spoon of honey with your favorite breakfast.
- At the end of the meal, mixed with yogurt ! It’s my favorite. Prefer a yoghurt without fat, everything will be even better
- As a salad , with seasonal vegetables. You can integrate it for example in the vinaigrette sauce, it is simply divine !
- I know… I told you 7 ways to consume honey, and we only have 6. This is to encourage you to share your knowledge. Give us in the comments your number 7, your very own way of consuming manuka honey !
We realize that eating honey is easy, as much for us as for our children. It’s a great way to take care of your body, of his skin , easily and simply every day.
How is Manuka Honey made?
Manuka plantations are generally found in remote areas in northern and southern New Zealand. Manuka Honey is harvested between December and March, depending on the weather and the abundance of the harvest. Honey is collected from bee hives. At this point, Manuka honey will be tested in independent laboratories to determine its ” activity level “, its strength.
Most honeys from the Manuka tree have an activity level between 10+ and 18+. To produce higher strength honey, between 20+ and 25+, honey is usually left for 1 to 2 years in shelters to allow enzymes to grow and produce more active honey. The honey will be tested again and then potted according to its strength.
What does it taste like ?
I am often asked this question. I must admit that its taste is not the same as the honey that people are used to consuming. It is a bit stronger than normal, as well as thicker. However, like all honeys, you will find differences depending on the origin and the honey you buy.
Overall, I find the southern one sweeter and creamier than the northern New Zealand one. You can optionally try both to see which one works best for you. On the other hand, no difference in terms of its health benefits !
Precautions for use
- There are no known side effects with honey ingested internally, except to be allergic to honey, but that goes without saying… You may possibly feel tingling in external applications , on the skin. This is due to its high level of antibacterial activity, so no worries !
- Honey, manuka or not, is not suitable for babies up to 12 months. To avoid. Read this article on babies for more information on their eating habits
- Diabetics should be careful with their honey consumption, in depending on their type of diabetes
Manuka in all its forms, I want and dream of it !
Manuka honey is getting more and more media attention! It is certain that this product still has a bright future ahead of it, in view of all its benefits for our health. It is a unique product. Also, some manufacturers offer derivatives, with the manuka plant as an ingredient. In particular, you will find products such as soap, cream or even oils… I have not yet tested soaps, but I am thinking of doing an article soon on this new way of consuming Manuka !
Give me your opinion if you know these new products ! You will soon be able to find my opinion on creams and oils based on Manuka Photo credits:
- Sid Mosdell
- Dino Giordano
- Kaytee Riek
- Ricardo Motti
- Sue B