By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 05 June 2020
Celebrities, industry insiders and health and beauty experts have long praised the benefits of Manuka Honey, with some even calling it a life changing elixir. But where exactly does it come from, and what makes it so miraculous?
Manuka is a scrub-like tree that grows around coastal areas of New Zealand, and Manuka Honey is produced by bees that pollinate this specific bush. Used first by the Maori people native to New Zealand, Manuka Honey is also considered to be one of the oldest natural products discovered in history.
The most popular characteristic of Manuka Honey is its healing properties. It consists of antibacterial and antioxidant properties that act as a defensive shield for open wounds, preventing microbial infections. Research has found that Manuka Honey boosts and increases the healing process.
It also regenerates tissues as well as cools down burns. Results show that the size of the wounds decrease by 88% after the application of Manuka Honey.
In terms of skincare, Manuka Honey lowers inflammation and irritation that is caused due to acne, while providing a moist environment for any blemishes or open wounds to heal. It can directly be applied to your skin by putting a thin layer of honey on the affected part. You can mix the Honey with mashed avocado or brown sugar to create an easy DIY face mask.
Manuka Honey can also be used to treat and soothe eczema, and even holds some anti-ageing properties, due to the fact that it stops enzymes that destroy collagen. The stimulation of collagen production in skin cells results in youthful and glowing skin. Manuka Honey is also known to be a great moisturiser, as it locks in the moisture, making your skin hydrated and smooth.
Want to try a bit of Manuka Honey yourself to reap its many incredible benefits? Thursday Plantation has launched their brand new Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm. This natural, efficacious balm has a fantastic range of uses and benefits. 100% pure Tea Tree Oil is a naturally sourced antiseptic, while Manuka Honey provides a moist, low pH environment to promote wound healing.
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm is your multi-tasking must have in a tube! It’s low in para-cymene content to minimise skin irritation and does not sting – making it comfortable to use. This product is a must have for travel, for days out with the family and daily cuts and scrapes, so be sure to keep a tube in your bag.
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm RRP £9.99 for 30g tube
Available from Boots.