infusionofstyles says try Manuka Honey(+16) or your very own home grown local bees producing honey. They say that there is more to the benefits in using local honey vs. imported honey. But manuka is very good. Also that this honey is very rare so when there's a shortage expect copy cats to hit the market. Yes, its cost a lot. But demand will drive up the prices even more. infusionofstyles uses local honey made by the bees from the Carriage House Farm. In the following product like lip scrubs. Which can be purchase at Findlay Market, etc. Slather it, sip it, wear it, smear it all over: we’re talking about Manuka honey. This pricey yet potent honey has gained popularity over the last few years thanks to its multifunctional and apparent superpower health benefits. A native to New Zealand, Manuka was originally used by the Maoris to reduce fevers and heal wounds. In the 1990s, New Zealand University confirmed these results in the lab and paved the way for Manuka honey to wind up in our beauty regimens, kitchen cabinets and hearts.
As a health coach, I find Manuka to be a very useful recommendation to my clients—especially during the spring months—for a host of ailments. But it’s also appearing on beauty shop shelves as a skincare cure-all. Kerrilynn Pamer, co-founder of Cap Beauty, uses it for everything from salad dressings to face masks. If you’re not familiar with Manuka, here’s the 101, plus 7 incredible uses for this super-charged honey.
A Million Ways To Use Manuka
Calms, Soothes + Minimizes Acne
“We use it a lot in treatments” says Kerrilynn Pamer, Co-founder of Cap Beauty, who offers bespoke facials at their downtown NYC locale. “It’s a really great topical. It has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and it’s great for acne and redness because of its anti-inflammatory properties,” she says. Kerrilynn and her Cap beauty co-founder Cindy DiPrima recommend using it as part of a cleansing and mask routine. “It can even be used for a spot treatment,” they add.
Fortifies Your Immune System
If you feel like you might be coming down with something, Manuka has you covered there as well. “Just add it to warm water with lemon, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper,” Pamer recommends. Its antiviral properties can help to put the kibosh on nasty viruses before they take hold.
Oral Health Savior
Don’t be surprised if you start seeing toothpastes touting the benefits of Manuka—in fact, some already are. Manuka helps to fight off the nasty bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, keeping those pearly whites well supported.
First Aid: The Manuka Salve
We’ve all been there: toaster burns and cuts while prepping for dinner happen. Next time, instead of running for the first aid kit, try a Manuka salve. Wound and burn healing is one of Manuka’s most traditional uses.
Even the most diligent sunscreen users sometimes fall victim to sunburn. Instead of reaching for store-bought aloe, which often contains alcohols and other drying agents, grab the Manuka. Its soothing and healing properties are great for easing the pain and redness of a sunburn.
Balances Gut Health
Feeling like your jeans are a little tighter than they were yesterday? Bloating is usually to blame, but can be offset by a teaspoon of Manuka. Reportedly, it even helps to soothe symptoms of IBS. Kerrilynn recommends including it in salad dressings to stealthily support your system.
All-Natural Mood Booster
Forget the chemical-laden energy drinks. Manuka is made of pure carbohydrates like glucose and fructose, which can support your body with short-term energy boosts. Adding it your morning lemon water or tea (we especially love adding it to matcha), coupled with a healthy breakfast of protein and whole grains can support energy. Though we love Manuka, it’s still a sweet—don’t overdo it.
Summer colds cure by Lorna Jane Clarkson
Manuka honey is made from bees that pollinate the New Zealand Manuka plant. It's said to have higher antibacterial effects than other types of honey. If you don't have Manuka honey, feel free to use a different high-quality honey (the darker and deeper the color, the higher antibacterial and antioxidant power).
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, pulp removed if desired
1/2-inch piece ginger, grated
2 tablespoons Manuka honey
1/2-inch fresh turmeric, grated (or pinch of ground turmeric)
Whisk all the ingredients in a small jug until combined. Pour into a serving glass.
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