Honey, I shrunk my wrinkles! OK, I’m exaggerating but whether it’s for nutritional purposes or beauty, honey is a gem of a food. The glistening, amber-colored liquid is expertly-crafted by bees, their own versions of a precious stone.
Most people just think of honey only as a food. It’s a sweet treat you throw in tea, on top of yogurt or make a syrup for some beautiful baklava. But baklava isn’t the only thing that can get beautiful from a dose of honey.
Honey has medicinal properties that even the wise and ancient Egyptians used in their beauty and health regimes. Honey was so cherished that royalty would sometimes be buried with it. Unearthing this ancestral honey, we found that pure honey doesn’t really go bad. Imagine how amazing a food with an indefinite shelf life is for your body, your skin and your overall health.
And just like precious gems, honey comes in all sorts of variations and qualities. One of the best qualities of honey you can get is Manuka. I remember the first time I walked into a grocery store and saw Manuka honey. Being the curious nutritionist that I am, I bought a bottle to try. What I learned is that Manuka honey is basically the diamond of honey.
Loved the world over, Manuka hails from New Zealand and is truly one of the most beneficial forms of honey a person can eat. Why? It’s the essential enzymes that make this honey such an important treat for the human body.
Manuka honey is full of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes that help boost the immune system or act as vital building blocks. Rich with amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and more, Manuka has a nutritional content that is up to four times more than a normal honey.
Manuka is an all-natural way to heal sickness and boost the immune system. It works as an anti-viral to help with the flu, an anti-microbial and even an anti-bacterial that helps with skin problems.
Use honey in a hydrating mask if you have cystic acne or have other blemishes that may cause scaring. Honey can help with the healing process because it helps the immune system do its job and work against the negative effect of bacteria and viruses.
Many people know the use of honey as an anti-inflammatory for a beauty regime, but that same quality can help minimize bloating and keep the gut from getting inflamed. You’ve probably heard of probiotics, but honey is a great prebiotic.
Combined with turmeric and aloe in a digestive tea, the gut can literally work to balance its natural bacteria without pills or medicines.
Need a boost straight from the bee to your belly? The natural sugar and nutrients in Manuka honey is a great way for pure, simple energy to get you through a tiresome afternoon or to keep you going during a hardcore study session. Add some to coffee or tea and feel yourself fly.
Thanks to its aforementioned healing qualities, Manuka is an ideal anti-inflammatory for healing acne, oxygenating the skin, helping repair skin on a cellular level, hydrating the skin and helping exfoliate a dull completion and decreasing wrinkles thanks to its ability to inhibit a batch of enzymes called MMP that feed off youthful collagen.
Eating Manuka helps from the inside out, but you can also drench your skin with an moisturizing Manuka mask made of half an avocado, two teaspoons of coconut oil and two teaspoons of Manuka honey mixed together. Leave on skin for 15 minutes, applying the mask in a circular motion, and rinse off with warm water and then cold to tighten your pores. Your skin will instantaneously feel amazing and look younger.
So, how do you take this magical, life-giving gem of an elixir? You can just take one to two tablespoons a day. Eat it straight, put it in your tea, or have it with your toast. However you would eat honey normally.
Just remember to sit back and worship this sweet treat, just the way our Egyptian ancestors did.
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