When Kourtney Kardashian tells you that she gets her glow from Manuka honey, you listen…right? (After all, mama looks good.)
Until you see how much it costs on Amazon.
Why would anyone pay $25 for a jar of honey? Well, Manuka honey isn’t the same as the bear-shaped jar in your pantry. It’s actually a particular type of honey made from bees that pollinate the Manuka plant indigenous to New Zealand.
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It’s also more potent than your average honey, making Manuka honey benefits pretty legit—and worth that price tag. Here’s what you can expect from that fancy jar of sweet stuff:
IT KILLS BACTERIA
Honey has been used medicinally for hundreds of years for its natural antibacterial properties, most commonly to treat skin infections—and this kind of honey from Down Under takes it up a notch.
“Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties help the staph infections associated with abscess hair follicle infections as well as infections on skin that stimulate conditions like eczema,” explains Lily Talakoub, M.D., founder of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center. She says a small amount applied to any wound can help ward off harmful bacteria.
IT MAKES YOUR SKIN GLOW
Manuka honey’s microbial qualities also makes it an especially efficient first step in your skin-care routine. “It enhances a cleansing skin regimen, and also reduces skin inflammation,” says Houston, Texas dermatologist, Jennifer M. Segal, M.D., of Metropolitan Dermatology Institute.
To use it as a cleanser, first remove your makeup. Then take about a half teaspoon of Manuka honey in your palm, and warm it up with your fingers. Add a small splash of water to make it more spreadable, and smooth it over your face. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.
IT DE-CLOGS YOUR NOSE
Another way to use Manuka honey is up your nose. Yes, really!
“A study recently showed that the nasal passages of people who used Manuka honey plus a nasal saline rinse had significantly less bacteria in their noses,” says allergist and NYU School of Medicine physician Tania Elliott, M.D.
Used as part of a sinus rinse, Manuka honey’s natural antibacterial properties can help prevent nasal infections and sinus flare ups, she adds, and is safe to use daily.
IT HELPS YOU GET BETTER BEAUTY SLEEP
Skip the nightcap and opt for a teaspoon or two of Manuka honey instead.
“When taken in small doses before bedtime, Manuka honey can improve the production of melatonin in the brain that regulates the circadian rhythm and helps our sleep wake cycles,” explains Talakoub.
If you’d like a soothing bedtime ritual, try adding the Manuka honey to a calming cup of chamomile tea.
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SOURCE: (Women’s Health Mag)